On Tuesday I went to the dentist, one and a half hours! As I lay there recumbent, Camden all around me out there, I planned my route home. Up Parkway, around Gloucester Crescent, serenity, past Jonathan Miller and Alan Bennett’s houses, then to the market, the cobbles are quite difficult in the wheelchair, the market building eliminates that. Unusually instead of glazing over with all the variety, I concentrated on the work of three jewellers.
First I was transfixed by a torque made of two, almost rampant, brass feathers by Shining Seren. It would be perfect for my customers. Unfortunately it was not a torque and had a chain to hold it on. With these changed it would be perfect and there was a feathered cuff that wrapped around the wrist to match. Beautiful. The wraparound technique for cuff and ring work was beautifully explored in the work. Turquoise, opal, jet, lapis lazuli and carnelian set in intricate solid silver settings. I would love to make the pieces more generally available to those of us who belong to this our own exclusive club!
Tuesday afternoon in term time not the busiest in the market. A lovely young assistant was looking after two pitches. I described that I was planning to retail online a collection of jewellery assembled from manufacturers who already make appropriate pieces and designers of unique or limited edition pieces designed for women who have difficulty manipulating clasps. Items that would be appropriate would be long necklaces, shorter necklaces or collars fitted with magnetic clasps or elastic threading, torques, ear cuffs, bangles using elastic, clip on earrings She lent over to Josef’s pitch and showed me a lovely necklace with a magnetic catch, she then went on to show me some beautiful elasticised pieces. I will return.
Downstairs I found Tribu with a good range elasticated wooden pieces and some very interesting ear cuffs. I have got more ideas particularly for their wooden ranges. I picked up a card with their website address, aha.
On leaving the market I went past a gorgeous dress in fuchsia and purple made of two fabrics layered so that the organza petticoat was longer than the Lycra overskirt. The hem was asymmetric, higher in the front than the back. I thought this modified would be a perfect way to skittishly cope with issues of asymmetric hems. I went inside Gekko, I thought the prices were unbelievably low, they were made in India.
This shines a light on a way forward which has been hidden from me through my own bloody mindedness. Let others who are more able source our jewellery and garments.