Fleur de Carotte is a young brand of jewellery and ceramics born in 2015, for people who appreciate craftsmanship and products slowly handmade with soul.
The brand celebrates femininity and quirkiness, with a poetic touch. It is made for women who enjoy beauty in the details of everyday life, the natural world and art.
The inspiration behind the jewellery and the objects are the wildlife, the elegance of Art Deco lines, existing and imaginary creatures, and female artists of the 20th century who changed the world.
All of my jewellery and objects are slowly handmade with a lot of care and after my own sketches. I source most of my material, including my tools, from suppliers in Brighton and the UK and my packaging is 100% recycled.
Fleur de Carotte means 'carrot flower' in French.
I chose this name many years ago as I love the fragile beauty and freedom of these meadow flowers and my friends used to call me 'carrot' because of my hair had ginger highlights. I thought it encapsulated both my natural aesthetic and fun side!
Fleur de Carotte started from a life event which I first saw as awful and which happened to be one of the best blessings in disguise of my life! I unfairly lost a job I put all my heart into for a year and then decided to work for myself, do what I love the most - create and make ceramic jewellery and objects which add beauty to your everyday life - and never make a sacrifice for something which is not dear to my heart.
I took this decision back in 2014 and since then I never looked back. The jewellery and objects I design and make are evolving and changing shape throughout the discoveries and events of life.
I am Amandine, a French designer-maker living in creative Brighton.
I love the sunshine, latino music and dancing, art, literature, fashion and design of the 1920s and 1960s, colours, nature, Spain and Latin America, red wine and dark chocolate.
I am inspired by colour combinations I see on the streets of Brighton or in Spain, the Modernist era, Art Deco design, the beauty of nature and whimsical scenes from my imagination. The artists I love and who inspire me the most are Picasso, Matisse, Cocteau, Garcia Lorca, Chagall as well as the Bloomsbury Group.