The Paper2Pearls story
My plastic free champion award.
I took up origami in 2015 after I developed severe arthritis in my neck and was told I had to give up patchwork and quilting.
After trying a variety of crafts I rediscovered origami and found my new creative outlet.
I started selling at small local markets in August that year.
I christened my business Gilli's flowers. Most people know me as Gilli and Gillyflower is a traditional name for dianthus. In August 2016 I opened my Etsy shop.
In 2017 I won a Theo Paphitis Small Business Sunday award and the following year he presented me with my certificate.
I produced a small range for the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow and joined E17 designers.
In June 2018 I started a second Etsy shop selling cultured pearl jewellery.
It was named in honour of my late mother and aunt who loved wearing their faux pearls but could never dream of being able to afford the real thing.
I have a passion for pearls and while I love creating traditional knotted pearl necklaces I also love using all the amazing types and colours available today and creating pieces for all budgets.