And the gift to herself? A cast of a poppy seedhead made into a silver pendant. It’s been the item of jewellery that she has been finding herself wearing the most since the start of the national lockdown. It’s also the first piece of jewellery that Naomi wore to remember people, place and past. “Jewellery is packed full of meaning and can take on new significance as you go through life.”
Naomi says she is lucky at the moment to have access to a bench and is working on some new commissions including rings and even more labour-intensive items such as chains and new gem set pieces scheduled for later in the year.
Adjusting to the new routine hasn’t been easy, there was a time at the start of lockdown when she didn’t do any making and struggled to find focus on work: “I needed time to figure things out and get used to the new routine and to make sure the kids were happy and coping – it’s a juggling act, but family life takes precedence.”
When faced with any new challenge, we instinctively reach for places in the past where we can draw on strength and experience, and for many of us, family is where we find this resolve, both in the present and from the past. Now blessed with a happy and healthy 9-year-old son, she recalls that the loss of his 14-week premature twin at birth was, “an extremely intense and difficult experience. Looking back at it now helps me to see that this too shall pass and as hard as things get I believe they will get better and one day we can look back at this time in the same way.”