When and how did your business begin?
I started making jewellery after I graduated Middlesex University in 2008 with a first class BA Hons in jewellery design. I Initially traded under the name Emma Palmer and in 2015 I rebranded as Olive Rose after having my two Daughters Molly ‘Olive’ and Bonnie ‘Rose’.
Can you explain your processes?
I use traditional silversmithing techniques, manipulating and soldering silver wire and texturising with hammer blows. I then make lace using a Victorian technique called tatting and add it to the silver pieces. The lace is formed using a small shuttle and your hands, passing one line of thread over another, creating a row of tiny knots. I stay true to the technique but use contemporary threads and colours.
Which other jewellers work do you admire?
I have admired Ruth Tomlinson’s jewellery since I came across her work whilst at university. I love how she has developed her style over the years and the way each piece clusters together to make beautifully contemporary heirlooms of the future. I met Ruth at New designers the year I graduated and was lucky enough to be able to do a swap with her! I have since bought more pieces and they are my absolute favourite. You can view Ruths work here
Do you have any news/plans for the coming year?
I am currently working on my website and lots of the ‘behind the scenes’ things. There is a wonderful community of makers in the south west and I am hoping to get more involved with events so watch this space!
See Olive Rose jewellery collection here
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