The Flourish Jewellery Project

Flourish With The Right Tools

At Hamilton & Inches, we believe anyone and everyone should be allowed to discover craft. We are incredibly proud to support the Flourish Jewellery Project, an Edinburgh organisation who aim to not only empower women through the art of making, but shine light on the importance of craft and how it engages with underrepresented and disadvantaged communities.

Founded by Jessica Howarth and Lisa Arnott, both with extensive histories in making and social enterprise, the Flourish Jewellery Project was set up during the COVID-19 pandemic to enable women recovering from trauma from domestic violence, drug and alcohol addiction all to discover their creativity through making. Working with a variety of organisations who support women, Lisa and Jessica created a series of outreach jewellery sessions, introducing and enabling the women to make rings, pendants and bangles from silver.

For these participants, being part of this project has provided a space for them to dare to dream and have a moment in their week where their creativity is realised. Find out more about this incredible project below.

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International Acclaim

Earlier this Autumn the Flourish Jewellery Project was featured at The New York Jewellery Week 2021’s the ‘Power of Jewellery’ and was shortlisted for a Creative Edinburgh Award for Best in Collaboration. 

Having never made any jewellery out of metal at the start of the project, the women from the Flourish Jewellery Project have now produced a small collection of silver jewellery which will be on display at the project’s first exhibition in 2022.

Earlier this Autumn the Flourish Jewellery Project was featured at The New York Jewellery Week 2021’s the ‘Power of Jewellery’ and was shortlisted for a Creative Edinburgh Award for Best in Collaboration. 

Having never made any jewellery out of metal at the start of the project, the women from the Flourish Jewellery Project have now produced a small collection of silver jewellery which will be on display at the project’s first exhibition in 2022.

“The Flourish Jewellery Project has made me find myself. I’m shocked at who I was when I first started coming as to who I am now."

Our Partnership

"Craft is at the very core of Hamilton & Inches and we are passionate of its support in Scotland, the UK and beyond. From school children to university students to those who discover craft at any age, we strive to foster talent across all walks of life.

The Flourish Jewellery Project offers immeasurable support and opportunity here in Edinburgh and we are proud to help the team spread the joy, and power, craft can bring." - Jackie Fowler, Workshop Manager  

flourish jewellery project Jessica Howarth & Lisa Arnott

‘We were both delighted to have received funding from Creative Scotland for the Flourish Jewellery Project. By working in partnership with Foursquare’s Womenzone project and North Edinburgh Arts in Muirhouse we have been providing jewellery making opportunities for women from across the city. This project has enabled women who have experienced trauma, social isolation and/or economic challenges to develop traditional jewellery making skills."

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flourish jewellery project Flourish Into The Future

The Flourish Jewellery Project is now becoming a community interest company and has secured further funding to enable 6 women to continue to develop their jewellery training further.

To find out how you can support the project and make such a valuable difference to not only the participants, but wider community, contact the Hamilton & Inches team or Jessica and Lisa directly via their website below.

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