Carol Robinson is a jewellery designer and maker who is passionate about giving people the confidence to just give it a go! Her work focuses on upcycling or reusing materials and she has now launched her own business, ‘One of a Kind’. This is Carol’s first time at The Forum, and she is excited to help you express you creativity through the power of jewellery. Read more about her free activity here.
What is it about your making skill that makes you enjoy it so much?
When I am using my one-of-a-kind eclectic style and materials to give people confidence, it makes me love my craft even more. Jewellery making itself is very therapeutic, and the designing aspect inspires me daily.
What does it mean to you personally and the way you live your life?
Each item that I make is designed and handcrafted by myself, and after a long career in advertising I have finally settled into my hobby becoming my brand. For years I fitted in jewellery making courses around my full time career, using the skills I was learning to transform my work outfits into something funky and distinctive. My bold and bright collections are inspired by all the amazing women I encounter.
‘Wearing jewellery is a bit like putting your make-up on. It forms part of the image that we want to show the world. I create interesting items in vivid shapes and colours, with the aim of helping women express their unique style and personality, so they can go about their lives with extra confidence. Just to put a piece of jewellery on and feel special even if they’re having a bad day.’
What has been your greatest making achievement?
Seeing people wear my jewellery – cheesy as it sounds – because I know they’re going to enjoy wearing it. If it makes them happy it makes me happy.
What is your favourite piece of equipment and why?
My pliers. It’s actually a great feeling to finish off a piece and know it’ll soon be worn by someone, and help to give them confidence.
What is your favourite making website or blog and why?
I get inspired from so many places that it’s hard to say. I love Mollie Makes magazine, YouTube tutorials, Digital Mums, Mary Portas and Holly Tucker. All of these I find empowering and inspiring. Also, I just love general life in Norwich and the kind people I meet every day.
Why do you like being part of the Festival (and formerly Makers’ Month)?
I love to see what other people create and how they interpret life and design. There is so much everyday talent here in Norwich and Norfolk. We should be proud of our city and try to put ourselves on the map.
What is your advice to a complete beginner who wants to have a go at your craft?
Have a go. Your creativity is one of a kind.