A Middlesbrough hairdresser is looking to cut it in the world of fashion by teaming up with an internationally renowned celebrity designer.
Jen Legg, of The Edge hairdressing salon, Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough, is to collaborate with award winning dressmaker Kate Fearnley, designer to the stars including Girls Aloud, The Saturdays and The Sugar Babes, with a range of bespoke jewellery and hair accessories.
Jen, 43, recently graduated from a four year part time applied arts degree course at Cleveland College of Art & Design and is using her new-found skills to overcome health problems.
She said: “It is really exciting to be starting a whole new career in design alongside running my salon.
“I initially took up jewellery making as a hobby after one of the tutors at CCAD made some exquisite pieces for my sister’s wedding.
“After signing up for a ten week course I was totally hooked and when it came to an end I was persuaded to enrol on the part time degree programme which turned out to be a real blessing in disguise.”
During the course Jen, who suffers from reactive arthritis, found her mobility decreasing and being unable to work in the salon put her efforts into her new creative sideline.
“Designing and making accessories really was like creative therapy for me,” said Jen.
“I wasn’t able to do a lot of the manual work involved with running a salon so I concentrated on the course and now it has opened up a whole new world.”
Alongside producing designs to compliment Kate Fearnley’s work, Jen will also be selling her fabric hair accessories, china jewellery, rings, bracelets and greetings cards to her own clients in the salon and online.
“It’s great to be able to offer people something just that little bit different,” said Jen.
“I’ve already had quite a few commissions from clients and I think my designs will really give The Edge a whole new edge.
CCAD course tutor Eyv Hardwick added: “It was quite a big commitment from Jen to take on the course alongside running a salon full time, especially with her health problems, but she has come through with flying colours.
“Everything about this course is with a view to making a living out of a craft and it is wonderful to see someone develop and extend their creative talents and use them to start or enhance an existing career.”