Private Jewellery Classes @ Karma & Crow Studio Collective

Good news, Adelaide friends! As of this week, I will be running one on one jewellery classes from my studio in Richmond. I will teach you a range of different skills such as how to design, beginner to advanced soldering, filing, sanding, riveting and basic stone setting just to name a few. Whether you are an absolute beginner or an experienced maker wanting to brush up on your skills, contact me to arrange your first class.

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And the Winner is......!!

Last month I ran my first Instagram jewellery competition to celebrate the opening of my online store. I had quite a few entries, but there could only be one winner.

We Have a Winner

Congratulations to the lovely Khadijah Khalid from my home state, Western Australia, who is now the proud owner of these lovely earrings!

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My Favourite Necklace Ever is Home!!

My all time favourite piece that I have ever made arrived at the post office yesterday after a two year tour down the east coast of Australia. It was a finalist in the award exhibition ‘Contemporary Wearables 13’ at the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, a competition that I try to enter as often as possible.

My favourite piece of all time.

My favourite piece of all time.

Being a massive wildlife lover, I wanted to represent a horrible issue that is currently plaguing our oceans. Animals such as fish eat these tiny fragments of plastic, mistaking them for their usual diet of plankton, which is causing issues for them and other animals higher in the food chain.

 To make this piece I traveled around to seven different beaches in Western Australia and collected hundreds of tiny pieces of plastic which are choking our wildlife and waterways.

Collecting at South Beach near Fremantle, Western Australia, with my beloved Molly Dog. This was the last beach collection we worked on together so it is especially meaningful.

Collecting at South Beach near Fremantle, Western Australia, with my beloved Molly Dog. This was the last beach collection we worked on together so it is especially meaningful.

Each collection was washed and refined to get rid of any nasties. This is a small part of what I came across in a short time which is pretty concerning.

Each collection was washed and refined to get rid of any nasties. This is a small part of what I came across in a short time which is pretty concerning.

I then sorted the collection and played around with the colours to get the right pallet for my piece.

A rainbow of discarded plastics.

A rainbow of discarded plastics.

Sunglasses any one?

Sunglasses any one?

I combined simplified silver versions of the plankton forms to house the tiny pieces of plastic and tangled them together with silver seaweed. I made every little component of the piece by hand and while it took me far too long, I think the results were definitely worth it.

I handmade each tiny little box to hold a precious plastic collection.

I handmade each tiny little box to hold a precious plastic collection.

Close up of my  favouritist  necklace ever. I handmade each tiny little box to hold a precious plastic collection.

Close up of my favouritist necklace ever. I handmade each tiny little box to hold a precious plastic collection.

A New Year, New Branding and a New Beginning

2014 was a super busy year, with a big move from Fremantle; I said goodbye to my friends and lecturing jobs then packed up my studio and moved to beautiful Adelaide, a small yet surprisingly exciting city. I settled in at my new studio at JamFactory an interesting and inspiring place to say the least.

My lovely big old studio in WA being packed up (top left) and my tiny new studio at JamFactory. It was a struggle to fit everything in but I did it!!

My lovely big old studio in WA being packed up (top left) and my tiny new studio at JamFactory. It was a struggle to fit everything in but I did it!!

This guy soon followed and has thoroughly enjoyed his daily ritual of greeting Paddy at 6am and asking whether he would like a ‘cup of coffee.’ I am not too sure whether Paddy enjoyed the wakeup calls from George.

George being creepy as usual.

George being creepy as usual.

Highlights of the year included fabulous workshops in Repousse with Nancy Megan Corwin and Korean Metal Craft with Master Cho and Kenny Son from StudioKyss as well as making friends with a bunch of crazy ladies and man at the Jam.

Samples and hand made tools from the 'Conveying Korean Metal Craft' workshop with Kenny Son and Master Cho.

Samples and hand made tools from the 'Conveying Korean Metal Craft' workshop with Kenny Son and Master Cho.

Progress shots from the  Nancy Megan Corwin  Repousse workshop as well as some Repousse earrings that I displayed at the  Zu Design  Christmas Show.

Progress shots from the Nancy Megan Corwin Repousse workshop as well as some Repousse earrings that I displayed at the Zu Design Christmas Show.

I started a part time job working on environmentally sustainable jewellery, including wedding and engagement rings at Studio Eco which just happens to be located in the best street (with the best coffee) in Adelaide, Ebenezer Place.

A new location and new skills helped me to design and make some exciting new ranges.

Learning how to weld big stuff!

Learning how to weld big stuff!

Action shots from the bench. Each little piece of metal is hand cut and soldered.

Action shots from the bench. Each little piece of metal is hand cut and soldered.

With many long days and much thought, I have also re-branded to suit my new collection with the help of fantastic graphic designer and faux auntie, Jo Collins.

Fabulous new Branding by Jo Collins

Fabulous new Branding by Jo Collins

After a long year, paddy and I decided to go on a bit of a road trip to Melbourne and had a bit of well earned rest whilst visiting places such as the creepiest koala in Australia which was definitely the highlight of my trip... not sure about paddy’s?! We also saw in the New Year right under the fireworks in the CBD which threatened to shoot debris at us until we moved down the road a bit.

Road trip with the Padsta.

Road trip with the Padsta.

Plans for 2015? I’m glad you asked. There are many things in the pipeline including some competition entries, new ranges, a trip to Sydney for the fantastic Jewellery and Metalsmiths Group of Australia Conference, as well as a studio move at the end of January. Looks like it’s going to be an exciting year!