Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Designer of the month: Eclectic Shock Jewellery



Get blown away

STUMBLED-UPON TREASURES ARE THE SWEETEST, ESPECIALLY ON A DAY WHEN YOU EXPECT NOTHING MORE THAN A FEW MORE HOURS OF RAIN! ON THIS PARTICULAR SUNDAY, MY FRIEND AND I ALMOST WALKED STRAIGHT PAST THE WEST END'S ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR BUT THANKFULLY, THE UMBRELLA DIDN'T COMPLETELY BLOCK OUR VISION AND WE SOON FOUND OURSELVES IN AWE AT THE THINGS WAITING TO BE DISCOVERED.

The fair that we found is just one of the many events at which designer Louise Pringle showcases her extraordinary work. When she graduated with a textiles design degree five years ago, her focus was specifically integrating knitted and beaded wires around the cuff and neck area within couture-style garments. What her creations have evolved into now is masterpiece upon masterpiece of reworked vintage jewellery. Every piece is wildly different from the next and therefore makes for truly special stuff as well as a job that never, ever gets boring!

Also working part time as a window-dresser, Louise has an enviable knack for putting combinations together. One necklace can easily have around a dozen of different pieces attached such as a painted brooch, a miniature watchface or a locket. Her parents instilled in her an appreciation for antiques and so she's developed relationships with dealers who know what she likes and hold certain items aside for her next article of ingenuity. It's entirely necessary for her to have a vast amount of material at her disposal in order to compose the perfect piece but once everything is in place, Louise can whip up one unforgettable piece of jewellery in just under half an hour.

Commisions are always welcome and it's not uncommon that she designs extremely sentimental pieces using precious items from a relative's old jewellery box. She calls the service 'Reviving Your Own Jewels' and it's even been used by a certain famous actress after her mother died. Weddings and similar special occasions are also seen as the perfect time to preserve your gems or to simply purchase a previously created piece that is certain to be one-of-a-kind.

Eclectic Shock Jewellery is all over Edinburgh, including at Wisteria Lane, Scosh, Just Scottish and the National Gallery of Scotland.

Eclectic Shock Jewellery - www.eclecticshock.net

Also in the shopping pages of the Sept/ Oct issue of Bite Life Magazine

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