Local Artist Bio: Amanda Robins
Following a serious riding accident in 2009, local artisan Amanda Robins began using her creative skills to design and produce unusual and quirky wire wrapped jewellery, and opened her first online shop, Gimme That Thing on Folksy, a UK handmade marketplace.
Following its success she now has a second jewellery shop on Etsy. These shops have brought her international sales and wholesale orders as well as the opportunity to stock bricks and mortar shops around the UK. Amanda sources unusual beads and gem stones to use in her pieces as well as producing her own ceramic pieces to incorporate into ring, brooch and earring designs.
She is a self taught jewellery artist, and as she continues to experiment with new wire wrapping techniques her designs are becoming more avant garde. With so many beautiful semi-precious stones and lampwork beads out there Amanda aims to work her way through them all. She has recently taken her creations to another level, using her ceramics skills to produce beautiful one of a kind solid silver rings using silver metal clay.
Amanda was born and bred in Didsbury, attending Beaver Road School and Manchester High School for Girls before studying Art and Design at Manchester Polytechnic. In the 1980s she ran her own handknitwear business and is now handspinning her own funky art yarns which she sells from a third online shop Gimme That Spin. She works from her home in Burnage.
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