The Wedding Collection from Judith Brown Jewellery


Judith Brown’s Wedding Collection

You have recently done a shoot for your bridal collection, what colours and styles will  you be featuring? 

The style of my bridal collections is elegant, pretty and delicate, and I use vintage mother of pearl buttons, antique lace and even lace I have made myself with the traditional technique of tatting in the designs. A subtle range of delicate shades from snow white, through to ivory and vanilla cream feature in the collections. Some designs are hand embroidered with tiny glass beads, embellished with lace like silver wire stitching and finished with freshwater pearl and glass bead drops. Pretty flowers feature in both the vintage and handmade lace designs.

Vintage is a major influence in your work, what else is inspiring you in 2014? 

I often take inspiration from antique dress and textiles, and am working on a collection of designs inspired by Tudor portraits following a research trip to London at the end of last year, so this collection will include semi precious gemstones such as garnets, amazonite,aventurine and pearls, I’m looking into using some some gold in these designs too. Looking further forward I have ideas for next years collections which will bring more colour into my work, so I have been collecting pictures to create a mood board for that, so far there are images of delicate plants and flowers such as spring blossom, delicate seed heads and embroidered fabrics and dresses which reflect the same ideas, colours like vintage peach, duck egg, warm cream, gold sea green and silvery white.

Have you any workshops lined up this year, and where will they be held and what is your theme? 

For the spring I have 3 workshops lined up

March 22nd 2014 ~ Wire Jewellery with haberdashery. Full day workshop at Hope and Elvis, The Welbeck Estate, Nottinghamshire.

March 23rd 2014~ Wire Jewellery with vintage lace. Full day workshop. The Beetroot Tree, Derbyshire.

April 26th 2014 – Two half day workshops. One with Vintage haberdashery, one with Vintage Lace. Debbie Bryan Studio and Shop, the Lace Market, Nottingham

The workshops are all inspired by my collections and there’s a chance to experiment with my techniques and make at least one piece of jewellery.


Recently you have been exploring new techniques and processes…. please tell us about this? 

I have been learning the traditional lace making of tatting, so that I can make my own lace to transform into jewellery. This is a technique which involves creating series of knots to form stitches and these stitches then can be formed into rings, and then abstract or often floral motifs. Traditionally it’s used to make lace doilies or edgings for fabrics, but I am using it to create small motifs that I can use for jewellery and stitch into with my wire stitching technique. I’m also going on a natural dye workshop so that I can dye my own threads for this technique and hope to achieve subtle shades which are not commercially available.

Vintage Blanc and Noir  – are both stunning collections, do you find it difficult to create new styles of jewellery or does it come naturally to you? 

I am generally inspired by exploring a technique and how I can give new life to the unusual materials, vintage hooks and eyes, antique mother of pearl buttons, that I use in these collections. I particularly like making something so plain and functional like the hooks and eyes seem really elegant and feminine in my designs. I look to vintage and antique jewellery to get ideads for shapes and styles of the finished pieces. As long as I give myself the time to get inspired, collect ideas, then I just love making new things!


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An interview with Helaina Sharpley, talking about her love of the Edwardian era and tea.

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Helaina Sharpley is a lady of great knowledge, wisdom and talent. I first met Helaina at BCTF on her first show there back in 2007. My first impressions of her was WOW! on her amazing unique talent, but also her drive and determination. For a young lady she swooped up the awards on her first show and they have been on the increase ever since. I am a big fan of her vision and her work. Take a look into Helaina Sharpley’s world of wire…..

What is your background, how did you begin?

I started my business in 2006, after graduating from Hereford College of Art and Design with a BS (hon.) in Design Crafts.

What era would you like to be born in? 

I’d like to have been born in the late Victorian era, so I could have fully enjoyed the Edwardian era… and I’d have to have been middle or upper class, otherwise living conditions were rather grim.


Why does this inspire you? 

