Urban 8 Create
So every business has a story and Bernie from Urban 8 Create has a big one. Creating beautiful jewellery out of the watches she is fascinated by, Bernie is making a statement, fulfilling a dream and raising money too.
Here is her story: Unfortunately, I suffer from a very rare form of cancer which affects something crazy like 3 in every 10 million people. I’ve had it 3 times now and the second time resulted in major surgery and major permanent facial disfigurement. Then in October 2017, I was told it had spread to both my lungs and was terminal.
I’ve got a bit, well not a bit, but a full-on fascination with watches. I’ve always had a love for them and for unusual jewellery and after buying a vintage watch mechanism online it sparked something in me and I decided to start making my own jewellery. This passion for watches has led to a passion for recycling them and turning them into keepsakes and progressed to me having my own online shop. I find it all very therapeutic and I really enjoy doing it. I have my studio at home now and going into my studio space gives me – me time – and I can think things through better.
Over the years I have raised money for several charities, I have taken part in an Inca Trail Trek in Peru for MacMillan Cancer Support and done various things for Changing Faces and Cancer Research. As a patient at the Douglas Macmillan Hospice, I am now hoping to raise money for the North Staffordshire charity through my jewellery sales.
You can buy Bernie’s jewellery online in her Etsy shop and support her small business by following & liking her social media platforms. All the links you need are just to the right of here.