Tuesday, 27 January 2015

What Goes Around, Comes Around. The Circle Jewellery Collection

Solar Pendant
I began making my circle collection in 2003 whilst working at tomfoolery in North London.
The price of silver then was much more affordable and I was able to make big chunky bangles, bracelets, necklaces and earrings. 12 years on I still make the collection but only to order.

The classic design has stood the test of time but as the price of silver, gold and other precious metals has soared so I have refined the collection a little and am making pieces that are a little more delicate as well as the bigger pieces.

I love this collection and it is one of the more satisfying jewellery range to make. 

Friday, 23 January 2015

Model Toni Garrn wears Kim Channon Jewellery

Elle Italia Feb 2015
Model Toni Garrn wears a pendant made by me!

Photos by Matt Jones for Elle Italia

Yesterday a text message from tomfoolery London informed me that a pendant made by me is in Elle Italia magazine..... WHAT???!!! I later checked into this and found that my Treasured 18t gold plated initial pendant I made a few weeks earlier was now on the cover and in a photo session and worn by the beautiful model and girlfriend to Leonardo DiCaprio, Toni Garrn.
It turns out that a friend of hers bought it from tomfoolery London (jewellery gallery) and she wears it all the time! 

 The above image is similar to the one Toni Garrn is wearing but hers has an initial on it. I make them in silver and 18ct gold plate and start from £38.00 and are on available on my website www.kimchannonjewellery.com or tomfoolery in North London

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Finding Treasure

Hey, it's been forever but then you probably have worked out that I'm not an avid blogger.
Thanks for sticking by me!
Anyhoo, just a quick update. This summer I started a new job as a jewellery assistant for a very well known goldsmith and enameller near London. We make bespoke and fine jewellery and lucky me gets to learn from a master crafts-woman in tradition vitreous enamelling....YAY!!!
I am keeping hush on the company as we make for HRH and it's good to not give everything away;)

As for my jewellery the Treasured collection has been a constant customer wantee so that's been great but it has left me with little time to make other things. 
I have heard about this from other makers that it is easy to get caught in making only items that sell and then not progressing or working on other designs. I'm not complaining that it sells as that's fantastic but I have not turned on my kiln in 5 months!
Therefore, I have decided that from tomorrow I will leave 20 mins early for the school pick up and sit in the car with a sketch book and pencil to see if any designs emerge. If you have any tips on how you squeeze in designing/making time I would love to know. Please leave a comment!

Mini hoops 18ct gold plate

Pearl, Smokey Quartz & 18ct gold plate bracelet

Friday, 22 March 2013

Wedding Jewellery Showcase @ tomfoolery London

Hi there, I just have to tell you about the wedding showcase that the tomfoolery team (including me) have put together. 

We are so excited as this is our first showcase in 18 years of tomfoolery and we are celebrating in style!

Based in North London's trendy Muswell Hill we hope you will join us for nibbles, a glass of champagne and some guidance through the process of choosing the right rings for you.

If you are getting engaged, selecting wedding bands or need a special & unique bridesmaid jewellery just pop in and say hi. 
For details visit www.tomfoolerylondon.co.uk

Hope to see you there
Kim x

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Website designing on iWeb....

This is my new website so far! I have had my website for 3 years now and designing it is a love/hate relationship;) I use iWeb which is a really basic and easy to use format but there was a lot to learn for a complete beginner like me. I must say that in just the few years of having an online "presence" I have discovered a style of my own and the hours and hours that I spend tweaking images etc are paying off.

I have been asked to do other friends (artist/makers) websites. This is truly flattering as I have just learnt as I have gone along. I do wonder if it is in my genes, my brother is a graphic designer and I always think when reviewing my design what would he think or what do I want the customer to know or what are they looking for.

Research is really important!!! I love looking at other peoples websites and thinking of how it works as a layout and what makes it standout from the rest. I have a few sites that I am influenced by but then I start to see my own style come through.

I still have work to do on it and the online shop to add. Who knows, It could look totally different next week! 

These are my top tips for creating an iWeb website

1. Research....ok I have already mentioned this but it will save you time if you know the  style of website you want to create.

2. YouTube tutorials about iWeb have been so helpful when I first started. There are loads out there.

3. Keep the design simple and don't just use the themes they provide.
I customise mine by removing everything from the page including the menu bar
as it has limits.

4. To add a shop I have done it two different ways. You can painstakingly
add a PayPal button next to every image (this does not work on the photo album pages)
and create a separate product page for each item or collection. The other option is to have a Folksy or Etsy shop and have the link on your site. I have done this with my little sister shop LITTLE MOXIE and I have found this much easier. The one problem I find with this is that it takes your viewers away from your site.

