The Artemis Wedding

Our very own Carrie Mullan, jewellery designer, workshop manager and daughter of the mother and daughter team at Artemis, became Carrie Grandison on 1st March.  It was a magical, very beautiful and traditional wedding shared by staff, friends, family and, of course, Flynn the Artemis Dog.

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Because your wedding day is the perfect occasion to wear something special, we have created an exquisite collection of Wedding Jewellery to choose from.  Each piece can be worn with pride and treasured for a lifetime.  Any item in the collection can be bought as seen, customised or a bespoke piece created personally for you.  We believe that pearls and brides go together like strawberries and cream and love working with freshwater pearls, sourcing only the finest from around the world.  It’s amazing how they can vary so dramatically in colour and shape – we have pearls to suit any skin tone and style of wedding dress.  Alternatively, you can choose something just as beautiful from our other collections of semi-precious stones and silver.  We also specialise in jewellery and gifts for bridesmaids, mother of the bride and any other member of the wedding party you may wish to spoil.

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Carrie lovingly created (with the help of Chloe and Ellie – two very excited jewellery assistants) all of the jewellery for her wedding party.  To honour the tradition of ‘something old, something new’, Carrie chose to use exquisite antique chandelier crystals and freshwater pearl hearts for both her and her four bridesmaids’ necklaces and earrings.

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Alternatively, inspired by our existing designs, you may wish to introduce your own ideas or even elements to create a truly unique piece. For instance, you could incorporate your Mother’s or Grandmother’s Pearls that you treasure but don’t wear, into a beautiful and contemporary piece of jewellery.  This antique string of pearls ( left) was used to create the Necklace and matching Earrings shown.  At Artemis we always love wedding commissions, there is something so special about working with a bride to help make her dreams come true.

Featured this month…

Twisted silk chord necklaces

These twisted silk chord necklaces are available in 8 lovely colours and are the most inexpensive way to wear the Artemis front-fastening silver bird t-bar. We also have a selection of other beautiful t-bar designs including silver hearts, leaves and flowers.

Price: £35

January's featured jewellery, Artemis

 

Silver-plated soap pins

If you are looking for a special small gift, these gorgeous silver-plated soap pins are perfect. Made in Peru, they come in five designs and make a unique bathroom accessory – when the soap runs out you simply adorn your next bar with the same beautiful pin. We also supply a lovely range of soaps!

Price: £5

Silver-plated soap pin

Next week Cathy and Carrie are off to their next trade fair to find lovely new stock for Artemis. Watch this space for Carrie’s diary from the fair. in the meantime, keep up with Artemis on our Facebook page and by following us on Twitter.

‘Downstairs @ Artemis’ – current featured artists

The works of artists Sarah Cowper, Hamilton, Nell NileCath Read and Jo Whiteland are currently being shown ‘Downstairs @ Artemis’. All based in Bristol, each one of these talented artists champion the natural world in their works.

Room 2, 'Downstairs @ Artemis'

Room 2 ‘Downstairs @ Artemis’, featuring works by Cath Read

Room 2, 'Downstairs @ Artemis'

Cath Read Room 2, ‘Downstairs @ Artemis’

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‘Downstairs @ Artemis’ featuring the work of (from left) Nell Nile, Cath Read, Sarah Cowper and Jo Whiteland

Room 1, 'Downstairs @ Artemis'

Room 1 ‘Downstairs @ Artemis’, showing the work of (from left) Sarah Cowper, Hamilton, Jo Whiteland and Cath Read

 

Sarah Cowper has a fascination with the forms and patterns found in nature, and uses vivid colours and layered textures in her paintings to depict these. Often she works with plant fibre paper, using it as a base or to build layers of texture under paint. visit: sarahcowper.fapc.co.uk

Hamilton works as a window cleaner as well as being a fabulous sculptor, producing gorgeous semi-abstract busts among other things.

Nell Nile produces bright and bold chalk pastel works in a range of styles, from abstract and graphic images to softer depictions of nature and myths. Visit: nellnile.co.uk

Cath Read‘s works often depict British landscapes and seascapes. She also focuses on cityscapes and the effects of human life on landscapes, referring to her artwork as ‘people landscapes’. Visit: cathread.co.uk

Jo Whiteland specialises in batik artworks (produced from specially-dyed fabrics) the technique for which she discovered whilst working with artists in Malaysia in 1991. As well as being an artist, Jo works part time for Bristol Drugs Project. Visit: jowhiteland.co.uk

All the artists share the entire space we have downstairs and the work displayed will change as pieces are sold and the seasons chance. We have a large selection of prints, framed prints, and some original pieces for sale alongside the ones exhibited on the walls.

