New Found Support

by Ellie Stitt.
(Near Manchester – United Kingdom)

I’ve suffered from significant health problems for most of my life but have always managed to work, volunteer or participate in my community.

Silver plated wire and glass bead necklace made for a friend as a Christmas present

Silver plated wire and glass bead necklace made for a friend as a Christmas present

In July 2012 I had an allergic reaction to prescribed medication, and was diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis and a month later I was made redundant – my whole world fell apart. I was physically disabled, psychologically wounded and desperate for something that would make me feel less damaged.

Art Deco Style Collar Necklace made with Swarovski Crystal Beads for the Physically Challenge Artists Support Group 100 Bead Challenge

Art Deco Style Collar Necklace made with Swarovski Crystal Beads for the Physically Challenge Artists Support Group 100 Bead Challenge

I found a spool of wire and a pair of pliers, discovered JMJ and decided that nothing could hold me back. Through a comment on this website I was signposted to the Physically Challenged Artists Support Group  and managed to find a whole online community of people facing similar challenges to me giving encouragement, support and practical tips.

Silver plated wire and bead Dragonfly Brooch

Silver plated wire and bead Dragonfly Brooch

My jewellery has moved on leaps and bounds from making a few little pieces for friends and family to commissions and a few sales. I wanted to share a couple of key pieces with you to show that once you get going nothing can hold you back.

Chain Maille bracelet made from handmade copper jump rings as a birthday present for a friend

Chain Maille bracelet made from handmade copper jump rings as a birthday present for a friend

I’d like to say a big thank you Rena and the team at Jewellery Making Journal and the wonderful women at the Physically Challenged Artists Support Group.

Ellie Stitt
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