Little joy

I moved to the Isle of Wight in 2011 fresh from arts & crafts shows in london I was energised & in a creative flow & frightened of loosing momentum and speed in my focused practice moving to a small island. I searched for a studio space & was introduced to Joanne Hummel Newell & Chris Jenkins of Foal Arts . Both inspirational artists & makers in their own right .

They are artist run and not a profit organization housed in a renovated Wesleyan Chapel in central Ryde. This is the perfect location for commuting to the London and engaging with clients visiting the Isle to view & purchase my works . 

On visiting the studio I was overwhelmed with the space of the studios it enabled me not only to expand my practice & build my business but gave me a base to teach silversmithing classes all within the same walls.

The low cost studio spaces and support for creative professionals kept me focused and inspired on a daily basis .

Working alongside artists and makers in such varied practices played a huge part in my developments in recent years . 

The Depozitory is a Relaxed and friendly environment where Joanne and chris supported and encouraged my practice. 

Regular critiques , portfolio surgeries and advice kept me motivated & I am still fully submerged in my practice and realised being  out of the city had no effect on my development,it was the selection of incredible neighbours who are professional working artists surrounding me in such a beautiful space with so much potential I am so proud to have been apart of and will continue support foal arts as they have not only provided a platform for me to start my working life but remain a supportive network even when I am no longer an artist in residence .

I now own my own studio + showroom and sell my work in the uk and overseas, through galleries & online concept stores . 

Lauren Griffiths

Little Joy Jewellery