My love affair with jewelry starts back in my early twenties, when I moved to England, and had the opportunity to travel the world. I was profoundly inspired by the abundance of color and handmade art throughout Asia, India, Europe and the Middle East. After several trips around the globe, I had gained interest in the jewelry-making craft. Collecting bits of discarded old treasure on my travels, and by scouring flea markets, souks and vintage stores, I also began an enduring love affair for "upcycling" gorgeous bits of broken and unloved jewelery into new and exciting designs.
This fulfilled the desire to create beautiful, unique designs, and at the same time was an eco-conscious way to make new products using old. Whenever possible Poppie Jasper studios use only certified Fair Trade suppliers, local craftspeople and eco friendly goods.
By the time I made my way to Jerusalem from London, on assignment with my husband, I was already involved in jewelry and foreign trade. The Middle East introduced me to intricate new jewelery techniques that possessed an ancient look, but were still very modern. I had been designing my own pieces and selling them in the UK and America for a few years, but this was new and exciting territory. Originally made for my own personal jewelry collection, it wasn’t long before I was being commissioned to do unique pieces for individuals using treasured family keepsakes and selling my other designs to several boutiques throughout America and Europe. This is how Poppie Jasper came to life in 2008.
I have had the opportunity to be inspired by a place that I truly love. I am now based in Jerusalem to work on new designs and to source unique materials. As Poppie Jasper continues to expand, so does my understanding of the local people and culture. I am often inspired by the colorful and unique people of Jerusalem and its beautiful ancient architecture and art; that inspiration can be seen in all of my work.