Wonderful Alison from Heart Gallery, here in Hebden Bridge, has blogged about mine and Amanda Cox’s spot in Vogue this month. It’s a great post, with lovely pictures of our work, thank you Alison.

I just wanted to take a moment to mention Alison, and the fact that I wouldn’t be where I am today without the initial belief and continued support from her.

It was 2 years ago that I first made an appointment to see her, coming straight off the street with buggy, baby and NOT looking like a jewellery designer at all!

‘Hello, I was wondering if you would like to take a look the jewellery I have been making to see if it is suitable for the gallery. I live here in Hebden Bridge, am a full time mum, and have just started making jewellery.’ said I.

‘Sure, bring some along and I’ll take a look’ said Alison.

Incredible, really, as I certainly didn’t have the confidence to really sell myself properly, and had only been making jewellery about a month at that stage!

Alison saw my jewellery, liked it, and decided to give me a go, despite my lack of experience or training. I have have some of various of my collections in the Heart Gallery most of the time every since. This undoubtedly helped give me the confidence I needed to think ‘yes, I can do this’.

She has a fantastic eye, really champions the handmade cause, and delights on showcasing local talent wherever possible. There’s a lot of it in Hebden Bridge, too.

Heart Gallery is a really important part of Hebden Bridge, with both a loyal customer base and being a must for tourists, it is not for nothing that Alison has achieved ‘Best Newcomer in North and Scotland 2008’ retailer award, and been a finalist in ‘Best UK Jewellery Retailer 2009’.

Rachel x

Rachel Lucie Johns

Hi! I'm Rachel, a jewellery designer-maker & nature photographer. My work is inspired by the gorgeous countryside around West Yorkshire & Art Deco design. This blog is where I share my creative life and inspiration. find out more ...


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    Rachel Lucie Johns

    29th March 2010

    you should definitely pop in, meet me for a cuppa whilst you're here, too!

    You should try her, she stocks sockees, not quite the same, but she has a good eye for what sells. loving the pastel spring chicken, btw :)

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    29th March 2010

    I've never been into the Heart Gallery even to browse – will have to next time I'm in Hebden Bridge. I wonder if she needs gift tags or chickens??? :D