Hannah Louise Lamb

Artisanal Products for Christmas at Lolli-popup in Edinburgh

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You know the difference between shopping with a huge retailer and an independent designer? When an order pops in for one of the big boys, everyone carries on as normal. 

But when an order comes in to a business like mine, it causes dancing and delight. It makes me so grateful and so glad that I get to make beautiful things from beautiful materials that mean something to other people. It literally puts the clothes on my children’s backs and the food on our table. 

That’s the difference it makes when you choose to shop small.

If you’re around Edinburgh over the next couple of weekends there’s an amazing opportunity coming up to support the local maker’s community at a pop-up event called Lolli-popup. 

You’ll find over 20 different makers and gifts ranging from luxurious printed scarves to ethical wooden lighting to vibrant, illustrated prints. It’s basically everything you need to get your Christmas shopping done in one fell swoop! 

I’m really looking forward to taking part and keeping such great company amongst these other businesses. I’ll be offering a huge 50% off my end of line pieces so it’s a chance to snap up some real bargains too. 

The event is going to be held at White Stuff on George Street and if you’d like to be first through the door for a fun night out, come along to the private view this Friday evening from 6pm.

After that the shop will be open this Saturday and Sunday, 24th & 25th November and next weekend too.

Here are all the details.

Place: White Stuff, 89 George Street, Edinburgh

Date & Time: Private view - Friday 23rd November, 6pm - 8pm

Saturday & Sunday, 24th & 25th November 11am - 6pm

Saturday & Sunday, 1st & 2nd December 11am - 6pm


I know that the sellers will be looking forward to talking you through their ranges and helping you find the perfect gift - as will I! I’m so proud to be a part of this event and embrace slow shopping and handmade. 

If you want to do the same and do Christmas a bit differently, I’ll see you there.

Find out more about Lolli-popup here. 

Introducing Personalised Silver Jewellery With Rugged Leather

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Inspired by the wild scenery that’s right on my doorstep, I’ve mixed rugged leather with my personalised silver jewellery to launch a brand new pair of bracelets. 

Designing these I really had the men in mind. The bracelets are understated but smart, with a sterling silver ring attached to each leather bangle. In signature style I personalise every silver ring by cutting it into the shape of a coastline, making a wearable reminder of special times and places.


Each piece I make is hammered and sculpted in the workshop, taking a couple of weeks to make. It’s a process that takes time, but to me we’re creating something with great meaning that can’t be found anywhere else. That makes it feel incredibly important. 


Just like the rest of my range, the bracelets represent special times, places and moments. For someone with serious wanderlust, or who has a place that means alot to them, it’s the chance to wear it every day. 


I love the idea that you can carry memories and feelings with you, immortalised in a piece of jewellery. 

If you’d like to order a bracelet, or other personalised item, please do get in touch with Hannah at hannahlouiselamb@yahoo.co.uk. I’d love to hear your story and translate it into a piece of personalised silver jewellery that will mean more than words to whoever wears it. 


Bespoke Jewellery Behind the Scenes

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Honestly, I can’t imagine life without being near the sea. I grew up in Cornwall and have such happy memories of that time. Now I’ve moved to the other end of the country to be near the coast of Scotland so that my own kids can have the same experience.

If you'd like to know what a day in the life of a bespoke jewellery business looks like, read on….

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6am Someone’s awake… it’s either the dog or the baby.

6.30am And we’re up and at it! Time for a cuppa and that first breath of sea air in the garden. A quick glance at the phone tells me there are bespoke jewellery orders waiting that have come in overnight. Can’t wait to see what I’m going to be making… 

9am The kids are safely installed at the childminder's and school, so I head for the “shedio” at the end of my garden. Inside this glorified shed, packed with silversmithing tools, bits of silver and endless notes and sketches on paper scraps, is where the magic happens. I ignore the huge pile of laundry as I spring out of the back door…

12pm My brilliant colleague Kathryn and I have spent the morning soldering, polishing and filing. Coastline orders for bespoke jewellery are so diverse. I’ve been asked to represent everywhere from Brighton to Skiathos and I never get tired of making beautiful things that mean so much to people. Pause for a very quick sandwich, then back to work. 

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3pm The task lamp’s broken and my email’s having a fit, but it doesn’t stop us packing up the day’s orders to ship out. We wrap each piece carefully and put it into a gorgeous box, then there’s a quick pit stop for coffee on the way to the post office. Luckily the route to the post office also takes in the beach, which looks beautiful even on a rainy day. 

