Hello my friends. I have held off writing this difficult post for most of this month but after a little of my own story was shared on the Just A Card blog recently and passed on to so many via social media, today just felt the right time to write this post somehow.
Kate Hamilton-Hunter – Artist and Jeweller
When I opened in 2006, Kate was one of the first designer/makers I worked with and over the years she has become a dear friend too. I was hoping to bring you a fab new jewellery collection at the end of June when I re-open, all designed and made by Kate and her bunch of talented staff based in Wales but sadly Kate has made a very difficult decision recently to close the doors of her studio. I really do know how hard this decision was for Kate as she and her staff have put so much energy and effort into creating jewellery with a difference from recycled materials for about 12 years.
Kate and her team
By using biscuit, sweet and cake tins and upcycling them in to various collections including Hearts, Butterflies, Leaves, Birds and putting them on sterling silver findings and chains with beautiful Swarovski crystals and pearls Kate’s jewellery was truly unique and loved by many of my customers.
Sadly, which is what tends to happen, factory-made cheaper products from the Far East is squeezing unique little businesses like Kate’s out of the market by copying work and reproducing it at a fraction of the price. If people continue to buy cheaper products without making that conscious choice to understand then more and more small businesses will close their doors too.
Please think about where you spend your hard-earned cash, how you spend it and who you spend it with. If we make a conscious choice to Shop Local, to buy British Hand-Made, to support those small businesses on our doorstop, the stronger our economy will be.
Here at Heart Gallery I am proud to support small, support local, support British and support independent. By supporting small independent British designer/makers and creative companies I feel I play a very small part in changing the high street in one carefully curated and carefully created, beautiful space.
I am feeling really sad bringing you this awfully upsetting news (you may already have heard) and without ramming the message down your throat please do make conscious choices if you can … they really do make a difference.
I will work with Kate again one day in the future which I am really looking forward to. In the meantime, all of my customers who still own, love and adore Kate’s jewellery enjoy wearing it with joy knowing that it was made by Kate and her team by hand and with love and sold by me with love and pride. Read all about Kate here.
Just another reminder of the Just A Card campaign that is encouraging people to appreciate just how invaluable EVERY single purchase is …. thank you for listening x