A jewellery artist from Shepton Mallet is having her pieces feature in three issues of British Vogue after being sought out by the world-renowned fashion magazine.

Holly Berkley has been making unique, handmade wire work jewellery for over 30 years.

Her pieces, which include wedding crowns and bold floral necklaces, are sold online from her website as well as at the Loft and The Fairy Godmother Shop in Shepton Mallet, Wells’ A2 Gallery, and the Mystic Garden Garden Gallery in Glastonbury. 

She said her pieces are “made with hands, from scratch” and can’t be found anywhere else.

The mum-of-two received an email “out of the blue” from British Vogue, asking if it could showcase her “gorgeous pieces” in a campaign running across the November, December and January issues.

A flower crown handmade by Holly Berkley featured in British Vogue

The email said: “Good afternoon, I hope this finds you well.

“I wanted to get in touch as I came across your work online and I think you would be perfect to showcase on an upcoming jewellery designer showcase that I am creating for British Vogue. 

“I am currently putting together our exciting print and digital advertorial jewellery showcase in our November issue, with a campaign running across our December and January issues.

“I really enjoyed viewing your website and browsing your gorgeous pieces and feel that you would make a really unique addition to the showcase and would appeal greatly to Vogue’s affluent readership.”

Holly said: “I was so excited because it’s the biggest magazine you can be in, it can’t get any bigger.

“I wasn’t going to get offered the opportunity again, it’s a once in a lifetime thing.

“To be put in front of an international audience would be brilliant.”

Holly Berkley’s feature in British Vogue

Since being recognised by Vogue, Holly hopes to “break London” and aims to have her pieces sold in high-end stores such as Harvey Nicholls and Harrods.

But she is adamant she will stay in Shepton Mallet, where she owns a Georgian house with a “beautiful 1700s cellar workshop.”

“I’ve lived here for 16 years. This is my place,” she said.

The feature in Vogue has opened up opportunities for the jewellery artist, who is already getting commissions from fashion designers who want to incorporate her flowers in their work.

In the past, she has been commissioned to produce crowns for brides to wear on their special day, so that women can have a piece that matches their wedding dress perfectly.

Holly said: “I love the process so much, as I get to work with the person and see their reaction as the piece develops.

“I presented a lady with her wedding hair jewellery that we had designed together and she cried she was so happy with it.”

Holly also teaches wire work privately in Frome, Shepton Mallet and Wells, including monthly wire work classes at The Hive cafe in Shepton Mallet.

“Keeping my craft moving forward is essential for me. I am always looking for new places to exhibit or teach and am full of ideas for the next project,” she said.

 

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