Kirsten Hendrich launched her award winning jewellery business in June 2011 after gaining a First Class BA Honours degree. During her period of study Kirsten completed over ten work placements with top designers Hannah Bedford, Beth Gilmour, Elizabeth Bone, Tatty Devine and Donna Collinson to name a few, to really develop her knowledge about traditional craftsmanship, business and design.
After obtaining a degree, several work placements, experience working within award winning jewellery boutique Simon Pure and completing a variety of short courses, Kirsten launched her debut collections with a strong focus on high quality craftsmanship and wearable unique design. Since designing and making her very first collections, Kirsten was commended for her Dandelion designs in the prestigious Goldsmiths Craftsmanship and Design Awards 2011.
Kirsten designs come to life in her Surrey based workshop. Whether it’s a dandelion seed which passes in the late summer breeze or the Elodea weed which nestles in the pond, her surroundings are catalysts for sudden design flashes. This then leads to experiments and models at her work bench until a successful distinct design is crafted.
To find out more about Kirsten's career you can read her article 'The Long Road to Becoming a Jeweller...' to find out about her struggles and thoughts as she set out on her chosen career path or watch her interview below: