Here are two bright young things working on a new lil’ brand and making some fab, bold and fun jewellery. Focusing on laser cutting acrylic and wood, their work is dinosaur crazy but fresh and young and far from jurassic…
Please introduce yourself….
ROAR! We are designosaur, headed up by Jacques and Karli.
Describe the products you currently make to sell
We make acrylic and wood laser cut jewellery of our prehistoric friends, as well as a few other bits and pieces that take our fancy. Check us out at www.etsy.com/shop/designosaurYEAH
Where and when do you design and make your products?
We both have two jobs, so in the hours when we should be sleeping is when the designing and assembling occurs! Jacques works at Brighton and Hove Plastics – Laser Cutters, (http://www.brightonandhoveplastics.co.uk/) so our designs are created there and then everything else, designing, cleaning, chaining up, and boxing up happens at home!
How long have you been selling your wares and how did it begin?
We started just before Christmas selling the Duke of York brooches, and then Christmas decorations. It’s only been since February that we have got our name and branding and have been focused on dinosaurs. It all started because Jacques was working at a laser cutters and was asked to make mirrors for children. I loved the dinosaur he brought home in shiny mirrored acrylic and joked about it being an awesome necklace! (I have a serious jewellery problem, anything big, brash and normally plastic is my style.)
What drew you to the Brighton area, if you are not a ‘native’?
We both studied Product Design at the University of Sussex and have stayed in Brighton since. It’s much nicer being by the seaside!
What inspires the things you make?
Dinosaurs! And then after that, extinct animals, fun things we see, colours, sparkles, anything and everything really! Jacques does the designing at the moment, but I tend to say “Oooo I think a necklace that looks like this would be a good idea,” and then Jacques has designed it before I even get a chance to pick up a pencil. Jacques obviously has his own ideas too and eventually I will start designing my own pieces. At the moment, branding and marketing is taking up my time and Jacques doesn’t enjoy that side of things, so we make a good team!
RAWR doesn’t mean ‘I Love You’ in dinosaur, it means “I’m going to bite your head off”
Thank you, it is so nice to meet you and your jewellery, the Designosaur necklace is so quirky and right up our street, we can’t wait to come and try it on…