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Bespoke Collections - Museums and Galleries

The Commissioning Process
   A simplified commissioning process which makes your retail and merchandising role easier.  
Sally Lees Representation of the People Act scrollsNew Dawn Mary Branson Houses of ParliamentNew Dawn Necklace         
Taking inspiration from your organisation and exhibitions
Each project is unique but follows the same development stages. We will work closely with you through each step of the process working to a brief on projects related to exhibitions and your organisation. We will visit your organisation to discuss your ideas and take inspiration from exhibitions, archives and photographs or drawings to capture the essence of the organisation in order to create bespoke collections specific to you.
We can produce unique items that show originality of design and attention to detail from our illustrations of your architecture, abstract patterns, figurative subject matter, animals, flowers or plants.
We can produce small quantities for short exhibitions and for one off events through our hand-made and small batch production methods.

To the Drawing Board…

Sally Lees Camden tube stationSally Lees Tulip Sally Lees Mummy and Baby Giraffes

We will work with you closely to create a sample piece to enable you to see what the final items will look like. This is done by first sketching our initial ideas then presenting them to you with specifications of size and materials. A choice of colour swatches can be provided and a choice of diverse materials appropriate for the job will be discussed. On approval of the design a sample is made in the chosen material and colours.

Innovative Materials

Sally Lees - Digitally printed aluminium Sally Lees New Dawn Brooch  

We offer use of innovative and unusual materials: aluminium in particular which is light weight and colourful making it ideal for jewellery, small gifts and plaques. We can also work in silver, gold, brass or copper and can make small quantities for short exhibitions and for one off events.

The aluminium is either hand printed and dyed or digitally printed this means that we can to match the colours of your logos and exhibition projects. This allows us to tailor the products to the specific colours of your organisation or project. The item is then finished off with a choice of either precious metal or stainless steel findings for jewellery or fittings for other products.

It may be that you would like the collection to be made in precious metals and if this is the case we can cast the items in sterling silver which can be hallmarked if over a certain weight.

Making the sample

Sally Lees - Making earrings

We will make a sample of the item you have chosen made to your specifications. We will work with you to perfect the design and colours used for the piece. A design fee is charged and this will be deducted from your final bill when you finalise your order.

The design fee covers colour swatches and samples of the whole collection of work that is to be produced and we will only start the job when we have worked with you to create the perfect collection of items for your organisation.

A complete collection


We have the capacity to make pieces in multiple colours on a small scale so the same designs can be used across the collection. It is possible to produce small or large quantities of matching earrings, bangles, pendants and brooches designed to work together as an attractive collection with pieces that match to encourage upselling.

Bespoke packaging

Sally Lees Houses of Parliament packaging

During the design process you will be told of the costs of producing each item. When your design is finalised we will go back to the workshop and create your products. Gift boxes are provided unless otherwise stated so you will have packaging with your logo with a description of the item. An optional product information card can be added. We request a high resolution jpeg image to create your bespoke packaging.

We’ll involve you at each step of the design and making process keeping you informed, ensuring you get a final product that’s perfect for your customers.

 

Payment Terms

After an initial meeting to discuss your requirements an estimate will be given for the cost of each item.  A design fee is charged, a percentage of which is then deducted from your final order. Payment may be paid by BACs, cheque or credit card.

 

Client Testimonials

Commission to make a collection of jewellery inspired by Mary Branson’s New Dawn light sculpture to celebrate women’s Suffrage in 2016 and re-commissioned in 2018 to make the collection with additional colourways and a statement piece necklace.

          New Dawn in Westminster  Sally Lees Sally Lees New Dawn Necklace Sally Lees Jewellery at The Houses of Parliament

Sally was commissioned by The Houses of Parliament in 2016 to create a collection of jewellery inspired by the ‘New Dawn’ light sculpture created by Mary Branson to celebrate women’s suffrage to accompany the launch at Westminster Hall in June of that year. Sally worked together with the shop and artist to create a saleable collection that encompassed the colour scheme of the suffrage organisations and echoed the design of the glass disks of the sculpture. The inspiration for the disks was from the scrolls on which the Representation of the People’s Act had been written and so Sally went back to this imagery to do her drawings which she used for the main print imagery of the jewellery. Innovative ways were also needed to create jewellery that incorporated multiple colours.

Client Testimonial - Linsey Davies, Buying & Merchandising Manager, UK Parliament

 “Sally was commissioned to craft new jewellery pieces inspired by the New Dawn art installation in the Houses of Parliament in 2016. At our request, she updated the range for us to commemorate the centenary year of the Representation of the People Act in 2018.

 

The pieces have received a great response from our customer base, because of their uniqueness. The vibrant colour work and lightweight feel are always acknowledged by our customers, who also really appreciate the quality, and the story of how they had been hand made. Due to the interest, Sally was the first designer creator to feature in our new online mail-out, highlighting the product range and encapsulating Sally’s processes.

 

It’s always easy to work with Sally and the jewellery pieces produced are always of exceptional standard, delivered within the agreed timeframe, and very well priced for the time, care and expertise spent on them.”

Sally is also the first designer to be featured on the Houses of Parliament newsletter.

Client Testimonials

Chris Bowles - Apprenticeships Coordinator, Camden Council 2017 Awards & Linzi Clark – Economic Development Officer 2013 & 2015 Awards

Camden Council Business 2017  

Commission to make awards plaques for the 2013, 2015 & 2017 Camden Council Business Awards

The plaques were originally commissioned by Economic Development Officer Linzi Clark in 2013 for the Camden Business Awards as an attractive alternative to the run of the mill trophies usually made for such events. Camden Council also wanted to employ a local designer maker for the job and had contacted Vanessa Swan (MBE) the then director of Cockpit Arts who recommended me to them.

For the 2013 awards the design of St Pancras station, now the refurbished Midland Hotel, was taken from one of Sally’s original drawings then printed by hand onto the surface of the aluminium plaques and resist dyed. The process was repeated for the 2015 and 2017 plaques in the colour of the new Camden Council logo. The 2017 plaque featured a London skyline of some of Camden’s iconic buildings. The design was also used for the programme and backdrop for the evening.

 

“I commissioned Sally to create awards trophies for the Camden Business Awards on two occasions. Sally produced plaques that were visually stunning and completely unique. She was easy to work with, had a clear understanding of our brief and worked to deadline on both occasions. I would highly recommend working with Sally both for her efficiency and for her creative abilities.” – Linzi Clark

 

“Sally has supported us in creating the trophies for each of the Camden Business Awards in 2013, 2015 and 2017. These have all been distinctive, and well received by the competitors. Her designs have included sketches of iconic buildings from around the borough, used to create a sense of place in the awards’ branding. Sally has been a great artist to work with, with a strong eye for detail and a desire to deliver the best product for the client.” – Chris Bowles

 Please contact Sally to arrange a meeting.