Kate’s Stories

Mayday, Mayday!!

Another month has flown by here in sunny Scarbados (no really, it has been very sunny!!) and I naively thought I would get so much done!! Google Digital Garage We hit the ground running at the start of May with a day at Coventry University (in Scarborough – yes, I know its a bit confusing!!) attending the Google Digital Garage Training session organised by Yorkshire in Business. It was delivered by the extremely helpful and knowledgable Becky, who talked us through series of presentations on how to make the most out of Google, social media and our own websites. I came away with copious notes and very enthused with all the new things I needed to do (or add to my to do list and try them later) and it was a thoroughly enjoyable and extremely helpful session! I was made acutely aware of my age however as after I’d been franticly taking down the notes, Becky casually said at the end ‘oh just take a photo of the slide and it has the links to the presentations on’. How time have changed since I was at uni, no smart phones to record/photograph slides, and certainly slides were not linked Read More

KWJ’s April Antics

April has been one busy month, full of both work and play. We started off with Easter weekend, this was great fun as it is the first year that the small one has actually understood what was going on (well, at least the bunny and eggs bit!). So we had our first Easter egg hunt and I’m not sure who had the most fun – me putting it all together or her looking for them all! This year BCTF also fell during the Easter holidays so although I was busy getting ready for the vent we still managed to squeeze in some fun Easter activities! All the fun of the Fairs… On 7th April I loaded up the car and made my way over to Harrogate to set up for the British Craft Trade Fair. This was my eighth year of exhibiting at the show and I think I’ve finally cracked the packing and unloading technique on my own!! I set up in a record time (for me!) and was on my way home in time for tea. We opened to the public on 8th April and had a very pleasant three days meeting and chatting with lots of potential stockists Read More

March Meet The Maker

What a busy time we have had here at KWJ! This month I decided to take part in Joanne Hawkers #MarchMeetTheMaker challenge over on Instagram. Previously I have not been entirely successful with keeping up to date with social media challenges but despite an epic iPhone failure leaving me incommunicado for a good few days, and a bout of the sickness bug kindly donated by the small one, I have managed (so far) with the majority of the posts – just a few to catch up on this week. If you would like to see my #MarchMeetTheMaker contributions, pop over to my Instagram feed and see more about my story and KWJ. It is also very refreshing as a maker to see so many others posting similar things, feeling like you’re all in the same boat juggling life and making, and bringing makers together despite the sometimes solitary existence of the self employed.  The challenge has also made me plan ahead a bit more with my photographs and content, and think about the prompts and how to interpret them.  You can see others exciting stories by having  browse of the #MarchMeetTheMaker hashtag!                 Read More

February Fun

Where has February gone? You get lulled into the quiet relaxed pace of January then before you know it you’ve lost half a month!! Social Scarborough February has been a surprisingly busy few weeks, both at home and KWJ. At the beginning of the month we had our first Totally Locally Scarborough meet up at Clark’s. It was a great opportunity to meet up with other local businesses and of course the coffee and cake were delicious! Hopefully this will now become a regular monthly meet up where we can explore any issues and opportunities there are for small businesses in the Scarborough area. Half term then crept up on us and we made the most of it by visiting the Scarborough RNLI for their open day and doing plenty of crafty things, along with a lovely sunny day on the beach!    New Things!! February is also the month for developing new ideas ready for the British Craft Trade Fair in April and application time for craft shows. I haven’t applied for any events for a couple of years since Evie came along but I have done this time round and I have some shiny new work to share with you. Read More

Hello 2018 from KWJ!

This my first blog for 2018 and I’m afraid to say, nearly 3 years on here!! We have an awful lot to catch up on!  Along with all of the other unrealistic resolutions that we make in the New Year, one of my more positive ones  has been to keep you updated on what is happening at Kate Wimbush Jewellery on a monthly basis.  That way I can share what I’m working on with you, events I’m going to and where you can find me or my jewellery across the UK. Now as we seem to have almost three years to catch up on, I’ll try and keep it brief! The Big Move In 2016 we decided as a family that we would like Evie to grow up by the seaside (one of my childhood dreams!) and with a husband whose job allows him to move around the country we started looking for possible locations. We finally settled on Scarborough in North Yorkshire and in February 2017 we finally moved to the coast! It is a dream come true having all these wonderful places which we have visited as tourists on our doorstep. We are a stones throw from Whitby, Read More

It’s that time again!!

