10 Questions: Emma Turpin
Monday, October 8, 2012
Jeweller Emma Turpin, interviewed by Lesley Rands
Q1: How did your interest in jewellery start?
I have always been interested in art, design and fashion from a young age. As a child I would be continuously drawing and making things. I was always encouraged to be creative and so on leaving school I decided to continue into the creative field by studying 3-Dimensional Design with Jewellery as my specialist subject.
Q2: Where did you train?
I studied a BTEC 3-D Design course followed by a Dip HE in 3-Dimensional Design at Hertford Regional College, validated by Middlesex University. After this I went on to complete my studies with a BA Hons in Jewellery at Middlesex University, with a placement year at several jewellers. I graduated in 2005.
Q3: Where is your studio?
My workshop is currently at the Gowan Jewellers in Sawbridgeworth. I began working at Gowan Jewellers for my placement year whilst at university as work experience. Without the use of the workshop I would have struggled to get my business up and running. I am hoping to get my own workshop set up this summer.
Q4: What is the main inspiration for your design?
My passion for traditional crafts and craftsmanship is reflected within my style of jewellery. I draw inspiration from Victorian folk life, Victorian interiors and buildings. During my time at university I explored the beginnings of my main collection, 'Maidens Garlands' which consists of hand folded fine silver rosettes, a technique developed by myself. My love for the bygone era influences many of my designs including my new 'Frame Collection' with its sharp lines and sculptural shapes incorporating semiprecious stones.
Q5: What is you preferred medium?
I mainly work in silver and fine silver, with elements of oxidization and 22ct gold plating. I also like to incorporate semiprecious stones and beads. I also undertake commissions, which allows me work in 18ct gold and platinum.
Q6: Do you have a favourite tool?
I use a rolling mill for a lot of my work and find this my invaluable tool, as I have to have the fine silver very thin to work it. I could not produce my rosette range without it. Although it does sound silly I do have a favourite pair of pliers as well, which I use to work my rosette range.
Q7: What are your goals?
I try to set myself yearly goals, such as getting into certain shows and exhibitions. I also aim to make new collections and designs each year. My main goal for this year is to get my workshop set up and to continually increase my business through Facebook and Twitter.
Q8: Do you offer workshops and jewellery classes?
I do not currently offer workshops but I am hoping to once I have my workshop/studio up and running. I do however work with a secondary school and go in a couple of times during the year to take workshops for the students, which I find very rewarding.
Q9: Where do you exhibit/sell your work?
I currently sell my work with several galleries and shops around the country. I am also taking part in a number of exhibitions with galleries. Many of these run for three months. I take part in various craft and design shows throughout the year, which gives me the opportunity to meet customers and sell my work direct. I also sell my work online with an online gallery and through my Facebook business page. My website is more of a catalogue for both retail customers and the trade.
Q10: What has been your greatest achievement?
'Origin' was a great achievement for me last year, but I feel there is so much more for me to accomplish. I feel my business is growing each year and I am hoping with the power of social networking I can reach a wider audience.