In conversation

In conversation

Connecting with likeminded women who share the same values as us here at Max is key in ensuring we support the community of women that we’re lucky to be part of. Through our time of change, we’ve always said our focus was on people and the planet, with this new year we’re delving even deeper into just that.

Meet Delwynne, the mastermind behind Love Winter, and one of the incredible artisans we get the privilege of working with. Sharing the same ethos and values as we do here at Max, we were lucky enough to catch up with the talented Delwynne to learn more about her passion for jewellery and the lessons she’s learnt in owning a small business.

Tell us a bit about yourself and when you discovered your love for jewellery?

My whole life I have chased artistic ventures. From singing to sewing, and calligraphy to graphics, it wasn't until I was forty that I finally found the medium that best fit with my creative calling - I kind of love that! Truly goes to show, you’re never too old to change career paths and pursue a passion.

What does a typical day look like for you as a jewellery designer?

I start each day with a non-negotiable cup of coffee. As a solo businesswoman, every day sees me doing all the peripheral admin tasks along with the actual jewellery making! In saying this, the bulk of my day is in my studio, at my bench - carving, sanding, soldering, and polishing.

What inspires your creativity when it comes to designing new pieces?

Nature! I know I am not alone in this - ask any artist, and they’ll tell you nothing beats the bush or beach (or even just the garden) to put you in the right headspace and work through new design ideas. There is a lot of repetition in this job so carving out time to be creative reminds me why I started this business in the first place and keeps the passion for it alive!

Who are your biggest influences?

The people who inspire me the most are other women makers who hands-on run their small businesses, and I am lucky to know many through markets and fairs over the years. Even the lunch with artisan makers of Max and small business owners in such a gorgeous setting was a great opportunity for creative inspiration! It’s all about being open to the world around you and drawing from people, places or conversations.

Lastly, what words of wisdom do you follow in business and life and what advice would you give to aspiring jewellery designers?

Hold on to your long-term vision and ultimate goal! Economic ebbs and flows, like what we've seen with C19, can be pretty major for small businesses. If you have a strong customer base and belief in your product, being above the circumstances is the best way to make sure you're always moving forward.

Photography by

Holly Burgess

As told to

Courtenay Lewis

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