Hatton Garden Festival

This event drew in alot of attention from the public who were really interested in the cause and how each ring was made. It was a great way of getting people to see what goes into the making a ring.
Then I went back to my stall which was being looked after by my lovely boyfriend who was doing a good job selling my work. I left him to it and went to see what other treats were on offer.
All day during the festival we had entertainers, face painters, experimental dancers and live music to keep us entertained. There were many food stalls to sample many cuisines, I opted for a Bhangra burger which was lovely, nicely spiced and very fresh!
Fabrications the independent gallery, studio and shop were there with a stall to let the public have a go at designing a textile necklace with recycled fabrics and beads. Fabrications was set up by Barley Massey, passionate about eco design and upcycling. Check out their website here. I spoke to one lady who was in the middle of making her own necklace who said she was really enjoying doing something she doesn't normal do. I think thats why going to events like this is great for people as it opens your eyes to new things and it can be very educational.
Also on offer there was a chance to make your own wire jewellery with Holts Academy, Talks about how jewellery is made using traditional techniques and new technologies. All of which took place on an old style London bus.
There were stalls where you could watch traditional craftsmen who were engraving, cutting gemstones and designing rings with a computer. It was a great way to see what these craftsmen go through in their industry and learn something new.
I also discovered a new up and coming jewellery designer, Amma Gyan. She designs jewellery using moulded leather into unique and gorgeous jewellery. She has always worked in leather designing high-waisted belts back in 2003 which she got a lot of recognition for. She has recently been awarded silver in special media category from Craft and Design magazine. I'm sure there will be lots more to come from her.


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