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Hidden Gem. Oct 2013

Oct 7, 2013

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Mens designer silver cufflinks by Glasgow jewellery designer Helen Swan

Yesterday was my second time exhibiting at the Hidden Gem jewellery show for Dundee and Glasgow jewellery graduates and under graduates.

It is held in the conservatory of the newly refurbished Lansdowne Bar and Grill, once a month.

It is a good way of jewellers collaborating and creating a platform for new and exciting talent.  As it grows and develops it could be an important feature in the Glasgow calendar and a place where jewellery lovers could buy original and unusual pieces at a very competitive price.

We would all love to see this grow into something big, if you would like to exhibit on a regular basis, please get in touch as we need your talent and it is a great way to show your work to friends and family.

 

Charity Event: Orkidstudio

Sep 23, 2013

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Anodised Aluminium Designer, Contemporary Necklace by Helen Swan Designer Jewellery from the westend of Glasgow. Scotland, UK

Orkidstudio is a charity that builds functional builds in third world countries to help improved their living conditions.

I was exhibiting and thus contributing to this worthy cause at their Charity Event in Kilmacolm on Friday.

I created some new pieces, inspired by the painter Mondrian, for this event and  introduce some new exciting colours. The voucher I donated to the Raffle was exchanged for a lovely pair of silver earrings.

my new collection will be included in my website very soon

Helen Swan Designer Jewellery attended an event a Stow College. Sept 2013

Sep 13, 2013

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Helen Swan Designer Earrings in Silver and gold

Helen Swan Designer Jewellery. I recently attended a very useful evening for meeting like minded business people.

http://www.glasgowbiznet.com/blog/a-fast-moving-event/#wrap

I got good advise about my new venture and how to safely equip my workshop for the new courses I am about to run.

The Designer earrings in silver and gold, shown here, are an example of what you could  make yourself in my studio workshop based in the westend of Glasgow, Scotland. – You will find out ore about the jewellery courses and corporate events I am running in the weeks to come

 

Loving Mum Sept 2013

Sep 8, 2013

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Helen Swan Designer Jewellery

My lovely daughter Rowan pointed out the error of my ways today, when she arrived back from Peru after her eight week elective,

I STILL am a loving Mum, first and foremost and being a Jewellery Designer is an extra gift that I have. x

Daily Record Press Release Sept 2013

Sep 7, 2013

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Helen Swan Designer Jewellery

 

Helen Swan Designer Jewellery has a range of Designer Necklaces, Rings, Earrings, Bangles and Designer Brooches all displaying Helen’s unique style.

I was recently approached by the Daily Record to talk about my recent transition from loving mum to designer, maker and owner of Helen Swan Designer Jewellery.

The  article appeared last Friday, in the Record Woman section of the Daily Record, beside other stories of mums who have started a new fulfilling businesses later in life.

This is a great time to do such a thing,  it’s stimulating, refreshing, and you can throw all your energy into it without distraction.

The Daily Record wanted a photograph of the three of us together, I sent them this one but unfortunately they did not print it so….

at the risk of really embarrassing my children Rowan and Cailean, I am showing you one of my favourite photographs of us.

I love being a mum but I also appreciate and love this opportunity that I now have.

Helen

 

Studio Workshop

Aug 27, 2013

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Helen Swan Designer Jewellery Studio

My New Adventure.

Studio/workshop is open when others close.

Do you ever wish you could have workshop access in the evenings, weekends or just on your day off?

I know that feeling and because of this I have just created four workbenches and a brand new, well equipped Jewellers Studio in Glasgow’s Westend.

This can be leased on a regular or on a one off bases by Jewellers looking for bench space. There is easy access by train, bus and car and parking is no problem and FREE.

 

Helen

New Workshop August 2013

Aug 6, 2013

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New workbench Helen Swan Designer Jewellery

My New Adventure.

I have four workbenches and a brand new, well equipped Jewellers Studio in Glasgow’s Westend. This can be leased on a regular or one off bases by Jewellers looking for bench space. There is easy access by train, bus and car and parking is no problem and FREE.

Please contact me for more details.

Helen

 

 

Anodised Aluminium Bangle

Jul 21, 2013

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Anodised Aluminium Bangle

Anodised Aluminium Designer Bangle

NEW ARRIVALS AT ST ANDREWS

Anodised Aluminium Designer Bangle

Designer Bangle in Anodised Aluminium with silver detail.

The internal section is flexible to allow for expansion.

This bangle can be seen in a variety of colours in the ARTERY GALLERY, in Market Street, St Andrews

Lastest update: Studio Upgrade

Jul 12, 2013

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Helen Swan Designer Jewellery Studio Upgrade

Sweltering heat and I am oiling workbenches!

Units are now installed and the solid beech worktops fitted. My joiner was scandalised at the thought of cutting semi circles out of them but it had to be down and they are looking good

More progress on my studio refurbish

Jul 8, 2013

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8th July 2013

Studio upgrade. Helen Swan Designer Jewellery

I am upgrading my studio to complete the final transition  from my long lived teaching post to fully self employed.

The Next Stage:

The water is finally in and connected. I can’t believe, after the mess made to my garden, that the builders have put it back so tidily. You’ll not see the big “L” in the grass eventually. Is that “L”  significant I wonder?

You have to take a look at my new heating before you leave, It’s so good.

The new way forward is infrared panels. It radiates heat around the room.

I have put mine on the ceiling to free up wall space but it could be mounted onto the wall and disguised as a mirror. It’s a great idea for anyone like me who hates radiators.

More updates coming soon I hope!!