Here’s what Flux Studio Membership means to our jewellers
I have been making jewellery for several years, mainly through attending evening courses. I heard about the Flux studio through a friend when I started to work part time. I wanted somewhere that I could go for about two days a week which would give me the chance to develop my craft and work with other jewellery designers. Becoming a member at Flux studios has been a very good move for me for a number of reasons. Firstly, the facilities are very good. It has an open plan layout with plenty of workspace and light. It is very generously equipped and it all works so you do not need to bring anything yourself ; it’s all there. There are also coffee/tea making facilities, a load of books and a sitting area. Secondly, it has a really nice atmosphere, friendly, open and, very important for me, supportive. If I have technical problems, help is always on hand. In fact, it is more than just help but rather a genuine interest in your work and how you might develop it. I like this feeling of being free to go my own way but at the same time I can get feedback and advice from people whose advice I respect. It’s exciting to be in the company of creative and talented people and as a result, I think my work has moved on since I joined.
Maggie Laing Flux member since 2008
After graduating from a jewellery degree last year, I suddenly found myself in the difficult position of finding a workshop which was both local and affordable. When I went to see Flux Studios I immediately felt that it was perfectly suited to my needs and noticed a brilliant creative buzz in the surrounding atmosphere. Sharing a workshop with a variety of people is fantastic – advice and opinions are always available. I’ve also found Vicky to be a great mentor which is an added bonus! For me, Flux has been the perfect transition from studying at University into setting up as a jewellery designer.
Suzie Byatt Flux Member 2008 - 2011
I was delighted to know that I could have an affordable way to continue my jewellery activity after finishing college. At Flux we have a friendly and relaxed atmosphere where people with different backgrounds can learn from each other and also share experiences and the passion for jewellery, design and craftsmanship.
Cris Costa Flux Member 2008 - 20011
It’s really hard to find such a beautiful place to work without any sign of bad attitude.
About Vicky – I don’t think I’ve ever come across a more knowledgeable jeweller who is also a great teacher!
Macha Flux Member 2009 - 20012
My review of Flux comes from first hand experience, from the heart, having spent some of my happiest moments there. Graduating from art school in 2008, with every passion and desire to pursue a career in Jewellery Design, Flux Studios welcomed me through its doors with open arms. Flux is without doubt the most stimulating environment to embrace your dreams, nurture your talent and goals. A supportive place to work and fundamentally championing skilled craftsmanship and talent, with its inspirational founder Vicky Forrester at its helm. It has a warmth to its community in its workshop, as well as in its neighbouring surroundings, within its location of Vanguard Court. A priceless place to work, to share, to inspire and be inspired. Flux Studios is a winning hub for jewellers at any level, and should be kept at the top of anyone’s list when looking for a studio with something special.
Imogen Belfield Flux Member 2008 - 20012
I have been a full time member since 2012 and I feel incredible enriched by Flux studios! Working, learning and teaching in such a creative environment is blessing for any jewellery maker. The studio has a great deal of tools and equipment, fantastic library, chill out are and internet access. I have met many professional jewelers at Flux and I had opportunity to learn from them and exchange many information and tips. Besides constantly improving standard of my work and enriching my creative practice I have opportunity to teach on evening and weekend courses which is an amazing experience! Thank you Vicky, for building up a classy collective studio in such a creative and supportive spirit!
Barbora Rybarova Flux Member since 2012
Flux Studios is a lovely place to work as a self-employed jeweller where I also teach. It has such a friendly, supportive & welcoming atmosphere, sharing jewellery knowledge with the local community!
Alex Yule Flux Member since 2010
Such a beautiful space to work and learn!
Bernice Kelly Flux Member 2009 - 2011
Flux is innovative, practical and very friendly, it is a wonderful place to make jewellery. I first started at Flux studios as a previous student of Vicky’s. The Flux courses were inspiring and taught me much more than I could have imagined about new techniques such as stone setting , working with steel and silver, etching, delft casting, etching, box work and marrying of metals to name a few. It was just addictive and I couldn’t wait for the classes each week. They were great fun and informal but always with a purpose to improve and make better and better jewellery. The Students became good friends during the courses and often came back term after term. I discovered a passion for jewellery making through the enthusiasm of Vicky and her wonderful teaching. I was then lucky enough to become a full time member of Flux Studios two and a half years ago and it has changed my life completetely! As a member I am now even more inspired by the other members, we share new techniques and products and often discuss ideas. We visit galleries together and most of all we have become very good friends.
Bev Holden Flux Member since 2010
Flux studios is a friendly, supportive and creative collaboration of individuals, working side by side and sharing their knowledge with the local community. I joined Flux having just started my jewellery business on a full-time basis and it was an alternative to working at home on my own, & it is definitely the best decision I could have made for the stage of business I was at. Flux, has offered me a great starting block. Although members are all independent jewellers, we are also collaborative, it is great to be able to work side by side and be able to share our knowledge and specialist skills. I have also been given the opportunity to teach on the beginner’s jewellery classes, which I have now been teaching on for over a year; it has been extremely rewarding and has subsequently built my confidence in my own skills. I get on really well with all the current members and there is a friendly, supportive atmosphere.
Alex Yule Flux Member since 2009
I joined Flux studios as a member after having taken classes there and learned lot. I was interested in finding a jewellery workshop to start creating jewellery and start up as a full time jeweller. Flux was the most affordable and best set up studio I could find. With its equipment, it meant I didn’t need to invest in large machinery whilst I was getting set up. Flux also has a fantastic group of Jewellers who are members, so you have a network of individuals who you can bounce ideas off and share problems and resolve them. It is a welcoming and wonderful place to work. Flux studios It is a dynamic, friendly and inspiring place to work.
Ilona Guest Flux member since 2011
Flux Studios is a uniquely vibrant and enriching centre for silversmithing situated in the heart of Camberwell’s artistic community. Its is also a warm and welcoming environment to work in, with a wide range of makers working side by side, from beginners to experienced jewellers. The ethos is one of support and enrichment for all designers, whichever level they are working at. This ethos, combined with the mix of abilities and experience of makers, gives Flux Studios a uniquely dynamic and stimulating creative atmosphere in which to develop as a maker. The silversmithing equipment is very good and the studio is large enough to comfortably have a number of people working in it. In addition, there is an extensive jewellery library with a cosy seating area for relaxing in, adding to this warm and supportive community environment.
Claire Hart Flux Member since 2010