So, how did you get started with BURJU?
I started as a graduate in fashion and textile design, specialising in embellishment design. I landed my first job at a well known high street label, but when the company made a few of it's staff redudant it gave me the boost to try out having a go on my own. Jewellery came to me instantly!
And what's your inspiration for the jewellery collection at the moment?
Modern architecture (I love the gherkin building and the shard!) but the Swarovski beads were the real inspiration. The colours actually came together accidentally. There was a lot of experimenting and layering until beautiful surface textures were created!
I also use perspex, chains and cords. I didn't want these pieces to look traditional, but create something unique and contemporary, yet still wearable.
Now you've launched online, what are your plans for the future?
Currently I work from my bedroom, which is a great part-time studio/ bedroom/ living space. I love what I do, but I also have a full -time job too (a freelance designer) so I can't spend as much time as I'd like on BURJU. In the future I would love to create exclusive ranges for well-known boutiques, and of course work on my label full time.
And look! My new favourite necklace has even got the stamp of approval from Tiddles, who's #fblogger pose definitely has potential..
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