Describe your designs in three words: Organic. Color. Texture.
How did you get started in the jewelry industry? I have been making things and painting my whole life however, I gravitated towards jewelry in a serious way after taking some evening classes and electives whilst studying Art Theory at university. I ended up switching art schools and becoming a Jewelry & Object major at Sydney College of the Arts where I completed undergraduate, Honors and Masters Degrees. Whilst studying I started working in galleries, teaching, exhibiting and developing my own collections. I haven’t looked back!
What materials do you most like to work with? I work with a huge variety of materials. In my exhibition work I like to use found materials, things that tell stories. I work a lot with wood, plastics, seeds and objects I discover in flea markets. In my more commercial work I use some of the same materials, but tend to cast them in silver and combine them with semi-precious stones and pearls. I try to use recycled materials as much as possible.
What’s one thing jewelry design has taught you about life? The importance of personal narrative —everything holds a story and has the potential to be precious. Look at the world closely and tread lightly.
What’s your greatest professional accomplishment to date? I have been so fortunate and had so many incredible experiences in my jewelry life that it is hard to pinpoint just one… Seeing a complete stranger wearing a piece of my work on the street for the first time; having work acquired for a public collection; being invited to participate in exhibitions, residences and to teach are all up there!
What’s one thing people would never guess about you? I often play Lego by myself while my son is at school.
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