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Meet Hazel Murrin from Hazy Designs based in the UK. Hazel originally trained as a textile designer at Art School and from that strong passion for colour and texture found her art evolved towards working with metals and gemstones.

 

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Meet Hazel Murrin from Hazy Designs based in the UK. Hazel originally trained as a textile designer at Art School and from that strong passion for colour and texture found her art evolved towards working with metals and gemstones.

Tell us a bit about yourself + your business

I'm a designer working from home in my studio in the north east of Scotland.  I love experimenting and learning new techniques with silver.   

Mostly selling online, I also stock small art galleries with my handmade jewellery.

Tell us about your morning process?

I've always been an early riser, so I'm up, showered, dressed and sitting in my studio by about 9am.

I like to answer my emails and accept any online orders early in the morning so that I have a list of things to do and can organise my day around it.

Then I make a decaf latte in my favourite mug from my much loved coffee machine and I get to work making!

What tools do you use in your biz to keep you organised and on top of your tasks? 

I have a pinboard above my workbench that I use as a mood board, where I pin images that inspire me - colour swatches, textures, images from fashion magazines, words or phrases etc.

It's a visual way of managing my creative thoughts and I update it constantly to keep me motivated and inspired.

Other than that I'm an avid list maker and have a notepad where I list everything I need to do so that I'm on top of things and can tick things off as I go. Always satisfying!

What is the best thing you have done for you and your business this year?

I invested in a brand new wooden jewellers workbench which has been brilliant in improving my posture.

Hammering metal all day long can take it's toll on my body and the new bench is higher than usual so I can stand while I work which is great.

Have you had a truly memorable customer experience that inspires you to keep doing what your doing? 

Receiving an email thanking me for a special piece of jewellery inspires me to keep doing what I do.

I've had quite emotional commissions before and it's lovely to know that a piece of personalised jewellery has given some comfort to people when they are feeling low.

What's coming up that we can look forward to seeing from your biz?

I'm designing lots of new items for Christmas using filled gold and silver in mixed metal designs.

I've also ordered lots of beautiful semi-precious stones that I'll incorporate into my work.

I'll be updating instagram with my progress and new stock should be on my website by mid October.

Tell us about your most favourite or popular product/service that you have created recently?

Probably my range usin gold-filled wire.

I used to work predominantly in sterling or fine silver as I wanted to keep my jewellery affordable and gold is so expensive.

Discovering gold-filled (rolled gold) wire was a revelation to me as it adds the warm tones that I wanted without the huge costs.

I love combining natural gemstones with a mix of metals to create intricate and interesting pieces.

Name a creative artist you are admiring?

I love the chunky and colourful textiles by @laurenastondesigns

What inspired you to start your business?

When I was growing up, I used to spend every summer in the Scottish Highlands in a small village called Durness where my dad was born.

There was a vibrant community of self-employed artists and craftspeople living there and I would spend time watching them creating in their individual studios.

I always knew that I wanted to do something creative for a living so less than two years after graduating from Art School, I was self-employed and had set up Hazey Designs.

What is your fav quote?

 "Creativity is the way I share my soul with the world" - Brene Brown

What is the number one thing that you love about running your own creative business?

The freedom to make each day different and the pleasure that comes from making a living from being creative.

Where are you the most and least organised in your business?

I'm good at organising all of my packaging and making sure that I have enough business cards, gift boxes, envelopes so that I don't run low at times when it gets really busy with orders, like Christmas.

I'm least organised in keeping my workbench tidy when I'm busy. It becomes messy by everyone else's standards but I can still function quite happily!

What is the best advice you have received that has helped you in your business?

Probably to get a website up and running as soon I set up my business.

It was through my old website that notonthehighstreet.com discovered me and I joined their online selling platform in it's very early days which opened me up to a much wider customer base online.

That motivated me to constantly improve my photography, product description, packaging and take my business more seriously.

How do you handle moments of self doubt? 

I think self doubt is part of being creative. It's normal to question what we do as it's a personal process and you're putting yourself out there to be judged.

I like to look back at old images of my work or positive customer feedback which boosts my self-confidence and reminds me that I am doing just fine.


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