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A Big City Break in…..Birmingham!

20140527-214253.jpgAs a special birthday treat for my lovely feller Justin, who some of you may know is a jeweller, I recently booked us a 3 night break to Birmingham…yes Birmingham!

I got a fair few quizzical looks as I told people my plans but trust me there was method in my madness!

For a start we would be flying from Newquay airport so already it’s quite exciting and staying somewhere lovely and….and (this is the best bit) touring an amazing disused jewellery factory that’s only occasionally open to the public.

I hope you enjoy the photos and if you’re inspired to visit Birmingham you can find a selection of our products at Smithsonia in the lovely Piccadilly Arcade.

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J W Evans Silver Factory – is housed in 3 adjoining terraced houses. I really didn’t believe that’s where the factory that once had over 60 people working in it was going to be!

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The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter houses the disused Smith and Pepper jewellery factory. I think the plush office and the benches that squeezed 5 jewellers around them gave Justin some ideas!

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The Rowland Emmet Exhibition. This show was amazing and we caught it quite by chance. He made all the wacky machines in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang alongside lots of other mechanical marvels all of which are moving and working in the exhibition – fantastic!

Meet Poppy of Poppy Treffry!

So far we’ve introduced you to various members of the team here at Treffry towers but we thought as it’s our birthday celebrations at the moment that we should introduce you to the main man, the organ grinder, the boss lady; or Poppy as we also call her!! So we put a few questions together, made her a cup of coffee (she always works better with a coffee inside her, but just one mind!), and sat her down to answer them!

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What’s the most memorable moment of the last 10 years running PT?

I think leaving my ‘proper’ job (I was working for the council as an Arts Officer) to go full time with the business was a pretty special moment. Literally days later I did my first London trade show and was booked up with orders for the next 6 months so it was the right thing to do!
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Tell us a fact about yourself that we may not know.
I broke my back when I was 17 in a car accident and missed all my A level exams (I did them later in my spare time whilst doing my Art Foundation!)
What do you get up to on a typical Sunday afternoon?
If it’s a good sunday then having friends round for roast dinner…..and Justin (my partner) cooks! A not so good sunday – friends round for roast and I cook!
Apart from sewing and designing, what are you favourite past times?
I love knitting and go to a knitting group every week. I always have a book on the go and have just finished Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel which I loved and am now reading Bel Canto by Ann Patchett which is all set during a hostage situation in an unnamed South American country. I’m also mad for a bit of camping (in my van) and listening to the Archers and talking about the Archers and wondering what the Archers characters are up to…
What part of the world would you like to visit and why?
I love traveling and did a lot of travelling in my 20s, including living in Guatemala for 3 years. I’d love to take Justin and our daughter Biba back there for a big trip. I’d also love to go to Panama for their reverse applique textiles, mexico for all their quirky ‘Day of the Dead’ crafts and Peru for the knitwear.
Travelling with Biba around her first birthday, Vietnam and Australia!

Travelling with Biba around her first birthday, Vietnam and Australia!

You’re shipwrecked on a deserted island – what was the one possession you rescued before the boat sank?
This is a tricky one (don’t want to say smart phone – although it would be very sensible as I could call for rescue!) but I would try and save my sketch books
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Camping or Glamping (no van allowed!
Love them both (not that I’ve glamped much!) but I think old fashioned camping would have the edge. Preferably on Troytown campsite on the Isle of Scilly, preferably with close friends and family, a glass of wine and a sunset over the sea…
Favourite book?
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck  – because it is epic!
First ever ‘proper’ job?
Working as an Art Technician at the Winchester College in Hampshire  – the oldest school in England and posher than Eton – Prince William used to come and play water polo there!
Name the top two things on your bucket list.
Living in New York (though Justin did not rate my idea of a family sabbatical there!)
Going travelling with Biba….I have a hunch she’ll enjoy a chicken bus…..
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Poppy in her St Ives shop!

So.. Thanks Poppy for answering our questions! If you’ve got questions you’d like to put to Poppy Treffry then keep them in mind and keep an eye on our facebook page as we plan to host a live Q and A session with Poppy soon, details to follow.

And join us in a rousing chorus of ‘Happy Birthday to us’!! (check out the picture below for a special birthday treat!)

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