I’m Sophie and I began Shutter Jewellery in 2015. While I live close to London and have been known to wander around the city taking pictures the bustling urban jungle, it’s the real jungle, countryside, rainforests and woodland that really inspire and relax me. This is why Shutter Jewellery has evolved into a celebration of birds, botanicals and butterflies and became little symbols of that escapism.
Each jewellery piece contains a scaled down version of one of my own original photographs and I look for striking detail, shape or colour which will be just as bold on a tiny scale. The photographs are used in a number of ways, but my signature pieces use a little pebble of glass over the top which magnifies the detail and looks just like a tiny version of the real thing.
Many of us feel like we’ve taken enough from our world and want to preserve those last little unspoilt corners. Silver is a lifetime material and each item’s packaging is recycled, recyclable or both wherever possible.
The wonderful bunch of Shutter Jewellery customers have given so much positive feedback on this attention to detail and often very moving stories behind why they choose the pieces they do. Shutter Jewellery is now stocked in a handful of lovely shops and galleries and online sales has helped it reach like-minded customers across the globe.
All of the jewellery is designed and made in a beautifully located riverside studio in Walton on Thames. The river is no end of inspiration (and sometimes distraction) with swans, ducks, dogs and rowers passing the window. The studio is open to visitors so please do pop in and say hello. I make note of days and times I'll be open each week here.
Shutter Jewellery studio, Angler's Wharf, Walton on Thames, Surrey KT12 2PF
(next to The Anglers Pub and behind Riverhouse Barn)
The studio will be open as part of Surrey Artists Open Studios so put me on your list if you're visiting artists during the event.
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