Picture of jewellery maker Sarah Jane Lewis standing in front of her stall at a previous Collective Art in Marlow event
Sarah Jane at a previous Collective Art in Marlow event
In today's 'Meet and Greet' we would like to introduce you our jewellery maker - Sarah Jane Lewis

Introduce yourself, briefly: My name is Sarah Jane Lewis I live in Tylers Green. I trained in Interior Design many years ago and have had a rather varied work-life in publishing, sales and marketing and as a make-up artist. I love being a mother to my two daughters aged 17 & 20. I came back to creative pursuits via pottery classes, which lead me to make ceramic bead jewellery - a natural progression was to train in silver & metal jewellery making and now I am often to be found hammering away at my work-bench making designs in silver, copper, brass & pewter.

Describe your style? You will struggle to find straight lines or any precise geometry in my designs. I revel in free-form and naturalistic wiggly lines and marks - think snail-trails and seed-pods...

Tell us about your work-space? I currently work in a compact corner of a 'family-room' it is light and next to an outside door. I like to be very comfy, when I'm working - radio is a must; there'll be a cat curled up nearby (oblivious to the noise) and a constant supply of tea

What inspires you? I am inspired by marks and shapes from the natural world, but I'm always buzzing with ideas after a trip to the V&A Museum looking at the amazing decorative art, sculpture and ironwork.

How and when did you get involved with Collective Art in Marlow? I have been involved right from the start. It’s so great to be involved with such a creative and lovely bunch!

Apart from jewellery do you have any other creative interests? I love to cook!

What is your favourite technique? I know this sounds a bit 'hippy', but I do like to produce jewellery that has a feeling of warmth and soul to it. I usually hammer a piece of metal before doing anything else to it as then it has marks made by hand as a background. It's like the difference between a hand-thrown pot and a mass produced one...the hand-made item has an imprint of the person that made it. This gives it a texture and character and quality that is very much my style.

Tell us where else we can see your work: I currently sell my work at The Courtyard Gallery at 'A Little Bird Told Me' in Wendover: http://www.alittlebirdtoldmegallery.com/ - and sometimes at The Craft Coop Shop, Maidenhead:  http://www.craftcoop.co.uk/the-craft-coop-shop.html

I also take part in The Craft Coop Jewellery Shop, Maidenhead; The Granary Sale in Chesham and have regular 'open house' sales from my house.  My Website is 'under construction' currently but I hope to have it done, soon!  Look out for: www.sjlewisjewellery.com

Favourite film: Priscilla Queen of The Desert

Pets: Three adorable rescue tom-cats Teddy, Dennis & Vern and three free-range-ing Hens

Favourite place to be: West Coast of Ireland

Person I'd most like to invite to dinner: Too numerous to specify!

Random fact about me: A life-long love of Donkeys (I had two as a child)

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