Su Trindle is a British designer and maker of sculptural modern silver and resin jewellery.
My favourite place to be is my small workshop in my garden. I work alone, singing along to the radio striving to create beautiful well-designed, contemporary jewellery and make a living at it. This last is important, not just to my creativity and ego but to help feed by boys and the dog.
Now, in my family, no-one is allowed to mention the "C" word til after October. If my boys even so much as hum a carol or "ho-ho-ho" before November they're in big trouble. However, in the spirit of parental hypocrisy, I have been doing a little preparation on the quiet. Christmas, Christmas, Christmas. There, I've said it.
I think buying jewellery is very intimate and beautiful wrapping is an important part of the occasion. My husband also thinks all shops should gift-wrap his gifts for him and, come to think of it, that would be good. So, my Christmas wrapping takes a little time and planning.
I started making my little hand stitched bags a couple of weeks ago, because they always take me longer than I think. I love dawdling through our local quilting shop looking for the perfect festive-but-not-too-obvious fabric. These designs have just enough subtle gold, I think and I've lined them in a contrasting fabric. Hopefully, they'll be re-used and re-cycled.
I found these beautiful handmade papers from India in rich warm shades of green and gold and crimson. Once they're tied with ribbon, it will all come together, all ready to give and to receive.
Let the festive season commence, but please don't tell my boys I used the "C" word.