Some people associate flamingoes with safaris and wildlife. For me, they are all about cocktails and Kensington Roof Gardens. But enough of my pina colada flavoured past - these days my favourite flamingoes are to be found in Lady Muck's Birds collection .
Available as stud earrings and pendants in stainless steel or 'pink' rose-gold and finished with delicate black-etched detailing. Perfect for girls and women of all ages, these are a timeless reminder that to look slimmer in a photo, we can always tuck one leg a little bit out of sight.
Dali Museum goes to work with Ants
The Dali Museum in St Petersburg in Florida is a celebration of the life and work of Salvador Dali. Even the building itself looks like a idea plucked from the artist's surreal mind.
Even though ants signified death and decay to Dali, we like to imagine that he would have loved the thought of a team of industrious mini beasts transformed into necklaces and earrings. The inevitability of death would be matched by the inevitable enjoyment of this contemporary collection.
The Ants collection arrives in St Petersburg in August 2015 and was featured in this summer's all age Look Book shoot: modelled here by Helen.
National Museum of Wales
The Museum's retail team Lady Muck at Top Drawer in January 2015. Noting that Lauren Laverne has been known to wear Esa Evans's designs, they took a closer look.
They were looking for a way to create use the iconic Welsh dragon in jewellery for a while but in a way that was bold, fun and contemporary. Commissioning a bespoke design by Esa Evans delivered all the qualities they were looking for.
"We wanted the necklaces to be jointed to break up what would otherwise be a solid block of acrylic and also to give a bit of movement when worn and Esa has done a brilliant job with a very fiddly shape. We couldn't be happier with the end result and the larger necklace in particular is a great statement piece."
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime
The retail team commissioned Esa Evans to develop an exclusive jewellery collaboration for the National Theatre shop for release in August 2015.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is based on Mark Haddon's award-winning novel, adapted by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliott.
The production won 7 Olivier Awards including Best Play in 2013.
Look Book Photo Shoot: Pure London
We turned fashion-tastic this month with our latest photoshoot. Shot on location at the Lady Muck studio in Whitstable, Esa Evans led the team with jewellery, styling and a firm eye on art direction.
The Look Book photos will be revealed at Pure London at Olympia, 2-4 August and feature Mags, an older model who brings bags of style and elegance to our shoot, Liat of the captivating smile and Helen, who we think has the wickedest gleam in her eye.
We know that Lady Muck jewellery works for women of all ages and our models, Helen, Liat and Mags proved our point beautifully. We are delighted with the way our models have captured the style, humour and confidence of the Lady Muck brand.
Photography is by Sam Wiles and Naomi Tolan was our make up artist.
Forensics: the science of crime
The Wellcome Collection's Forensics was THE show to see in the Spring of 2015. Examining the science and art of Forensics it was a satisfyingly macabre and inventive exhibition.
Flies have a particular significance in the science of crime detection. The Wellcome Collection's retail team were familiar with Lady Muck's Insect collection and asked Esa Evans to create a special edition Blue Fly Pendant for the show.
Naturally enough we wanted to include our Insects collection in the Spring Look Book shoot: Mags is wearing the triple fly necklace.
Good Times with Horace Panter
In collaboration with Lady Muck of Whitstable, Horace Panter's latest show 'The Art of the Mixed Tape' includes an exclusive collection of mini-demo cassette pendants. Available as The Specials' 'Enjoy Yourself', Chic's 'Good Times' and Blur's 'She's so High', these are little pieces of pop art.
"Demo-cassettes often contained the bare bones of songs that went on to become classic pop hits, but were essentially disposable things," says Horace. "I often used to tape over them, making my own mix tapes."
Cassettes evoke a period of music history between the reel to real tape and the compact disk. The cassette was a revelation and a revolution. For the first time music became portable. It was small and it was immense.
See the exhibition at The Proud Archivist at 2-10 Hertford Road, London N1 5ET from 19 May to 30 June.
Creativity, business and self-esteem
Esa Evans is leading a jewellery workshop for Solace Women's Aid in May 2015. We expect a lot of laughs and exuberant bursts of creativity from everyone involved.
As Esa will tell you, jewellery MATTERS! Women - and men - have been wearing jewellery since... forever. Even the simplest trinket can be loaded with memories of love and loss.
Learning new skills is a fast-track way to building self esteem. A jewellery workshop is an opportunity to discover that we all have it in us to create something new, unique, wearable and lovely. Jewellery making skills can be shared and passed on too. We hope that the women taking part will pass on their new skills to their children too. Who knows, some might even look forward to giving Lady Muck some competition one day.
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Inspired by the works of Ben Nicholson, Esa Evans has designed an exclusive Lady Muck of Whitstable collection for The Pier Arts Centre in Stromness, Orkney.
The collection reflects the mid-20th Century period of British modern art. The bold use of shape and colour also echoes The Pier Arts Centre's own place in it's harbourside landscape.
From its award winning buildings, the Pier Arts Centre loans key works out to exhibitions around the world and partners the Tate and exchanges programmes, ideas and skills with the Plus Tate network of visual arts organisations across the UK. You can find out more about visiting and supporting the Centre by visiting its website.
While Rafael Gomezbarros' giant ants roamed the walls, Lady Muck's disco ants are perfect little ear studs in gold plated or black power coated stainless steel. Along with the disco ant necklaces, they are an irresistible tribute to nature's toughest little workers.
Buy them now from the online shop or find them at a Christmas event near you.
