So now it's time to introduce you to our second Week 2 sponsor of 100 Acts of Sewing July - Sara Bukumunhe
Sara is a contemporary jewellery but she has a broad range of craft skills under her belt!
Sara has very kindly donated a piece of her hand made jewellery this week - the winner will be able to choose from a silver pendant or earstuds from the Sewn Up Range.
Details of how to take part (and a very special discount for you) are below but first let's find out a bit more about Sara....
Can you tell us a bit about your jewellery practise and how you developed your business?
I am a sole designer maker, working from my home studio in Shipley near Bradford, West Yorkshire. My business has grown slowly and organically over the last 20 or so years, starting as a weekend hobbyist to making jewellery full time and selling through galleries all over the British Isles, as well as through my own website, www.sarabuk.bigcartel.com.
I learned to make jewellery at a local college but I am continuously learning through my own experimentation, and by taking specialised courses whenever I want to add to my skills knowledge. There is always something new to learn!
Do the ethical implications of precious metals and stones impact your work? Is there anything that we can do as makers or consumers to lessen this impact?
Of course, as a jeweller I have to take responsibility for the provenance of the materials I use. I buy all my supplies from companies who responsibly source their materials and I try to recycle as much silver and gold as I can. Although I don’t use a huge amount of precious stones, I make sure the suppliers have guarantees in place that their sources are conflict free.
How did you come to develop the Sewn Up range?
I developed my sewn up range when I bought a basketful of embroidery threads from a charity shop and at the same time wanted to make a range of jewellery that reminded me of pebbles I picked up on the beach, the ones with a line of quartz running through them. I used the threads to sew a ‘quartz’ line into the silver ‘pebbles’ It’s such a simple addition but I think it has great impact, especially when I have an endless colour spectrum to choose from.
So you also have a love of sewing and textiles crafts?
I sewed a lot as a teenager, using my Grannie's old hand operated Singer. I remember making some trousers and a matching waistcoat which I wore to a school disco, using a red paisley fabric! It wasn’t until much later that I inherited an electric sewing machine form my Grandmother-in-law that I started sewing again, making anything from purses to soft furnishing. Over the last couple of years I have tried to stop buying new clothes, and I have rediscovered a love for making clothes again, but also I’ve stared knitting and crocheting, embroidery and even macramé.
I have a stash of fabrics and threads that I seem to have acquired over the years that I’m not sure I’ll ever get through!
How would you like to develop your work/career as a jeweller into the future?
I love making jewellery in the traditional way, but at the moment I am a little bit obsessed with crochet, macramé and knitting, and I am experimenting with combining the two in exciting ways. So maybe my work will take a different direction, watch this space!
So how can you win a piece of Sara's beautiful work during 100 Acts of Sewing July Week 2?
On Instagram, simply post a hack on the 100 Acts of Sewing pattern Shirtno1 or TunicNo1. A hack is your own take or variation using the original pattern as a base. It can be as simple or as complicated as you like.
Then use the hashtag #100actsofsewingjuly19 – THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!!
Please post by 9am GMT Monday 15th July to enter Week 2.
See the blog in for full details and how to take part in the 100 Acts of Sewing July Facebook Group
Use the code 100ACTS giving 10% off orders over £30 at sarabuk.bigcartel.com until 30th November 2019
Plus more good news is that a collection of Sara's work will be coming to the Beyond Measure shop this Autumn!
A massive thanks to Sara for her sponsorship and support this month.