In our third 'Meet the Designer', we interviewed the brilliant contemporary jewellery designer, Amanda Coleman .
When and how did you get started?
I started in my teens in 1990, making jewellery and buttons out of polymer clay and going around the giftshops in Derby and Nottingham, selling my wares and getting extra pocket money. I decided to study for a degree in 3d design and developed my interest and designs, further.
What feelings or reactions do you hope to arouse in people who view your work?
I want people to imagine they are looking into a miniature world of animals and flowers. I want the jewellery to unleash peoples imagination and for them to create little stories as to what is going on in each piece of jewellery.
What inspires your collections?
I am inspired mostly by a fascination in creatures and the construction of natural forms. I like pattern in flowers and fauna and I enjoy recreating this in metal. Animals have always been an inspiration to me, I like their individual characters and the escapism one feels when surrounded by such magical beasts.
What has been the high point of your career so far?
I enjoy seeing my jewellery in fashion magazines, being worn by celebrities and stylish people and winning awards but I think the hi-light has been going into my favourite place- the Victoria and Albert Museum and seeing my jewellery on display in there.
When and why did you decide to pursue art as a career?
I was always artistic, my parents were artists and ceramicists and I grew up in a craft centre surrounded by creative people. I loved making clothes and hats, silk painting, making clay animals and doing all sorts of creative activities as a child. It was a natural progression to develop my skills further and study 3d design at college. I enjoyed learning and experimenting so much that as soon as I finished my degree and then masters of art I set up a workshop and began to make and sell jewellery to shops and galleries.