I first became interested in jewellery making after receiving a simple silver bangle from my mum as a teenager. I adored it, and still wear it 25 years later. I loved the idea that something so simple could mean so much, the memories it keeps and the sentiment it could convey... I’ve been making jewellery ever since.
An appreciation of the island treasures found on Scilly has been with me since childhood. My grandparents settled on Scilly in the 1950s. They played a key role in the archaeological excavation of Nornour and in establishing our Island Museum to exhibit the precious finds, so it seemed only natural to reflect this influence through my own work.
Growing up in a family of artists inevitably shaped my focus on design and creativity. Each of them inspiring my attention to detail, patience in creation and a confidence to express artistic ideas. I studied Art history, Anthropology and Archaeology at university then went on to complete a silversmithing course in Ireland in 2002 which set me up with me with skills to explore my own jewellery design and ultimately develop my career. Over the past 10 years I’ve established Sophie Hooper Jewellery as a business from my home studio on St. Mary's where I live with my young family. We enjoy our island life by wrapping up warm for blustery winter walks and spend our summers boating and beachcombing as much as possible.
Whether it is exploring inspirations, reminiscing over family heirlooms, or the excitement of designing my own collections, jewellery is my passion and I feel very lucky to create it everyday in my island studio.