BRITISH jewellery designer Kat Dibbits is urging people to buy handmade this Christmas.
Kat, who sells her range of reworked vintage jewellery through the UK-based online marketplace Folksy says that festive shoppers can not only find unusual gifts by looking beyond the High Street, they can save money, too.
She said: “There are so many talented makers and designers in Britain who work hard to promote their work through online shops, galleries and independent traders – there really is no excuse for buying something mass produced as a gift this Christmas.”
Kat’s own range, Made With Love (www.madewithlove.folksy.com) has a couture ethos distilled for everyday life.
Each piece is handmade and no two pieces are the same.
“As my work is based on repurposing vintage brooches, bracelets, necklaces and earrings into something new and gorgeous, I couldn’t repeat one particular design even if I wanted to.”
Kat’s painstaking process starts with her scouring flea markets and junk shops to find unloved items that have potential to be fabulous again. Many of her items feature stamped jewellery by the likes of Sarah Coventry and Coro that has for some reason been abandoned.
After preparing these by removing pins and sharp edges she combines them with all sorts of beautiful stones, including unusual pale faceted amethysts, dramatic onyx and her own favourite, peridot.
It takes several hours to make each piece.
“I think of it as the most glamorous way to recycle,” says Kat.
And with a new “Under £20” section on her website, it’s an affordable way to wear one-of-a-kind pieces.
“My prices range up to about £60, but I don’t see any reason why someone who has only got a tenner to spend shouldn’t have something beautiful, too,” she says. “Buying something gorgeous for yourself or as a gift is a real pick-me-up that should be available to everyone!”
To see the full range, visit www.madewithlove.folksy.com.
For more information, email Kat on firstname.lastname@example.org
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