An Interview with Fiona Paxton

With? countless features in the glossies and Kate Moss and Cheryl Cole recently being spotted wearing her jewellery, Fiona Paxton is the lady of the moment. We ask her a few questions about what makes her tick.

Fiona PaxtonWhat was it that made you become a jewellery designer?

I had been working as a textile designer for 15 years and I wanted a new challenge. Jewellery was something I wanted to wear and I guess I was designing for myself as I rarely saw jewellery that I wanted to wear.

How do you get your inspiration?

I am inspired by materials usually and techniques of making things. I love buying lots of different beads and putting them together. Obviously pattern still plays an important role in the collection and each season I tend to have a story or inspiration that I look at.

We’re always staggered by your talent with each new season. What’s been your favourite piece so far?

I actually have a lot of favourites, I guess the pieces I wear are my favourites; the Sylvie is a favourite along with Ginger from this season, the Zetter cuff and the silver Surat.

What do you predict to be big jewellery trends for AW10?

Chainmail is going to be popular as it is really easy to wear along with the multichain necklaces but I think big stones will also prove popular for Christmas.

What’s been your proudest moment?

In the two short years I have been in business I have had quite a few, so I am lucky. Moving into our new studio was quite a major achievement for me as we had all been working in my loft at home since the beginning.

Seeing my pieces in Liberty when they opened the new jewellery hall and being shortlisted for the UK fashion export awards are definitely important moments that I will remember.

Sylvie Necklace in Silver

My favourite film is also my favourite book.It is "Like Chocolate for Water", a Mexican film. I always weep buckets when I watch it

Food?

Dark chocolate of course.

Where’s your favourite place in the world?

On a beautiful sunny summers day I love the Orchard in Grantchester just near Cambridge. It is Rupert Brooks' old house and it is a tea shop in a slightly overgrown orchard. You sit beneath the trees in deckchairs sipping tea and eating scones. When you walk through the trees it comes out in a lovely meadow that leads down to the River Cam where you can have Champagne picnics and watch the punts go by. A perfect dreamy summer day.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you take with you?

I would have to take a sketchbook and pencil as I have to draw or doodle everyday, some chocolate of course and a good book. Sounds great, when can I go?

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