Visit the 214 Gloucester Road shop for our ‘Downstairs @ Artemis’ exhibition.

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New stock landing!

We are feeling very inspired here at Artemis having just returned from a buyer’s fair where we were in search of brand new stock for 2014. It was member of the Artemis team Ellie’s first time accompanying Catherine to a fair.

“She was brilliant, taking notes and  trudging up and down the isles with me”, says Catherine. “We were on our feet all day searching for new and exciting gifts for Artemis.”

Artemis attends their first trade fair of the year

Artemis opens a new account with stand holders at the buyer’s fair. “We found lots of lovely things including these amazing glass baubles to hang in the window.”

They came back having ordered some lovely things, which are due to be delivered very soon and have even started buying for Christmas (see image and caption above) already! Talk about forward planning…

On top of that, only today a huge delivery of our very popular hand-blown glass baubles landed on the Artemis doormat, on sale all year round.

In other news… This morning we had our order of beautiful handmade silver confirmed by our stockists in Thailand. Now we can get on with making lots of gorgeous bespoke jewellery for you, including in new designs that we will reveal soon! The photograph below shows Catherine meeting one of the hill tribes in Thailand that makes the silver for Artemis jewellery.

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Catherine meets Thai silver makers, who provide Artemis’s silver today

Don’t forget that, as well as the usual selection of gorgeous gifts and our handmade jewellery available to buy at our 214 Gloucester Road shop, we currently have a new exhibition of local artists ‘Downstairs @ Artemis’, featuring works by Cath ReadSarah CowperJo Whiteland, Nell Nile and Hamilton. Catch up with the Artemis blog next week for more information about these talented artists.

Artemis featured as ‘Independent of the week’ in Bristol Post’s Weekend magazine

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Flynn’s “enthusiastic social skills add hugely to the shop’s appeal”

We are back in full swing here at Artemis after a lovely break. A brand new window display is up and we are all set for January with our new resolutions, warm coats and plenty of creative inspiration – Happy New Year everyone!

The end of 2013 was fantastic for Artemis – the shop was packed full day-after-day and the support from shoppers, friends and other local businesses and projects was just amazing.

2014 has got off to a great start too. We are absolutely delighted to have been featured as ‘Independent of the week’ in the latest issue of the Bristol Post Weekend magazine. Features Editor Kate Edser popped into the shop just before Christmas to take a look around and enjoyed talking to Carrie and Catherine about the business whilst exploring the “astounding number of very pretty things on display” and – of course – meeting Carrie’s gorgeous pooch Flynn.

“There’s something to linger over at every turn, including all manner of unusual silver pieces, ornaments, pottery, toiletries, bags, scarves and slippers, candles, paintings, cushions and umbrellas/parasols” says Kate in her article. She continues: “What any visitor cannot fail to notice is that many items have a bird or heart theme – which is explained by Carrie’s love of the former and Catherine’s penchant for the latter.”

We are delighted to have such a lovely write-up and would like to thank Kate and the Bristol Post team for featuring Artemis. The full article can be viewed below.

 

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Now, how about staving off those January blues with a nice browse around the shop? Plus we are proud to be hosting a new exhibition ‘Downstairs @ Artemis’ featuring the work of Bristol-based artists Cath Read, Sarah Cowper, Jo Whiteland and Nell Nile.

Happy Christmas from Artemis

Over the past three weeks entries have flooded in for our special Christmas Facebook competition and this afternoon the lucky winner was picked out of the Artemis box. We would like to thank everybody who took part and send our congratulations to Susie. This was announced on Facebook earlier today and she will receive her ‘Bella’ necklace worth £115 with the pearls (peacock, grey, pink or cream freshwater) and string length of her choice. Susie, please come and visit us at the shop (214 Gloucester Road) or give us a call on 0117 924 1003 and we will arrange to have your necklace with you in time for Christmas.

The whole Artemis team would like to say thank you to each and every one of you who has visited the shop, admired and bought our lovely jewellery and gifts, and supported Artemis.