5. Spend time trying things out on iWeb. It is a great way to build a simple website for no cost (if iWeb is on you Mac) other than the hosting and the domain name.
For that I use one.com who I have found really easy to use.

Have a go and good luck!

Friday, 3 August 2012

tomfoolery London Jewellery N10

 Kim Channon Bangle sold in tomfoolery
Kim Channon Bangle sold in tomfoolery

These chunky silver bangles are now in tomfoolery  Contemporary Jewellery gallery! They have a fantastic website so take a peek at their selection of handmade jewellery and join me in liking their Facebook page! Ps..... I work in the gallery too.

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Modern Crochet Jewellery

Hello, It's been so long but the good news is I have lot's of updates and new photos to show you. Recently I have been making crochet jewellery for tomfoolery, contemporary jewellers in Muswell Hill North London. 

I have always been drawn to the idea of using crochet in my jewellery but to me there is a fine line between getting it right and getting it wrong. I love how I can really play with colours of mixing the crochet cotton and the semi-precious stones. I often spend ages playing with different colour plates which is such fun. The necklaces are quite bold but they sit so well with the simple crochet stud. I hope to expand the range but the necklaces are all one-off. These are great statement pieces and I do hope to try out some other colours.

Crochet Studs with sterling silver

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Flux Studios London N10

Have you heard of Avenue Mews in North London's trendy Muswell Hill?
If not then your in for a treat! In the very lovely Muswell Hill (near Highgate & Crouch End) there is a little mews hidden behind the High Street shops that I'm very proud to have been apart of in the past. 

In 2004 I joined fellow jewellery designer Sarah Lindsay to be the first makers/artists to move into a workshop in Flux Studios. Soon other makers/artists/writers & artisans moved in & what a great time we had! In 2008 I left the studios to set up my garden studio in St Albans as we moved & I became a mum so it made sense! 

Next door is Cha Cha Cha's gorgeous vintage clothing & home ware shop with the most fantastic finds. A couple of doors down is 16am, which is full of vintage & unique finds as well as the studio of jewellery designer Katherine Bree.

I miss sharing the studio with Sarah as she is my best friend & Katherine is a really good friend too. 
When my little girl starts school I hope to set up a monthly coffee morning so we can catch up and talk about the jewellery industry & in those few hours put the world to rights!

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Need a Little Moxie?

Hello! It's been a while since my last post and the reason is Little Moxie
I struggle like most people to have enough time for blogging, tweeting & making (whilst raising a 3 year old) so to start a new product range is crazy!
I couldn't help it!!! 

Here is a taste of the Little Moxie treats you can find on the website!
If you like what you see, please check out the blog too.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

The makers bible, how to sell your craft!

I just have to spread the word about this amazing book:) For any maker/artist who are trying to sell their products and need a little guidance, this is a god send! The Handmade Market Place by Kari Chapin is packeted full of helpful tips and advice on selling online and general small business issues.
 I must say it is rather American in some of it's approach (us british do have a more reserved attitude to sharing how we make our work and where we sell!) but I really like the sense of a community this book gives. I can't put it down as it's an easy read too and the illustrations are amazing.
 Thank you Kari Chapin!

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

A new journey called Little Moxie

New photos of Kim  Channon Jewellery

Well, where do I start? It's the usual late blog post from me so I will try to keep it short and sweet! A while back I made a post on wether I should start a new blog. The reason for this is that I make a lot of things other than jewellery. I felt my mind and the blog was getting confused with it's direction, so rather than set up a blog, I have started a new enterprise called Little Moxie ♡ On Little Moxie I will be selling my crocheted toys, kids/christening jewellery, paintings, knitted items, personalised guitar picks to name a few, all made by me! Am I mad?....Yes, am I tired?.....You bet! But I have never been more passionate and excited about my work before. It is my new baby! 

As for Kim Channon Jewellery it's super busy times too! I am working on my new images like the ones above for my website which I hope to have looking really fab by the end of September. Right, time for bed to dream up some new designs!!! Nite nite x

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Crochet and away!

The gang!

Edward the bear loves cake

Acorn just loves Mushroom cos he's such a fun-guy!!!

