“I make jewellery in precious metal, shaped to create bold, fluid lines and defined profiles.
Many of my designs tell a story and involve humour. Detailed castings add character, while unusual textures and hammered effects give surfaces dimension and depth.
I use gem stones to highlight a contour or accentuate a feature.
Each item is individually made using traditional techniques; I aim to give every piece its own particular personality.”
I am thrilled to have entered another intensely creative period of my life.
Shortly after having most of my family jewellery stolen I decided to take the opportunity to rebuild a new treasure trove.
Following tuition and encouragement from the inspirational jeweller Jonathan Swan, I now design and make individual pieces of my own and have recently launched my first collection. My work reflects a love of beautiful fluid lines and quirky humour. For inspiration, I allow my imagination to ignite ideas and call on my curiosity to embark on them. I am a big fan of cave paintings and Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
During 80/90s I ran a vibrant clothing business, “Specially For You”, from a workshop near my home in East Hoathly, Sussex. My designs combined intricate hand embroidery, smocking and bead work on highly contemporary and traditional styles for adults and children. In 1997 one of my pieces was on show at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London as part of the exhibition “The Cutting Edge – Fifty Years of British Fashion”.
Between 2000 and 2006 I taught craft at Cumnor House School, Danehill. I was also responsible for designing and making clothes for the theatrical productions.
In 2007 I founded Ouse Valley Foods, a multi-award-winning, specialist food production company selling sought-after artisan products in the UK and throughout Europe.
During 2012 I formed the independent children’s publishing company Hare & Heron Press and to date have written four books.
In 2016 I won a lifetime achievement award for women in business.
I was so pleased to come across Julian’s beautiful jewellery. For me, it combines style, quirkiness and charm in a delightful way. I especially like the ring with a teeny mouse on it.
As a person, I have great admiration for Julian who has endless passion and enthusiasm for creating in many different forms and mediums. An inspiration.
My husband commissioned Julian to make THE most beautiful gold earrings with green droplets to match my eye colour. He said she was absolutely great to work with. Professional, full of ideas, and fairly priced. Many people compliment my earrings and this comes down to Julian’s creativity and skill at moulding such small pieces. We both highly recommend her beautiful work and I have my fingers crossed for a dog brooch this birthday!