4pm Children are back in the mix. I graciously admit defeat for the time being and slope back to the house to rustle up something for tea. 

8pm Peace and quiet at last and a chance to work on new ideas. I spend some time poring over vintage maps for orders before firing off a few emails and signing off for the night. 

We’ll do it all again tomorrow!

If you'd like to talk about your own bespoke jewellery order I'd love to hear from you. Or for any questions, just contact me here

 

Hannah's Selection: Bespoke Jewellery Commissions

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Each year I get some amazing commissions and Christmas 2016 was a bumper year for some fabulous, bespoke pieces of jewellery. 

I had to keep very quiet about these commissions until now but at last I can reveal these beauties to the world! So here you go – nine bespoke pieces commissioned for Christmas 2016. All these were made with love, by hand, in the Hannah Louise Lamb garden studio, AKA the 'Shedio'!

 Hannah Louise Lamb Coastline Collection - bespoke commissions for Christmas 2016

Hannah Louise Lamb Coastline Collection - bespoke commissions for Christmas 2016

From top left:

  • Torridon skyline: Rose gold and diamond ring
  • Broughty Ferry coastline: pendant
  • UK with diamond at Sunderland: keyring
  • Muckleflugga Island: brooch for kilt jacket
  • Norfolk coastline: two tone gold bangle
  • Coastline cufflinks 
  • North Cornish coast: gold bangle (my first gold bangle!)
  • San Francisco skyline: rings (for a surprise proposal)
  • Mountain skyline: platinum ring 

If you would like a bespoke piece of jewellery for a loved one (or yourself!) then get in touch. All my pieces are made to order, but I can work with you to create something very special and personal based on my standard designs.

If you would like a commission in 2017, get in touch soon as I will be on Maternity Leave from mid-February. Delivery times will be longer than normal whilst we settle into life with a new baby!

Hannah's Selection: Dazzle Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition

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Clockwise from top left: Hannah Louise Lamb; Misun Won; Donna Barry; Grace Girvan.

Dazzle is back!

This Friday 5th August Dazzle, the annual contemporary jewellery exhibition, returns to Edinburgh's Dovecot Studios and my work will take it's place alongside many brilliant makers, as it has for over 10 years now. 

I love Dazzle

It's been a part of my life both as an exhibiting jeweller and when I worked as an assistant at the shows, first in Glasgow, then when I was a student at the Royal College of Art in London and finally up here in Edinburgh during the Edinburgh Festival each year.

Something to suit everyone's tastes and budget; prices start from around £20

Dazzle are committed to showing high quality hand crafted contemporary jewellery from the modest to the utterly luxurious, which makes it a great place to buy no matter what your budget, and Dazzle has a hugely loyal following.

Everything is hand made by jewellers in the UK

They feature a range of makers, and are one of the few places you can see work by recently graduated alongside well known international artists – I've had the honour to be featured alongside amazing jewellers in these great exhibitions.

If you're looking for an introduction to contemporary jewellery, you can't go wrong with Dazzle. It's got something for everyone – unusual, interesting, classic, beautifully made, wacky – and everything is hand made by jewellers in the UK.

I make special pieces for Dazzle

And I show these pieces alongside my regular range. I don't do many exhibitions or craft shows these days, or even sell in many galleries, so Dazzle is a special occasion in the year.

Who to look out for at Dazzle?

This year I wanted to highlight the work of three jewellers who have, or had, studios at Coburg House in Leith, where I've been based until very recently too.

Donna Barry

Donna is one of my best friends, but I love her work for the fact that it is delicate and easy to wear but stunning and unusual. She has created her own special technique for fusing silver which gives her piece a really unique quality and I highly recommend seeking her work out.

Grace Girvan

I think Grace is just brill, and that spills over into her work. I love her use of interesting materials – the wood, pebbles, beautiful enamel, colours – all of them come together to create such a stunning effect.

Misun Won

Misun creates jewellery I just love. It's easy to wear but is unusual, geometric and structural with little flashed of gold or coloured threads. I'd been wanting a piece of Misun's for ages and then the girls at the studio bought me a pair of her earrings for my birthday, which made me so happy!

I hope you can get along to see the show.

Dazzle Edinburgh

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5 – 29 August 2016

(Opening private view 4 August)

Open seven days a week 10am to 6pm.

Dovecot Studios is on Infirmary Street, Edinburgh. 

