I design and make jewellery from my workshop in the beautiful Weald of Kent in England. I love the view from my home over the sheep in the fields opposite and the little wood beyond, and the mood and textures of these rural and natural surroundings inspire my designs. There is also a spiritual aspect to my work in celebrating the beauty and mystery of nature and how we can relate to it, and the God who I believe is behind it all.
I design my jewellery to evoke nature and organic patterns and textures and to speak to people's emotions. I feel it is important to leave a trace of the maker on the finished piece - the slight irregularities are part of what gives the jewellery its character and makes it different to something mass-produced. They also echo the small irregularities in natural and organic patterns. When you wear a piece of Camilla West jewellery, you can rest assured that no-one else has anything quite like it.
I'm incredibly lucky that my current studio overlooks a sweeping deer park with ancient oak and chestnut trees and stunning views over miles of countryside. It's amazing to look up after close concentration on weaving wire, soldering or setting gemstones and see the rolling hills and a huge sweep of sky.
I have two little boys, of whom the eldest is just two years old! Life is hectic at the moment, but they make me very happy. My eldest loves to visit the sheep in the field and the horses in the stables just down the road. I'm really grateful for the incredible support from my husband in keeping everything running smoothly!
I like to design from my own inspiration, but I equally like working with people to bring their ideas to life, so if you have something in mind and would like to ask for a commission I would be only too happy to hear from you.