Meet the Designer: Tara Kirkpatrick

April 03, 2015 Allison Bray

In our second 'Meet the Designer', we interviewed the brilliant contemporary jewellery designer, Tara Kirkpatrick .

When and how did you get started?

I started making my own jewellery designs in October 1997, I still had a part-time job, working for another jeweller, that I kept doing for a further two years and since then I have been working full-time on my own jewellery.

I went to college in Manchester and did a City & Guilds, a great foundation to learning practical jewellery skills, I then went on to Birmingham School of Jewellery studying jewellery design. After college I was a holiday rep before my first job working for a master goldsmith where I learnt many more skills.

What feelings or reactions do you hope to arouse in people who view your work?

I hope people will want to wear the jewellery for always, and that the pieces are ones they come back to time and again.

What inspires your collections?

Inspirations can come from various directions whether it is visiting a museum or gallery or a refreshing walk in the hills. Once a design has been made into a piece it can then take a life of it's own and a collection created from that, hopefully developing and changing as time goes by sometimes new designs adding to the existing collection adding more choice sometimes changing direction and morphing into a different collection.

What has been the high point of your career so far?

I'm a simple girl and just some positive feedback from someone will make me very happy.

When and why did you decide to pursue art as a career?

I come from an arty family and I always loved earrings so thought I'd give jewellery a go and haven't stopped since.

When and why did you decide to pursue art as a career?

To keep on making more and more until everybody in the country owns at least one piece of Tara Kirkpatrick Jewellery!!!

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