It is our third Christmas and it has been wonderful to see the shop packed full, including on our late night and Sunday openings. Remember, our final late opening is Thursday 19th December and we are open on Sunday 22nd December as well.

Now all there is left to say is Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Artemis.

Artemis Christmas Competition 2013

Artemis’s Catherine Amesbury selects our lucky winner

Artemis Christmas Competition 2013

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Vote for Artemis in the Gloucester Road Best Dressed Window competition

Christmas has hit Gloucester Road and the local businesses here are celebrating the season with fine window displays. Artemis is joining in with the festivities and, if you have been up to the shop recently, you may have spotted Gordon the Gloucester Road Goblin sitting in front of our display.

Every shop that has the ‘Gordon’ sticker is part of the Best Dressed Window competition taking place along Gloucester Road. To promote and support independent shops, you are encouraged to vote for your favourite display by visiting gordonthegoblin.com/glos-road.

If you think that our hard work at Artemis has paid off and that our window is looking fabulous, please don’t hesitate to follow the link and vote for us! You can also vote with a paper form at Rimando’s, Room 212 or Playfull Toyshop.

You may even win a hamper of Gloucester Road goodies, the draw for which takes place on Thursday 19th December at 6.30pm at 212 Gloucester Road. Mulled wine will be served outside 212 and Artemis, with an appearance from Anton the butler singing a few carols!

We hope that you are enjoying the run-up to Christmas and that the shopping is all in hand.

Thanks and lots of love from the Artemis team x

Christmas @ Artemis

Artemis Bristol Christmas window display

Amy Willerton dons crown by Artemis’s Carrie Mullan at Miss Universe 2013

Amy Willerton in Miss Universe 2013

For those of you who watch I’m a Celebrity, Amy Willerton may well have become a household name. The 21 year-old beauty queen from Bristol has been the talk of Artemis in recent weeks for an entirely different reason. In June Willerton achieved the accolade of Miss Great Britain 2013 and our very own Carrie Mullan was commissioned to design and make her crown for the national costume round of Miss Universe 2013 pageant that followed in Russia November.

Wearing an Elizabeth Emanuel/Amour Fou Couture design and donning Carrie’s beautiful gold crown, Willerton became the first ever woman competing as Miss Great Britain to enter the semi-finals, finishing the competition in the top 10. And the Elizabethan costume of which Carrie’s crown was part was awarded second place in its category.

Carrie spent a total fifty hours crafting the gorgeous crown by hand. Made out of an aluminium base and plated with polymer clay and real gold leaf, it was a true labour of love. The stunning piece is finished with amethyst and cultured fresh water pearls, and has an ermine faux fur trim. Dazzling.

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Amy looked gorgeous and we are very proud of our Carrie.

 

Christmas display at Artemis, Bristol

Special competition to celebrate one month until Christmas!

The Christmas display at Artemis, 214 Gloucester Road

Wow, what a busy weekend! We were so pleased to be part of North Bristol Art Trail 2013, welcoming scores of people to Artemis from Friday to Sunday to view the artwork on display and watch our jewellery workshop in action. Not only was there beautiful local art on show throughout Bristol, but we were also blessed with lovely weather – rare for November!

Now with Christmas only one calendar month away, it is time for us to turn our attention to decorating for the season. The shop is very festive at the moment and with our special range of Christmas decorations, beautiful unique jewellery and plenty of gorgeous gifts to suite everyone, we would love to help out with your Christmas shopping. Amidst our range of handmade tree decorations or collection of scented candles, we may have just what you’re looking for! Pop in and browse our Aladdin’s cave of treasures.

To celebrate the season we are going to run another of our popular ‘Bella’ necklace competitions, which many of you may have taken part in over the summer. We are offering one lucky Facebook follower a ‘Bella’ pearl necklace (pictured below) worth £115 in the colour of their choice – peacock, grey, pink or cream freshwater pearl.

To enter the competition, all you have to do is ‘Like’ our competition post (posted today, 25th November), ‘Comment’ – just a complimentary ‘lovely’ or friendly ‘hi’ will do! – and share it on your timeline. It is important that you do all three steps so that we can take your name and ensure it is entered into our hat at the end.

A winner will be drawn on Monday 16th December (three weeks from today). So simply ‘like’, ‘comment’ and ’share’ and we wish you the best of luck!

Catherine Amesbury Designer Jewellery

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