Rosie has always been drawn to intriguing objects, from the necklace around her Mother’s neck to her Grandparents’ silver ornaments. Through an enriched childhood spent in rural Gloucestershire; building dens, and collecting shells, leaf skeletons, and seed-cases; a love for small, beautiful, intricate elements emerged and a passion for jewellery making begun.
Her work today captures this magical inquisitiveness of exploring through taking things apart and discovering the hidden mechanism and structures.
Rosie May Hofman went on to study HND Jewellery Design and Silversmithing & BA Design For Industry at Birmingham School of Jewellery and has since been recognised for multiple awards and achievements.
Her iconic brand May Hofman, has a signature modular concept. Built with individually designed components, that can be strung, stacked and interconnected in different arrangements. Designed for men and woman the brands approach creates endless possibilities of configurations and options.
Originally inspired by the mechanics of nature, the designs have evolved into geometric and playful creations taking onboard a tapestry of influences. Using an infusion of gold and oxidised silver alongside tactile components the signature mechanical style is achieved. We are proud to say that 80% of our products are made from recycled silver.
She prides herself on designing ambiguously thus inviting the wearer to form their own interpretation shaping their own narrative and unique way of wearing the jewellery.
May Hofman designs each individual component in her collections using sketching, traditional craftsmanship, and modern technologies such as 3D design and Casting. She is inspired to combine traditional craftsmanship with modern craftsmanship and through these chosen techniques and designs, captures an ancient yet modern quality.
Awards and Qualifications
-HND in Jewellery Design and Silversmithing at Birmingham School of Jewellery 2008-2009
-BA Design for Industry at
Birmingham School of Jewellery 2010-2011
-Hot house program with the Craft Council 2013
-Winner of Hot 100 2015
-Finalist for 'New designer: The UK Retail Jeweller Watch & Jewellery Award' July 2014
-KickStarter @ Olympia London 2014
-Shortlisted for Cockpits Arts Clear Insurance Award 2013
-Winner of The Honorable Company of Gloucestershire Jubilee Crafts Award, 2012
-Winner of Simon Green Award supported by Charles Green Ltd, Birmingham, 2011
Exhibitions and Markets
FROME INDEPENDENT MARKET, Frome, First Sunday of every month from April 2018-Oct 2020
CRAFTY FOX, London, Feb 2020
STROUD FARMERS MARKET, Last Saturday of every month, 2020
CRAFTY FOX, LONDON, Nov 2018
BATH ARTISAN MARKET, Bath, First Saturday of every month 2018
GREAT NORTHERN CONTEMPORARY CRAFT SHOW @ Manchester, Oct 2018
INDEPENDENT MARKET, Frome, First Sunday of every one from April 2018-Oct 2018.
BRISTOL HARBOURSIDE CHRISTMAS MARKET, 24th, 25th Nov / 2nd Dec / 23rd Dec 2017
STROUD CHRISTMAS FARMERS MARKET, 22nd Dec 2017, Cornhill Square
THE CLOCK HOUSE STUDIO POP UP, 15th / 16th Dec 2017
WILD BOAR: A CURIOUS CHRISTMAS 1st -3rd Dec 2017,
Centre of Science & Art, Landsdown, Stroud
ETHICAL CHRISTMAS POP UP, 30th Nov 2017, Honiton, Exeter
BRISTOL HARBOURSIDE MARKET 2nd Nov 2017
BRISTOL HARBOURSIDE MARKET 24TH -25TH Nov 2017
FROME INDEPENDANT MARKET, Frome, Nov 2017
GREAT NORTHERN CONTEMPORARY CRAFT SHOW @ Manchester, Oct 2017
FROME INDEPENDANT MARKET, Frome, Oct 2017
NEWBURY ARTISIAN MARKET, Newbury, 24th Sept
FROME INDEPENDANT MARKET, Frome, Sept 2017
FROME INDEPENDANT MARKET, Frome, August 2017
SVA OPEN STUDIOS @ Clock House Studios, May 2017
TOP DRAWER spring / summer @london, Jan 2017
GREAT NORTHERN CONTEMPORARY CRAFT SHOW @ Manchester, Oct 2016
SVA WONDERLAND MARKET, Dec 2016
THE LONDON ARTISAN @ Old Truman Brewery, Feb 2016
MADE IN CLERKENWELL @ Craft Central, Nov 2015
THE LONDON ARTISAN @ Old Truman Brewery, Oct 2015.
GREAT NORTHERN CONTEMPORARY CRAFT SHOW @ Manchester, Oct 2015
COMPLETE PARTS @DRAFTspace, New York 11-14 June 2015
SPITALFIELDS Market, June 2015
DRAFTspace, Complete Parts, 3/7 June 2015
IJL KickStart @ Olympia London, 31/2 Sept 2014
CLUSTER Jewellery Exhibition @ craft Central, Clerkenwell: 3/7 June 2014
FLOW SHOW @Hackney, London, January 2014
MADE Brighton, 21/24 November 2013
MADE London, 25/27 October 2013
CHOSEN WEDDING FAIR @ Goldhouse, Novemeber 2013
MADE BRISTOL Pop up shop @ Quakers Friars, Bristol 2012
Treasures of Gloucestershire @ Prinknash Abbey 2012
New Designers @ London 2011
Final Design for Industry Exhibition @ Birmingham School of Jewellery 2011
Final HND Exhibition @ Birmingham School of Jewellery 2010