Having neglected my blog for a few months, I think it’s time for a well overdue update!
February, March, April and May have literally flown by as a result of all the hard work and planning for my ridiculously busy (but in a good way!) month of June and also prep for a launch at IJL this coming September (more about IJL in a later… watch out for the blog entry!).
We had our bi-annual Craft Central ‘Made in Clerkenwell’ Open Studios at the end of May; an event that is always fun and highly enjoyable. The Open Studios are becoming more and more successful with each year and it is so lovely to welcome visitors and clients, both old and new, to the studio so they can see where all of the Mandana Oskoui creations are designed and made.
Having completed orders from the Open Studios and finished putting the final touches to the new pieces I had been working on, I packed my bags and made my way to Bovey Tracey in Devon where I was to exhibit my collection at the Contemporary Craft Festival.
This was the third consecutive year that I had been selected for this super show and it did not disappoint… the sunny weather this year was just divine too!
I returned to London after the Festival for just a week. I unpacked and repacked my bags, this time in preparation for the ‘Goldsmiths’ Company Pavilion’ at Somerset House running during the last week of June.
I was only in London for a week as I had a trip to Barcelona booked. But this was no ordinary trip to Barcelona as one of my dear friends was getting married and a large group of our friends were attending so this was a trip not to be missed!
We all had the most wonderful time relaxing on the beach, visiting famous landmarks and getting to know this fabulous city and of course attending one of the most beautiful weddings I have ever been to in my life :-)
Flying back to London the Sunday before the Goldsmiths’ Pavilion, I had just the Monday to finish packing and make my way to Somerset House on Tuesday morning to set up for the show.
With the jewellery on display and cabinets all sparkly-clean the exhibition opened to the public Wednesday, 26th June. The standard and diversity of the work on show was superb. It was lovely to catch up with friends, make new ones and see all of my wonderful colleagues and neighbours from Craft Central also exhibiting at the show.
It was also a lovely surprise to find out that the organisers of IJL were attending the first Private View with the 2013 ‘KickStarters’ as I was one of 10 selected as a Kickstarter last year in 2012. Here’s an online aricle about this:
We are now halfway through July already and I am preparing for International Jewellery London which is a trade only event at Earls Court 1st-4th September. I have something new to launch at the show and am super excited! It is something I have wanted to do for a while and I am very happy to finally have a chance to dedicate some time to it with the help of a fab agency that I hired!
I will also be updating the new and revamped website in time for IJL so keep your eyes peeled for the big unveil!
On a separate note, I just wanted to say a big thank you to all of my wonderful clients who are always so supportive and pop to the exhibitions to say hello, tell me stories about where they have worn jewellery they have purchased from me and also buy the latest pieces that I have been working on.
Another thank you goes to the organisers of the exhibitions I have mentioned in this blog entry; the superb team at Craft Central; Sarah, Nina and team at the CCF and Paul Dyson and Joanne Dodd of the Goldsmiths’ Company. Thank you all!