Today we welcome Emily, of Retro Violet, who makes the most beautiful vintage inspired jewellery. This is her first Fairy Tale Fair and we look forward to welcoming her!
“I’m really looking forward to the Fairytale Fair – I’ve heard so many good things about it from lots of diverse sources. It sounds like something different with craft workshops so everyone can get involved.”– Emily, Retro Violet
Tell us a bit about you and what you do/ make….
At University I studied Fine Art then went into Photography and Digital Design. I’m fascinated by the world in miniature and I’ve always wondered how I could turn my photos into jewellery. This gave me the idea to turn my digital collages into jewellery. I am keen to create something unique and make it affordable for everyone. I love images from different eras and digitally layer old postcards, textures and other ephemera to make my designs. I also have a penchant for France and all things French so this creeps in too!
How would you describe your style?
My style is best described as modern vintage inspired, I guess!
How long have you been making your craft items?
I had the idea for Retro Violet in 2010 but only really started selling in Spring 2012.
Do you have a best seller? If so what is it?
I would say my best seller is the lovely little dove brooch.
What do you enjoy most about your craft?
Most of all I enjoy the design stage – it’s fun coming up with new ideas. I also love doing the stalls: meeting interesting and talented people and soaking up the atmosphere.
Do you take part in other craft events (fairs, open houses, markets etc…)?
Yes. Pop Up Vintage, Hassocks / Vintage and Very Nice, Chichester / Big Brighton Fringe Fair / Johnny Loves June Vintage Fair, Shoreham-by-Sea / Floral Fringe Fair, Knepp Castle. I’m always looking for new fairs to try out.
What are your plans/ ambitions for the future? Or have you already achieved them?
I would love to expand my range to include textiles and cards. I’m a very creative person and would love to have more time to put into the business (currently I juggle it around a full-time job). I’ve also been taking part in the Etsy Mentor Month (the Brighton Sellers Team are fabulous!) This will hopefully boost my online sales – it’s been very worthwhile and have a brilliant mentor.
Any other comments you wish to make:
I’m really looking forward to the Fairytale Fair – I’ve heard so many good things about it from lots of diverse sources. It sounds like something different with craft workshops so everyone can get involved. I already have some cute things for little ones but I’m excited to create some fairy inspired items too.
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