Jeweller to work directly with Kenyan artisans using local materials.
Brit jeweller Imogen Belfield is set to collaborate with ethical jewellery company Made UK, creating a collection with artisans in Nairobi, Kenya, using locally sourced materials.
Belfield, a Professional Jeweller Hot 100 NexGem, will head out to Kenya this summer to meet the artisans she will work with on the collections, learning their skills and sharing her own.
Belfield said of the news: "It is incredibly exciting to have been approached by Made. They are an inspirational company, with a fashion forward mind set, creating stunning jewellery.
"[I will] explore the local markets, sourcing glass, beads and fabrics, all of which may play a part in the jewellery collection we shall be making. The chance to be involved with such a dynamic and worthy company as Made is a dream to me, and I can’t wait to start creating a jewellery collection that resonates the moral message of ethically sourced and sustainable jewellery."
Belfield will go to Kenya in June, where she will begin work on the Imogen Belfield for Made collection, which promises to be a vibrant range amalgamating skills such as casting, weaving, braiding and knotting, with plans to launch the range in July.
Other British jewellers that have worked with Made include Daisy Knights and Hattie Richards.