Everything you see for sale on this site is made by me, Helen. I’m… a person, I guess. I like cats (but I haven’t got a cat because there’s too much stuff out on tables being used in my house and a cat would knock it over and also we live far too close to a main road and it wouldn’t be safe, although there are some other cats around here that seem to manage the road but, you know, they’re the ones that have survived. There might have been cats before that weren’t so good with roads, and what if I got a cat and it turned out to be one of them? That would be awful). I’m a composer and musician, but sometimes I like to be quiet and make stuff and think, which is how I started making jewellery. I also like tea and macaroni and playing gamelan and riding my bike in the woods.
Patchwork Jackdaw is a completely independent micro-business, run from my home in County Durham, where I make and photograph all the jewellery, edit my website, and package and post out everyone’s orders. When you buy from this site, you’re directly supporting a small, independent UK-based business.
If you want to read a really long load of blog posts about how I started making jewellery and what happened between then and now, you can start here. It is very long, and that normally tends to put people off. But you may have insomnia or a long train journey so, yeah, who am I to judge.
Why Patchwork Jackdaw?
There are almost always jackdaws hanging out around my house. They’re clever and curious birds and they stomp about on my roof, and I often see them doing weird stuff like poking at things with sticks. I can kind of identify with that: I feel like I spend a lot of my time poking at things with sticks too.
The patchwork element comes from the mish-mash of different materials and styles I use. I often make jewellery from things that happen to come my way – a lot of the pieces you can see in this shop are made from things that I didn’t seek out, they just turned up in my house somehow, and since they were lying about I thought I’d better turn them into something, like you would if you were making a patchwork quilt out of whatever scraps of fabric were available. Except while pretending to be a corvid. And with jewellery, not a quilt. Or something.
That sounded better in my head.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me and I will provide Totally Normal Customer Service.
Designer/Maker, Patchwork Jackdaw