Diamonds aren't always a girl's best friend
By Blast Reporter, Jaskharan Shoker
See how it went when our Blast reporter Jaskharan joined local designer Helen Woodward in a jewellery workshop in the BBC Open Centre...
If there’s one thing you don’t want when you’re all dressed up and ready to go out is that someone turns up wearing the same top or the same jewellery to you. So why not just make your own jewellery and you can guarantee that the only person wearing anything like that will be you!
Everyone getting stuck in
I joined local jewellery designer Helen Woodward and a handful of crafty members of the public in the BBC Open Centre for a jewellery making workshop to see just how easy it is to make your own jewellery and how professional it can look just from using buttons, ribbons, sequins and other little bits that you might have lying around the house you could design a piece that you mind find in a shop.
Helen explained that the aim of the workshop was to encourage people to be creative and to teach them something that requires very few specialist tools, she added, “that’s the good thing about this you can do it quite easily and cheaply yourself.”
Angela wearing the broach she made
Angela Lissaman from Coundon who was taking part in the workshop said, “I like craft things so this is perfect for me. I definitely think I’d wear out a little necklace or something made out pearls but it depends how it turns out, I might just give it to my granddaughter.”
As well doing frequent workshops such as these Helen also has a business in producing jewellery which then goes on to be sold at a store called Aspire Style that can be found in both Warwick and Stratford-upon-Avon.
Me trying to thread a needle
Her jewellery is said to be designed for all occasions and when talking about how each piece is personally hand crafted and no machinery is involved in the making Helen said, “I enjoy making it so it misses the point in doing it if there were machines making it and plus the name of the brand is me, so that’s what you get.”
She also said, “I like the fact I can have an idea and then I can make it into something that can then be sold on. I have lots of different ideas so it’s nice to put it into practice and get it out there.”
I had a brilliant time and learnt lots of new crafty tips, so if that sounds like your kind of thing then why not ring in at 024 7655 1000 and find out what other arts and crafts workshops are being held in the BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Open Centre.
last updated: 13/09/07