Seek & You Shall Find : H&H x Seeker Jewellery
I had been keen to grow the Head & Hands precious jewellery collection for some time. But it's taken me a wee while because as it turns out, I am quite particular about what gets me really excited in the world of jewellery!
When I came across the work of Seeker Jewellery my eyes immediately lit up. Her chunky signets, textured bands, engraved details and mystic symbols in sterling silver got me like woah!
I'm super excited to announce that we are now stocking a curated selection of Seeker's stunning silver rings in store. And we even take custom orders to fit your finger by posting out a complimentary ring sizer. Browse the full collection here.
I couldn't wait to discover more about Fallon, the maker behind Seeker Jewellery, based in Folkstone, UK. So we had a little chat, to find out about her story, process and favourite tools of her trade.
Tell us a bit about you. How long have you been making jewellery and how did you first get into it?
A few years ago I was working for a HUGE company that makes cheap costume jewellery. I worked as a visual merchandiser and it was my job to make all the crap that they sold, look enticing enough for people to waste their money on. There was a huge amount of broken stuff which got thrown away and it just felt all wrong for me. Somewhere between all the unnecessary spending, using up earth's resources on stuff that's not made to last, the speed of it all - it just didn't feel good at all.
I struggled to find jewellery that I wanted to invest in so I thought I'd like to maybe try making my own. I've always been a lover of crafting. From crochet and embroidery to dressmaking and weaving, so I decided to take a class and it went from there. I did a four-week course learning the basics then went out and taught myself a whole other bunch of stuff (thank you YouTube) and I thought maybe I could trying selling them and here I am! I think all in all, it's been about three years. I still feel very much like a beginner but I'm just going to keep going and see what happens.
What are your big influences and inspirations?
Other makers! I follow some amazing makers on Instagram and their hard work and creativity are a huge source of inspiration for me. There are dressmakers, photographers, ceramic artists and a whole other bunch of weirdos that I admire and enjoy. Seeing the success of others fills me with joy and gives me hope that I too can be successful doing what I love.
What does a typical day look like for you?
I wake up and have coffee. Walk my rescue dog Snoopy and then get down to work. It's not always making and getting messy, I'll spend some time doing admin type stuff and then it's making any orders that have come in, finishing off any bits and pieces and packaging up finished items. Every single thing is done by me although I do get a lot of emotional support from my other half who encourages me and helps keep me motivated. I'll ether listen to music while I work or maybe watch a film if I'm doing something quiet. Snoopy always comes to hang out with me which is always nice too. Oh and snacks. Snacks are very important. And cups of tea!
What are your favourite tools and objects in the studio?
In the top 3 is my iPod, definitely. It's closely followed by a foot assisted pendant drill that does all of the hard work when it comes to sanding, smoothing and drilling the metal and I'm also very fond of a beautiful set of wax carving tools I use all of the time from a company called Wolf Wax.
How would you describe your process for designing a piece? And what do you love about it?
If something pops into my head, it quickly gets scrawled down on a piece of paper. I don't draw out designs, I just start carving in wax and see where I end up. Sometimes it turns out as I imagine, sometimes it looks rubbish! Often I'll carve something in wax and get it cast in silver so I can see the finished piece then I'll re-make the wax and tweak the design a little until it's just as I envisioned. I'm not normally 100% pleased with anything but who is, right? Everything I make could be improved a little somehow but I try and appreciate things as they are, there's a lot of beauty in imperfection.
Do you have any self-care rituals?
I'm not very good at self-care rituals.
I always feel a bit guilty if I'm not working, so downtime is sometimes not as enjoyable as it should be. I see yoga or pilates on the horizon but I'm currently recovering from a back injury I sustained from falling down the stairs - I'm VERY clumsy -so it's a little way off yet. I do occasionally make something just for me which feels good although I'd like to make more time for those moments.
I do care for myself in other ways - I try and get enough sleep, I eat a healthy vegan diet and I try and appreciate my life. I think it's important for the soul to try and live in the now and love what you have and where you are or the journey you're on. Although that isn't always as easy as I'd like, I've been using a mantra of 'it doesn't matter' when something annoys me or makes me angry and it's starting to work! The power of just saying stuff to yourself so often you start to believe it!