Canary Wharf Arts & Events, Christmas window display – Dec 2017/Jan 2018
Etsy Made Local, Blackheath Christmas Market – Dec 2017
London Design PopUp, Independent Designers – June 2017
MADE in Canary Wharf – March 2017
Crafty Fox Night Markets, Geffrye Museum & Museum of London Docklands – Dec 2016
Canary Wharf Arts & Events, Christmas window display – Nov 2016
Renegade Craft Fair, Old Truman Brewery – Nov 2016
London Local Etsy Autumn Market, Crate Brewery – Oct 2016
Bermondsey Street Festival – Sept 2016
London Local Pop-Up 2nd – Aug 2016
Art Hub Summer Fair – June 2016
Art Hub Christmas Open Studios – Dec 2015
Artisan Selvedge Christmas Fair, Chelsea Old Town Hall – Dec 2015
Wedding Fair in Aid of Cancer Research UK, Eltham – Nov 2015
Quirky Boutique Wedding Fair, Brighton – Oct 2015
Art Hub Open Studios – Sept 2015
Bermondsey Street Festival – Sept 2015
Salisbury Contemporary Craft & Heritage Festival – Sept 2015
Dartmoor Zoo Food & Craft Market – July 2015
Craft Central Summer Open Studios, London – June 2015
Quirky Boutique Wedding Fair, Brighton – May 2015
Crafty Fox Market at The Dogstar, Brixton, London – Dec 2014
Bermondsey Street Festival, London – Sept 2014
Greenwich Market, Jewellery Week – 2013
Bermondsey Street Festival, London – 2013
Greenwich Market – 2012
Dialogue 9 at MADE London Design Fair – 2012
Portobello Market, London – 2012
The Goldsmiths Craft & Design Council Exhibition, Goldsmiths Hall, London – 2012
The Ruth Rushby ‘Innovation in Design Award’ – 2011
New Designers, Business Design Centre, London – 2011
Getting Started Course, Goldsmiths Company London – 2012
BA Hons Degree in Jewellery & Silversmithing, Sir John Cass, London Metropolitan University – 2008-2011
Distinction in Art Foundation, Lichfield College – 2007-2008
Level 1, British Sign Language, Lichfield College – 2007
Level 1 & 2, Life Drawing, Lichfield College – 2007
Chalk Designs is a Jewellery and Silversmithing company based in Art Hub Studios, London, where the jewellery is designed and made by the award winning jeweller Charlotte Zalepa (Yeo).
“Without first intending to, my work has been inspired by the unforgiving changes happening to the world we live in, such as the big one, Climate Change. This conversation first started with my move from the countryside to London city life 9 years ago. After moving to a predominately urban environment my work began to focus on the wildlife I loved and no longer saw on a daily basis. I have since endeavoured to rekindle this important relationship between my audience and nature by reminding them of it’s beauty. The beauty that I am trying to convey in my work is honest and earthy, and very much lacking in our urban environment.
I use the hands-on process of wax carving in order to convey this beauty in my work as it allows me to develop the work more organically and therefore truer to it’s subject. However, with this basic of processes I myself gain a feeling of being grounded and am reminded of our first ancestors and their relationship with the earth. This in turn gives my work this extra layer of conversation; would going back to our roots and paring down our current extravagance make us more aware and at peace with our natural environment?
The other important aspect of my jewellery comes from my choice of material. Recycled silver has its obvious plus points, but it also has this modest quality which suits the meaning of my work, and also a cleanness which shows off the carved details perfectly.”
Chalk Designs is launching a New Collaborative Collection with the ethical fashion designer Gung Ho Design at the end of February 2018. In this collaboration we have handcrafted three of Britains most endangered insects, the Stag Beetle, Tiger Moth and Bumble Bee. Each sale of these insects gives a £5 donation to the wonderful charity Friends of the Earth.
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”
Chalk Designs also takes on commission work, creating pieces visualised by our customers with expert guidance. The perfect way to commemorate a special occasion, or get that piece of jewellery you’ve always wanted but never found.
If you have an idea for a bespoke piece please get in touch via the Contact page.