Shop Small This Christmas

 

I’m going to ease you all into the whole “Christmas” thing with a little blog about shopping small and local at this time of year. It can be so easy to only go to all of your usual large retail shops when Christmas shopping, or if you can’t deal with tackling the shops, grabbing your laptop and a cuppa and shopping online with big name online stores and there's nothing wrong with that. However I am going to challenge you all to try something a little different this year by shopping small and/or local, even if it's only for a few gifts.  There is nothing like finding the perfect gift for someone, something that will bring them happiness for years, something they didn't even know they wanted. This year enhance your gift buying with soulful shopping and meaningful purchases from some small independent brands, makers and designers....

 
 


Step out of the shopping centres and get to know your local community this year. Explore some of the smaller independent shops in your local area. Small shop owners know that the items we surround ourself with can be a source of joy and they stock their shops with items that do just that. You'll be sure to find unusual, quirky gifts that you’re unlikely to find anywhere else on the high street, making it easy to find the ideal gift that you know the recipient won't already have. Independent shops also have their own personality and atmosphere. Rather than feeling busy and hectic they have a more laid back vibe, making you feel a bit more relaxed in the midst of frantic festivities. 

Evidence from numerous surveys shows that people receive better customer care and service in local shops. These shops survive through recommendations and repeat visits so they will want to give you the best possible service. Independent retailers are passionate about what they do, they KNOW their shop and their products, it is likely that the have personally made, designed or handpicked the lovely gift you are about to buy. So if you have a question or aren't sure about something, they will be more than happy to help you with their knowledge and expertise, often going above and beyond. Great service, often with a personal touch means less stress for you! 

If you are in Dundee make sure you check out Dock Street Studios, Quirky CooIndigo HouseBella and Pretty Fly Workshop (for unique gifts, accessories, homeware and handmade items), J.A Braithwaite (for coffee lovers), Abandon Ship, MC Boutique,  Cartocon, Haylay Scanlan, M Boutique (for clothing and accessories) as well as Grouchos, Assai and This Way Up (for the music and book lovers).

and head to these stockists to shop Kirsten Manzi Jewellery in person. (Keep an eye out for new stockists coming soon!)

Whether you're searching for a last-minute decoration or desperately seeking inspiration for your gift buying, local christmas markets and pop-up shops will have you covered!  Forget getting stressed while traipsing through the same old shops, head to a market or pop-up, grab yourself a mulled wine and opt for something a little more laid back. These kind of shopping events offer a unique experience to buy directly from a variety of independent makers and designers.  Meaning you can meet and talk to the actual person who made the gifts you are going to buy! Makers and designers put HOURS of work, love, care and craftsmanship to ensure you receive beautiful high quality pieces that you won't find anywhere else. The meaningful purchase of a handmade gift can enhance the gift giving experience. Imagine waking up on christmas morning and being able to tell a little story about meeting and talking to the makers who personally designed and made the gifts your friends and family are opening.

You may also be surprised by what you can find at the markets; giving you new ideas that you wouldn’t have thought of otherwise. Buying from independent makers often means you can get things customised, maybe add initials to a pair of cufflinks or commission a design using your loved one's favourite colours. 
You’ll end up with gifts that can’t be found elsewhere and I guarantee your friends and family will be impressed.

You can find Kirsten Manzi Jewellery as well as a number of other wonderful makers at the following events this year:

Tea Green Pop-Up Boutique at Taypark House 30th Nov - 24th Dec
The I.D Pop - Up Store at The Lighthouse 2nd & 3rd Dec
CRAFTED Market at Dundee Contemporary Arts  2nd Dec
Tea Green Market at Kibble Palace 10th Dec

 
 

If you do want to do your christmas shopping within the comfort of your own home why not look for independent makers. Almost everyone has their own website. If you're not aware of many independent makers at the moment you can explore Craft Council's Makers Directory or browse sites like Etsy, Folksy, Not On The High Street,  Made By Hand Online and shop through ASOS Marketplace rather than the main site to find pieces by independent brands. Take a look at the makers who are exhibiting at markets and pop-ups, or stocked in the shops  in your local area and look them up online.  You can also shop online with independent brands and galleries like Home by Kirsty, Tom Pigeon, DCA  who will stock a variety of lovely alternative gifts!  Many small businesses make products by hand, often with years of expertise behind them.

Browse my online shop here for handcrafted silver jewellery.
 

