Thrashion create the most stunning and innovative upcycled skateboard jewellery. The layers of colours and surface designs incorporated into high quality, well designed pieces works so incredibly well. We asked them to tell us more about their fantastic company….
Please tell us about yourself
What’s your name?
Your Company Name?
Is there a story behind your business name?
My business name is very inspired by a few skateboarding related things. Its firstly a cross between Thrashion and fashion, but its also inspired by Thrasher Magazine and Thrashin’ the awful skateboarding flick we all remember from the 80s.
Where are you based?
Do you run your art/craft business full time?
I run my business part time in the evenings as I have a full time job as a Collections Manager in my local art museum.
How long have you been a professional artist/maker?
I have been a professional artist since leaving college with a Fine Art degree in 2001 but turned maker in 2007.
What inspired you to start?
I have always been pretty hands on, and love my power tools, so I wanted to try something using my hands which was still visual. I started making jewellery while I was pregnant with my son in 2007, but then I tripped over my old knackered skateboards in the attic, and it kind of grew from there.
Did you attend college/university?
Yes, I went to Falmouth College of Arts and have a degree in Fine Art but I also have a masters in Museum Studies and am a qualified Curator.
Are you self taught?
Yes, I’m not really very good at taking instruction!
Please tell us about your products
What do you create?
I make jewellery from silver and broken, recycled skateboards
What methods do you use?
I use traditional woodworking skills and a few made up ones I’ve learnt along the way!
How environmentally friendly?
My work is very environmentally friendly as everything is recycled, I even recycle the sawdust into bio-fuel briquettes. I source all my silver from within the UK and use recycled silver where possible. I also have an environmental policy which says that I will reduce my carbon footprint by driving as a last resort, so I spend a lot of time walking to the post office! I’m also applying for funding to power my workshop with renewable energy.
Which is your most popular creation?
My recycled skateboard bangles are a favourite, but also my silver and recycled skateboard studs are really popular and are bought by men and women.
Are you working on any new lines?
All the time but I am 30 days from releasing my next capsule collection which is called the Theta collection and is inspired by the ancient greeks.
Do your undertake commissions?
Yes, you can order a commission through my website www.thrashion.com
Have you won any awards?
I have won Theo Paphitis Small Business Sunday, I have a Queen of the Board award, I was an ingenious Briton in 2014, and won an Arts and Craft Design award in 2014 too.
Other notable achievements?
I make one item a year which raises money for charity, my current project is recycling 100 unusable longboards, donated to me by Surfdome. They have challenged me to make products and raise money for charity, you can read all about it on my blog www.thrashion.com/blog