I’m still not entirely sure how I ended up being a jewellery designer but……..I am and I love it!
I am self-taught with no formal training in the art, just a love of and a mission to make the finest quality affordable jewellery with an arty, quirky twist giving the wearer a sense of individuality and a knowledge that they are wearing something just that little bit different.
I create pieces for me first and foremost with the premise being that ‘I only design what I would wear myself’. This has stood me in good stead as I am still here and still creating 15 years after sitting down to an episode of Midsomer Murders with a handful of the most gorgeous ceramic beads, some leather, some sterling silver and a determination to produce a wearable item before the murderer was adeptly exposed by DCI Barnaby. I actually managed two – both of which are still in circulation today and so, the journey began…..
My main inspiration comes from the sea – I love being near the sea. I spent many years traveling and living in some fabulously dynamic and inspirational places: Key West, Hong Kong and Sydney, all with strong connections to the wet stuff – evidence of its effect can be found in my fish range and my love of ocean colours – clean, fresh blues, greys, greens and all the hues in between.
My other passion is interiors. We (my husband and I) opened The Bakehouse Gallery, housed in what was once the old town bakery in the historic market town of Alnwick, Northumberland and now a brown tourist signed destination, in 2007 as a means of developing that passion.
Not only is the gallery HQ to Fiona Dane Jewellery, it also offers the visitor a deceptively large space in which to view the work of carefully selected, and very talented, British artists and designers. It is a wonderful, inviting and inspiring gallery oozing light and harmony, full of texture, vibrancy and colour with the overriding emphasis, most definitely, on quality.
We hope you can visit one day and see for yourself until then, I hope you enjoy what we have to show and offer on our website.