Meet The Makers – Shelly and John

Shelley and John

Shelley and John – artists

Shelley and John are husband and wife team from Kent who met at Art college and gained degrees in Graphic Design from De Montfort University.

Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood

Shelley has been a professional Book Binder for 10 years and John a Design and Technology teacher for 8. Together they design and make a range of unique and quirky acrylic jewellery influenced by fairy tales, stories and books alongside a range of handmade gorgeous books, photo albums and lasercut cards.

Red Riding Hood bracelet set

Red Riding Hood bracelet set

 

Wolf earrings

Wolf earrings

Shelley has worked for many prestigious clients in her time at London bindery Delta Design which is owned and run by Cathy Robert. Whilst at the bindery Shelley mainly worked on bespoke photographers portfolios, handmade menus, boxes and books as well as being the leather worker. But after almost 10 years of working in London she tired of the daily commute and longed to create her own range of unique pretty books.

Dorothy - The Wizard of Oz

Dorothy – The Wizard of Oz

Like many creative journeys Shelley started out selling her books at small local craft events to test the market and see if the public would like them.

Toto earrings

Toto earrings

 

Wizard of Oz ring set

Wizard of Oz ring set

This continued until John became the head of Design and Technology and gained access to a laser cutter which allowed him to make Shelley a cat ring which she loved. From this small gift of Johns to a full range of jewellery, it’s surprising where those small beginnings end up. 

Snow White

Snow White

 

Snow White ring set

Snow White ring set

 

Apple Earrings

Apple Earrings

Their jewellery is designed in a way that tells a story by using three items in symbol form. for instance The Owl And The Pussycat is represented with an owl, a cat and a pea green boat!

Owl and The Pussycat ring set

Owl and The Pussycat ring set

 

Owl Necklace

Owl Necklace

This range of acrylic jewellery is with us for our Summer 2015 Exhibition THE WAY THROUGH THE WOODS and we love it – we think you’ll love it too x

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