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Syrah Jay

Hello, my name is Syrah Jay, and I am a designer/maker based in Fife, Scotland. I specialise in making small wearables/Jewellery from alternative nonprecious materials, such as wool, cork, wood, concrete & jesmonite. Where I use a variety of techniques to create my unique pieces ranging from traditional felting methods to laser cutting components.

In addition to making, I also work freelance, teaching craft, design & print based skills. I have been lucky enough to work with local schools, community groups and creative organisations such Dundee Contemporary Arts and V&A Dundee.

I have always been interested in making since a young age inspired by my Mum and Grannies “make do and mend” skills. So, it was inevitable that I would pursue a creativecareer.

I originally studied printed textiles at DJCAD in Dundee. This is where I developed my love for colour, shape, pattern & textures. The four key elements I use in my design process today. I have always been very interested in fashion especially accessories and jewellery, so it didn’t take long before I turned to designing my own.

Jewellery for me is not just the finishing touch to an outfit butit can be the inspiration for a person’s style and how they want to portray themselves to the world. It can be luxurious, fun, demure, chunky & vibrant. It can also be items that can hold stories of loved ones, and life experiences.

Every item I make is designed, prototyped and made in my home studio. Over the last year I have been trying to think how I can be more sustainable with my materials and methods. I have always hated wasting resources so try to use every scrap and order raw materials from local/UK based suppliers so to lessen my carbon footprint.

My jewellery price ranges from £6.50 to £50.

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