Helen Walls - Jewellery Tutor
Silver Jewellery, Beading, Wire Wrapping, Pearl Knotting & Metal Clay - so lots!
How I got involved in making jewellery:
I used to sew and embroider when I was little under the teachings of grandmothers, aunties and my mum. Originally I thought I would study fashion but somehow, all of my work used to concentrate more on little details and accessories. So my 3-D skills developed in jewellery and silversmithing, which I studied at university and have been passionate about ever since!
Things I hope to achieve in the Future:
I would love to have an extravagant / outlandish commission for a pair of silver shoes or a crown!
I am inspired by:
I like to use a wide range of materials in my work, from traditional sterling silver and semi-precious gemstones mixed with Ox horn and deer antler as well as delicate beaded jewellery with tiny pearls and rough diamonds - through to more summery and colourful beaded jewellery using leather, glass, wood etc. All of my jewellery is influenced by my love of the natural world, ethnic / tribal costume from all over the world and vintage fashion - so people seeking unusual, one-off pieces with a bohemian twist would be my ideal wearer. I enjoy teaching beading techniques and fashion jewellery.