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Saturday, 1 November 2014

Meet the designer: Bug

This month we take you on a journey through the uber quirky designs of Ellie Ingram also known as Bug.  Ellie's beautiful whimsical jewellery has been featured on The Guardian's mother's day gift guide and has been the hot topic in many a Twitter conversation.  It's the curious wonderland style creations, that make you feel like a giant Alice in Wonderland, picking up these miniature versions of every day items from toasters and rolling pins to daisies and turntables.  There is something so unusual and so creative you can easily get lost in Ellie's world.

So we, like you, wanted to know a little more about the woman behind the creations!
>>keep reading to take advantage of our exclusive 15% discount off all Bug jewellery this month only<<
Tell us a little about yourself...
My name is Ellie Ingram and I'm a jewellery designer maker living in Harborne, Birmingham. I have a slight obsession with anything teeny tiny and love making people smile through my jewellery!

How did Bug come about?
I graduated from a BA Jewellery and Silversmithing degree at The School of Jewellery in 2010, and unsure of a path to take after leaving university, I started making a handful of designs for friends and family in my spare time whilst working as a jobbing jeweller in a local shop. The jewellery went down a treat and as more orders came in I took the leap to concentrating on Bug full time. For the first three years I worked from a very chilly, slightly disorganised garage and with the start of 2014 I was able to relocate to my very own workshop premises.

What inspires your quirky creations?
It sounds silly but my inspiration is my life, all my designs derive from past experiences, conversations, friendships and memories. There is a story behind every piece, they are little silver tokens of travels and adventures, the places I've been and people that I've met. I love to feel a connection to my designs and to also create pieces that others can identify with too - fellow toast lovers unite!!

How do you go from a concept of a toaster complete with toast (for example) to reality?
Once I have decided on an idea I really just leap in to making. I may do a few simple sketches to plan out the mechanics but my designs almost always evolve as I make them. I tend not to spend much time drawing out designs as they never look like they do in my head! I get stuck into making and see how things progress from there. Sometimes it works first time and other times it requires a little more patience.

Describe your studio space to us...
I've recently relocated workshop to an old industrial listed building in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham. It's been hard work renovating the space but now that it's finished I love working from there. It has three huge sash windows and a black and white checked floor. The walls are a contrast of perfect white washed plaster against the old original walls - after stripping three layers of woodchip to uncover them I felt they deserved to be on show!

If you could design one piece of jewellery for anyone what would it be and who would it be for?
My ultimate customer would have to be Sven Vath, he is the almighty father of techno and as a fanatic follower I would love to make him some kind of music related piece - perhaps a vinyl record box!

What do you like to do to chill out in your free time?
I've just become Mom to two house bunnies; Baxter and Royston so my chill out time for now is chasing them around the garden.

What is your current favourite piece from The Lost Lanes?
I'm completely in love with Casey Rodger's illustrations, I already own her cow and bunny prints but theLlama is my absolute favourite and is next on my wish list. I'm a bit of an animal lover and I love how cheeky her drawings are!

Finally, what is your most overplayed song at the moment whilst you work?
This has to be Tosca's album No Hassle, I discovered it about a year ago and I've played it pretty much every day since in the workshop! It's such a peaceful beautiful album... just perfect to make jewellery to.

>>>To view more of Bug's jewellery please visit Ellie's shop here and remember this month only we are offering you an exclusive 15% discount off all Bug pieces purchased from The Lost Lanes. Use code 'BUGOFF' at checkout.<<<

*Offer ends midnight on 30th September 2014

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