Monday, 2 March 2015


We're so lucky to have so many authentic artisans exhibiting with us and Gemma Sangwine definitely fits this description.  Her beautiful hair ornaments and bridal fascinators are handmade with love and incredible attention to detail, spending hours sourcing just the right pieces of costume jewellery to complement each other.

Following a childhood of making clothes and accessories, and a degree in Textiles and Fashion, Gemma went into retail, keeping the creative side going with a regular Covent Garden Market Stall.

Gemma has a magpie's eye for finding unusual things and often collects and incorporates vintage or recycled materials including antique lace and beadwork, vintage costume jewellery and natural and dyed feathers.  But she's also been known to use quirky objects like Monopoly money and miniature china tea sets.

I think Gemma is one of those people who can't look at a trinket without wondering how she can rework it to make something truly beautiful and she loves to incorporate personal mementoes for the bride into her pieces, giving them so much meaning.

Gemma's work has evolved since moving to the Cotswolds over ten years ago. Then four years ago she stumbled on the idea of making hair adornments after a friend's suggestion. These proved so popular and opened Gemma's eyes to a whole new market. With regular bridal commissions, Gemma hasn't looked back since and is now working in an area she loves.

Because of Gemma's love of hand-crafting from recycled, reclaimed and vintage materials, you can guarantee your piece will be unique and her bridal products include hair ornaments, bespoke fascinators and corsages. 

If you love her work, but want something designed and crafted especially for you, then Gemma's very happy to help.  Either meeting up or working on-line, she will note the colour and style you'd like then make mock-ups and email photographs until you come up with the perfect piece for you.

Lucy Turnbull Photography
Take a look at her commissions and you'll see just how individual and unique each of her pieces are and read testimonials from some very happy brides.

Lucy Turnbull Photography
Gemma's pieces are incredibly popular and are available in some of my favourite shops including Made in StroudCox & Baloney's Vintage Boutique in Bristol, Tetbury's Qetty Bang Bang, and As Long as It Sparkles in Stow-on-the-Wold, as well as on her own Etsy Shop.

Gemma's never happier than when she's creating new pieces and we can't wait to see what she's bringing along to this year's fair! 

If you want to see a selection of Gemma's work and try some pieces as well, then come along and have a chat next week!

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