I will probably be making a lot of gifts this year, it’s fun and can be done on a tight budget. If you have a bit of time you can DIY a lot of gifts, they don’t have to be complicated or expensive! Make up a little spa with homemade bath salts or shower tabs, soap and a candle, create a terrarium or hanging planter for the plant lover in your life or try your hand at making your own gin or beer. Take a look at my D.I.Y Christmas board on Pinterest for inspiration.

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What is My Ring Size?

 

How to FIND YOUR PERFECT RING SIZE

Whether you're trying to surprise a loved one or treating yourself, buying a ring can be a bit daunting if you don’t know your ring size. A half size too small and it may not fit over your knuckles, half a size too big and it might move around too much.

I want you to be able to find your perfect fit so that your rings will arrive ready to wear. Here are some tips, tricks and tools to help you find out the ring size of any finger you like. Once you know write it down or save it in your phone so you don’t have to worry next time you want to buy a ring.
 

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Go to your local jeweller
If you are in town or at a shopping centre, pop into a jewellery shop. Most shops will be happy to measure your finger with no obligation to buy. If you’d like me to measure your finger size, get in touch. I’d be happy to help. This is the most reliable and accurate way to determine your ring size. All jewellers in the UK use the same standard sizes and jewellers will have the correct tools to accurately measure your finger size.

Use a plastic ring sizer
If you don’t live near a jeweller you can use a plastic ring sizer to measure your finger. Slip the sizer onto your finger and adjust it (like a belt) until you have a comfortable fit - snug enough so that it won’t fall off but loose enough to JUST slide over your knuckle. The size the arrow points to when you have a comfortable fit is your ring size. Order one, keep it and reuse it whenever you need to know your ring size. Pass it along to friends and family too, I bet you're not the only one who doesn’t know your ring size!

Although this won’t be as reliable as metal ring sizers it will give you a good idea of your ring size. Just make sure you follow the instructions. You can always double check with a jeweller if you need to.


Use a printable ring sizing guide
To get the most accurate and reliable results I’d advise using this alongside one of the options above. Measurements taken from a piece of paper will give you a rough idea of your size.  Follow the instructions carefully and make sure that page scaling is set to "100%" on your print dialog box before you print.

  • Print out your ring sizing sheet.
  • Double-check the ruler on the PDF against a physical ruler. If the measurement is not accurate, your ring size measurement will not be completed properly.
  • Carefully follow the instruction to determine your ring size.

    Download your printable sizing guide.
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If you want the ring to be a surprise
If you are surprising someone else with a ring there are some ways to find out their ring size without them knowing. Ask their best friends and family - they might already know their size. If they already have a ring they wear on the correct finger “borrow” it and use the printable sizing guide or take it to your local jeweller. If they will notice the ring is gone, you can carefully draw around the inside of the ring or make an imprint of it in something soft like a bar of soap. A jeweller can make a good guess of the size from there.

Things to consider:

  • Your dominant hand may be slightly larger so make sure you measure the correct hand. (If you’re measuring for an engagement ring that's the left ring finger - the one next to the pinky finger.)
  • The best time of day to measure your ring size is in the evening when your fingers are largest.

  • Avoid measuring when you’re cold as your fingers can be at least half a size smaller.

  • Wider bands will have a slightly tighter fit and therefore less “give” for slipping over knuckles. Consider ordering half a size larger for bands 3mm or wider.

  • When in doubt go up half a size.

  • Make note of your ring size so it’s there when you need it.



If your ring doesn’t fit
Hopefully with these tips you’ll end up with a perfect fit every time. However if you end up with a ring that doesn't fit, don’t worry. I can resize almost any ring to make sure it fits perfectly. Just get in touch.

Now you're ready to buy a ring that fits you perfectly. Take a look at my range of rings online here or get in touch if you'd like to commission one.

 
How to Commission a Piece of Jewellery
 

9ct White Gold Wedding Rings

9ct White Gold Wedding Rings

COMMISSIONING A PIECE OF JEWELLERY

 
 

Jewellers (and other makers, artists and designer) often talk about ‘commissions’, but what does this actually mean?  For me, working to commission means that I work with customers to create bespoke, custom and unique jewellery pieces. Think of it as a collaboration between you and the designer. It allows you to have some input into the design of the piece and become part of the making process.  

