March Newsletter

Jumping for joy to share what March has had instore for Akers of Art

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As the weather starts to turn and signs of Spring appear everywhere, I’m reminded of why I chose the tree of life as my signature piece. A symbol of growth, evolving life cycles and strength, the tree of life encapsulates so many emotions and I absolutely love creating my very own versions of the uniqueness nature has to offer.

Celebrating all Mothers

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With the celebration of Mother’s Day I have been busy making lots of orders including jewellery pieces for wonderful Mothers, from rings and bracelets to necklaces and even small-scale tree of life structures. I am very close to my Mum and any opportunity she gets, she wears my jewellery, hangs my art on her walls and tells everyone she knows about Akers of Art, it’s so great having her being such a champion of my business.

What a transformation

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I am always so proud when I see first-hand, the transformation one of my wall art pieces creates. I recently completed and installed this stunning willow tree commission for a client’s home. They wanted something that would evoke and awaken the senses without being stark and overly bold. They were keen to commission a piece that complimented their existing colour scheme and that looked at home in the space. After initial consultations and showing the client various wire and gemstone options, they chose this spectacular combination of gilt wire with green aventurine and Indian agate gemstones, which I think match the brief perfectly. If you have a space you think needs a transformation, please contact me for a free consultation.

Corporates love art too

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I love it when an organisation decides to step away from the norm and show their personality to stand out in a saturated world. When I was approached by Sheridan Accountancy Services Ltd I learned that they wanted to create something that not only represented their passion for growth and nurturing of their client’s businesses but that also showed that their approach to accounting is creative, innovative and supportive. We felt that the Tree of Life beautifully represented all of those qualities that they hold so dear. They chose a combination of copper wire and stunning Indian Agate gemstones, which I then combined with other coloured gemstones to compliment their company logo. If you would like to inject some character into your office space, please contact me to arrange a free 30 minute consultation.

Library Ambassador

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March saw the return of my role as ambassador for the ‘Library of Birmingham’. As a hub for individuals wanting to learn and develop knowledge and skillsets, they offer a multitude of support for small businesses and creatives. As part of their many business incentive schemes, I have been invited to share my experiences and learnings behind running a small business with others who are just starting on their journeys. I hope that my insights can help the next generation of creatives and entrepreneurs.

New framing option launching soon

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This past week, I was very excited to visit a fantastic Blacksmiths in Yardley, Birmingham to talk to them about creating bespoke metal frames for my wall decor and outdoor art pieces. Walking around the busy workshop and seeing the variety of metals really inspired me and it was so enjoyable to see the process the metal goes through to get to its finished state. I’m really excited to be able to share my plans for more outdoor installations and also the wonderful metal frames I will be able to offer for interior and exterior projects.

What’s ahead for April

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I have been busy creating new jewellery pieces that will be available on my stall at the Red Brick Market in Digbeth. Including these fabulous Steampunk Lapel pins. 

If you haven’t visited before, it is a wonderful space with over 300 creators selling their fantastic pieces or art, jewellery and clothing. I am also very excited to be working on three further commissions for clients in April, with even more transformations on the way.

A date for your diary

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On Tuesday 3rd May, I will be the host of the Phoenix business Networking’s breakfast club, where I’ll be sharing my experiences and showcasing some of my sculptures and jewellery pieces. Booking is essential, so make sure you reserve your slot. Be sure to bring your business card too as I will running a prize draw on the day. For more information, please visit: https://phoenixbusinessclub.co.uk/networking-breakfast-club/ Booking for my event will be available from the 5th April.









February Newsletter - What The Month Of Love Had In Store For Akers of Art

February has been a brilliant month full of variety, new connections and fabulous creations for Akers of Art. I’m excited to share what I’ve been busy doing over this past month with you all.

February Is The Month Of Love

To celebrate the month of love and Valentine’s Day, I chose to feature some of my beautiful Rose Quartz pieces on my Instagram and Facebook posts. Rose quartz is believed to encourage self-love as well and attract the love of others. This beautiful pink stone also makes for the perfect choice for jewellery pieces as well as wall art and has been a really popular choice for those wanting to treat themselves. This hand-woven beaded bracelet is a great example and is available in your choice of wire colour.


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Akers Of Art On Display In the Birmingham Library

February also saw the installation of a trio of my Tree of Life sculptures being featured in the wonderful Birmingham City Library. Hundreds of visitors come to the library every week and I’m so proud to know that they will now also be able to see my pieces when they visit this inspiring space. If you go down for a visit, be sure to share my pieces on your socials, I’d love to see your snaps.


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New Commission Installed

I’ve also been busy creating a beautifully bespoke set of sculptures for a client who needed some inspirational art for their home space. Featuring three types of gemstones, each handwoven to create unique Trees of Life, this commission has been a joy from beginning to end. Starting with a home visit to see the space and discuss concepts, colours and expectations, I then create illustrations to represent my vision for the project. Once all approved I start work on creating the masterpieces that now look so at home in this magnificent space. If you’d like a free phone consultation to discuss how my commission process works and pricing, please send me an email with your availability.


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Clay Workshops At 1000 Trades in Birmingham

I haven’t just been busy with wire creations this month, I’ve also been enjoying working with my other love, clay. I was approached a little while back by ‘experience bookers’ BUKT, to deliver a series of clay workshops in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter. These evening sessions are so much fun and I’ve seen some fantastic creations and I always get such great feedback from the participants. Clay workshops are a brilliant team-building exercise and with more and more people getting back into the office, they are a really popular corporate day with a difference. For more information on availability and pricing please get in touch.

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Best-selling Artist At Birmingham Contemporary Art Gallery


I am so proud to have my creations featured at the outstanding Birmingham Contemporary Art Gallery. It's a truly iconic space featuring a collection of hugely talented artists, well-known, to largely undiscovered. When the BCAG owners told me a couple of weeks ago that I was their best-selling artist, I was absolutely blown away. Make sure you include a trip to see this gallery when you're next visiting the City and view my works and the other wonderful pieces on display. 

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Looking Ahead To March

March sees the start of Spring, International Women’s Day and of course Mother’s Day. I have the perfect range of stunning jewellery for the special women in your life, you can either create a bespoke order or pop down to my stall at the Red Brick Market in Digbeth to see the pieces in person. Spring may also be the perfect opportunity to freshen up your work or living space with my unique wall art pieces.

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January Newsletter - Looking back at 2021

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What a year 2021 was for Akers of Art!

The start of a New Year is the perfect opportunity to reflect on the past 12 months and see just how much you’ve achieved. For Akers of Art, 2021 was a year full of amazing achievements and exciting developments.


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Award winning artist
In October I was nominated at the ‘Woman Who Achieves Awards’ in the ‘Woman Who Achieves in a Creative World’ category and was so excited to be announced the winner. To be in a room full of inspiring and creative women was so wonderful and I was so honoured to have been chosen.


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Red Brick Market
Last year also saw the successful opening of my stall at the Red Brick Market in Digbeth. At my stall you can see a host of fantastic pieces I have created, from Tree of Life wall art to unique pendants, bracelets, rings, tie pins and more. It’s a great place to explore, so please pop down and see all of the beautiful pieces I have available to buy.


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Birmingham City Library Ambassador
Towards the end of the year I was approached by the Birmingham Library to become an ambassador. As an independent business, I have been lucky enough to partake in many of their programs that help small businesses and now the time has come for me to give something back. I will be involved in a variety of sessions to help share my experiences with other small businesses and I’m really excited to be a part of such a fantastic scheme.


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Birmingham Contemporary Gallery
I have been lucky enough to be chosen to have some of my pieces on display at the Birmingham Contemporary Art Gallery. When visiting this vibrant and forward thinking gallery, you will experience some stunning creations, including my tree of life sculptures and wall art pieces amongst other beautiful designs.

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The Launch of my Wonderful Website
Last year also saw the launch of my website which features examples of the pieces I’ve created as well as information regarding the gemstones I use for my pieces. You can now easily place orders and purchase items directly from my site. Please take a look here.

Looking ahead…

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Starting the New Year with a Bang!
The start of the New Year has already been very exciting for me with a number of commission orders being placed. These stunning, bespoke wall art pieces are an absolute joy to make and it is always so wonderful to see how much enjoyment they bring to my clients. For more information regarding commissioning a completely unique piece of wall art or sculpture for your home or place of work, please contact me for a free consultation. https://www.akers-of-art.co.uk/contact-akers-of-art

Coming up next...

In February, I will be celebrating the month of love and introducing you to some of my unique love inspired jewellery and wall art. Please also follow me on social media to be the first to see what I've been busy creating.


 

How to Commission a sculpture for your business

It can be a daunting prospect to decide on the perfect piece of art work for your business.

-         How much money to set aside?

-         Where is the perfect location?

-         Do you pick something “off the shelf” or have it custom made?

-         What will people think?

How do you decide? Of course off the shelf is ok but if you really want to stand out and make an impact then having something custom made specifically for your business is the way to go.

Here is a case study about a beautiful sculpture, created using over 60 stunning semi-precious gemstones and copper wire, commissioned by a unique and progressive restaurant in Harborne, Birmingham. 

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Case Study – Enchanted Forest Sculpture – Harborne Kitchen 

Rustic yet contemporary, Harborne kitchen has a mixture of classy copper lighting, live ferns on the tables and rustic wooden elements.

They use locally sourced produce and serve their amazing dishes on stone and in rustic handmade bowls. Everything about it is unique and quirky, so it was only natural that Jamie the chef and owner behind this fabulous restaurant, wanted a bespoke piece of art work that no one else would have.

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The piece came about when I went to the restaurant for my birthday, I wore a necklace made from copper and a beautiful piece of Jade. 

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Chef Jamie came to me at the end of the evening and noticed my necklace, he knew that I was a local artist, also based in Harborne and he asked if I could create a piece of art based on this necklace and of course I said yes.

He asked me to come up with an idea and arrange a meeting and that’s where it all began.

I started by created a design, based on the copper lighting and the ferns. I then added two overlay options that would add layers to the sculpture and give the client a few ideas to choose from.

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Our first meeting was great, I took gemstone and wire samples and the sketch and decisions were made together, choosing copper wire and a variety of gemstones including jade, aventurine and a variety of agate. The plan had started to form.

All that was left was the costings. I like to give a quote with a lower and a higher estimate. As everything is made to order, it is an estimate based on the ideas discussed. Giving a price range makes it easier to get an idea of what the client’s budget will allow. This will then dictate how elaborate we can go.  

After the budget was agreed, the fun part begins, I could start the making.

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I used 0.8mm (20 gauge) copper wire to bind the pieces together, everything is wire wrapped, no welding or glue is used.  

I then wire wrapped over 60 various gemstones. This took some time as each one could actually be worn as a pendant but these beautiful stones were to be hung on the structure to depict flowers and berries, each one has a different kind of weave and is wrapped individually along with 100’s of individually wire wrapped leaves.

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I added the gemstones and leaves in sections to get the right balance for the piece. Along with twisted pieces of wire to depict the ferns that are displayed on the restaurant tables.

Here is the process in pictures. I changed the background to get an idea of how it would look on different coloured walls. The end sculpture was hung on a light grey wall with spotlights bouncing off it to make the sculpture really stand out.

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The final Piece hanging in the stairwell at Harborne Kitchen 

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From a lovely wearable art necklace to a beautiful 6ft enchanted forest sculpture

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Do you have any ideas of what you would like for your business or home? Or would you like me to come up with something to perfectly set off your desired space?

Call me or send me an email and we can get talking about a fabulous new project.

https://www.akers-of-art.co.uk/contact-akers-of-art

 

How I make a custom made piece of jewellery.

So , as I told you last week I have had a couple of stalls this week. It’s been fun and interesting and has definitely taught me a few things along the way.

Firstly choose wisely as some stalls can be very expensive and not necessarily be the correct target audience.

Secondly, don’t have too high expectations, then you won’t be disappointed. I was so happy that I made 2 sales last week of ready made pieces and one order for a custom made piece.

Not much but it’s a great start. I’m getting myself out there.

The custom made piece is the most exciting because this lovely lady was local to me and she’d seen me and contacted me via Facebook. She then saw where and when my first stall would be and came down to see me.

It was lovely to have that support for my little business but also it meant that my idea of custom made pieces might actually work.

The board was out with a variety of stones laid out on it for her to choose from...

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and I had remembered a mirror so that she could get an idea of what the piece may look like.

She then looked through the Jewellery look book... 
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and pointed out the piece that she liked the idea of, this is the one she suggested...

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as she liked the beads and twists.

I also handed over samples of the wire so that she could decide on the colour that she wanted.

She chose Antique Bronze. 

The whole exchange took about 20 minutes which I loved as I felt that it showed I had time for her and made her feel like she wasn’t rushed and could take as long as she wanted.

It’s all about the experience.

I then went away with the stone and the information and begin to create the piece.

The thing with my jewellery is that it’s never the same twice. So I made this piece “in the style of” the piece she liked, but it was going to be unique to her.

I also decided to try a new weave which I really liked.

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Here are a few pictures of the process...

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The piece turned out beautifully. I made it that week so that the piece could then be picked up at my next stall the following Saturday.

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She was very happy, it went with her skin tone perfectly and it was my first piece sold to someone I didn’t know!

How exciting is that!??

So message me if you would like a custom made piece. Is there a special occasion coming up? Is there a special gift that you’d like to buy for a special person? You can contact me here...http://www.akers-of-art.co.uk/contact

I have a lovely selection of stones that I am working on getting online and creating a gallery for you to look at but there are also readymade pieces that you can buy coming soon. 

My competition is still going, this week I have had 6 more followers but I would love to get to 150 followers and as soon as I do I will giving away a lovely small bead pendant. 
Like the one pictured below...
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It can be made to order with any coloured bead or wire, so get following and be in to win. Head over to my jewellery page to enter. http://www.akers-of-art.co.uk/jewellery

Thanks for reading, catch you next week. 










Wedding Fever - How to create a Wire Wrap Pendant

With the royal wedding just passed, it really got me thinking about fashion and what woman wear to these occasions.

I thought some of the dresses were fabulous but others... Meh… They could have made a bit more elegant but then I am not a fan of the suit type look.

I have a wedding coming up in 3 weeks’ time. The first one for me in years and I have been really stressing about what I should wear.

I have (almost) sorted my outfit, I have the dress (See the picture above) and the shoes, but I need a black slip dress to go underneath otherwise I will look almost naked (really not appropriate), possibly a hat or a fascinator, what are your thoughts? Do I need one? And definitely an amazing piece of jewellery to hang around my neck.

I saw a great quote on Pinterest recently from Yves Saint Lauren…

“Accessories are what, in my opinion, pull the whole look together and make it unique”

This is so true.

Being an artist and making jewellery myself, I can definitely use this opportunity to showcase my work. I see my jewellery as a piece of art to be worn. They are unique and mostly made to order.

I like to be different and wear things that are just a little bit quirky and hopefully no one else will have. I think the dress I’ve bought proves that.

So, to go with the dress, I am thinking a really striking piece of black stone with cooper wire (I think cooper will pick out the orange and red in the dress)…

Here’s a little behind the scenes look of how I go about making a piece…

I’m not the kind of jewellery maker that draws an idea out beforehand. I generally will pick up a stone, decide in my head how I feel it should look and then I start weaving.

So here is the stone I chose...

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A Smokey Quartz. It looks black unless you hold it to the light. 

I then had to decide on the wire to use, so I chose 1mm and 0.4mm copper wire and cut 2 quite long (almost 30cm) lengths of the 1mm wire. I use the 0.4mm wire in it's original coil as I never know how much I will use...

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I started by putting a little twist at the ends of the 2 1mm pieces of copper...

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(Please excuse the fingers they are being ripped apart by wire!) 

I then started wrapping the 0.4mm wire twice around one length of 1mm and then twice around the other. I slowly allowed the wire to get wider and then thinner again to create this interesting pattern, it's quite hard to explain...

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I find that using odd numbers works best for some of the weaving and thought I would use a 5 -3 pattern after the original weave...

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I really like the look of this together so I repeated the pattern 3 times...

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I then started to wrap the wire around the stone...

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I then had to work out how to finish it, so did the first weave again twice to create the loop...

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And VOILA we have a complete piece. 

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I think it will look pretty amazing with my dress. What do you think?

Please do take a look at my website www.akers-of-art.co.uk and especially the jewellery page if you like this piece http://www.akers-of-art.co.uk/jewellery. Contact me to place an order or make an enquiry. Quote Offer2 for 15% off your first order.