About Zoe Marie

 
                 
 

Zoe was born in 1973 in Billericay, Essex.  She was a pupil at Billericay Comprehensive School between 1985 and 1990 after which she attended Thurrock Technical College and took her BTEC National Diploma in General Art and Design.  On this course she gained two awards and reached the BTEC Student of the year regional finals, and finished the course with a distinction. 

After specialising in 3-D design it was a natural progression to apply to Loughborough College of Art for a place on their B.A. Honours Degree in Jewellery and Silversmithing.

At Loughborough she was commended for her artwork in several national competitions and in 1994 was a joint winner in the Goldsmiths precious metal design awards. In 1995 she graduated with a first class honours degree.

   

After finishing her degree Zoe worked in the London jewellery quarter, Hatton Garden, while studying part-time at the London Guildhall University.  This course gave her the opportunity to develop her practical skills and use the colleges extensive resources and tutorial expertise.

Although this extra college training was important her most valuable experience was found by working in the trade itself. Skills that cannot be gained at college were learnt in a busy local manufacturing jewellers.

In 2000 Zoe decided to formulate her own design ideas and as a result began her business with assistance from the Princes Trust.  Her business acumen was recognised almost immediately as she was selected as 'Essex young entrepreneur of the year' in the Shell LiveWIRE young business start-up awards 2001.

She has also gained recognition for her high professional standards, a first prize in the Goldsmiths craftsmanship and design awards 2001 for her articulating pod jewellery.  Her extra ordinary design ability was rewarded again in 2002 with a Gold Award in the silversmithing category.

Zoe's aim is to design and produce beautiful, innovative and tactile designs that make the wearer feel special.

Zoe succeeds in designing beautiful and innovative jewellery to the highest possible standards. Her aim is to produce tactile forms that people love to wear.