I’ve been following Cheap Frills Jewellery on Instagram for quite a while now, and I am always fawning over her cute porcelain animal necklaces and druzy style rings. Last month I finally decided to order one of her Cheap Frills Lucky Dip Bags as I simply couldn’t decide what pieces I would like more, so thought having a surprise would be fun as I know I would love what ever I got! So today I would like to introduce you to Cheap Frills and the awesome designer behind the company.
I asked Georgia to answer a few questions for me so we could all get to know her and her brand a little better!
1. What’s your name and where are you from/based? I’m Georgia and I’m from Brighton!
2. How did you come up with the name Cheap Frills for your company? I have a bit of a love hate relationship with the name ‘Cheap Frills’ to be honest. Some people say they love it and others really aren’t keen. Initially I was making affordable jewellery featuring Tudor portraits. I guess the ‘frills’ was originally in reference to the ruffs and lavish jewellery that was worn in that time.
3. Do you have any formal training/education in your craft? No not in the beginning. I’ve very recently been training in silver with a lovely lady who has her own studio. I’m actually from a photography background. It’s handy because I can do all my own photography for the website etc.
4. What is your favourite of your items? I’m animal mad, so I really like wearing the quirky animal themed jewels. I love rings (I think they’re my favourite item of jewellery) and I wear various rings from my collection on a daily basis. I’m forever gazing down to see what colour my Aphrodite mood ring is.
5. What stores do you personally love? I’m a total magpie and avid jewellery shopper! I love Bloody Mary Metal and own a fair few of Lucy’s gorgeous rings- the cross bones has to be my favourite. My Bete Noire collection demands its own jewellery box! Crown and Glory sell beautiful hair accessories and I recently treated myself to one of their Anemone headbands- I’ve barely taken it off. My good friend Gemma runs Rock’a’Frilly and we’re always swapping jewels. The list goes on.
6. Your items range from cute to gothic, but what is your personal style like? It’s exactly that! I only ever make jewellery that I’d wear myself; I wouldn’t love doing it otherwise. People who know me are always commenting on Cheap Frills items saying ‘that’s so you!’ So yes, Cheap Frills definitely reflects my personal style. My wardrobe is a real mishmash of everything, from band T’s to pretty dresses. My friend May once labelled my style as ‘glam-grunge’, but in reality my day-to-day style is probably more boring than that.
7. Where do you draw inspiration from, for your work and your general style? This is a tough one. Fashion is a bit of a free for all these days, and I really like that. Cheap Frills is mixture of both modern and vintage inspired pieces so anything goes really.
8. Tell us a random fact about you, we might not already know? I’m obsessed with faces! Looking around my home you’ll spot faces on almost everything; Cups, Lamps, vases, towels, cushions, my phone case, my hair brush…. Almost all of my art work on the walls is portraiture. It’s unintentional- a friend of mine pointed it out. This is why you’ll see lots of characters and cameos in the Cheap Frills collection.
It’s Party Time!
Let’s plan the perfect imaginary party
- Where would you hold it? A castle in the countryside
- What theme would it have? Lots of bright flowers and skulls! Mexican day of the dead theme
- Who would you invite (dead or alive, famous or otherwise)? Phil Lynott, Freddie Mercury, Brody Dalle, David Attenborough, Joanna Lumley and Lady Gaga. That would make for interesting conversation
- What music would you listen to? Led Zeppelin
- What would you eat and drink? Pizza and cocktails
- Cat or dog? All of the animals!
- Tea or coffee? Coffee please
- Travel bug or home bird? Massive home bird
- Sweet or savoury? Savoury but the sweet & salty popcorn is amazing!
- Summer or winter? Summer, though I adore all the comforts of the winter
- Half full or half empty? Half empty
- Snail mail or email? email
- Blogs or magazines? Blogs
- Dresses or trousers? Dresses
- Silver or gold? Both!
Thank you so much Georgia!