These times had great elegance.  Things were created with fine detail and precision – you only have to look at the architecture to see this…seaside piers, railway stations, lampposts… ornate decoration was added to everything!  I also love the idea of formalities and etiquette in society, where ladies took afternoon tea , with prearranged conversation topics and linen to match the season.  In my imagination, it was a wonderful gentle time….I know it wasn’t all sweetness really though!

Describe your process and inspirations around your work?

I collect a lot of ‘inspiration’ (more commonly known as hoarding….)  I have lots of books, old postcards and ephemera, tea cups, tea pots, cutlery, tea trays, cake stands… And I like these things to surround me, so I can see them everyday.  I draw my designs using sepia ink and a mapping nib.  These drawings become the templates for the wire work, and all the wire is shaped and twisted using my hands, pliers and wire cutters.


What events and shows are coming up for you? 

I recently sent work to the Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong, for the second year running I’ll be showing with Byard Art, Cambridge.  I’m also nervously excited to have been accepted to take part in The Other Art Fair

What are your top tips for relaxing outside of work? 

Drinking tea and eating cake….

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You have just finished your first art film, are you going to do more of this…? 

Oh I don’t know about that!  Let’s see how this one goes down first! 😉  I think there is great scope to tell more of this story and hopefully my work will show me the way…

You have been working hard behind the scenes on your website, when is the launch date? 

Soon!  Hopefully April time.

What is your favourite quote? 

Let them eat cake.

If you could dress as an Edwardian lady everyday and drink tea, would you?

I’ve been thinking about this long and hard…. If I still had to go to the studio – no (I try to walk to work, and I’m quite a speed walker – I think the long skirt would get in the way!  Also, I think the corset would soon become wearing!)  However, if I could be a lady of leisure, then YES!

Metatronic Healing with Clare Glennon at Millers Yard in York

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Tell us about Metatronic Healing? 
Metatron is described as the angel of Divine Presence -­‐ peace that passes all understanding -­‐ and the Archangel who bridges Heaven and Earth. As a result of his work as a human, he ascended to sit at the ‘right hand of God’; thus he is the ‘older Spiritual brother who knows where we are and what we need. Metatron holds the blueprint for our spiritual journey, and reaches his hand across the veil to support us.
Metatronic Healing is the method that has evolved since Metatron first communicated with Pippa Merivale -­‐ the founder. Metatrons promise was that this method of healing would ‘remove the story from the body’s cellular memory’ and ‘activate the heart’ returning us to our original spiritual nature.
 Metatronic energies dissolve from your cellular memory the ‘story’ or stories,or the limiting beliefs that arise from fear, and it activates the intelligence of your heart centre, the most potent energy centre you possess, engaging that power station fully with the energies of love – the creative force of the Universe – to fuel and direct your life.”
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What do we learn in the foundation course? 
The process os one of being supported Metatron to go deeply within yourself. It is a direct experience of the Metatronic energies working uniquely for you in a very personal way. The key element is to receive the Attunements and Transmissions, given in silence. Some students prefer to lie down, in comfort for these, but sitting is fine too.  The first 7 of the Metatronic Transmissions, are delivered through the ‘power station’ which is your heart centre, it gently eases open doorways in your deeply buried cellular awareness which have been closed. Holding you gently, the Metatronic energies enable you to look – without denial, judgment or fear – at the parts of yourself that have concealed you from your-Self; the parts that have got in the way. They invite you to bring your shadow in from the cold and to love it – right into the wholeness of yourself. And then comes the gift, for a transmission stimulates the clearance of what holds you back but it also activates the divine qualities that are latent within youOnce something is recognised within you, it has the potential to be realised. On the third day we will do some practical work with the energies which you have received, learning more about their different qualities to get an understanding of how to apply them within your life. No previous healing experience is necessary. There is a organic pace to the course with time to integrate, share and ask questions. 
How can we apply Metatronic Healing in everyday life? 
The 7 individual Metatronic energies can be used to deepen healing for both yourself healing and others. The energies are now readily available within energy system to be accessed for support in all areas of your life, whether it is for personal healing and support, the release stress and tension, allowing clarity to come, feeling inspired, creativity or even to get out of your own way! 
What are the positive benefits of this healing? 
Our students and clients report that not only are their deepest life lessons so deeply revealed and healed, but that the transformation that follows in the wake of Metatronic energies is alchemical: it reaches deep into the cells and the benefits are abiding and permanent. 
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Will I be qualified to heal others after the the foundation or do I need to carry on with the training? 
Once you have received the transmissions you may use them to deepen the healing both for yourself and others. Should you wish to continue your exploration there are five other courses which make up the totality of Metatronic Healing. It is a two strand weave: personal healing and growing and for those that wish it, the Metatronic Healer Training. Whilst you may use the Metatronic energies for healing straight away, it is not until the third course that you may become a registered Metatronic Healer, should you wish to.
Is there any extra resource, reading material I can access before coming on the course
 “Harps of Gold” written by the Founder Pippa Merrivale is a really useful for some, but not essential to read beforehand.

 Workbooks are provided for the course, so that students can really immerse in the direct experience of the course which we fully  encourage.

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Where do I find your course information? 
 To find out much more information about Metatronic Healing visit:

Fresh air, big dogs, rain, moss, white horses, stories, and ancient Ents.

Firstly let me say Thank You to Kim Werner from The Red Corvid for the inspirational title, before I start my post on Yesterday’s first Away Day, here at Buttercup Home. Inspired! Screen shot 2013-12-13 at 18.28.51 For those of you who haven’t been here, let me introduce you to our space…..Buttercup Home is a place of creative comfort, productability, action and rest. It is the creative hub and resting place;  to be able to work out your creative business ideas without distraction, working with me (Fiona Pattison)  :  )  in association with Happy 4 pr. I work with a lot of creative businesses and Buttercup Home has been inspired by the beautiful people who I work with and for. This is my way to say Thank You to all of YOU for taking that leap of faith and reaching for your goals and often your biggest dreams. We are climbing on that powerful ladder of creativity together and it is a rewarding journey that needs to be noted, credited, valued, treasured and celebrated. And this is what we do here at Buttercup Home, we value our gifts in order to grow further. Screen shot 2013-12-15 at 20.08.10 Yesterday was a validation for me that creating the next step of my business with Buttercup Home was the perfect stepping stone in my business growth. Kim from The Red Corvid and Nicola Taylor from Nicola Taylor Photography arrived promptly at 11am, I made tea and we began our wonderful storytelling journey. Lunch was prepared and as we chatted further is was so nice to talk to like minded people about the world we live, how we think, what was inspiring us and how we all were looking forward to our walk in the woods….. it was a true adventure as the Title of this post reveals…..

Thank You Ladies…..Special Memories and lots of Inspiration, roll on the next one in March. : )

photo 1 If you would like to book in for a creative mentoring session for your business or you would like to join is our next workshop please contact

Thank You!

Fiona Pattison

Links to the post.

 The Red Corvid

Nicola Taylor Photography 

Happy 4 pr

Buttercup Home  

Lost and Found Workshop with Priscilla Jones

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Priscilla creates  sculptures that draw upon her life long love affair with here vast collections of odd an curious objects.  During this two day workshop, Priscilla Jones will share with you the creative techniques developed through her experimentation and process of making.  You will make your very own 3D sculpture inspired by whatever theme you wish… using wire, wax, and found ephemera. You will learn a range of processes including how to construct a wire structure that can be in 3D or 2D using light weight wire and then work into this by creating a surface to hand stitch and embellish with paper, buttons, beads and trimmings. Materials will be provided all you need bring is enthusiasm and some found objects or materials from your own collecting. This is a perfect opportunity to develop ideas you may have started in previous workshops with Priscilla or you may wish to come along and learn a range of new and exciting techniques!


Central Hebden Bridge

25th & 26th January 2014 10-4.00pm

£120 per person 

Including a lovely homemade lunch, tea and cakes!

For more information contact Priscilla

on 07816 886522 or email her at