A YOUNG Huddersfield jewellery designer is preparing to share her work with the public.
Maria Lau, 28, is exhibiting her work at Bates Mill at Queen Street South during the Huddersfield Open Studio Trail 2006, from Friday to Sunday .
But instead of just viewing the work, visitors can make some jewellery of their own.
Maria, who lives in Marsh, will be running workshops on Saturday and Sunday to help people learn to make jewellery.
She will also be turning people's personal keepsakes into one-off jewellery items.
Maria, who is based at Bates' Mill, works with reclaimed, vintage and new materials to create her quirky jewellery.
Her unusual style gained her a position as jeweller- in-residence at top London stores Harrods and Selfridges this autumn.
She spent time there creating jewellery for DKNY customers in the stores.
Maria said: "I am really looking forward to HOST:06 as it will be an opportunity for the public to see my work in one space and for me to create without any boundaries.
"I'm very interested in working with other people's personal items to create unique jewellery for them. Anyone can bring along their keepsakes and I'll give them a free consultation on how I would transform it."
She has designed three jewellery collections for DKNY and has also worked for Japanese designer Michiko Koshino.
Maria is a former student of Dewsbury College of Art and graduated with a first class honours degree in creative textile crafts from Huddersfield University.
She went on to study for a masters in mixed media textiles at the Royal College of Art in London.
Maria is just one of 50 local artists featuring in HOST:06 at venues across Huddersfield and the surrounding area.
Entry to the venues is free, as is a shuttle bus operating along the trail.
For more details about Maria's workshop, email email@example.com.
Details about HOST:06 can be found at www. host06.co.uk or ring Creative Industries Development Agency on 01484 483146.