Go behind the scenes at The Handmade Festival and meet the makers bringing their passion and skills to you in September.
Gemma Atwell of The Silver Shed will be selling her handmade jewellery in the Shopping Villages.
In 2012, Gemma decided to leave her work in retail and visual merchandising to set up The Silver Shed. She had studied jewellery design some years before and missed working with silver. Gemma finally set up her studio in her garden where she designs and makes what she hopes people see as wearable works of art. Gemma has been a supporter and exhibitor at The Handmade Festival since 2015, and we're delighted to see her again at this years event.
What are you most looking forward to at The Handmade Festival?
Seeing the sheer variety of amazing exhibitors. I have been lucky enough to meet some really beautiful and talented friends through the festival, it never feels like we’re competing for the attention of the visitors, but championing each other.
Do you have a favourite material to work with?
You’d think I’d say silver right? Well I do love working with it as it’s so malleable, but my favourite it gold.
What is the biggest disaster you have had?
I had shipment of quote bangles that went out to a stockist, unfortunately I hadn’t noticed the phrasing was wrong and they sold internationally. Luckily my stockist was really understanding and I replaced all the bangles as soon as the mistake was discovered.
Are there any skills you would like to learn?
I would like to become more skilled at stone setting, it’s not something I’ve spent much time doing.
What would feature in your motivational playlist?
It depends on my mood, sometimes classical sometimes heavy guitar, but Stevie Nicks, Paul Simon or Queen usually works.
What is your favourite product in your range and why?
My favourite is usually my most recent but I do love my hand necklaces because they were inspired by other makers and I love how crisp the layers look.
How long have you been in business for?
It will be 7 years this year, apparently the magic number for survival! However this year sees me rebranding and taking some new steps to evolve my business, I’m so excited to share the new look website and branding very soon. I’m hoping to fund it via a kickstarter campaign which ends on April 3rd and there are lots of insights to my new collections in the rewards.
What couldn’t you live without?
I probably should say my loved ones or creativity but honestly it’s tea, I’m a total monster without it!
Find out more about Gemma on her social media and how to support her Kickstarter campaign: