Ellen Schrijver of Ellen’s Fingerprint Jewellery

Ellen Schrijver of Ellen’s Fingerprint Jewellery

As part of our continuing series of posts about the talented designers who supply The Shop in the Square, today we’re taking a moment to meet the seller! Q. For those who don’t know, could you tell us who you are and the name of your business? A. Hello! My name is Ellen Schrijver and my company is called Ellen’s Fingerprint Jewellery. Q. And what kind of products do you make and sell? A. I design and create unique, personalised pure silver and bronze keepsake jewellery using children’s fingerprints, hand & footprints, children’s drawings and even your pet paw prints to wear and treasure for time to come. As well as my range of personalised jewellery, I also make bespoke jewellery using organic matter as my source of inspiration, such as leaves and shells to create unique pieces of 99.9% pure silver jewellery. In the Shop in the Square I regularly hold casting sessions where customers can come in and have the impressions taken of their babies and children’s fingerprints, and hand and footprints. We even have had some doggy friends come in to have some jewellery made! I welcome commissions and like to create pieces of jewellery as bespoke and unique as the person wearing them. I help run the shop on a weekly basis. Q. So how did art become such a big part of your life? A. I really enjoyed art at school and when younger was keen to be become an illustrator, however became distracted and headed for a career in the NHS. On the birth of my third child I wanted to capture those...
Lynsey Harris of Lynsey Luu

Lynsey Harris of Lynsey Luu

Today we bring you another in a new series of posts. Ever wanted to know more about the creative individuals who hand craft the beautiful items sold in The Shop in the Square? We hope so because it’s time to meet the seller! Q. For those who don’t know, could you tell us who you are and the name of your business? A. Hello! My name’s Lynsey Harris and I trade under the name of Lynsey Luu Q. And what kind of products do you make and sell? A. I design quirky jewellery, unisex clothing, hip flasks, illustrations/posters and I have recently expanded into greetings cards. I find anything weird and wonderful as inspiration really. In the Shop in the Square I work on the visual merchandising and general help in the shop when needed. Q. So how did art become such a big part of your life? A. I was always really interested in art at school, I kept waiting for artistic parts of the lessons so I could engage with them. Later I studied textiles at the University of Wolverhampton and got a real interest in surface pattern design. I’d been told that jobs in my field usually involved working for a single company in which they have my designs or to set up your own company, so whilst in my final year I enrolled on the Speed WM program who help students start small businesses. I love being able to use art in my work, it’s much more interesting than a normal nine to five job. I’m always making products and researching new techniques. Q. Just for...