A little bit rock and roll and a litte bit macrame – Sollis Jewellery has created a stunning range that is as sophisticated as it is unique.
We had a quick chat with Eleanor Ford of Sollis Jewellery this week, here’s what she said…
Sollis jewellery is handcrafted glamour with an edge.
I gather inspiration from the decorative arts and crafts of world cultures. I like learning new craft techniques and re-appropriating them with a modern twist. Fusing this passion for craft with a bit of rock ‘n’ roll and a sharp fashion aesthetic I create stunning and innovative jewellery.
My current collection is called ‘Masai’ so I would call the aesthetic of this latest range ‘modern tribal’.
All my products are handmade and I always try to source products locally.
The design, the bold colours and the combinations of materials makes our products very different.
I studied BA in Jewellery Design at Middlesex University, London followed by an MA in Textiles at Goldsmiths College, London. Since completing my education I worked for Erickson Beamon, and Kirt Holmes in London who designed for Swarovski in Paris.
In 2006 I launched my own collection ‘Eleanor Jewellery’ with great success, selling to some of the most prestigious boutiques throughout the world. After relocating to Australia, SOLLIS jewellery was launched in January 2011.
My advice for young designers is to work really hard and learn lots of different skills like web design, marketing, accounting etc. You will have to be a jack of all trades and you probably won’t have the money to pay other people to do these things for you!
When I’m not working I love cooking, and of course eating… and wine.
I couldn’t live without water and wine!
I’m listening to Blues.
I’m preparing to launch Sollis into the international market.
// GIVEAWAY //
Eleanor has given us this gorgeous ‘small metal’ necklace (valued at $110) to give away to one of our lucky readers!
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