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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.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

What is Treasury East?

Etsy has a new way to collect together and show off all your favourite things and it's called Treasury East.  You can create a kind of mood board of 16 pieces, on any theme you like. You just need to be signed up to Etsy  It's a great way to find new shops, themes or ideas. I love going through people's shops and choosing my wishlist, so I've already made 5 new treasuries.
Take a peek and see if you share my shopping mood.
Primary  my colourful first.
Earthy Treasures beautiful browns and blues
Indigo Whispers from AG Team members in glorious intense indigo
Metal Love some great modern jewellery for my friends on the Etsymetal Team
Cherry Picking Fresh picks for the European Street Team

Saturday, April 24, 2010

New!! Abstrakt Summer Earrings

Here's a sneaky peek at my new range of earrings.
I've designed them in my favourite  abstract,not-quite-geometric shapes, for an effortless modern look.
Perfect for summer parties they're made of lightweight, durable resin and my new fresh, breezy, grown-up colours with my signature speckled finish.
They'll be available from my Etsy shop and my new UK online store over the next week. I'm also introducing FREE shipping on all earrings in my Etsy shop, from Monday 26th April.
I hope you like them.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

The Creative Process: How do you plan and organize for design?

Oh yes! It's time for the Etsymetal Blog Carnival. This month we're blogging about our creative process and our work spaces - I can't wait to see what my fellow jewellers have on their workbenches, are they neat and tidy or is there a weeks worth of dirty coffee cups?
I confess, I'm a sketchbook junkie and most of my designs are visually led. When I start a new design I always start with my heaps of magazines, books and postcards. I have a small moleskin in my handbag to record anything that catches my eye in a museum or gallery, and one by my bed for late night inspirations.
Then there's the one I work up my designs in, pictured here are my drawings for the etsymetal charm swap.

Oh, and I have my "Recipe Book" with a drawing and cutting list and notes on any design I need to reproduce frequently.
Then, I'm at college one day a week, so I also have a sketchbook, a design book, workshop book and design sheets which all weigh a ton and are full of references and  drawings - like the one here.

Well, something has to give,right?
So here is a picture of my bench, taken 5 minutes ago. I'm in the middle of making some new resin pieces which you can see on my main bench, and I'm making rings for "Ring a Day" at my soldering station.
This is such a personal place to me that it's hard to be objective about it. Everything  looks organised to me, but probably only to me.

Take a look at these other Etsymetal Jewellers' Blogs (let me know how tidy they are).