Meet the Maker: Luna Noir Jewellery
In Part 6 of our Meet the Maker interview series as part of the Handmade Season at Flock we introduce you to Amanda of Luna Noir Jewellery:
Where are you from?
I’m originally from London but am currently settled in a chilled corner of Essex by the coast.
How long have you been making jewellery and running your label?
I started making beaded jewellery for friends at school then went on to study textiles at Central St. Martins & work in retail before finding my way back to my first love! Luna began organically making a few things for myself & receiving requests before growing into a fully-fledged label just over a year and a half ago.
What kind of materials do you use and where do they come from?
I mostly work in brass and leather. Brass is the most wonderful versatile material, flexible so that pieces can be adjustable and with such a rich colour – it darkens slowly over time giving a vintage look or can be polished up to a pale shine. The leathers then layer on to add pops of contrasting colour. My materials are sourced in the UK and Europe, I try to keep things as close to home as possible!
What is your making process?
My inspiration varies, anything from street style & architecture to world travel but the final pieces are often a bit of a mix of influences – people have spotted Native American, Mexican and Egyptian influences all in one style! I start with rough sketches, ideas often strike at random so I end up with scraps of paper all over the place & then illustrate my shapes which are laser cut. The brass is then filed, enameled and polished by hand before constructing the finished pieces.
Which is your favourite of all your pieces?
The native cuff is without doubt my favourite, it’s one of the simpler pieces & just so versatile, working on its own or layered up – I’m wearing as I write & can’t live without it!
Where do you work?
I have a little studio in the corner of our house which is Luna HQ & am ably assisted by Mister the studio cat.
What’s inspiring you right now?
I’ve recently been looking back on old photos and getting inspired by the fancy dress of my childhood as well as northern Indian beading and opalescent stones.
What attracted you to being part of the Flock?
I met some of the Flock team at Secret Garden Party and absolutely love their designs so when asked if I’d be interested in getting involved jumped at the chance! The store has such a great selection of creative unique & beautifully made items, it’s an absolute pleasure to be a part of.
Where do you sell online?
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