I started making jewellery in 1972 while living in Spain under Franco's dictatorship. Myself and some friends would travel to the Canary Isles, buy duty free radios,watches and what have you, bring them back to Toromelenos where we had an apartment and from there take this stuff down to Marrakech, hitch hiking all the way and exchange it for trade beads from the Burbas. Take these beads back to Spain, make them into mackramay bracelets and sell them to the tourists. Easy money!
Thirty years later and having been made redundant for the second time I thought back to my hippy days and started making bangles and necklaces and selling them at car boots. Well people loved them and so did I, so now I sell a much grander range to shops in Bristol and Dorset, where we live in the summer, and at markets and craft fairs.
More recently we have moved our main business into supplying members of the public, and trade, the high quality findings, chain and bead that we used to use ourselves. These are mainly sourced in U.K. so that we can offer consistency of supply and be sure that all our goods conform to E.U. directives and are of the highest, professional quality.
We continue to attend markets and fairs in Dorset, mainly around Swanage and Wareham where we now live most of the time. If you are around this area please get in touch.