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Finally, a sunny day. Seeing my chance I dashed into the garden to take some photos of my new work before the clouds returned and the rain started again. So good to feel a bit of sunshine and the perfect conditions for photographing my work.

I usually photograph pieces on a plain white back ground. For me it shows my work off to it’s best and makes it easier to accurately capture the details and colours. My photography set up is not very sophisticated and my photography skills leave a lot to be desired so keeping things simple works for me. I use a light tent similar to this to diffuse the light and set it up in the garden out of direct sunshine. I find this gives me a nice even light with no harsh shadows.

I took a couple of hundred pictures taken today, while the weather lasted, and now it’s just a case of editing – cropping, adjusting and balancing each one and then getting them online.

So, at last, the drama and chaos of moving house are fading and I can finally get back to work. The new studio is just about set up (there will be more on this soon) and is at least functional and after three frustrating weeks we have proper, full speed internet being piped directly to the house. No more squinting at emails on a tiny phone screen, no more visits to the library to see the internet full size and keep the website going. It is so so so so nice to be able to sit here, watching the drizzle fall in my tiny garden and finally be working again.

This seems to be the place to send out a big thank you to everyone who has helped us move and also to those customers, shops and galleries and all the countless others who have been so patient with me while things have been manic.

Normal service is now resumed. Thank you.

Hello and welcome to the design blog for Alys Power Design. I am a jewellery designer/maker specialising in original and unique pieces hand crafted from vintage and precious materials. My work explores the challenges of forgotten and discarded articles into objects of beauty and value. I work from my home studio in Nottingham, England and sell work through local and national shops and galleries and at regional craft fairs and arts market. More info and online shop can be found on my website www.alyspower.co.uk. xx

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