'If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere'
Vincent Van Gogh
Shark Alley brings you a collection of charming, individual hand finished jewellery and homeware based on animals and birds with a strong emphasis on original and creative design.
All Shark Alley pieces are made in Brighton, UK by designer-maker Sarah Kelly in her tiny studio close to the sea and are inspired by a passion for the fascinating patterns, shapes and textures found in nature, the Mediterranean and the English countryside. A passion for wildlife also means that an interest in sustainability is key, with pieces being created from responsibly and legally harvested woods and coloured with eco-friendly paint. The packaging is also recyclable and plastic-free.
Before Shark Alley, Sarah worked for many years as an illustrator and crafter, with clients including ELLE magazine, Ecover, Oxford University Press and the designer Kaffe Fassett, and her work continues to reflect a strong illustrative quality.
Sarah grew up drawing and crafting endlessly as well as loving wildlife, with many weekends and holidays spent birdwatching and enjoying nature with her family. 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.
Each animal design is based on Sarah's original drawings, which are carefully refined until the shapes and patterns work together. Shark Alley designs do not conform to fleeting fashions or trends, but seek to produce timeless and beautiful pieces for you to enjoy wearing and using for many years to come.
And why Shark Alley?
It is an anagram of Sarah Kelly.