I'm very grateful to the Kindred Project because my son (aged 7) has had the opportunity to become involved in a diverse curricular and extra-curricular programme of cultural experiences and community services. In particular a recent visit to Hogar Betania really resonated with my son when he had the opportunity to meet and play with children at the centre who had been orphaned. Hogar Betania is a non-profit association whose mission is to care for immigrants, victims of human trafficking, women who have suffered from domestic violence, homeless people, families living in extreme poverty and children at risk.
Also presentations by older students who have visited community partners in Ecuador, Morocco and Uganda has allowed him to gain an awareness of the world in which we live and promote respect between difficult cultures and ways of life.
My son and I decided to get involved with The Kindred Project to try and make a difference to others. I designed The Kindred Project Pendant Necklace which is based on the KP logo and is made from Fine and Sterling Silver. I did the castings and my son did the sanding and polishing and helped with the packaging.
We sold lots of lovely necklaces at the school Christmas Fayre. I'm very proud of my little one for helping make these Charity Pendant Necklaces and raising money for the Kindred Project.
I continue to use my jewellery making skills to support local Charities. A HUGE thank you to all who buy my jewellery and for your continued support.
I've now been making jewellery for over a year now. I'm overwhelmed at the support I've had getting my new venture up and running. I've exhibited my work at galleries and at numerous arts and craft events and I've been flat out getting lots of orders finished for Christmas. I'm now looking forward to some down time so I can get back to the drawing board and work on some new designs.
Passionate about embracing a healthy lifestyle, my jewellery is mostly influenced by my desire to create jewellery that can allow individual expression about the things I love...Yoga and Nature and my love of the outdoor lifestyle.
Before gaining my Silversmithing Jewellery qualification I earned a Radiography Degree, Sports Science Diploma and many Fitness, Yoga and Sports qualifications and still remain active in all these fields of work. Combining my experience and inspiration, my vision is to create easy to wear jewellery that has a contemporary and individual freestyle feel.
I'm based in Sotogrande, Spain and in Sheffield, UK, the city globally known in its heyday for its excellent reputation in manufacturing silverware. As a Sheffield girl, I feel proud to be able to play a very small part in making sure that silver craftsmanship is maintained and remains at the heart of my home city.
My jewellery is handmade using both sterling and fine silver. The sterling silver is hand fabricated out of sheet or wire silver using traditional silversmithing techniques. An element of engraving, stamping or casting is used in some of my designs and I often like to work with fine silver (a purer form of silver) for these items to gain a bright finish in order to minimise tarnish. Fine silver elements are shaped and cast, hand engraved or stamped, dried and finished using modern silversmithing techniques. Fine and Sterling Silver elements are then soldered together to produce beautiful handmade wearable jewellery.
Fusing together traditional and modern silversmithing techniques can take hours of work but is very satisfying. Here is one of my latest designs and if you'd like to take a look at more please visit the Store Page on this site.
There have been some big changes for me over the last few months, new home, new town and new school for my boy and ultimately new places to practice and teach yoga.
I'm grateful that my continued yoga practice allows me to let go of attachment to sadness at missing my family and friends. I can be with myself at ease, I can feel the freedom and possibilities starting to open up and have just signed up to do some Raja Yoga training which is the Science of Yoga - the understanding and complete mastery over the mind. Over the duration of the Raja training I will be studying the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, there are 200 sutras in total. The Yoga Sutras are just words alone, so they have been translated by Swami Satchidananda to give some clarity.
Sri Swami Satchidananda is respected worldwide as one of the major pioneers of the interfaith movement and as one of the most respected Yoga Masters of our time. He is the author of many books, including Integral Yoga Hatha, To Know Your Self, The Living Gita, and The Golden Present. He is the subject of three biographies, Apostle of Peace, Portrait of a Modern Sage, and Boundless Giving.
Apparently the teaching of Raja Yoga are a golden key to unlock all health, happiness, peace and joy....well it certainly sounds good to me.
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