To share a bit about my own practice, I work as a freelance designer in both jewellery and embroidery. Over the years (as a freelancer), I have been able to build valuable relationships with producers and suppliers, from wax carvers to stone specialists. For my personal projects, I tend to use wood and textiles as my main materials and have therefore knowledge on a wide range of techniques and materials.
Possibly more important however is that I have worked as the embroidery and jewellery assistant of Grace Wales Bonner for the past 4 years. Her brand Wales Bonner started out small but grew quickly, which allowed me to be involved with and in charge of many of the stages of designing and producing jewellery and embroidery.