This week I will be travelling to Harrogate once again for BCTF 2015! BCTF has been promoting British hand-made giftware for 40 years, longer than any other trade fair in the UK! I will be exhibiting alongside my fellow Manchester Jewellers Network members Charlotte Verity and Simon Denvers on stand 114. The show opens on Sunday 12th April and finishes on Tuesday 14th at 5pm. Hopefully this lovely weather will hold out for the weekend and we can also squeeze in a trip to Betty’s! This year I have revisited a few of my popular designs and given them a bit of a golden make over! You will be able to see them on our stand next week.   Unfortunately I will have to leave this little treasure behind! It will be my first time away from her since she arrived but I’m sure I will be just fine and happily distracted by all the beautiful crafts on show sourcing new stock for Sevenoak Studio!! I look forward to seeing you there!! Read More

Belated Happy new Year!!

After a little time off during December and January after the (rather late) arrival of our beautiful little girl Genevieve, I have been slowly trying to catch up with all things jewellery! In November last year I was fortunate to open a new gallery Sevenoak Studio with two fellow jewellers, Charlotte Verity and Gemma Scully, in the creative Northern Quarter in Manchester. We have had a wonderful Christmas and New Year there and are looking forward to 2015 where we will begin to teach our Manchester School of Jewellery classes in our newly renovated basement space. The rest of the year is also shaping up well, I am planning ahead for BCTF in April where I will have some exciting new pieces to show, I will also be at the June Art Market in Holmfirth and currently planning with Manchester Jewellers Network a wonderful exhibition celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Alice in Wonderland! In the meantime, please bear with me as business slowly returns to normal. Timing jewellery making and all the other admin which comes with it in between feeds, naps and pulling silly faces in becoming an art form!! If you’d like to keep up to date with what I’m Read More

Taking some time off….

As of Monday 24th November I will no longer be taking on commissions and will be limiting the availability of items on my Not on the Highstreet page in preparation for our mini me due to arrive at the beginning of December!   My jewellery is available at a number of shops and galleries nationwide, please check my stockists page for one near you!   If you do have any queries I will be answering emails and Facebook messages until she arrives so please don’t hesitate to get in touch!   Thank you for all your kind support this year and I will be back in the New Year with new ideas and a new helper (?!)   Kate  x x Read More

Miniatura

Today I visited Miniatura at the NEC in Birmingham to have a look at some of the amazing scale modelling on show. Miniatura is a highly specialised event entirely dedicated to the amazing hobby of domestic modelling in 1/12th, 1/24th (half-scale) and 1/48th (quarter scale) and even 1/144th!!  This is an example of a dresser with dishes at 144th scale! One of the stands which particularly caught my eye was Glasscraft based in the North East. They specialise in 1/12th scale glass ware which is absolutely stunning in detail. Here are some images of Glasscraft’s work….. My favourite stand was that of Mike Sparrow who is a trained jeweller/silversmith and makes silverware to 1/12th scale which all works much as the original full size pieces. Vessels are hollow, lids lift off or are hinged, and wooden handles are carved out of ebony. Here are some examples of some of his beautifully detailed work…… This skill it takes to produce some of the work on show at Miniatura is amazing! It has given me lots of exciting ideas and after the success of my flute commissions I would like to challenge myself in the future to try and make some more miniature pieces Read More

Anniversary Pendant

At the start of the year I made a unique flower pendant to celebrate Joy’s 21st birthday. Over the summer she got in touch to ask if I could make something to celebrate her and her partners anniversary this September. She requested that the piece have both of their fingerprints on and a special poem. Here you can see the process for making the pendant. And here is the final piece! Once engraved, I oxidised the detail and gave it a brushed satin finished.   If you’d like a bespoke piece of jewellery designing for a special occasion, please contact me to discuss your ideas. You can see other examples of commissions I have done here.   Read More