Katherine Hawkins, 26, runs her Crème Nouveau business from a studio in St Columb Major. She was approached by Ford with quite the formidable challenge – to create a unique piece of vintage-style jewellery out of Ford Focus parts.
Katherine came up with a one-off necklace which combines rhinestones and crystals with reversed instrument dials, needles, nuts, bolts and springs – all this on a template made from car seat material.
Says Katherine: “When the box of car parts arrived, I didn’t really know what to expect. It doesn’t help that I can’t actually drive so at first I didn’t know what the parts were for! But once I got them spread out to see how they look and sit and how I could work with them, the idea came very quickly and I was able to use really cool metals, plastics and rubbery bits!”
The challenge was part of Ford's Centenary Tour – a month-long event which celebrates one hundred years of Ford of Britain. It ended in September having covered a distance of over 2,200 miles across Britain – from Inverness to Southampton and Cardiff to London – spreading Ford joy wherever it went.