Kirsten Manzi Jewellery: Meet The Maker
A little bit about me
Growing up with a paintbrush in my hand and an easel in the back garden I always knew I wanted to lead a creative life. However, my love of working in metal began at university where I studied Jewellery and Metal design at Duncan of Jordanstone in Dundee and spent a semester studying Design, Art and Metalwork at SUNY New Paltz. I loved the process of making and getting lost in a design, I was fascinated with turning an idea into something tangible.
After graduating in 2013, a month of exploring Europe, exhibiting in London and securing my first full-time job in a jewellery workshop, I decided to set up my own business. Launched in 2015, Kirsten Manzi Jewellery specialises in elegant and minimal jewellery inspired by bold geometric shapes and architectural structures. Each piece of jewellery is made by hand in my home studio in the West End of Dundee.
Over the past year, becoming self-employed I've been able to dedicate a lot more time to Kirsten Manzi Jewellery. I have rebranded and relaunched my website, launched a new jewellery line and as well as designing and making my own collections now have more time to work with customers to create bespoke jewellery for all occasions.
I've also been able to get involved with some fantastic projects here in Dundee, such as organising Dundee's Mini Make - Off, working with youth groups to create work for Dundee's Design Parade and I'll be part of the V & A Dundee freelance team, running workshops and tours. So, it's not all jewellery!
When I'm not at the bench, I love to travel and explore. I'm on a mission to see more of Scotland, if you have any recommendations, please let me know. I'm also getting married next year (had to get that in here!) so a lot of time away from work is spent planning (or, let's be honest Pinterest-ing) all things wedding related.
I'll be using this blog to give you some little insight into the life of a jeweller and to keep you up to date with all things Kirsten Manzi Jewellery. If there is anything else you'd like to see on here, let me know!