So...have you ever thought about commissioning a special piece of jewellery but aren’t sure how to start?  Here are some top tips to help you achieve your dream design…
 

First things first, what do you want to make?  
Although I can work with you to figure out exactly what you’d like, commissioning works best when you  already have an idea. Think about who the jewellery is for.  What do they like? What do they wear? Do they have any interests or hobbies you’d like to incorporate into the design?  Is it for a special occasion? Do you have a preference for the type of metal or stones in the design?  The more information you can give the designer the better.

 
NYC Commission using clients own photos.

NYC Commission using clients own photos.

 


Get to know the designer.
You want to choose the right designer who can turn your idea into something tangible.  Get to know their work and choose a designer whose style you like. Many designers like to add their own influence into commissioned pieces so let them know if there are elements of their own designs you’d like to include in the piece. Make sure the designer you choose will take on commissions, if you’re not sure just send them an email - most jewellers will be happy to help and even if they won’t do the work themselves they may pass you on to somebody who will.

Ask how the designer works and make sure you feel comfortable with their commission process. I like to have an initial consultation via email, phone or in person. After this I ask for a £50 design fee and once the design is confirmed I will take a 50% deposit and begin making your piece. I will keep you up to date with the making of your piece via email. Ask the designer what their process is, if they provide sketches, how they will make sure the piece fits and anything else you can think of. Knowing the answers to all of these questions at the beginning will leave you feeling confident at every stage.

 
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Have a budget in mind.
If you are commissioning a piece of handmade jewellery it is important to value the time and effort they put into making your bespoke piece. When a designer prices a commission they take a lot into consideration. As well as designing and making your piece they will have to think about fluctuation of the price of precious metals, any hallmarking fees and the overheads that come with running a small jewellery business. Give your designer a budget as early as possible, if you are unsure what your budget will cover, don’t be afraid to ask, many pieces can be designed and altered to suit your needs by using different metals or stones. I work closely with my customers to ensure that I can create a beautiful piece that is within their budget. If you are looking for a bargain or just want the best price then a commissioned piece of jewellery is probably not for you. Most commissioned pieces are custom made and completely unique. Be realistic with your budget and never expect a designer to lower their commission price.

Work To a Deadline.
It is likely that you are commissioning a piece of jewellery as a gift for someone special. If this is the case and you will need the piece for a specific date let your designer know as soon as possible.  Be aware that designers can often have large workloads and the time it takes to complete a commission varies from piece to piece. It can take from 3-10 weeks to design and create from the first consultation to delivery, depending on the complexity of the design.

Be prepared, think ahead and have a deadline to ensure you get your pieces in time for all of those special occasions.

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Silver & Yellow Sapphire Engagement Ring

Silver & Yellow Sapphire Engagement Ring

I hope you find these tips are helpful and now feel confident when commissioning a bespoke piece of jewellery.

Alongside my collections I do provide a commission service and can update any existing designs in another metal or to suit your style. Take a look at my commissions gallery and get in touch to chat about how we can make your perfect piece of jewellery.

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what happened in september at kirsten manzi jewellery?
 

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"And all at once Summer collapsed into Fall. " 
Oscar Wilde

 I love this time of year. It is the run up to all of my favourite holidays and I love getting wrapped up and watching the scenery change colour as the low autumn sun casts a golden hue over everything. Not only does everything look beautiful at this time of year, September can feel like a fresh start, a new season  full of optimistic possibility.

 
 
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The past month at Kirsten Manzi Jewellery Design has been all go with lots of new and exciting things happening. I’ve had not one but two launch events to celebrate the new B A L A N C E collection. I had an amazing evening event at Flamingosaurus Rex in Edinburgh followed by a wonderful weekend in Kathryn Rattray's beautiful studio in WASPS Dundee. I have had such a positive response to the collection so far and it was lovely to meet and chat to so many people so thank you very much if you came along to either of the events! You can now shop the
B A L A N C E collection online at www.kirstenmanzi.co.uk/shop

Creative Dundee were also back with Make/Share in September and when Claire asked me to get involved my initial reaction was “nope, no way.”  Make/Share is a monthly event that invites local creatives to talk about their work and processes. Hosted by The Beer Kitchen, Make/Share is super friendly and relaxed but my fear of public speaking still set in! However, I decided to “face my fear and do it anyway” (aka winging it) which actually seems to be the theme of this year so far. I stood up in front of a pub full of people and did a 10 minute talk, nothing bad happened and apparently nobody could tell how nervous and awkward I actually felt. I don’t think I will ever be able to watch it back but if you are interested you can watch the full evening of talks here.

Winging it as a full time self-employed jewellery for the past few months I decided I should probably learn a bit more about business. In my search for business related advice and information I came across Acorn Enterprise, a brilliant organisiation that educates and accelerates new businesses and entrepreneurs. Acorn have recently set up shop in The Old Flour Mill and have started their 8th business accelerator programme here in Dundee. I was lucky enough to be accepted onto the program at the start of September and so far it has been a fantastic opportunity to delve into the nitty gritty parts of running your own business. I’m excited to see how the next couple of months at Acorn will impact Kirsten Manzi Jewellery Design!

At the moment I am making work for a selection of NEW stockists who will be stocking the B A L A N C E collection over Christmas and I will be introducing them to you very soon, I am also now taking Christmas orders so if you are looking for a bespoke or custom piece of jewellery please get in touch. I have a few other things up my sleeve which I need to keep quiet for now...but watch this space, for more exciting news to come!

 
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Kirsten Manzi Jewellery is launching a new collection - balance

B A L A N C E

 
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I’m very excited to announce that I’ll be launching my new collection, Balance at Flamingosaurus Rex on Saturday 16th September!  I have been very busy over the past month or so designing, making and planning the launch of my new collection. I have finally narrowed down the designs and will be ready to share the finished pieces with you in September. In the meantime here is a little sneak peak of the new collection and info about my upcoming Launch Party...

The Balance Collection combines bold curves with strong lines resulting in delicate structural pieces influenced by the round topped windows, arches, smooth curves and strong angles hidden in Italian architecture.  With the belief that there is beauty in simplicity the collection focuses on clean elegant shapes that combine my love of architecture with minimal design. My aim is to create beautiful and timeless jewellery pieces that can be worn every day.  The collection will feature 4 necklace designs available on 18" and 22" chains, bold brooches, bangles, earrings and cufflinks.  All of the pieces are designed to compliment one another, so they can be mixed and matched to suit your own style! 

Each piece in the balance collection is made from 100% recycled silver wherever possible with sterling silver and stainless steel findings.  100% recycled silver is made using scrap jewellery, medical equipment and electronics which are melted down and transformed back into silver sheets or wire. Because it has already been extracted recycled silver ensures no new silver is mined as it is essentially up cycling what already exists.  Recycled silver can be treated and worked with in the same way as silver, for the same quality results. Your jewellery will still look beautiful, recycled silver is just more environmentally friendly.

 
 
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To launch the Balance collection I’ll be having an evening event at the fantastic Flamingosaurus Rex in Bruntsfield, Edinburgh (who also stock Kirsten Manzi Jewellery Design so go have a look). On Saturday 16th September Flamingosaurus Rex will be open from 6pm-9pm for an exclusive launch party giving you the chance to be the first to buy my new work as well as meet and talk to me.  We’ll have drinks, food and music for you to enjoy too PLUS goody bags and offers available only on the night. So come along and help me celebrate. Find out more about the event and RSVP. 

For a behind the scenes look into the making of the collection follow me on Instagram and to keep up to date with all things Kirsten Manzi Jewellery design sign up to receive my newsletter.
 

 

 

 
 

The Balance collection will be available to buy online and at Flamingosaurus Rex on Saturday 16th September.

 
 

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enquiries@kirstenmanzi.co.uk


kirsten manzi jewellery & Dundee Mini Make-Off

 

“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.”

-Pablo Picasso

 

 
 
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You may know that I have another little project that started last year with two lovely ladies Kirsty and Mairi: Dundee Mini Make-Off. Dundee Mini Make-Off is a small initiative that we started as a bit of fun aiming to engage local communities with the joy making through workshops, tutorials, competitions & exhibitions. This all kicked off last September with our first event, Dundee’s (not so) Mini Make-Off where we collaborated with over 30 local creatives to organise a one-day creative event consisting of workshops, a pop-up shop, exhibition and live making a competition. You can read more about our first event on our website.
Life has taken over a bit leaving the three of us less time to work on this little project: moving homes, new jobs, losing jobs and moving to Vietnam (read more about what Kirsty is up to at Vin Space Art Studio)  put a bit of a spanner in the Dundee Mini Make-Off works BUT we are slowing getting the ball rolling again.

