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Métal Noir: new collection launches at New Designers

Métal Noir is a special project, and is studio jeweller Julie Bailey’s way to say thank you for the opportunity to live this life fully. She builds on her current ‘Intaglio’ collection that was well received at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park MADE 2016 jewellery showcase and is now showing in a selection of independent galleries in the North. She feels privileged to re-exhibit at New Designers One Year On with business mentoring and support alongside others at this stage of establishing their signature voices and careers. There is a counterpoint to the femininity and paleness of the current ‘intaglio’ paper embossed fine silver that references petals falling from a blossom and the countryside studio where she is now based, Métal Noir is defined by industrial geometry and something urban and rich and velvety, like the crema on a good coffee and ever so slightly androgynous.

‘Considered design is at the heart of what I do. Considering design means sufficiency and efficiency, jewellery pieces for 24/7 and a lifetime. I embrace the principles of an aesthetic that derives from simplicity, economy, modesty, intimacy and an appreciation of the integrity of natural materials and processes. Jewellery can be loaded with status, fashion, political and artistic values; for me paring back to the intrinsic that is metal, surface, patina and only the most necessary of forms for wear-ability is fundamental to how I approach my work. I ask not what I can add, but what I can take away.’


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photo shoot with Emily

 @papermetal silver intaglio necklace

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emily shoot JB

keeping it in the family…emily kindly on loan from the photographer…thanks  bradley at


MADE summer showcase @ Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield

June 6 to 29 August 2016

I will be in very good company at the MADE showcase at Yorkshire Sculpture Park this summer. Both inside and out, alongside the international sculpture and art exhibitions, as well as in the beautiful park land. New exclusive work being previewed at this must see summer jewellery showcase.


jewellery workshops in the studio

One day jewellery taster workshop…

…would you like to make a set of silver stacking rings?

Can’t fit in evening classes? Don’t want to waste time waiting for the teacher? Would you like days and times with tailored projects to suit your needs?

  • One to one tuition at my home studio in Marshchapel
  • Own bench, all tools and starter silver supplied
  • £90 full day including light lunch and refreshments
  • Regular sessions £55 morning or afternoon 3hrs / £45 if you book 5 or more
  • Deposit of £25 to confirm your booking please, non-refundable
  • Dates & times to suit you; mornings, afternoons, evenings or weekends
  • 20mins from Grimsby & Louth, 1 3/4hr from York & Leeds, or 2 day courses with accommodation a shared meal and maybe a glass of wine!
  • Experienced and qualified college tutor
  • Contact me:


Basic techniques for beginners will include: piercing, filing, forming, soldering, texturing, and polishing…and a beautiful hand-made piece to take home!

Intermediate techniques include: rub-over stone setting, repoussé, chain making, fabrication, granulation, wire techniques, fittings, rivets and hinges, and much more!

Advice on design projects, setting up a home studio, sourcing materials and tools, selling through galleries, craft fairs and on-line from a practicing designer/maker

making at the jewellery bench @papermetal

making at the jewellery bench @papermetal

jewellery studio @papermetal

jewellery studio @papermetal

studio/workshop @papermetal

studio/workshop @papermetal

not on the high street….


papermetal has been selected to showcase and sell through …lots of lovely new work for autumn shortly to be photographed and uploaded to my new shop…more news as it happens!

turquoise & silver


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…”not too old to go to the festival ”


‘templates’ summer necklaces





New jewellery work on the bench….I wanted to design and make something that could take me from day to dinner/party… a long chain/pendant for summer…for me!…just clean and modern to go with  a black or white vest, leather belt, maxi skirt and silver thong sandals….a more grown up classy urban boho vibe. Looking at motifs from vintage wallpaper, soft geometric patterns, japanese lacquer objects, Elizabeth Blackadder prints and Prada flowers even! Based on a series of templates that can stack in a range of metals they may even end up being ‘dip dyed’ ( partially oxidised silver) and some embossed copper with repeat patterns and some brass with a scratchy distressed satin finish. Paper prototypes tested…cutting metal today….I’m having fun!!!

embossed silver and copper jewellery @etsy

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Printworks in the garden cafe

This garden is inspirational for any creative, painter or gardener!

Vanessa has some prints for sale of mine so if you would like to see the work just visit the gardens at Stillingfleet near York… and do have a piece of delicious homemade cake in the wonderful cafe in the courtyard barn. I think there are a few more prints waiting for a space on the wall so please do ask.

stillingfleet lodge garden cafe exhibition

Wandering through Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens is a journey through one woman’s passion for plants.
Daring displays of shady vegetation and inspiring plant combinations emphasise texture and shape as you weave through the series of gardens creating this haven of tranquillity.
The contrasting sections appeal to gardeners and non gardeners alike. Neat hedges, lawns and the formal rill garden are balanced by prolific borders, wandering guinea fowl, rare breeds of poultry, the charming pond and wildflower meadow.
Big enough to spend an hour or two exploring, Stillingfleet still feels like an intimate secret garden.
Well placed seats capture exciting views where you can enjoy quiet contemplation.
Homemade cakes and refreshing teas within the pretty courtyard are a must for every visitor as is a visit to the nursery allowing you to take home a piece of Stillingfleet for your own garden.