About Me

My name is Ailsa, designer, maker, and owner of Coucou Heart - welcome to my blog! Based in London, UK, I create hand made jewellery inspired by vintage finds, steampunk, fairy tales & folklore, and a touch of the mysterious.... You can contact me at coucouheart@hotmail.co.uk

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

A passion for folklore.

When I was designing my current collection, I took the opportunity to add some more original artworks to the range. I love drawing, and being able to put my illustrations into pendants, and then actually sell them still gives me a thrill. :)

As part of my Mystery and Magic inspired collection, I have included images of a moon gazing Hare and a White Hart, both in a dark forest. I love these mysterious animals, both so associated with myth and folklore. Pagans believed that the moon gazing hare brought rebirth, abundance, and good fortune.

In English Folklore the Hart is associated with many myths and legends. The sighting of a White Hart (the ancient word for Stag) was a sign in Arthurian legends that the knights should embark on a quest. It was thought that the hart could not be caught, and the animal became a symbol of man's never ending pursuit of knowledge and the unattainable. The good omens associated with the magnificent stag led to it being adopted as the personal emblem of Richard II; to this day the sighting of one of these otherworldly animals is said to bring good fortune.

Below is a picture of one of these stunning deer, together with images of the pendants as part of the Mystery and Magic collection - hope you like them! The pendants will be launched in my online shop later today! www.coucouheart.co.uk


Thursday, 28 February 2013

Global domination (sort of...)

I am just recovering from the London Trade Show I did at the end of January - pretty much all the wholesale orders are now completed. I had a great show, and met up with some of my lovely customers, as well as meeting some exciting new ones.

I am excited to tell you, that Coucou Heart (much like One Direction) have broken the USA! I am now stocked in Manic Panic shop in Los Angeles! How fancy :) Other new stockists of Coucou Heart are in Italy, Belgium, and the Netherlands, as well as throughout the UK.

I am now busy getting ready for Birmingham Comic Con, which is on 16th & 17th March - maybe see you there!

Ailsa x

Thursday, 31 January 2013

Wonderful vintage finds.

As you know, I love to seek out interesting old items for inspiration. These things not only look great, but I love to use them on my displays to give a suitably vintage looking backdrop for my Jewellery!
Anyway, my latest fabulous find is a late Victorian camera / projector. I love anything that really evokes a sense of the past - plus it has lots of twisty turnable wheels and latches to fiddle about with! I think this is a amazing Steampunky find, that I can't wait to show off.

Monday, 28 January 2013

London Edge

Just finished long weekend at trade show London Edge - hard work, but met some great new and existing customers!