A beautifully designed range of jewellery inspired by the creative vision of Linda Macdonald
I WAS ALWAYS CREATIVE AS I GREW UP, WITH INSPIRATION ALL AROUND ME IN THE FORM OF TEXTILES.
My father worked for a thread company and my mother was and still is a keen seamstress with a beautiful embroidery hobby. Although my creativity started with fabrics and wool, this quickly turned to sketching our stunning surroundings in Cardross, Scotland where I grew up. Our village is a beautiful place set in the country with plenty of walks, woods and wildlife around - it is an inspiring place to live.
I had always painted and sketched as a hobby, and through my school years this developed further leading on to studying at the Glasgow School of Art. I began with an interest in drawing, painting and illustration, but I also had the opportunity to explore Jewellery as part of my first year. Making jewellery allowed me to explore telling stories through a wearable piece of art which I loved, hence the journey then changed to studying Jewellery and Silversmithing, graduating in 1996.
I set up a workshop almost straight away and began to develop and create my first jewellery collections, taking inspiration from nature and romance. The business developed and gained a loyal following throughout the UK.
I now live with my husband - who also works in the business - and our 2 beautiful children (and of course our lovely dog Merlot!). I have found that in recent years becoming a mother has helped me to gain fresh inspiration. Seeing the world through the eyes of my children has been wonderful, igniting childhood memories and storytelling. Unravelling and exploring the beauty of wildlife and nature has been key inspiration for recent collections. So, I have my children to thank for paying special attention to the small and magical scenes in nature found all around us.