Dolly Cool: Handmade Passion for Jewellery & Accessories
Today we brighten up your day with the work of Dolly Cool. Although having only recently been in touch with Dolly (aka Clare Dutton), we have already caught a glimpse of her work and creations at the recent Vintage Fair in Westhoughton.
Dolly Cool describes herself as having “a passion for all things Rock n’ Roll: the style and music of the 50s, old school tattoos, and a love of Japanese Kawaii culture thrown in for good measure! If you are looking for original cute, macabre, Rockabilly, Punk and Tattoo themed jewellery and accessories, look no further!” The entire Dolly Cool range is handmade with love in the UK by Dolly herself.
Speaking to Business Boom Bolton, Dolly informed us about her background and love for what she does:
The ethos for all my jewellery & accessory designs right from the start has always been to create something unique of good quality, but at a price that someone like me could afford (ie – not really expensive!).
I have been making jewellery for 10 years now, starting off with wire wrapped gemstones, before moving onto silversmith work.
I grew tired of the seeing the same old thing, and it didn’t really reflect the person who I was or what I am inspired by, so after trying out new working methods, I discovered a way to incorporate my illustrations into jewellery. I started making cute cupcake designs under the name In The Pink 7 years ago, and it took off really well.
After a while, I decided that I wanted to do a range of designs that were aimed at an older audience and that incorporated my love of rockabilly and tattoos – and so Dolly Cool was born nearly 3 years ago.
I now sell all over the world from my website (www.dollycool.co.uk) as well as at fairs and events up and down the country. I have also been featured in Magazines such a 50’s lifestyle magazines Milkcow and Vintage Life.
What other projects have you worked on in the past?
I studied product design at University before going on to work in both menswear and footwear design. I was also the womenswear designer for UK alternative brand Underground for 2 and a half years.
Since becoming self-employed 3 years ago, I have undertaken footwear design projects for US shoe brand Draven, and am currently designing a wide range of products including jewellery, shoes, printed fabric and clothing for US alternative brand Too Fast, while at the same time continuing to run Dolly Cool.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I take my inspiration from my interests and passions, which are Rock n’ Roll, Old School Tattoos, 50s culture, Kawaii and Japanese cute stuff, Macabre and B Movie Horror film posters.