It feels a tad indulgent to be writing up a 'history of me', but after 25 years of designing and making jewellery, I think a rundown of how we got here isn't a bad idea.
It was way back in 1993 that I spotted a piece of jewellery in a store in Melbourne which really intrigued me in terms of its construction. It was an eye-catching necklace which was fairly chunky, clunky and brightly coloured as things were ...
Exciting news: our new jewellery range is starting to emerge from the design process, resulting in actual pieces of jewellery!
There's still lots to do: making and refining more designs; making decisions about gemstone combinations, surface finishes, assembly, etc.; getting all of that work completed; getting everything photographed; pricing and writing descriptions … and finally going live ...
As I've been working I snapped a few photos so you can see some of the work that goes into these sets of coins. They take quite some time and effort to get made, with various processes to be completed and fingers to be worn out from sanding! Here's what they look like when they're done.
Over the last couple of days I've been making a big batch of post earrings, along with a number of other pieces. At this time of year I start making bigger batches of designs in preparation for the Christmas rush and the end of year markets I do.
As I was working on this particular batch I took a series of photos at different stages to share some of the process with you so you can see the work involved in getting them (mostly) to completion.
I've been working very hard and have had all sorts of important deadlines whizzing around over the last few weeks. As a result the studio ended up in chaos.
Almost every available surface had a big pile of mess on it: tools, piles of ziplock bags with silver and gold, containers of gemstones, random notes, printed sheets of designs, chemicals, partly finished jewellery, scrap metal, scrap paper, test pieces, empty boxes, kitchen towels … and more besides.