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OLIVIA ALESSANDRA – JEWELLERY DESIGNER/MAKER

Posted March 29th by Design Splat in Handmade Products, Jewellery Designer, Jewellery Maker

Love jewellery? Then LOVE this! Today being featured we have some absolutely gorgeous jewellery from Olivia Alessandra! Whether you like gorgeous delicate necklaces or bold bright rings and accessories these are for you!

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– Interview

Welcome to the Design Splat Blog Olivia!


Tell us a bit about what you do:

I design and make jewellery and accessories from anything pretty I can get my hands on!

How did you get into hand-making jewellery?

I have a terrible habit of conjuring images of clothes, jewellery and accessories in my head of things that don’t actually exist. I started doing it a lot with jewellery and I’m so fussy, I could never find what I wanted, so I started making it myself.

What inspires you and influences your designs?

I’m not always sure where my ideas come from,they usually pop into my head from nowhere. I’m usually drawn to anything pretty or sparkly, and these things will usually tick through my head until they create a design. I love signature pieces,sometimes there’s nothing more striking than wearing a plain black dress with a huge colourful brooch pinned to it.

Which product is your personal favourite?

I made a layered feather necklace for a uni project a few months back. It was intended to represent a bird’s puffed out chest, looking elegant and glamorous. Needless to say I got carried away with it but now it’s my most precious necklace and I’m very reluctant to let it go!

How long does it take to make and design one product?

Usually once an idea forms in my head I have to make a start on it as soon as possible,within a few hours if I can. Once I’ve started a piece it can take anywhere from 20 minutes to 2 weeks, depending on the intricacy of it.

Do you see the market expanding for handmade jewellery products?

Most definitely. Although the high street is great for some things, people these days want more and more to break away from mass production and own something special an unique to them. Vintage and second hand items are becoming ever popular. Every girl looks for that one dress or pair of shoes or necklace that’s just exploding with their personalities. I definitely believe custom fashion is on the rise.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

Hopefully with my own label and success as a photographer. I love New York and all my dreams are pinned on living there!

Any new exciting products being added to jewellery collection?

Yes, I’ve started on a new sequin collection. It should be up and running around Easter time.

What drives you/gives you the ‘go’ to keep at it and do everything?

It might sound strange but boredom. I get bored so easily and I always have to keep changing things. I get restless and I’m not happy unless I have something new to plan for.

Does fame attract you?

Fame no, success does. Anyone who is out for fame is in dangerous waters. Being recognised for a talent and fame are two very different things.

How do you rate yourself as a jewellery designer/maker?

There’s always room for improvement!! Once you get complacent and satisfied with your work, whether you’re an artist, designer or a performer, you’re heading for trouble!

What makes a good handmade product?

It sounds cheesy but love. If you truly love what you, and you want others to love what you do, you’re on the right path to making a good product. The finishing touches, fine tuning and attention to detail should always ensure constant progression with your work.

Do you cater for custom designs?

Most definitely. The majority of my jewellery is one of a kind, mostly because I don’t like to repeat myself but also because I know how people appreciate buying something they know is the only one and is special to them.

Where can we buy your products?

Right now I have a website in the making. Until then you can check out my Facebook page and email any with requests and queries, I’m more than happy to go the extra mile to give someone exactly what they want.

Three words to describe yourself?

Caring Driven Elegant

Hobbies and other interests?

I’m a dancer, I have been since I was a toddler. I love being on stage and just performing in general, there’s nothing thats more fun or exciting than quick costume changes and bright lights! I also enjoy photography, and try to combine it with my jewellery making by setting up photo shoots with models to get the exact look I’m after.

Any tips and tricks you want to share with aspiring designers?

Just go for it, you’ve nothing to lose and everything to gain.  I’ve learned everything I know from doing it, there’s only one way to get better and that is to keep at it!

Tools of the trade?

Pliers! You’ll get nowhere without them!

Best and worst product you have made?

I can’t think of a jewellery item I’ve really thought was worth putting in the fire but I’ve always been a customiser, always looking for ways to change what I already have.  When I was younger I decided my finger board needed a girly skater, and decided my Belle barbie was the best bet as she was the only brunette doll I had but she was too tall.  I decided to pull her head off and get her a new look, only to realise I had nothing to make a new body with! So now poor Belle is headless and unhappy!

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Contact Info

Email: OliviaAlessandra@aol.co.uk

Website: In the making!!

Facebook Profile Link: http://www.facebook.com/olivia.alessandra

Facebook Group Link: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=109855919034301&ref=ts

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Upcoming events:

Don’t forget to keep checking regularly as I am planning a spring jewellery/garden party.  There will be cakes, drinks, jewellery, accessories and other pretty girly items! I’m very excited and will be unveiling new lines and collections at the party! Open to all, everyone will be welcome. If you’d like know more just email!

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