Dazzle London

For those of you based down south, Dazzle London opens at Oxo Tower on 13 November 2016.

Dazzle Online

And if you can't make it along to either of these exhibitions then Dazzle has a selling website www.lovedazzle.com, where there's a fab selection of Dazzle jewels to buy online.

Hannah's Selection: Handmade Father's Day Gifts

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A selection of four beautiful handmade gifts for the Dad in your life...

Yep, Father's Day is on the way on 16th June. Do you know what you'll be surprising your lovely Dad with this year? Whether you are buying for your own devoted father, another important chap in your life, or on behalf of the little ones, I'm guessing that you'll appreciate a bit of inspiration. I know I do! Here are some beautiful handmade Father's Day gifts ranging from £5 upwards.

Coastline Cufflinks, from £130

 Choose from Cornwall, Wales or British Isles or commission your own piece of coastline in silver or gold. Click on the image to go direct to shop for my Cufflinks.

Choose from Cornwall, Wales or British Isles or commission your own piece of coastline in silver or gold. Click on the image to go direct to shop for my Cufflinks.

My Coastline Collection cufflinks are always a big hit, be it for one of my popular designs featuring Cornwall, Wales or the British Isles, or a custom coastline specifically cut for your Dad. *whispers* Don't forget to order at least four weeks in advance! Shop the Coastline Cufflink Collection

But what if the father figure you adore already has some of my cufflinks? Well one of the perks of my job is that I get to meet some incredible makers and see some gorgeous handmade gifts. I've selected three handmade items that I reckon will be great gifts for Father's Day.

Emily Hogarth, Limited Edition 'Dog' Screenprint, £55

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Click on the image to visit Emily's shop

Emily is not only an incredibly talented paper cut artist, she also has a wee Westie pooch and a little girl the same age as mine, so we spend a lot of time strolling the beaches of East Lothian together. Her Limited Edition ‘Dog’ screen print in Slate Grey, priced at £55, would make an excellent present for a man with a canine best friend.

Catherine Aitken, Gents Toiletry Bag in Harris Tweed, £45

 Click on the image to visit Catherine's shop

Click on the image to visit Catherine's shop

Catherine, who I met at Coburg House Studios, teamed up with me back in the day to head off to a few 'country fairs', and we have spent a fair few nights in my van camping in the freezing cold August weather in the Scottish hills!! Her beautiful 'man bags' have been such a hit with my own Dad and brother I had to feature them. Her Gents Toiletry Bags, made in Harris Tweed and priced at £45, are a fantastically classy and practical present.

Charming Creatures, British Bird Eggs, from £5

 Click on the image to visit Charming Creature's shop

Click on the image to visit Charming Creature's shop

Charming Creatures, AKA Emily Steele, is one of my lovely Instagram friends. We got chatting online and as we are both Staffie owners we hit it off. Last year I commissioned her to make a Christmas ornament of my Staffie Merryn which is probably one of the cutest things I've ever seen! Her British Bird Eggs, priced from £5 each, are beautiful little colourful pieces, perfect for someone who wants to buy handmade on a small budget. 

 

What do you think? Have I found a hidden gem for you? Or can you share the best Father's Day present you've bought or received? I'd love to hear in the comments below. 

Welcome to our new Website...

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Hello and welcome to our new website... we're exited to be starting this little blog, too, so we can share a little bit more about our life, studio happenings and design inspiration! There will be lots of lovely doggy shots, too... my pup Merryn loves the camera!

This is the first time I have had the full Coastline Collection (and my other Collections!) all together on my own website - I have been selling through my Not On The Highstreet shop for several years now, and after being featured several times in their magazines and adverts, my customer base has grown hugely, and in turn, so has my workshop! It keeps me, and my lovely assistant Catriona VERY busy indeed.

We are delighted to have our own space online, where we can share a bit more about the Hannah Louise Lamb brand, our inspirations and give you a better shopping experience overall. More choice, more customisation options and a lovely environment to do it all in... what more could you ask for!? Pop the kettle on, make a cuppa and enjoy browsing our shiny new site!

I can't wait to make a piece for you, and tell your story. I absolutely love creating custom pieces and hearing how much my customers love their work when it arrives. You can read some of the lovely things my clients have emailed me with, right here...

Christmas is fast approaching - I'm excited to know so many stockings will hold a little Hannah Lamb goodie box, so happy shopping, and from my family to yours, Happy Holidays!

Hannah x