A Stirring Story
I'm Frankie, I'm 23 and live in the countryside, on the outskirts of Sheffield. I thought I'd tell you a little bit about me and a bit about how Stirring Silver began!
I've always been very creative, I'd say I come from quite a creative family! Stirring Silver began when I was 14, in the garage - me and dad would experiment with old teaspoons. I delved myself into the World of spoons and began learning about Hallmarking and the History of the Spoon Rings. I gathered together a small display and booked onto my first craft fair. The response was amazing!
I've always danced, from a very young age, and by the time I left school I knew that was what I wanted to do - I did my A-Levels at a Performing Arts College doing Musical Theatre and then went on to do a degree in the beautiful city of Barcelona. I studied for three years and received a First Class Honours Degree by the end of it.
The Musical Theatre industry cut throat and in-between auditions I carried on creating my little Silver Spoon rings.
At the beginning of 2019 I was looking into other ways of preserving history, and my Lighting range was born! I was asking family and friends for any old bits and bobs they had lying around and returned to the garage to experiment. My dad is a qualified electrician so he taught me that side of things - so I’ve learned a lot of new skills!
The Summer of 2019 brought a very exciting opportunity for both me and my business. I entered the Young Trader of the Year Competition, held by the NMTF. This competition encourages young people aged between 16 to 30 to start up their own businesses and get creative.
The whole experience was a whirlwind of meeting new, like-minded makers, gaining new customers and winning the whole competition! I, along with the other three category winners appeared on the BBC's One Show where the winner was announced live.
I am so grateful for this experience and I would encourage anyone who is a little bit creative to get involved as the competition is only going to get bigger and better each year!
So that’s a little about me and my adventures with my business, I hope you like my products!