Monday, 8 April 2013

Mum on the Run - Anathema Designs - uber cool jewellery designed Sian Rookwood, a Trainee Architect

The good thing about Anathema Designs is that the jewellery does the talking which, you will all be relieved to know, means that I don't have to.

The jewellery is made by Sian Rookwood, who is a trainee architect moonlighting as a freelance jeweller.  Sian specialises in recycling broken or unusual objects and materials to create unique items of jewellery. Her aim is to change people's perceptions about what is beautiful and what isn't.

This heart necklace is made of Japanese chain mail and costs £25 which (I think) is far too little, given the fact that it is a unique hand-made piece. It's a limited edition item and it's the only one left, so anyone who wants it needs to be quick as I have my eye on it.

In October 2012, Sian was selected as a Judge's favourite on BBC2's "Paul Martin's Handmade Revolution" and has since gone on to have her pieces used by stylists in photoshoots.

As jewellery making isn't Sian's full-time job, and because she is currently studying towards exams, there can be a time delay in turning orders around - but how much would you enjoy the anticipation of waiting for it to arrive?

You know me, I'm a sucker for anyone with amazing talent and I love the fact that with her architect's training, Sian probably sees things completely differently to most people. Her jewellery is so different and would look equally great with a plain white T-shirt and jeans as it would adding edge to a LBD.

I have my sneaking suspicions that Anathema Designs is one to watch.