Jess Heath

G’day, Jess Heath!

When not working on her jewellery business Raffles Bizarre, Jess also loves socialising with friends, watching films (especially horror films) and is also prone to the odd American series – ‘I’ve been known to get through five seasons of shows in a week,’ she tells us. Crumbs…

‘I often encounter people who believe being self-employed is easy or lazy,’ says Jess. ‘Being self-employed is definitely enjoyable – I get to do what I love from the comfort of my own home – but I will usually work 14-hour days and, until recently, seven days a week.’

Read on to find out more about shark-obsessed Jess.

Tell us a bit about yourself…

I’m a 25-year-old Model Design and Special Effects graduate from London.

I’ve been out of university for three years now and am currently running my handmade jewellery business Raffles Bizarre full-time and working as a freelance make-up artist. I love doing anything as long as it is creative so also enjoy illustration, photography, graphic design etc., and through Raffles Bizarre I sell a wide range of jewellery and other accessories such as fascinators and mini top hats. The jewellery I create is very diverse but I am best known for my illustrated pieces and my work created from recycled jewellery and found objects, vintage and modern.

What are your inspirations?

Absolutely anything. I’m always jotting down notes in my phone, ripping out pages of magazines, or snapping photos of things in the street most people would walk straight past. Anything from a pattern to a piece of furniture can be inspiring, I also draw a lot of inspiration from the films I watch and find it particularly motivating to work whilst watching shows such as Project Runway and Project Accessory.

What is your favourite piece of work you have produced?

That’s a really tough question. I think I most enjoy creating some of the more extravagant mixed media pieces in my Queen B collection, however my favourite right now (and the design I wear the most) is probably the Navajo Eagle Necklace.

Who is your favourite ‘creative’ in your chosen field?

That’s another hard one. An obvious choice would be Tarina Tarantino, she has built up an impeccable brand with completely original designs. Her pieces are instantly recognisable and I think that’s a sure sign you’ve made it, when people spot someone wearing it in the street and know who designed it. Others include Pamela Love, Vivienne Westwood and Betsey Johnson, if I wasn’t a jewellery designer myself I would definately be covered head to toe in their jewels.

Visit Jess’ website, read her blog and say hello on Twitter: @RafflesBizarre.

All designs and images © Jess Heath. To view them in clearer detail, click on them.

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