 
Photo: SCRAPantics 

Photo: SCRAPantics 

 


Last Saturday with lots of help from the lovely Trish at Art Bubble and behind the scenes moral support from Kirsty and Mairi I organised another, much smaller Dundee Mini Make-Off Event. I met Trish after finding out about Art Bubble a month or so ago and she was so full of creativity and positivity I couldn’t not collaborate with her! After a chat with the Make-Off ladies, we got planning, organising and recruiting to create a (really this time) MINI Make-Off Event with Art Bubble in the short space of just 2 weeks. And we managed!

 We set up 4 workshops in Trish’s amazing Art Bubble Space: T- Shirt Jewellery, Origami Safari with Toki Designs, an Art Bubble Taster Session and DIY Butterflies with SCRAPantics! We had a very busy morning with lots of families and little hands trying all of the workshops we had to offer which was amazing. It was great to see everyone leave with something they had created and lovely to hear that people were enjoying themselves throughout the day.

We started Dundee Mini Make-Off because we wanted to do something a bit more creative in our own lives as well as bring art and design out of the studios and into the local community. We aim to create fun, engaging and inclusive interactive events that encourage everyone to come together, share skills, learn, and explore their own creativity. Although Saturday’s event was small, I think we still managed to do this. Throughout the day I had children as young as  5 and up to around 10 take part in my workshop as well as adults of all ages. It was amazing to see the things people designed in a relaxed environment with no pressure and was lovely to see their confidence grow as they began to experiment and make more than one piece. Not to mention the conversations, connections and friendships made around a table full of strips of t-shirts, a bunch of pliers and jewellery making supplies.

 
 

I think a lot of people are scared to try thing that are deemed "arty" or "creative." They are scared they won't be good enough or that their work will be judged, this is not the case. It really is all about letting go and having a bit of fun. Most people are amazed at what they are capable of making. Above are some of the pieces made during my T-Shirt jewellery workshop. Aren't they fantastic!

 
 

Let's not let people divide the world into the creatives and non-creatives, realise that everyone is naturally creative and we should all let our creative ideas fly:

 
 
 
 

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Where to buy Kirsten Manzi Jewellery in July

 

Making. Experimenting. Sketching. Designing. Pricing. Meetings. Planning. Organising. Orders. Commissions. New Stockist. New Collection. PopUps. Workshops. 
July is turning out to be a pretty busy month here at Kirsten Manzi Jewellery Design. 

 
 
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We have been getting our bathroom renovated, which means my little studio has been taken over by tradesmen, tools and boxes of bathroom furniture and materials. I've been working around them for the past week or so and am looking forward to getting back to normal this week (I'm also looking forward to our shiny new bathroom!)  At the moment I am busy making lots of stock for upcoming events as well as a collection of Fragment pieces for a brand new stockist,  (I'll tell you more about that later!)

 

 
 
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This month I'll be showcasing my work at two pop-up events. One here in Dundee and one in Glasgow. First up is The I.D Store Pop-Up: a unique weekend pop-up store brought to you by Granny Would be Proud in association with The Lighthouse.  The I.D Store Pop-Up promotes a new way of shopping local and supporting independent brands. With 6 floors of independent designers and makers, the Pop-Up includes a jewellery department, home interiors/homewares, independent fashion design, kid's department, men's department, vintage craft and design marketplace and a floor full of delicious independent food stalls. I'm sure there will be something for everyone so make space in your calendar for an alternative shopping experience in Glasgow and come say hi! 

The I.D Store Pop-Up will take place at The Lighthouse in Glasgow on the 15th and 16th of July from 10:30 - 5:00.
Find out more here.

On Saturday 22nd July I'll be popping up with Dundee Ministry of Crafts for the first time. Dundee Ministry of Crafts is a monthly pop-up market focusing on unique design led handmade products sold directly by local makers. Dundee has a large and vibrant creative community and for one Saturday a month Dundee Ministry of Crafts acts as a little creative hub, with over 20 stalls from local artists, designers and makers. Pop into the Steeple for a little browse, chat to local makers and maybe even treat yourself to something from one of the stalls. 

Dundee Ministry Of Crafts Pop-Up Market will take place at The Steeple Church in Dundee on the 29th July from 11:00 - 4:00.
Find out more here.

