I am a jewellery designer maker based in York.
My original training culminated in a Degree in Design, specialising in Textiles, which was no surprise having grown up in a family environment of 3 generations of needlewomen.
My degree took me into work as a Fair Trade designer, travelling extensively around the world developing traditional handicrafts with producer groups and their artisans. After more than 10 years I could no longer ignore my personal desire to extend and develop further creatively and so I retrained at York School of Jewellery as a designer jeweller.
A huge part of my jewellery designs are influenced by haberdashery, stemming from a fascination that grew from admiring my Grandma's talents and fond memories of sorting through her button stash. I continue to expand my haberdashery collection, thrilled with its popularity. From unique cotton reels and thimbles, to various button inspired pieces including the use of vintage and found buttons.
I am increasingly drawn to the thought of 'reviving' something and bringing an old or found object back to life. I incorporate such finds into my jewellery where I can.
My jewellery reflects my memories, my observations and my musings. Thereby allowing me to tell the story and the journey behind each range.
I feel very lucky to be on this journey, I hope you like my designs as much as I have enjoyed making them. Thank you for your support.
You can find more information, news, events, press releases, on my website www.joannawakefield.com where you can also sign up to my Seasonal newsletter.