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Olivia – BA (Hons) Silversmithing & Jewellery

Alumni Olivia joined the University Centre to expand her skills and knowledge in Jewellery making and has now been invited to exhibit her work at FORM arts festival.

"I have learnt about how I work best, and what work I want to create. And those two things have been invaluable for me launching into running a business."

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Course: BA (Hons) Silversmithing & Jewellery

My Story:

Olivia has always been creative and studied a Special Effects Make Up Diploma at College, but it wasn’t until she took a sales assistant vacancy that she coinsidently began to gain experience in Jewellery. Her role naturally envolved into an opportunity to learn skills at a jewellers bench, where she begain doing cleaing and repairs and hasn’t looked back since.

Olivia said: “My time at the University Centre Truro has been amazing. Its given me the space, facilities, and support network to really explore who I am as a creative and a maker.”

“During my degree I exhibited at New Designers in London. That was a large event in the Business Design Centre in Islington and it was quite daunting but lots of fun in the end!”

“I put it off for a long time, thinking it wasn’t quite the ‘right time’…but I jumped in feet first in 2019 and went for it and I am so glad I did!”

“I have learnt about how I work best, and what work I want to create. And those two things have been invaluable for me launching into running a business.”

Olivia’s advice to anyone thinking of following in her footsteps would be: “If you want to do it – do it! You never know what opportunities will arise from it – so don’t overthink it, just give it a go.”

Since starting the BA (Hons) Silversmithing and Jewellery degree with the University Centre Olivia has set up her own handmade jewellery business and runs this online as well as attending local fairs and exhibitions and festivals. Having recently been selected to exhibit at 2023 FORM arts festival Olivia is excited to showcase her most recent collection, ‘Geo’ and taking commissions for anyone looking in preparation for Christmas etc. Commenting on being selected to exhibit, Olivia said: “I feel incredibly lucky to have been selected to exhibit at Form this year. There are so many talented artists and makers who have been accepted and I feel privileged to be exhibiting alongside them.”

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