Thursday, 23 August 2012

Website designing on iWeb....

This is my new website so far! I have had my website for 3 years now and designing it is a love/hate relationship;) I use iWeb which is a really basic and easy to use format but there was a lot to learn for a complete beginner like me. I must say that in just the few years of having an online "presence" I have discovered a style of my own and the hours and hours that I spend tweaking images etc are paying off.

I have been asked to help other friends (artist/makers) websites. This is truly flattering as I have just learnt as I have gone along. I do wonder if it is in my genes, my brother is a graphic designer and I always think when reviewing my design what would he think or what do I want the customer to know or what are they looking for.

Research is really important!!! I love looking at other peoples websites and thinking of how it works as a layout and what makes it standout from the rest. I have a few sites that I am influenced by but then I start to see my own style come through.

I still have work to do on it and the online shop to add. Who knows, It could look totally different next week! 

These are my top tips for creating an iWeb website

1. Research....ok I have already mentioned this but it will save you time if you know the  style of website you want to create.

2. YouTube tutorials about iWeb have been so helpful when I first started. There are loads out there.

3. Keep the design simple and don't just use the themes they provide.
I customise mine by removing everything from the page including the menu bar
as it has limits.

4. To add a shop I have done it two different ways. You can painstakingly
add a PayPal button next to every image (this does not work on the photo album pages)
and create a separate product page for each item or collection. The other option is to have a Folksy or Etsy shop and have the link on your site. The one problem I find with this is that it takes your viewers away from your site and does not have a link to take them back.

5. Spend time trying things out on iWeb. It is a great way to build a simple website for no cost (if iWeb is on you Mac) other than the hosting and the domain name.
For that I use who I have found really easy to use.

Have a go and good luck!

Friday, 3 August 2012

tomfoolery London Jewellery N10

 Kim Channon Bangle sold in tomfoolery
Kim Channon Bangle sold in tomfoolery

These chunky silver bangles are now in tomfoolery  Contemporary Jewellery gallery! They have a fantastic website so take a peek at their selection of handmade jewellery and join me in liking their Facebook page! Ps..... I work in the gallery too.

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Modern Crochet Jewellery

Hello, It's been so long but the good news is I have lot's of updates and new photos to show you. Recently I have been making crochet jewellery for tomfoolery, contemporary jewellers in Muswell Hill North London. 

I have always been drawn to the idea of using crochet in my jewellery but to me there is a fine line between getting it right and getting it wrong. I love how I can really play with colours of mixing the crochet cotton and the semi-precious stones. I often spend ages playing with different colour plates which is such fun. The necklaces are quite bold but they sit so well with the simple crochet stud. I hope to expand the range but the necklaces are all one-off. These are great statement pieces and I do hope to try out some other colours.

Crochet Studs with sterling silver

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Flux Studios London N10

Have you heard of Avenue Mews in North London's trendy Muswell Hill?
If not then your in for a treat! In the very lovely Muswell Hill (near Highgate & Crouch End) there is a little mews hidden behind the High Street shops that I'm very proud to have been apart of in the past. 

In 2004 I joined fellow jewellery designer Sarah Lindsay to be the first makers/artists to move into a workshop in Flux Studios. Soon other makers/artists/writers & artisans moved in & what a great time we had! In 2008 I left the studios to set up my garden studio in St Albans as we moved & I became a mum so it made sense! 

Next door is Cha Cha Cha's gorgeous vintage clothing & home ware shop with the most fantastic finds. A couple of doors down is 16am, which is full of vintage & unique finds as well as the studio of jewellery designer Katherine Bree.

I miss sharing the studio with Sarah as she is my best friend & Katherine is a really good friend too. 
When my little girl starts school I hope to set up a monthly coffee morning so we can catch up and talk about the jewellery industry & in those few hours put the world to rights!