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UK Handmade Jewellery Designer Semina Lewis at Silver Wire Designs

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Born in Winchmore Hill, North London, I studied silversmithing in London and Birmingham and decided to start trading as Silver Wire Designs in 2006.

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I have been fortunate to have travelled extensively especially during my formative years when I stayed with families rather than in hotels so experienced cultures first hand. Architecture has always inspired me from the many beautiful buildings in central London to Gaudi's designs in Barcelona. I find the colourful traditional costumes and clothing I have seen around the world especially in Mexico and Asia stimulating and have enjoyed visiting markets filled with the most beautiful colourful fabrics. These have left lasting images in my mind which I can draw on when designing. Landscapes from deserts to mountains and simply the many colourful sights I have seen around the world have all contributed to my designs. I caught the creative bug early in life and have always had a fascination for both contemporary jewellery and traditional finding the ornate bridal jewelry in Asia particularly fascinating.

Being interested in textiles and all forms of art and handmade craft I have produced some contemporary textured fabric wall art using silk. I also won a readers' award for my fashion designs featured in Brides Magazine.

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Numerous techniques are used including knitting, crocheting and weaving silver combined with traditional silversmithing and wire wrapping, to create the finished effect. Sometimes when making a piece it may evolve into something else and I often have strange images of patterns in the middle of the night which are transfered into new designs - that is if I have the energy to get up and draw them before I forget - I find the whole process quite exciting. You can say I work intuitively especially when working on bespoke orders. Skills in design and website design as well as photography enable me to make a piece and upload it immediately to the website.

I won the International Designers' 'Rising Star' Competition in September 2007 in the Handcrafted Jewellery Category. The 'Rising Star' Competition was open to independent and emerging fashion and jewellery designers from all over the world in the categories - Jewellery, Haute Couture, Ready to wear and Handcrafted Jewellery. The winners came from the UK, Canada, United Arab Emirates and Japan. To win the award I was chosen for demonstrating the following traits:

- Professional and business minded approach to market - Consistency in producing high quality designs and products - A high degree of customer focus ❨need identification and fulfilment❩ - A sustainable business model, coupled with dedication to fashion

In November 2008 Silver Wire Designs was a finalist in the Hunts Post Business Awards in the Internet Category. My designs have also featured in many magazine articles including Vogue and Tatler.

The Silver is hallmarked when appropriate with my personal makers mark - initials SL in a forward arrow shape the other marks represent the metal purity mark 925 showing that the item is sterling silver the lion showing that my work is hallmarked by the London Assay Office the date mark and traditional fineness mark. I use only the finest quality pure silver and choose not to plate or coat it at all so you are buying just silver which I am told is better for people with allergies who are often reacting to the coatings and platings rather than the silver on jewellery.

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I love to receive feedback from customers as it is nice to know how my work is received. If you wish to be kept updated I have a news feed, and social networking pages. I also produce a monthly newsletter by email.

I enjoy making jewellery and get a great sense of satisfaction to find that it is also giving pleasure to others.

Thank you for visiting and hope to be of service. I am available by email most of the time even outside normal office hours. Hope you find this page of interest. Kind Regards Semina

Semina Lewis

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