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Published March 15th 2015
Evoke childhood memories with nostalgic pieces of jewellery
1st and 3rd pic courtesy of Elysian web page
Let me introduce you to Brad who is behind Elysian Workshop, along with his partner. He's always busily working away at his table at the Caribbean Gardens & Market in between customers, creating jewellery and binding leather notebooks that caught my eye. This visit to the markets was only the second time I've been in a while and as his table caught my eye both times, I decided to stop and chat a while. Not to mention order a personalised necklace and anklet of course.
Even though in his former life (not too long ago), Brad was the Manager of a traffic company organising the closing down of roads where necessary, he was always interested in making jewellery and leather bound books. He's been doing it for years, even making jewellery out of silver as a hobby and giving them away as gifts.
When he was made redundant, he considered finding a job in the same profession but realised he would still be doing the same thing. He decided the opportunity had come his way and he was going to take a leap of faith and work at what he had always enjoyed doing. Hence the birth of Elysian Workshop 8 weeks ago.
He's still busily trying to set up his Facebook page at the same time, which he admits he's not had the time to devote to. However, he does have a website but admits yet again pictures of his popular wares have not yet been uploaded. Give the man a chance. He just started 8 weeks ago and is busily working at building up his stock, making jewellery, leather bound books, wallets, accessories, jewellery trees and so on, not to mention custom pieces. He also sells his wares on Ebay.
There's a charm and old time look about his pieces and his choices of pendents are geared to evoke the childhood link and nostalgia of characters like Alice in Wonderland, Mickey Mouse and so on. A lot of the little quotes are also filled with the cute factor, so naturally of the 5 pendents I chose to go around my neck, a few of them had sayings I fell in love with like 'Once upon a time', 'Happily ever after' and 'I still believe in 398.2'. I had to ask what that meant I'm afraid.
It's apparently the section where the fairytale books are housed in a library. How cute is that! Had to have it! I rapidly relived the joy of choosing yet another 5 different pendents for my anklet. On average prices are $10 for bracelets (with 2 pendents), necklaces and so on as you can see in the picture. While I was there a guy was buying the old fashioned looking keys as a novelty. I'm sure you could make them into an unusual quirky anklet too. Tick tick tick, my imagination runs wild. Visit Brad on market days at Caribbean Gardens & Market and let the child in you come out to play by putting together a piece that's playful, fun to wear and says something about you.