Misshapes: The Making of Tatty Devine

Entrance to the exhibition

The UK jewellery brand Tatty Devine turns 20 this year, and to celebrate has launched a touring exhibition, Misshapes: The Making of Tatty Devine, which kicks off in London before visiting various cities around the UK. As a longtime fan of the brand, I paid a visit on its first day.

Early examples of TD's work

The free exhibition, hosted at the Lethaby Gallery, King’s Cross, tells the story of how Tatty Devine founders Rosie Wolfenden and Harriet Vine met at Chelsea College of Art and began to work together, making jewellery out of guitar plectrums, leather samples and other bits of so-called “junk”, running a market stall selling their wares, and eventually, after a trip to New York, settling on acrylic as their main material. With the aid of a laser cutter, they began making jewellery from this versatile substance, and over the years have refined their techniques, pushing the boundaries of what acrylic can do.

New examples of the brand's work

I was interested to see examples of the pair’s early work, as this was long before I became a fan of the brand. Some of the early pieces were pretty cool – I wouldn’t mind a keyboard belt. I also didn’t know that the Tatty Devine logo was supposed to resemble the logos in old-style 50s records.

Plan for the archway of stars in Greenwich

Examples of pieces from every stage of the brand’s heritage were on display. I did find myself with a big wave of Tatty regret as I viewed pieces that have long since vanished from stores (especially the fortune teller statement). However, I also saw a couple of pieces that I do own – one being the William Morris brooch.

I really loved the exhibition as a big fan of the brand. After its stint in London, it will visit various venues around the country – so keep an eye out!

Giant jewellery shapes

Jewellery brand of the month: Bonnie Bling

Since I’m heading off to Scotland in just over a week, I thought I’d write about a Scottish jewellery brand, namely:


Bonnie Bling is run by Mhairi from Scotland, and most of the jewellery in the collection is inspired by Scottish culture and slang. There are some great pieces as part of the range.

Currently, the one piece I own is this Wee Cow Necklace, also available as a brooch and in a variety of colours including pastels.

wee bling cow necklace

I’m also lusting after this Tunnock’s Tea Cake brooch.

tunnocks teacake brooch

Not to mention these Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer earrings.

tunnocks caramel wafer earrings

The Waverley Necklace shows the world’s last existing seagoing paddle steamer in necklace form.

waverley necklace

This Billy Connolly brooch has proved popular among fans of the comedian.

billy connolly brooch

Find Bonnie Bling at the following locations:

Website: bonniebling.co.uk

Instagram: instagram.com/bonniebling

Facebook: facebook.com/bonniebling

Twitter: twitter.com/Bonnie_Bling

Jewellery brand of the month: Hello Crumpet

Today I’m going to write about one of my favourite brands:


Hello Crumpet is run by Claire, originally based in the UK but now located in the Netherlands. Due to its focus on literature and Shakespeare, it’s a brand that I particularly love, and some brooches are even available via the Shakespeare’s Globe shop!

The brand is named after founder Claire’s cat Crumpet, so it seems only natural that a cat brooch is available.

cat brooch

Many brooches are Harry Potter-themed, including this Tales of Beedle the Bard book brooch.

Tales of Beedle the Bard book brooch

For Easter this year, this gorgeous Lindt-style bunny brooch was available.

gold bunny brooch

Game of Thrones fans will like this “Winter is coming” brooch.

winter is coming brooch

This awesome skull brooch brings to mind the famous quotation, “Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown,” and is available at the Globe shop along with others, including an ‘Exit, pursued by a bear’ brooch!

skull and crown brooch

Find Hello Crumpet at the following locations:

Website: hellocrumpet.co.uk

Instagram: instagram.com/hello_crumpet

Facebook: facebook.com/hellocrumpet

Shakespeare’s Globe Shop: shop.shakespearesglobe.com

Jewellery brand of the month: Little Pig Jewellery Design

Today I’m going to write about another British brand:


Little Pig Jewellery Design is run by Emma who makes quirky, fun acrylic jewellery. As the name suggests, pigs make up a large part of her inspiration but there are plenty of other cute designs too! I haven’t made a purchase from this shop yet, but it’s only a matter of time.

I love this Three Little Pigs necklace.

3 little pigs necklace

This Fairy Door brooch is super cute.

fairy door brooch

I also love this Scalloped Heart brooch.

scalloped heart brooch

These Ding Dong Bell earrings are super fun.

ding dong bell earrings

Finally, I love these Party Ring Biscuit brooches. I want to get several and wear them all to a retro birthday party.

party ring brooch

Find Little Pig Jewellery Design at the following locations:

Website: littlepigjewellerydesign.com

Instagram: instagram.com/littlepigjewellerydesign

Facebook: facebook.com/littlepigjewellerydesign

Twitter: twitter.com/PigletJewellery

Jewellery brand of the month: Tangerine Menagerie

This brand is based in the US, a hugely popular brand with a large following:


Tangerine Menagerie was founded by designer Julia several years ago, focusing on retro-inspired brooches. She started out on Etsy before moving to her own website, and her brooches are among the most popular in the groups I belong to. They are pricier than most, but the workmanship and detail – every brooch is handmade and hand-painted by Julia herself – make the cost worth it.

These brooches are extremely difficult to get hold of, selling out within seconds of going on sale. To be successful you need to be on the website as soon as they are released – usually only one or two designs at a time are available. Alternatively, Julia runs a lottery offering people the opportunity to win a chance to buy a brooch – this is brilliant for people with slower Internet connections, or who can’t always get online at the time of release.

I personally own two Tangerine Menagerie brooches – a witch and an Alice book – both purchased before they became super popular. I’ve never tried to buy one since demand skyrocketed, but I will certainly give it a go in the future, if one of my wishlist items becomes available!

Top of the list is the Alice brooch. This has been through several different designs over the years and this is the most recent.

alice brooch

I also want this gorgeous Painted Rose Tree brooch, which continues the Wonderland theme. A Cheshire cat, a dodo and a white rabbit have also been available over the years.

painted rose tree brooch

Jane Eyre is my favourite novel, so this brooch is high on my wishlist.

jane eyre brooch

Birds and animals are popular choices for this brand; I particularly love this Chickadee brooch.

chickadee brooch

The Olivia Corsage brooch is a flower design, relatively unusual for this brand, but it’s beautiful.

olivia corsage brooch

Find Tangerine Menagerie via the following links:

Website: tangerinemenagerie.com

Instagram: instagram.com/tangerinemenagerie

Twitter: twitter.com/tangerinebrooch

Jewellery brand of the month: Rosa Pietsch

After a brief December hiatus, my ‘Jewellery brand of the month’ posts are back. When I was trying to decide on a brand to showcase in January, I couldn’t believe I hadn’t already looked at:


With a background in womenswear, textiles and accessories, Rosa Pietsch started making and selling her own jewellery in 2012. Her designs, inspired by vintage prints and contemporary shapes, are unique, unlike anything else in the world of acrylic jewellery. Amazingly, I only own one of her pieces, but there are several more on my wishlist, some of which I have mentioned below.

This Large Floral Pendant Necklace is beautiful.

floral pendant
Large Floral Pendant Necklace

The Engraved Arc Necklace offers understated glamour, and is available in several different colours.

engraved arc
Engraved Arc Necklace

This Crescent Moon / Full Moon Necklace is gorgeously dramatic.

moon necklace
Crescent Moon/Full Moon Necklace

I love the Art Nouveau-inspired Nouveau Flower Pendant.

nouveau pendant
Nouveau Flower Pendant

Finally, this Star Flower Statement Necklace is simply stunning.

star flower statement necklace
Star Flower Statement Necklace

Find Rosa Pietsch via the following links:

Website: rosapietsch.com

Etsy: etsy.com/uk/shop/RosaPietsch

Instagram: instagram.com/rosapietsch

Twitter: twitter.com/rosapietsch

Facebook: facebook.com/RosaPietschDesigns

Jewellery brand of the month: Smile and Make

My jewellery brand for November is a relatively new UK-based brand:


Based in Newcastle-under-Lyme, the brand’s designer, Lucy, has created some absolutely stunning designs recently. They proved so popular that I wasn’t in time to get hold of any, but hopefully I will be able to get hold of some in the future!

Just to note that there aren’t any direct links to the pieces below, because they’ve all either sold out or are not yet available. I recommend following Smile and Make on Instagram to be alerted when pieces will become available on Etsy.

Christmas Flowers Necklace
Christmas Flowers Necklace

Make A Wish Brooch
Make A Wish Brooch

Jovie Brooch
Jovie Brooch

London Bus Brooch

London Fireworks Necklace

Find Smile and Make via the following links:

Etsy: etsy.com/uk/shop/SmileandMake

Instagram: instagram.com/smileandmake

Jewellery brand of the month: You Make Me Design

I can’t believe I haven’t chosen this brand as my brand of the month yet, as they’ve been around for a while and I own several of their pieces. The brand is:


You Make Me Design is run by Emily, who is inspired by all things cute, vintage and kitsch. She makes all her pieces in her North East coastal studio (another reason to love this brand, as I am also from the North East!).

My absolute favourite item from this brand is my Scared Pumpkin Brooch, now available once again for a limited time for Halloween.

Scared Pumpkin Brooch

These Medusa Statement Earrings are new this year, and they’re on my wishlist.

Medusa Earrings

I love this super fun Monster Crunch Crisp Necklace, too.

Monster Crunch Necklace

This Party Tiger Statement Brooch comes with a detachable magnetic mask. (His friend the Party Cheetah comes with a detachable party hat!)

Party Tiger

The Pasta Statement Necklace is colourful and cheerful.

Pasta Statement Necklace

You Make Me Design can be found at:

Website: youmakemedesign.co.uk

Etsy: etsy.com/shop/YouMakeMeDesign

Not on the High Street: notonthehighstreet.com/youmakemedesign

Instagram: instagram.com/youmakeme_design

Jewellery brand of the month: MukkaChunks

This month I’m celebrating a relatively new British brand:


MukkaChunks is run by Rachael, a designer and maker based in Yorkshire (but soon to relocate to the Midlands!). I’m yet to purchase any of her beautiful pieces but I’m sure I will get my hands on at least one by the end of the year.

Top of my list is the beautiful Sweet Patricia Forget me Not Brooch. £5 from each sale also goes to the Alzheimer’s Society.

Sweet Patricia Forget me Not Brooch

The Peeping Penny Fieldmouse Brooch is super adorable.

Peeping Penny Fieldmouse Brooch

I love this incredibly detailed dragon brooch.

Dragon Brooch

The Misty Mountain Brooch is part of the Going on an Adventure collection, inspired by The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

Misty Mountain Brooch

I love the shade of acrylic in these Green Moonshine Earrings, part of the Sorcery and Illusion collection.

Green Moonshine Earrings

Check out MukkaChunks at:

Website: mukkachunks.com

Instagram: instagram.com/mukkachunks

Facebook: facebook.com/mukkachunks

Jewellery brand of the month: Iris De La Torre

My brand of the month for July is:


Iris was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and moved to the UK to study. Her jewellery is inspired by traditional Mexican crafts as well as colourful 1960s design.

I’ve chosen to showcase her work this month chiefly because of the Frida Kahlo exhibition at the V&A: Iris has been commissioned to produce a number of designs specifically for the exhibition, which are available in the museum shop in person and online.

Antonio the Golden Sun (Antonio el Sol Dorado) is a favourite brooch of mine, gleaming brightly and cheerfully.

Antonio the Golden Sun brooch

He can be paired with the Moon (La Luna), who shines with a silvery shimmer.

La Luna brooch

The Cat (Gato) brooch is adorable.

Cat Brooch

So is this deer brooch, representing Frida Kahlo’s pet deer.

Deer brooch

Speaking of Frida: this beautiful Frida Flower Crown brooch is unique to the V&A.

Flower Crown brooch

There is a whole range of exclusive jewellery available, but this parrot brooch is top of my list for when I visit the exhibition.

Parrot brooch

Check out Iris De La Torre’s work via the following links:

Website: irisdelatorre.com

Instagram: instagram.com/byirisdelatorre

Facebook: facebook.com/IrisDeLaTorreJewelleryandAccessories

Twitter: twitter.com/byirisdelatorre