When I started my business 15 years ago, I never imagined that social media would have such a massive impact. I started using Instagram in April 2014 and it has since become a leading platform for me and has helped me to grow Fran Barker Design into what it is today. For me, it's not just a way of sharing my work, it's a means of connecting with magpies across the globe and building lifelong relationships with them. Denise and I had followed each other for a while and had built a continuous stream of likes and comments before her husband, to my delight, purchased the Chocolate Mimosa ring from the website. We're looking forward to collaborating on a piece together, for her shop, Manor Jewels (Instagram: @manorjewels), in the States. I hope to open up many more doors and relationships with like minded souls through social media. Its power to put people in touch with each other, all over the world is second to none and something that would never have been possible before these platforms were available to everybody. Thank you Denise, I look forward to working with you in the future.
I asked Denise if she wanted to write a little from her perspective, here's what she said:
"I opened Manor Jewels in September of 2016 and from the beginning I understood that social media should and would play a large role in my reach. To be fair, I didn’t fully appreciate how far that reach would be - not only in reaching potential clients but also in networking and connecting with other jewelers and designers. Instagram connected me to Fran Barker Design one day and I knew from the first scroll through her feed that I would own one of her pieces in my collection. So when my husband asked me for ideas for Christmas, I sent him Fran’s way with a few ideas. He chose the piece I loved most without me having to tell him. He and Fran truly blew me away on Christmas morning and, since then, Fran and I have discussed a collaboration piece for Manor Jewels. All of this would never have happened without the incredible reach of social media. Don’t underestimate its power to connect you to those you respect and admire in their fields or vice versa. Very grateful of the connection we now have Fran and thank you Instagram!"