Featured Maker : Brittany Kefira

“A ring making workshop is becoming a more popular activity than a night out”

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A silversmith working in Liverpool, Brittany started her descent into the industry from a young age. After acquiring no GCSEs, she decided to open a small online shop selling jewellery which she ordered online. Piquing her interest into how it was made lead to her teaching herself the basics before moving to Cornwall at the age of 19 to train as a Goldsmith.

Now aged 21 she has returned to Liverpool where she runs silversmithing workshops whilst creating jewellery on the side. From private group classes with prosecco to one-to-one in-depth sessions, Brittany prides herself on equipping participants with simple silversmith skills in a laid back, enjoyable environment.

The popularity of her workshops reflects the increasing craze for traditional craft. Selling out as soon as she advertises them online, the hype for handmade is a necessary opposite to the world’s fast fashion addiction. In her eyes, a ring making workshop is becoming a more popular activity than a night out.

The Baltic Triangle is a curious part of Liverpool. Formed by old industrial buildings and bordered by dual carriageways, this historic area has become a swiftly-evolving hub for creative enterprise. Make Baltic is the home of Brittany’s studio, perched two floors above the Baltic Social, it’s a shared space for creatives and makers alike. Her workspace is a self-confirmed mess. A clutter of silver wires, pliers and half-finished sketches. Her stones are about the only thing in order, systematically placed in Perspex boxes for her to seek inspiration from whenever the need strikes.

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What’s it like being situated in the North West?

“The Baltic Triangle is so up and coming. I feel so connected. When I first started my class I found it so difficult to speak to people. I’m chatty now, but at the time I wasn’t. Being in Make Baltic, in the shared studio space has changed me so much. I used to get nervous but now I’m fine. My classes are growing in popularity, now I’m covering the whole of the North West. I can’t believe how much it’s changed me just being here.

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As a maker in the North West, Brittany has no desire to relocate. She appreciates the ever-evolving creative quarter that is rapidly-developing around her. As well as the abundance of creatives all going through similar processes. Through sharing a workspace and holding regular classes her confidence has grown immensely since getting into the craft.

Looking to the future, the budding young maker hopes to open a jewellery school in Liverpool. Fully equipped to teach classes and share her craft with not only the population of the North West but the entire the country. Her burgeoning passion and obvious talent promise a recipe for success.

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You can shop Brittany’s creations at Noctua here and check out her insta here.

Megan Storey, the writer of this fine article, is a fashion communication student at Liverpool John Moore’s University. She’s worked with a number of magazines across the UK and has a passion for arts, culture and fashion. Check out her full portfolio here

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12th - 13th May 2018 | Blackburn, Lancashire

The National Festival of Making Delivery Team

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The National Festival of Making is supported with funding from Arts Council England, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and Heritage Lottery Fund