Quirky jewellery artist helps inspire creative designs at Pool Academy

Buttons, beads, bits and bobs were transformed into creative designs when a jewellery artist visited Pool Academy.

SparklyLynne, from the Big Spotty Dog Studio, held an upcycling jewellery art workshop recently.

Teachers had been collecting buttons and beads in preparation for the day attended by a group of Year 9 students.

Lynne Speake, who prefers the name Sparklylynne, showed the youngsters how to transform everyday small items into stunning pieces.

She said: “Pool Academy is the first school I have visited to do a jewellery workshop.

“I brought lots of beads in, beads I have been collecting from charity shops and lots of different places. The school also collected lots of beads from the teachers.

“When I arrived I talked about the importance of reusing things.

“I demonstrated how I made my necklaces and showed them some of the ones I had already made.

“The students were great.

“I was really impressed by them and they made some beautiful things.

“They made the designs and worked the beads together. It was quite fiddly.”

The students enjoyed the workshop and have taken photographs of their finished items to use as a study for further art projects.

Sparklylynne started to create her individual jewellery pieces last year after spending some time creating upcycled clothing.

She said: “I was really impressed with the students. They were really good in the way they behaved and they were responsible.”

Natalie Ellis, Head of Art said: "The workshop was excellent and extremely well organised by Lynne.

“The students had a lot of fun creating their bespoke jewellery designs and they really enjoyed the day.

“Lynne was fantastic with the students and very encouraging, especially to those whose were a bit unsure at first as to what beads or colours to use.

“I would also like to thank Keren Hughes and her sister for their support on the day and to all the staff who donated beads and items to be recycled."

Phil Jones