I wasn’t sure where to start writing about myself so I googled a few designers to see what information they’d included and as I suspected (and rightly so) they all have amazing achievements, success stories, some even with letters after their name. As much as I’d like to start off by listing my qualifications and awards from the most prestigious of institutions, I can’t. Everything I’ve learnt within the art and jewellery world has been through my late Dad, Michael Peckitt, family, friends, artists, makers and other jewellers. Quite simply, I've learnt on the job by some very kind and talented people. Over time I've technically improved and expanded but fundamental to VCJ is a pure and genuine passion to create beautiful, colourful pieces of wearable art that are a pleasure to wear and as individual as their owners.
My career started a long way from jewellery and for many years I worked in some of the most exciting publishing houses. Meanwhile, Dad had set up the jewellery business and suggested that I join him to make it a family business. Shocked and appalled at the suggestion of working with family(!!) I dismissed the idea. A few months later however, I was intrigued by the contemporary and colourful creations he was making so I spent some time with him “just to see what he was up to” and “no promises mind”. The rest is history and I’m still here with no intention of stopping.
I endeavour to maintain their spontaneous appeal by not working to any preconceived ideas or particular pattern, although there are many influences of course. This impulsive style with the bright, bold designs and experimenting with colour is fundamental to VCJ. By their painterly nature and visible brushstrokes every piece keeps them united as a brand and it’s philosophy; unique – stylish – wearable art. I love experimenting with colour and this impulsive, brushstroke style is where the majority of work lies. Some have quotes inside which vary from artistic sentimentalities “Colour seeking life” to more mischievous “To err is human but it feels divine”. We have been fortunate enough to have our work in galleries such as the Royal Academy of Arts, Hayward Gallery, Van Gogh Museum and mima which has been a huge privilege.
There is no doubt none of this would have been possible without my Dad. We worked together for several years until he died in 2012, sadly long before his time. This is a wonderful legacy to hold and remember him by and thank goodness I did “Just see what he got up to”.
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