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.
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.
Congratulations to the lovely Khadijah Khalid from my home state, Western Australia, who is now the proud owner of these lovely earrings!
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.
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.
I then sorted the collection and played around with the colours to get the right pallet for my piece.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!