About

All Shark Alley pieces are made in Brighton, UK by designer-maker Sarah Kelly in her tiny studio close to the sea.

Sarah grew up loving wildlife, with many weekends spent on nature walks with her family, birdwatching and studying butterflies and flowers. Her grandfather was a passionate amateur botanist and photographer and his brother Gilbert corresponded with Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain about the bird life in St James's Park during the early years of the Second World War. Sarah still has the letters and his voluminous and ancient bird journal.

Any time not spent doing all this was usually spent drawing and crafting and Sarah went on to work in the fields of illustration, textile design and mosaic, with clients including ELLE magazine, Ecover and the designer Kaffe Fassett. One of her artworks is owned by the V&A Museum in London.

Shark Alley was born in 2010 as a joyful return to hands-on making after several years of working digitally. Sarah loves jewellery and creating small, beautiful things, especially out of everyday materials. The media may change, but the passion for animals, colour and pattern remain constant.

And why Shark Alley?
It is an anagram of Sarah Kelly.