Today I am thrilled to share the beautiful handmade tartan wedding accessories of Tartan at Heart.
The creative behind the brand is Kerry Speirs and she designs and handmakes her unique jewellery & accessories from 100% wool tartan.
Combining traditional tartan with contemporary designs there is so many beautiful products from brooches to cufflinks to jewellery, to hair accessories and home decor, and gorgeous hand fasting cords that are really reflective of the designers Scottish heritage.
She is based in Halkirk, Highland.
I hand over to Kerry to share the story of her blossoming brand…
Who are you, and what do you do?
My name is Kerry and I am the owner and designer of Tartan at Heart.
When and why did you start your Company?
In early 2013, I was almost finished maternity leave after having my daughter but didn’t feel I was ready to go back to my 9-5 job in a local drawing office.
I always enjoyed crafts and fell in love with tartan during planning my own wedding.
We had tartan on the invites, cake, my wedding dress and shoes and my husband even wore two separate kilts during the big day!
I made my first tartan brooches for a local Burns Supper using tartan left over from my wedding and received lots of great comments on them on the night. Soon after, I was asked if I could make more and in different tartans.
I wasn’t sure at first but decided to try making a small initial product range and try them out with friends and family.
One thing lead to another and in April 2013, Tartan at Heart begun trading.
What inspires you?
I love the local heritage and folklore and although I have lived my whole life in Scotland, I am still blown away by the amazing landscapes that surround us.
Above all else, my family are my biggest inspiration. They push me to challenge myself and do my very best in everything I do.
Do trends influence your work?
In short, yes! Tartan has become very popular at the moment in the fashion world and provides the perfect chance to combine a fiercely traditional material with some modern and contemporary designs bringing it kicking and screaming into the 21st century.
Do you have a favourite wedding style?
I love a good wedding and don’t think there are any wedding styles I can say I don’t like but if I have to choose a favourite it would have to be the more rustic, country style weddings.
What do you love most about your Job?
I love that I can work around my family’s needs whilst still doing something I enjoy that also challenges me outside of the role of ‘stay at home Mum’.
What do you do in your chill time/perfect day off?
Family time is my perfect break from work.
Whether we are out exploring the countryside and hill walking or having a night in playing games and watching some of our favourite movies, I am always happy when having family time!
What is your greatest achievement?
I think knowing that my items have been shipped all over the world is probably my greatest achievement.
It amazes me knowing where some of my items have ended up with me just working from a spare room in my home.
What do you see as the future of your Company?
I’At the moment I have a few different options but haven’t decided which would be best yet.
Whatever the future holds, I’m excited and look forward to the challenge!
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