Covid-19 lockdowns forced TV presenter Angela Scanlon to slow down, but they also gave her the “jolt” to create her own “lockdown baby” – a jewellery collection.
“I spent years saying I’ll wait, I’ll wait, I’m not ready to do that, it wouldn’t be right, I don’t have the time,” she said.
“And then lockdown gave me a jolt to go, ‘You know what, no one knows what’s going to happen, so if there is something you want to do, do it now and if you fall flat on your face, that’s fine’.”
Scanlon surveyed her Frkl gold and silver jewellery collection on the opening day of the Create showcase in Brown Thomas on Dublin’s Grafton Street.
The Co Meath woman has become a household name in the UK since moving there to pursue her TV career on The One Show and Your Home Made Perfect. She also had her own chat show, Ask Me Anything, on RTÉ.
However, it is only after years of procrastinating that she finally brought out her own jewellery range.
“That was the real thing that I got out of lockdown, that if you want to do something, do it and learn as you go,” she said.
“I was used to working at such a fast pace and travelling and suddenly the slowness of lockdown gave my head a bit of space, and I think I was more creative than I had been in a really long time.”
Scanlon admitted she was “really hard on myself”.
“My expectations were so high,” she said. “They were always kind of unrealistic. I always fell short of the mark, and I do think lockdown gave me a sense of, ‘Oh, wait, nothing is guaranteed and things can change drastically in a second, so just go for it’.
”We don’t get for ever. We can’t take anything for granted. I think we can be held back waiting for the exact right time, and I just don’t know if there is ever a right time. The old creative juices were flowing, so Frkl was a lockdown baby.”
The jewellery line is just one of Scanlon’s three lockdown babies. She wrote a book, Joyrider, and last February she gave birth to her second daughter, Marnie, a sister to four-year-old Ruby.
Scanlon is one of a number of lockdown creatives chosen by Brown Thomas buying director Shelly Corkery to be in Create, which runs for six weeks with 27 designers.
Siadbh Duffy was a hairdresser in Waterford and moved to Kilkenny, where she launched a range of crystal amulets.
Sara Ross was a lawyer commuting between Tralee and London, who last year launched her FiorSo jewellery range.
Gabrielle Malone left her job in New York to move home and launch her own knitwear range, while artist Caroline Duffy, from Co Louth, switched from working for others to launch her own business with paintings and wearable art.