New Collection Coming soon

B A L A N C E

 
Kirsten Manzi Jewellery Design - In The Workshop
 
 

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 Deisng 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. You can find out more about the event and RSVP here.

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 you can sign up to receive my newsletter here
 

 

 

 
 

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

 
 

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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 here.

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 here)  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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Upcoming Events: 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.

 

You can keep up to date with all upcoming events here and make sure you don't miss anything by signing up to my mailing list here

Kirsten Manzi

www.kirstenmanzi.co.uk
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Inspiration: The Amalfi Coast

 

“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!

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

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Meet The Maker

 

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!

 

What better way to start a new blog than with an introduction…

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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