About Erika Davis Designs
Growing up, living and working in the beautiful county of Lincolnshire, surrounded by open views of the countryside, inspires me to do what I do. I love the bright vivid colours of spring and summer and the use of strong colour shows in my work.
I started off garment making at 17, taught by my mother who worked in tailoring in her youth. After I married I decided to go back to college to study fashion and learn more about pattern cutting and couture. This then developed into a small business making made to measure bridal and evening wear, with most of my work coming from word of mouth. I have always enjoyed garment making, creating something totally individual but the part I enjoy most is the surface decoration and embellishment.
After a few years off I decided to return to college, this time to study advanced creative textiles. My course tutor introduced me to the local branch of the embroiderers guild, where I met some amazingly talented artists. I was also introduced to a whole wealth of new materials, though glass beads have always been a favourite. For as long as I can remember I have loved glass in all it's forms and collect perfume bottles and other pieces of handmade glass, on top of my huge stash of beads.
After 30 years of garment making I wanted to try my hand at something different. About four years ago I started making my own jewellery, handbags and artwork. I started selling to friends and family through parties at my house. Word got around and thier friends and family then wanted to buy and commission some pieces.
I enjoy dyeing my own fabrics and thread, and manipulating different fibres to see what happens. Sometimes things don't turn out how you expect them to but you can end up with a wonderful piece of artwork just through experimenting with different mediums.
Polymer clay is another medium I like to work with. After struggling to find large colourful focal beads, I decided the only way I could get what I wanted was to start making my own. Polymer clay is a fantastic medium for doing this. It is available in a huge array of colours and can be mixed to create an even greater pallet of colours. I love to experiment with different colours and textures, pigment powders, acrylic paints, inks and anything else I can incorporate into polymer clay.
Through the use of a variety of mediums I hope to make items of jewellery and handbags that are totally original and that the wearer can enjoy for many years.
If you would like any information about commissioning a piece of jewellery, a handbag or some artwork, please go to the contact page where you will find my contact details.