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Sally Lees makes jewellery for everyone. Her designs are worn by people of all ages and all walks of life. 'I met a woman in a lift in the Royal Festival Hall recently and decided to go in the very exciting singing lift. The lift  journey is accompanied by 'ah ah ah ah ah ah' with each level punctuated with 'Level one!' sang in the in lowest baritone up to 'Level six' in the highest soprano. On our second journey (you have to try to experience continuous singing - which is difficult when people join the lift at every floor!)...

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The Houses of Parliament 'New Dawn' Jewellery Collection - Making the 'New Dawn' Brooch

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The 'New Dawn' commission to create a collection of jewellery to accompany Mary Branson's artwork celebrating women's suffrage was an exciting and intense project. The most difficult thing was that I was sworn to secrecy! I did so many sketches with lots of ideas about quite diverse pieces of jewellery that captured the esscense of the 'New Dawn' artwork. The highly polished surface of the aluminium really suitd the job as it can be dyed a variety of vibrant colours.                 I used tansfer prints of my original drawings of scrolls to decorate...

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The Houses of Parliament 'New Dawn' jewellery collection - Pin

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'New Dawn' pin Part of the collection of jewellery for The Houses of Parliament Drawing of the pin. Front and side elevation A journey in making mostly in pictures The pin was a simple jewellery item to design but presented a few issues in regards to construction. The silver wires had to be attached to the aluminium without soldering as aluminium cannot be soldered to silver so they were inserted through a drilled hole in the centre of the disk. The tight fit and bend in the wire is secure but enables some movement in the disk without it becoming...

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Handmade at Kew - Rose Garden inspiration

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My work is inspired by nature with roses taking centre stage so Kew Gardens is a wonderful place to show my jewellery and cufflinks.        The rose garden at Kew Gardens was redesigned and planted in 2009 to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the gardens, and the beds are now laid out in an interpretation of William Nesfield’s American Garden of 1848, containing English roses, old roses and other shrub roses.  Read more about the Kew rose garden at http://www.kew.org/visit-kew-gardens/explore/attractions/rose-garden For information about Handmade at Kew October 6th - 9th 2016 Sally Lees (London) Stand L13

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The Houses of Parliament 'New Dawn' Jewellery Collection - Inspiration and Conception

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When I was contacted by The Houses of Parliament to write a proposal to create a collection of jewellery to accompany the launch of Mary Branson’s ‘New Dawn’ art installation celebrating women’s suffrage I was both intrigued and excited. It seemed like an excellent challenge to create an important reminder of the exhibition that the visitors could take away with them. Pieces of contemporary jewellery that were timeless, like the artwork itself, that visitors could continue to wear for years to come.                                      'New Dawn' Pin        'New Dawn' by Mary Branson      'New...

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