This year I am celebrating 20 years in business as Sally Lees (London) with a series of blogs about my creative journey. I set up my business in West Yorkshire with a Prince’s Trust grant in 1998 and in the year 2000 I moved my business to Cockpit Arts in London. By 2016 I had worked on many exciting projects so I was delighted when I was approached by The Houses of Parliament buyers to tender for an important top secret project. I put through my proposal and was chosen to to create a collection of jewellery for the ‘New Dawn’ exhibition at Westminster Hall. The collection is being recommissioned with new pieces being created for the Vote 100 exhibition this year which will also be exhibited at Cartwright Hall in West Yorkshire.
Details of some of the other events you are exhibiting at:
Vote 100 exhibition at Westminster, The Houses of Parliament – The jewellery I made for the Houses of Parliament in 2016 for the ‘New Dawn’ women’s suffrage installation will be available to purchase at the exhibition with new pieces created especially for 2018 including a new necklace and new colour ways for the pendants and drop and stud earrings. (I have attached my Sally-Lees-Jewellery Commissioned by The Houses of Parliament for the Vote 100 Exhibition 2018).
Vote 100 – Suffragettes and Propaganda at Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, West Yorkshire. The women’s suffrage jewellery collection will be available for purchase at the museum shop and original pieces from the ‘New Dawn’ collection will also be featured in the exhibition.
Cockpit Arts Open Studios in June and November and December.
Who are your design heroes:
You’ll be surprised to see that they aren’t jewellers!
Angie Lewin – Illustrator and print maker. I love her use of colour and the linear quality of her drawings. Just beautiful!
Cristobal Balenciaga – Fashion designer. The sculpted look of the clothes makes the women who wear them look fabulous. I would love to look like that.
Sonia Delaunay – Multi disciplinary abstract artist in the 1920’s who pioneered the Simultanism movement. Her use of inventive vibrant colours is astounding.
What makes your skin crawl:
Spiders of course.
What you need to start creating a masterpiece:
Enthusiasm, aluminium which I can print and dye and possibly some gold leaf. And my metal working tools.