In 2014 I was fortunate enough to opt for voluntary redundancy from a job that I had truly loved for nearly 20 years. It was hard, and took quite some time to come to terms with what felt like a bereavement, but it also was a great opportunity.
How often do we get a chance to start over in our forties after all?
So, I took time off, spending that time on some of the big jobs round the house and at the allotments, and then in the November I launched a small jewellery business. I have always made jewellery for myself, but mostly it had been simple wire work.. I’d also wanted to go to university to study silversmithing, but it was just too costly back in the 1990s; so here, finally was my chance.
Since then I've had a successful shop on Etsy, have increased my skills (and tool collection!) and have registered my maker's mark with the London Assay Office and from 2023 also with the Edinburgh Assay Office
I’ve decided it's time to branch out and have my own website, where I can put the more unusual pieces - you will now find me on Folksy for those people who prefer the reassurance of shopping through a platform, but as my new pieces are made, I'll gradually be adding them to this site.
Find me at local fairs, and contact me if you'd like to pop round for a personal viewing / discussion regarding your shinies
You can contact me in lots of ways, using the contact form here; direct via email (DawnGillDesigns@gmail.com), at one of the selected local events I attend or by messaging me through my Facebook, Twitter, Wordpress or Instagram accounts. Devon is famously rubbish for connectivity though, so despite having all these on my phone, I may not be able to respond promptly.
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