As well as getting ready for these pop-ups I've also been busy organising another Dundee Mini Make-Off event in collaboration with Art Bubble! On Saturday 22nd July we'll be holding a Summer Pop-Up Workshop event: a day of creative fun! 
We are teaming up with local creatives to offer drop-in workshops and tutorials aiming to introduce people to the benefits of making in a fun and friendly environment. I'll be running a T-Shirt Jewellery Workshop where I'll be showing you how to turn your old t-shirts into wearable jewellery! We’ll have a few different workshops for you to try throughout the day so pop-in at any time. You can keep an eye out for workshop announcements on the Dundee Mini-Make Off Facebook page here.

T-Shirt Jewellery Workshop will take place as part of the Summer Pop-Up Workshop at Art Bubble Studios in Dundee on the 22nd July From 11:00-14:00
Workshop Price: £4.00 per person

Find our more here.

 
Kirsten Manzi

www.kirstenmanzi.co.uk
enquiries@kirstenmanzi.co.uk


What inspires Kirsten manzi jewellery?

 

“TRAVELLING IS LIKE FLIRTING WITH LIFE. IT’S LIKE SAYING, ‘I WOULD STAY AND LOVE YOU, BUT I HAVE TO GO; THIS IS MY STATION.’”

– LISA ST. AUBIN DE TERAN
 

 
 
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I love to travel, there's nothing quite like exploring a new environment and culture. l'm always dreaming of new adventures and looking for the next destination. I'm lucky enough to have travelled quite a lot throughout my life and always come back feeling refreshed, inspired and full of new ideas.


Italy is my favourite place to explore.
In May I spent a week on the Amalfi Coast with my family practising la dolce far niente and brushing up on my Italian while researching the Manzi family name. The Amalfi Coast is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and is deemed an outstanding example of a Mediterranean landscape! Set in a unique environment, The Amalfi Coast acts as one majestic balcony consisting of picturesque towns, with cliff-clinging homes gathered together overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea. When we weren't trying to track down birth certificates of relatives or having a photo shoot next to anything with the "Manzi" name on it we immersed ourselves in the beautiful landscape of the Amalfi Coast by taking nail-biting bus trips along the coastal mountains (cliff edges!!) to explore the cities and towns.

From the Cathedral of Sant’Andrea in Amalfi and its Cloister of Paradise, the beautiful pastel houses of Positano, connected by small, labyrinth-like streets and staircases, to the panoramic views and villas in Ravello, it's not hard to be captivated by the Amalfi Coast. I was fascinated by the beautiful surroundings. Towns and cities all along the coast boast wonderful examples of artistic and architectural excellence blending Byzantine and Renaissance styles. Evident in the Arab-Sicilian buildings, nestled into the terraced coast and clustered along cliffs, adding to its picturesque charm and natural beauty.

Wandering through small arches, and alleys I was drawn to the negative space and the shapes between. I love the use of semicircular arches and domes, the shape of the windows and the curves in the structure of the buildings. These circles, semi-circles and curved lines combined with a bit of research into symmetry, proportion and geometry have inspired my new collection; a series of handmade, wearable structures combining bold curves with layered linear pattern resulting in strong, but delicate forms.

I'm currently finalising designs and working on samples for this collection and am hoping it will be ready to launch within a month or two.

In the meantime, you can sign up to my mailing list here to keep up to date with everything and be the first to hear about the new collection!

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enquiries@kirstenmanzi.co.uk

 

 

Who runs Kirsten manzi jewellery?

 

Hello 

 
 

A new website obviously calls for a brand new blog, so here we are.
Welcome back to those of you who have been following my jewellery journey since I graduated and Hello to any new customers and readers!

Kirsten Manzi Jewellery - In the Workshop

 

What better way to start a new blog than with an introduction…
so who runs kirsten manzi jewellery?

Me. I'm Kirsten Manzi. A Dundee based jewellery designer and maker who loves travelling and architecture. I graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in 2013 with a degree in jewellery and metal design. After a month of exploring Europe, an exhibition in London and securing my first full-time job in a jewellery workshop I decided to set up my own jewellery business.

Kirsten Manzi Jewellery Design was launched in November 2015, and over the next year, I spent all of my free time making, contacting stockists, applying to pop-up events, building my brand and getting to know my lovely customers. A year and a half later Kirsten Manzi Jewellery Design is up and running my website and branding has been revamped, there is a new collection is underway, I have a few events coming up later this year and ideas for some exciting projects!

I’ll use this blog to keep you updated about jewellery related things, but also as a creative outlet and to share the things I enjoy.
In the meantime head over to my shop to take a look at some new products! 

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy the blog.

 
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