I love visiting factories across England and learn the importance of supporting the UK manufacturing sector, providing employment to locals, supporting British made products and nurture young emerging talents. My last year’s visits to Abraham Moon & Sons Mill, Dr Martens, Lavenham, and Tusting were immensely in-depth and insightful, despite the long train journeys and sore bottom I didn’t mind. Thankfully, there are more factory visits to come this year.
I’ve been receiving lots of designers/PR invitations to studio visits to meet young designers and see their latest projects, but this designer have caught my attention. A while ago I visited this lovely contemporary jewellery designer and maker, Michelle Oh at her cubby hole studio in Clerkenwell. Great personality and lots of laughter. Michelle’s work is based on her ‘day to day observations of human relationships and nature’, inspired by the things she collected from her travels from seaside adventures to forest walks. A compilation of organic sources such as twigs, barnacles, kelp et al, to create unique jewellery pieces, intricately detailed from every angle and handcrafted (and locally sourced) by Michelle in her studio. Do check out Michelle’s collection online, they are wonderful to look at. I’ve been contemplating for days whether to have a custom piece made by Michelle, I have an idea in mind. We shall see.