Meet the seller – Kirstin Stride

With her beautiful hand drawn and coloured shrink plastic brooches, Kirstin Stride creates one off pieces of bold yet delicate jewellery, which are totally unique and special. We are pleased to meet you…

Please introduce yourself….

Hello, I’m Kirstin.

Describe the products you currently make to sell
I make hand-drawn bird brooches and hand-drawn tattoo brooches, both of which have a strong vintage/antique style.

I have some big plans for some elaborate bird necklaces soon, so watch this space! www.kirstinstride.com

Where and when do you design and make your products?
When I’m not at my day job which pays my bills, I make my wares in my little flat in Hove – that’s the beauty of shrink plastic, all you need is colouring pencils and a oven!

How long have you been selling your wares and how did it begin?
I think I’ve been making and selling my hand-drawn jewellery for just over a year. I’ve always made things, I used to make fimo jewellery and flog it at school! I was introduced to shrink plastic by one of the artists at Handmade (http://handmadeshopbrighton.blogspot.co.uk/)

I was making and selling my designer toys in Handmade at the time but I wanted to get back into drawing so I gave shrink plastic a go, and here we are.

What drew you to the Brighton area, if you are not a ‘native’?
I used to be dragged around the open houses by my parents when I was younger when we lived in a village in East Sussex. I think it made a big impression on me even though I pretended I hated it at the time! It was either here or London, I love the sea  so there was a clear winner. I’ve been here for over ten years, thats the longest time I’ve ever lived in the same place for and I still feel very lucky to be here.

Any other crafty disciplines you like to practice?
I’m a trained silver-smith, black-smith and leaded light maker.

I’m also a self taught sewer, I used to make and sell my handbags and creatures at the west pier market about 5 years ago.

What inspires the things you make?
My friends, humour and nature.

Personal motto?
Um I don’t really have one, maybe I’ll adopt one from now on, any suggestions?

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