September at Kirsten Manzi Jewellery
"And all at once Summer collapsed into Fall. "
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.
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!