After I was made redundant I decided to try and turn a long standing hobby into a more serious 'job'! I came up with the name and logo pretty quickly, and had a friend realise the concept for me. I was always re-using old jewellery so I decided that I would continue to do so, and use mostly recycled components. This involves fun days out wandering around charity shops with friends, searching beaches for pottery and glass or being given old and broken jewellery to use.
I try and reuse or recycle as much as possible and many of the items I create are totally unique, one off pieces. After focusing mostly on jewellery I have started expanding out into greetings cards, fridge magnets and hopefully soon, small bags and purses. I use broken things, old jewellery, bits of electrical items, toys, etc. that I upcycle into something new. Hence the name, 'Squinty', everything is handmade and probably nowhere near perfect!
I like unusual, quirky items and like using colours and textures that might normally not be used together. Everything is re-used, except for earring parts, for hygiene reasons. A lot of the beads and items that I use come from charity shops, other bits come from end of line, clearance sales, and donations from lovely people who are clearing out their jewellery boxes, wardrobes and cupboards.