Made By Mrs M

Designer Profile - Helen Macdonald - Jolly Good Studio


Back in December, I took part in an Indie Secret Santa organised by Claire Brown(see my earlier post here).  We were randomly allocated someone to send a gift to, and I was lucky enough to receive a gorgeous present from Helen Macdonald.

Helen graduated from Heriot Watt University in 2008, where she studied Clothing Design & Manufacture.  She started making jewellery at home as she lacked the space to make clothing, and discovered a new passion.

Helen took unloved bits and bobs such as dominoes, jigsaw puzzles and scrabble pieces and turned them into jewellery and accessories.  Pretty soon she decided to set up a website to sell her creations and Jolly Good Studio was born.

The name for Helen's business comes from her saying "jolly good" so frequently that her friends associated the phrase with her.  She liked the positivity of the words, and they suited her colourful creations, so the words stuck.

From then on she developed her brand and has learnt a lot along the way.

Helen's products are stocked in shops across Scotland, she also sells at craft fairs and has started a blog.  She has taken courses in screen printing and metalwork to increase her skills, and introduced more illustrative and handcrafted aspects to her designs.   Helen's passion for jewellery continues to grow and she loves to create new things.

Following her Naughty/Nice winter 2012/13 collection, she intends to continue to design more cohesive collections and try new techniques.

You can see more of Helen's work on her website, blog and etsy shop, and also follow her on twitter