Sylvie Magennis is a passionate jewellery maker specialised in silversmithing. Born when England won their first World Cup, she is feeling very old indeed, as it happened ages ago. Nevertheless, her age has not deterred her from being a creative and skilled designer of silver jewellery. Her first language is French, and as you read along, you may spot one or two French words mixed in with her words. Do not worry! Simply find a dictionary and look them up. For those who want to speak French, this is your opportunity!
Sylvie was born in the Ivory Coast and educated in West Africa (Ivory Coast, Burkina Fasso and France). She came to the United Kingdom to go to university and got a degree in BSc (hons). Prior to this, she tried to be a computer electronic serving engineer. She was able to obtain a City and Guild certificate, but lost interest and went on to study child care. After working for various organisations such as Southwest Trains and the Office for National Statistics, she went on to work for the Mod.
It was around this time that she realised that her jewellery making habit was something that she enjoyed, and she was keen to chance her luck at becoming a full-time jeweller. She decided from then on that she was going to learn the trade of jewellery making. As she says, "I was getting old and my health was also declining. Living with arthritis was challenging at times, and I knew that I had to slow down and look after my ageing body.
As a child, she always liked to design things. She says, "I never went to art school, but I was gifted with the skill to create. I realised that I was very good with my hands, and I decided to do something about it.
Her fascination with jewellery making came about when she observed native African jewellers making beautiful objects from raw materials such as shells and wood. On her return from that wonderful experience, she decided to have a go at it. She didn't merely want to imitate the native African jewellers; she also wanted to add silver to her creations. She decided to take a silversmithing course to improve her skills.
Most of what Sylvie creates originates from her ability to visualise the jewellery in her mind and then design it on paper. She then crafts her jewellery at her workbench, using bits and pieces to try different things. She says, "I am very impulsive, and that is what drives me to be more creative.
Her ambition is to work with a big company that supplies beautiful and unique designs. Her speciality is to use different material such as seashells, beads, stones, and corries because they are unusual and not too expensive.
Her aim is to design unique and exceptional jewellery for each individual client. She says, "I will love to have a variety of clients with different designs not repeated anywhere else.
2117-to present Value Added Tax and computerised
accounting level 2 Premier training
2002-2009 BSc (hons)Business Information Technology South
2003-2003 AAT preparing ledger balances & an initial trial balance
& Guilds Diploma in Information Technology
and Electronic Serving
1990-1994 Weston College, English language studies
1980-1986 lycée de jeunes filles Jeanne D'Orlean France
2014-2014 Commercial Awareness &
Practitioner Programme online Training (CAPPOLDefense Academy)
2014-2014 Financial Skills
Certificate HM Treasury
2013-2014 Certificate ECDL level 2 in IT User Skills The Chartered Institute for IT
I am a keen music enthusiast and enjoying playing the drums