The making of the Muse collection
"BIG BOLD, COLOURFUL STATEMENT JEWELS."
Back in January I started sketching , often into the early hours pages and pages of designs slightly reminiscent of designs I made for Jean Muir in the 1980's . Recreating for now . Strong jewellery for strong women. From paper to cardboard to thin pewter foil covering every work top in the studio with ideas . Hard decisions to choose my favourite . Then off to the factory - up North , the workshop of the world, for the expertise of Kevin the Brummie to make the moulds ready for that lovely moment when liquid pewter is poured and becomes solid .
Back and forward , check and perfect . Meantime the stones arrive from Swarovski , amazing colours reflecting light now cover the studio from blush and turquoise to deep smokey blues and topaz.
The colour stories are placed together, subtlety and jarringly . Finally after months of work the pieces take shape and the Muse Collection is born!
And then I phoned image maker Ryan Bater, I have been watching his work develop confidently over a few years. We met at the studio , we talked and talked about likes and dislikes . About images, about work . A meeting of minds ,it was a good meeting. The brief was decided. A shoot in London, on location, on the street ,in cafes, wherever was felt right.
Ryan found Charli - perfection for the brand , natural and ballsy . Hayley Durrant for the styling , his trusted team. They got it . I totally believed in Ryan and gave him the freedom to translate conversation into images . He surpassed my expectations - his work was superb . Charli a natural beauty, so well styled by Hayley, moments captured by Ryan. Looking forward to working together on future projects .
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