To celebrate this special occasion, festivities begin with a month long residency at the Southbank Centre, where the Tatty Devine team are holding jewellery making workshops every Saturday and Sunday from 1pm to 7pm throughout September, starting on 13th, at the Royal Festival Shop in the foyer of the Royal Festival Hall. Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and cost £15.
If you don't fancy having a go yourself but simply want to browse a selection of Tatty Devine's superbly quirky jewellery, there is a wide range on display in the Royal Festival Shop, including some iconic pieces, such as the red lobster statement necklace. Prices start from about £25.
Renowned for its unique pieces of Perspex jewellery, Tatty Devine is an independent British jewellery maker, established in 1999 by Harriet Vine and Rosie Wolfenden. Working from a studio in London's east end, they now have two shops in London, on Brick Lane and Monmouth Street, and a number of stockists worldwide.
Tatty Devine workshops at Royal Festival Hall Shop
As well as Perspex, which they laser cut into anything from crowns and anchors to dinosaur skeletons and teapots, they use materials such as wood, plastic, beads and buttons to create jewellery which, as they say 'blurs the boundaries between art, fashion and culture'. There is something to suit everyone's taste in their fantastic collection, so it is well worth a look or trying your hand at making your own piece under the expert guidance of Tatty Devine.
The nearest underground station to the Royal Festival Hall is Waterloo; follow the exit signposted for the South Bank.