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Don't miss out: Lady Muck events & discounts
Lady Muck's Christmas 2014 collections of Broadway, Berry Christmas and Snowflake are available at craft fairs and festive events taking place this November and December in Canterbury, Folkestone, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Stoke Newington and Whitstable.
Jewellery lovers are invited to sign up to Lady Muck's newsletters for details of new collections, discounts and events direct to their preferred email address. Simply visit the Contact page to add your details.
Whitstable's Museum of Fun
Led by the inspirational and delightful Joanne Bartley, Whitstable celebrated the pop-up Museum of Fun with a whole range of art, science, cardboard and workshop fun at the Umbrella Centre, St Mary's Hall.
Lady Muck led jewellery making workshops for children and adults. Generously letting a little daylight in on her magic, we discovered for ourselves how much fun can be had turning colourful, recycled materials into gorgeous bottle-top jewellery.
Fingers crossed the Museum of Fun will pop up in Whitstable again next year.
Rock stars and festival queens
Lady Muck jewellery has been stepping into the limelight this summer.
Twenty years after their last concert, Slowdive reformed and chose Latitude as their only UK Festival appearance in 2014. Throughout their 2014 tour, co-vocalist Rachel Goswell had been earning plaudits for her "beatific presence", "serene smile" and "cooing vocals". But what really wowed Lady Muck, was seeing her Honeycomb & Bee Necklace on the BBC 6 Radio Music Stage.
Rock goddesses aren't the only ones falling for Lady Muck's charms. Lady Muck's favourite weather presenter, Kaddy Lee-Preston opened proceedings at this summer's Kent Wildlife Trust's Festival of Wildlife. She chose kissing rabbits, yellow birds and teacups to celebrate the Trust's festival of fun, creativity and wildlife.
Spotted at the Design Museum
This summer, the Design Museum is celebrating everything that is current and exciting in the world in its Designs of the Year 2014 exhibition.
You can imagine how pleased we are that the exhibition coincides with the Museum's choice of Lady Muck's Chakra Spot necklaces for inclusion in its Shop this July and August.
Inspired by Damion Hirst's Pharmaceutical spot paintings -- "It was just a way of pinning down the joy of colour" -- the chakra necklaces reflect the perfection of spots in rainbow colours.
To find out more about other beautiful products selected by the Design Museum, click here
Retro-Future at the Museum of Scotland
Don't worry - Lady Muck's integrity is intact. In fact, according to the Red Door Gallery her Retro Phone Necklace workshop at the Museum of Scotland "could not have brought more smiles to people's faces!"
Lady Muck provided a limited edition range of vintage telephone pieces, enabling each participant created a truly unique piece - learning some handy jewellery making skills along the way.
Created as an homage to the late, great Lou Reed, the New York Conversation is now available at the Red Door Gallery in Edinburgh, Lady Muck's online shop and at other selected shops and galleries across the UK.
Gold & Giant Ants at Saatchi Gallery
Based on the original Disco Ant necklace, this is a weighty gold-plated, stainless steel piece on 46cm chain, measuring 11 cm across. Sales have surpassed expectations - which we think is a reflection of the brilliance of Gomezbarros' giant ants and not just because people love the idea of having glittering ants marching across their décolletage!
The Pangaea exhibition of new art from Africa and Latin America is on all summer until 31 August. The Saatchi Gallery a joy to visit at any time of year, but make time in your summer diary to visit Pangaea and experience the colour and heat of African and Latin American art for yourself.
Good fortune and fabulous fantasies travel hand in hand in Lady Muck's Chinatown collection.
The mythology of Chinese dragons is that they bring good fortune to those who need or deserve it.
In the Year of the Horse, Lady Muck has celebrated the wild freedom of galloping horses in black or silver acrylic. Seemingly ready to leap off the necklace, these horses capture the movement and excitement of adventure and escape.
The final pieces in this capsule collection are the playful ryukin fish, shimmering in gold or orange acrylic as necklaces and stud earrings.
Prices start at just £12 for galloping horse studs. The complete collection is available online and with selected stockists across the UK. Please contact us for details.
Flirting with fans
What Lady Muck doesn't know about flirting, isn't worth writing about. Her way with a fluttering fan and a come hither glance has travelled far beyond Whistable's shores. Before long the fan aficionados at Greenwich's Fan Museum wanted to know more...
Could she...would she...make some fan pendants just for them?
Well since they asked so nicely, Lady Muck was only to happy to oblige and began work on some exclusive designs. Her bespoke, exclusive fan pieces are now available to buy at The Fan Museum in Greenwich.
The Fan Museum contains the UK's largest collection of fans - 4,000 of them - dating from the 11th Century. With stories to tell about flirting, fashion, advertising and commerce around the world, the Museum is well worth a visit.
Find out more here: www.thefanmuseum.org.uk
Seascape inspiration at the Turner Contemporary
The Turner Contemporary Gallery in Margate has been an uplifting place to visit for its exhibitions, seafront location and indeed, its shop. The shop has been a tremendous showcase for designers around Kent and Lady Muck is very proud to have been working with the Gallery since its opening in 2011.
When the retail team asked Lady Muck to consider producing bespoke jewellery pieces for the Gallery, the vast windows on to the ever-changing, luminous seascape became a source of inpsiration.
Lady Muck's Turner collection echoes the soaring, acrobatics of the seagulls in mirrored, assymetric pieces. These are available exclusively from the Gallery's shop: