I've always been that mixed up creative type who lived in her head, mainly as my reality was unbearable, all I knew was how to survive, playing my roles, going through the motions adapting from scene to scene. Creativity was my only lifeline throughout those decades, the pure and addictive high that only comes from bringing something into this world that wasn't there before.
As the brilliant Brene Brown wrote, 'Creativity is the way I share my soul with the world' and when I'm not designing offbeat charm jewellery I'm a crafter of words, sharing as a storymaker, lyricist and pop culture journalist.
These lifelong obsessions are the soul of LadyLLondon and have inspired so many of my handcrafted originals.... Handcrafted it still astounds me to type that word in relation to what do, as for most of my late teens and twenties I couldn't even hold a charm, or a fork to feed myself.
Let's skip back to the early '90s, eventually I was diagnosed as suffering from RSD Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (now known as CRPS Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) aka relentless burning pain coursing from my head to my severely weakened hands, having to take heavy duty meds, wearing cotton wool as padding on the arms of the lightest eyeglasses out there as even they were too heavy and painful.
Most clothes were agony to wear and jewellery, with those fiddly little fasteners, forget it, mind you, they still frustrate me today, which is why I never use those types of clasp it's important that my jewellery's easy to open, most of LadyL's pendants are overhead but, I especially love making pieces with the hexagon toggle as it's my favourite shape, hence the brand charm.
Mercifully that hasn't been my existence for a long while and today not only can I wear unique n quirky-chic jewellery and dress to express whatever mood or moment I desire but, I happily grip pliers for hours, lovingly handcrafting my eclectic collections from conception to completion, knowing that my creations will then go off to their dream homes and share in the magical moments of my like-minded clients, that alone is sheer bliss for me.
Who would have guessed that my need for a Christmas themed kilt pin charm brooch and the decision to make one of my own in 2015 could have developed into this?
That first night I ended up making 6 charm pins as I was totally hooked and instantly fell in love with the process of making jewellery.
The limitless possibilities to craft my imagination into a one of a kind wearable reality fires me up every single time I connect to a new design but, I never thought I would create a business from it, that was a complete fluke!
I'll admit it's a scary and continuous learning curve far far away from my comfort zones but, I love it and one of my core life beliefs is the Universe gets what the Universe wants so with over 100 original creations now sold worldwide and new design ideas flowing daily I guess the Universe wants me to keep sharing, craft one of a kind funky fashion jewellery for fantabulous women who are determined to dance to their own tune and love to dress to express.