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Spring edition: Keshi Pearls

I have spotted several cherry blossom trees in bloom over the weekend which can only mean one thing- Spring is officially here! For those acquainted with my pearl earrings, it’s time to take out the classic pearl studs and adorn the Keshi! What is Keshi, you say? Keshi, also known as “poppy” in Japanese for […]

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Origami Cranes and Senbazuru

I was asked at my last show why origami cranes feature in my logo and in my jewellery, and whilst explaining the legend of the thousand origami cranes, I realised just how personal the use of cranes are in my pieces. I was born and spent my early life in Tokyo, Japan, where I learned origami. My favourite to […]

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Putney Pier Art Market – May Edition

Sunday 3rd May marked the first Putney Pier Art Market of the year. Organised by the Wandworth Council, this market is a regular one of mine for several reasons. Every first Sunday of the month, the creators of a fantastic ensemble of handmade goods, from sculpture, glass work, paintings, jewellery and textiles, descend to exhibit at […]

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Spring Cloisonné Beads at Ava Design

Most of you who know me or have visited my stall and asked me know that my favourite products are my cloisonné bead and pearl strings. Ever since I bought a bag of these intricate beads and paired them with my Akoya pearls, I knew this combination was a match made in heaven. Unbeknownst to […]

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Ava Design Competition!

Ava Design are currently running a competition for a chance to win some handmade Japanese Akoya pearl jewellery worth £130! The competition requires applicants to submit a picture of their favourite piece of jewellery. There will be 5 winners in total, each winning one of the prizes below, and for those that don’t win, there […]

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Ava Design Photoshoot

It’s been an age since my last post! With many shows lined up for Ava Design, we have hardly had time to catch our breath. After a wonderful show at the Art and Design show on the Putney Embankment on May 4th, Ava Design has FINALLY allocated some time to taking photos of our newer […]

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The *Brief* and Early History of Pearls

Our very first blog for 2014! 2013 ended with a bang, after having shows every weekend across the Christmas period. We took a well deserved break in January in order to create new design ideas I had come up with during the course of December, and are happy to announce that these new pieces will […]

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Portobello Rocks! market – 26th October 2013

On Saturday, Ava Design had its first stall at I Love Market’s very own Portobello Rocks! I was lucky to have the lovely Sophie helping me out all day, as well as some unexpected yet equally lovely visitors – thanks for the support everyone! After the success of this market, Ava Design has signed up […]

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Portobello Rocks! @ Portobello Green Market

It has been an exciting few weeks at Ava Design. For starters, we have received our very first Etsy order for one of our Swarovski based pieces, The Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo Pearl Necklace. We have also been doing extremely well at our current exhibition at Norden Farm Art centre. Oh, and we embarked on our first […]

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A Visit to the Pearl Exhibition @ the V&A

This Sunday, I made my way up to the V&A to take a peek at their exhibition on pearls to research some design ideas for new pieces. Fantastically curated, the exhibition was small, informative and utterly gorgeous. There were pieces from all decades of time, from Mary Tudor’s pearl, the infamous Hope pearl, traditional wedding […]

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