Aimee Winstone

Tinkering with ideas and working on something different every day. Meeting people, discussing ideas, building relationships with customers who I often keep in touch with. I enjoy the varied requests and the creativity of what people are looking for.

Awards

2006 Lonmin’s Design Innovation Award

2005 Craftsmanship and Design Awards:
Silver Award in category Small workers

2005 Craftsmanship and Design Awards:
Commended in category Innovation

2004 Goldsmiths Group Design Award

2004 George Jackson Travel Bursary

2004 Domino Design Award

2004 BJA Certificate of merit in the category All Years All Courses

2003 BJA Certificate of merit in the category HND Year

Education:

HND Jewellery & Silversmithing, Birmingham School of Jewellery 2004

This is My Story

From the age of 14 I began learning the skills to make jewellery. I was determined to develop my creativity and continued to design and taught myself new skills. I enroled at Birmingham’s School of Jewellery and completed an HND in Jewellery and Silversmithing in 2004. I was able to refine skills I initially taught myself and found a passion for wax carving and casting whilst incorporating new technologies such as laser welding and computer-aided technology. In 2006 I was awarded Lonmin’s Design Innovation Award for the platinum Dofleini Ring. This was exhibited at International Jewellery London on the Johnson Matthey marketing stand, appearing in the Platinum Magazine and also gaining press coverage for the use of CAD technology. Building on these experiences I now have a workshop in Bristol where I create my own jewellery, working on a commission basis with customers.

I work in a converted garage which I love as it’s my own space to be creative. I originally painted the walls bubblegum pink and realised immediately it was a bad idea!

Travelling gives me lots of inspiration for my jewellery. I love to learn about cultures, talk to people and soak up the atmospheres in markets. My jewellery is natural and organic. I have been inspired by exotic sculptured flowers and sea life which have ultimately influenced my designs. Many of my designs jingle or articulate and I like how they freely arrange themselves on wearing them. My travel experiences also come through in my designs.