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This week some of my jewellery was borrowed for a photo shoot with dresses by designer Katherine Kerrison. She is a local, freelance fashion designer based in Nottingham. Her gorgeous clothes are all available through her etsy shop .

Here’s what she says about her designs

 ‘My work is inspired by many things vintage, romantic trends, classic shapes, adventures, street fashion and people I meet along the way. I use a wide range of materials silks, lace, cottons, floral vintage cottons, wools, chiffon, net, and crepe. I also use recycled fabrics and like to reinvent vintage garments and give them a new life. Everything I make is ethically  hand made to the highest quality. Careful attention is paid to every detail.

Our work definitely has a natural affinity and both look fantastic on model Jameela Elfaki.

The photographer is Sam Gallagher, you can see more of her work on her website and on her blog.

Here’s what she says about her photography

‘Samantha Gallagher is a traditional film and digital photographer, professionally based in the East Midlands. She is a relaxed, friendly, enthusiastic professional with a passion for fashion and a dedication to producing the best for her clients. Sam’s personable approach and ability to connect with clients of all ages makes for relaxed and enjoyable consultations and sessions. Her images reflect this, and combined with her attention to detail, result in photographs that meet the high expectations of her clients.

As well as fashion photography she also does product, portraits and more artistic work and I can’t wait to work with her again.


So much to do at the moment. I spent a happy day in the studio trying to cross things off my ‘to make’ list.

I’m working on 3 private commissions, pieces for an exhibition in July at The Harley Gallery, and preparing work for the forthcoming Ilkley and Holmefirth arts markets on the 28th May and 5th June, as well as all the usual making, admin, photos, web updates….

I love being busy – it usually stops me dithering  and helps me to keep focussed – but today I got completely distracted making this.

A sterling silver ring made from hammered 2mm round sterling wire set with a 1950’s glass bead. The bead is set on a post of 1mm sterling tubing which is flared at the top to rivet the bead onto the ring shank. It’s painstaking work – the bead is 60 years old and pretty fragile so I swapped my favourite vintage walloping hammer for a more delicate cross pein riveting hammer and a very tiny dome punch.

I really love the balance and shape of this piece and the vintage bead is so beautiful I wanted to make it the focus of attention. I’ll wear the ring for a few days to see if it lasts the distance – and if it survives then watch this space – next time I have a long list of important things to do I’ll spend the day making a whole batch of them. x

I braved the blustery weather this morning to visit my favourite car boot site and I’m so glad I did. 8 vintage strands of glass and fresh water pearls – some with lovely diamante clasps, 1950’s smoked glass beads, one mother-of-pearl necklace, 7 porcelain flower brooches, 3 diamante brooches, 9 vintage earrings and an Eiffel tower charm later and I had nothing left to spend and plenty to keep me busy in the studio on Tuesday.  And there were so many things I didn’t let myself take home – 1930’s blueprints, Victorian glass bottles, bevelled edge art deco mirrors…

It’s a great place to buy stuff when you don’t know what you are looking for and there were a couple of my favourite jewellery sellers there with lots of lovely trinkets. There is something so satisfying about stumbling upon forgotten treasures on a drizzly Sunday and I can’t wait to start work on transforming them. The history of objects has a real pull for me. I love the look of more battered and worn pieces, a  few dents, missing stones and chip edges all add to their charm for me but it’s also the previous lives of the object which draw me towards them. My thoughts often turn to the previous owners and wearers of my materials, especially when they have clearly been worn and loved. It’s a pleasure to transform these once treasured items to a new glory and to think about the new life they’ll have once they leave my studio.

I’m working on some wedding and bridal pieces at the moment so I  focussed my shopping onto crystals and pearls and other weddingy pieces. Pearls and crystals are traditional enough to allow me a more creative free rein on the design and I think on special occasions a little tradition is no bad thing.

And just a little something for myself. x

It was  brilliant to be back in West Bridgford for the May Arts and Craft Fair. As usual there was a fairly eclectic selection of stands but the atmosphere was lovely and it was great to see some familiar faces.  I grew up round here so it always feels familiar and homely to me. There are plenty of  people in Bridgford who appreciate the difference and the time, energy and creativity involved in designing and making and it’s such a pleasure to chat to them at these events. I love the face to face contact with potential customers that craft fairs provide –  it’s so useful to see how people relate to the work, what they pick up, what they try on and of course what they buy…I’ll be back at the West Bridgford Art and Craft Market on 2nd & 3rd September and 28th & 29th October.

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 xx

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