Thanks to Kirsty Allsop's Handmade programes and YouTube, I decided to give crocheting a go. Well let's just say I fell in love! I still can't follow patterns but I just play around until it becomes something. If I try to do two the same they are always a different size. I made these whilst watching TV instead of eating biscuits. Hope they make you smile:) x x

Thursday, 26 May 2011

From the Wilde

Twig Berry Yellow Pendant

Have you heard about fromthewilde.com? This is an online shop that sells only 100% handmade items.
They have the most lovely eclectic handmade products by UK designer makers & artists.
I fell in love with the website, I'm sure you will too!

I'm giddy with joy, because I am now selling my jewellery with "From The Wilde"♡
Pop over to the site and take a peek xx

Thursday, 19 May 2011

3 Villages Market & fair!

At the End of June I will be taking part in the 3 Villages Festival selling my jewellery at the market.

I can't wait as not only will it be set in one of the most beautiful villages I've ever seen (Cradley near Worcester & Hereford) but I will have family and friends there too. My sister in-law is an organiser of the event and I even have some friends who will be stall holders next to me. I am wishing for some good weather and the homemade cider stall to be near! 

If your in the area pop over and say hi.

Market open:  Saturday 25th June - 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
              Sunday 26th June - 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Monday, 7 March 2011

My little cottage: when working at home, it needs to be inspiring!

My side of the bed, and yes I do sleep next to my John Lewis Mini sewing machine!
In the vintage suitcase I keep all my yarn, needles and bits & bobs. 
The basket under the table contains some of my favourite magazines like Country Living.

My cottage was built in 1880 and I love the open fireplace. We are lucky to have a coal yard
down the lane and woods at the back of our house. There is nothing like a real fireplace, it make our home so cosy.

I like making little arrangements of things around the cottage. I do move things around from time to time for a change, and to see where things work best. Because our cottage is dinky, I do find that I have to be careful not to display too much. 

I sometimes just want to clear all the clutter such as, the toys, books that have been read and never to be read again, my mass of fabrics, and the huge collection of T-shirts my husband has. Why do men keep clothing forever? Even when peppered with holes and stained to hell he will not throw them out! 

This is Eden's room. I think this is my favourite room as I got to decorate it for my little girl and think of what she likes and how she see's things. There is a real vintage vibe to her room as Eden has many of mine and my husbands books and toys from when we were little. The crochet blanket was from my gran on my dad's side and the patch work bedspread is made by my grandmother on my mum's side.

When working from home it can be a real challenge to focus and not get sucked into doing other things. For me I find a home that makes me feel safe, is beautiful, uncluttered and reflects the person or persons living there really helps me feel inspired and in a good head space to design and make nice things!

'have nothing in your houses which you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful'

William Morris 1880

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Etsy things & Phings!

Hello, It's been awhile since my last post and the reason is that I have been away on a lovely holiday,
visiting my family in Malaysia. 

We had a great time celebrating chinese new year and it was first time my daughter got to meet the family over there. I also got to know my cousins wife who has an online business through Etsy called Phings. She designs and makes the most must-have items like fridge magnets, gift tags and decor signs.
I couldn't  help but get my hands on some too!

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Valentines Heart Pendant.... You have my ♡

This is a new pendant I made with Valentines Day in mind, and mine and Morgan's five year anniversary coming up! I have a few ideas that are similar to this necklace that I can't wait to make.

I love working with copper as it's so soft and malleable. That is, it can be bent and shaped without cracking, when either hot or cold. Copper is a great metal to start using as a beginner in jewellery making! However, much of the copper jewellery I have seen in shops is not to my taste. I find it a challenge using the reddish orange colour of copper to work with other colours and using it in  contemporary jewellery.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

have a second chance with chinese New Year!

Oxidised silver and enamel earrings
by Kim Channon

I never ever stick to my new years resolutions, so every year they never really change!

1) Drink more water (actually any amount of water, I only drink tea or coffee. Bad I know)

2) Have the Mariah Carey organised wardrobe (but way smaller!)

3) Update website and blog weekly......... and that brings me here.

I have read many blogs where people have apologised or have confessed to not having the time to post fresh new blog material. I do think some bloggers make it look too easy putting posts out every few days so I do end up wondering should I be doing more? What do I put out there every week that anyone would want to hear about?  I must say that the really good blogs like creative thurday or calivintage  show a huge amount of commitment and are very inspiring. 

To be honest, I'm a full-time mum who just about manages to squeeze in a bit of jewellery making or other crafts. I think this must ring bells for so many mums out there who want to be working from home but struggle to find the time. How do I find the time to blog then? Well, my daughter will be going to pre-school this year and I can't wait! Those 3hrs a morning when she is at pre-school will be such a change and maybe, just maybe...... I will be able to blog once a week? nah, let's not get carried away!