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New Work – Model ready for mold!



I have been working on some new sculptural jewellery. One piece in particular which will be used as the model for a lot more of the same style, but a series of works.

I have been preparing her over the passed week to send of to have a mold made so that I can make replica pieces and will be making a variety of them with different stones etc.

Inspired by the carvings I have seen in my travels as well as those I have seen in photographs of buildings from family and friends, I am slowly building up a collection of images that will help me with my designs.

This particular piece is one of a series of pieces that I am working on. My hope is to have a number of dancing ladies on offer and to use as a base for future pieces.



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Kate Fabulous!

A good friend of mine commissioned me to make another good friend of ours a piece for her 40th birthday.

The brief was that it had to be made to a specific budget and that it had to function not only as a brooch but a pendant  as well.

The original design I came up with worked at the time but when I made the piece up in the wax, I lost all enthusiasm for it. Not only did I feel that it did not work too well but I also thought that it would end up being far over the budget.

So I left my meeting with my client giving myself a bit of a kick in the pants, telling myself that I can do better than that.

A fact that I reinforced with a text message that read along the lines of “scrap that idea, I think I have a new one that will work much better than the original one – and it will suit Kate far better! See you Monday with a prototype!

The thing was, there would be no prototype! Once I get an idea and I am really inspired by, it just takes off, and there is no stopping the creative process. Essentially, I sat down on the day of meeting with my client to see what I could create and pretty much had the piece finished within the day, with only a few things to add to complete the piece and a final polish the only step to complete.

Needless to say that this idea went down a treat and I knew we were on the right path! I went with my gut feeling and by this stage I should know that when the gut tells me to do something, I should just do it! It always helps that you have a bit of information about your client and the person the piece is being made for of course!

The design I decided upon was in the theme of  Art Nouveau. We needed to have pearls somewhere in the picture and the addition of Paua Shell gives that pearl look, as well as throws a little bit of colour into the mix.

The budget was limited and required me to think out of the box. Once again I needed to get the size without the expense. I decided to go with an old trick of mine and not tell my client what the piece was made from until they saw it in person.

The material is revealed when you look at the back of the piece.

You may have guessed it already, but hopefully not. I used EPNS – Electro Plated Nickel Silver – in other words, a fork and spoon! The materials did not cost much at all and can be polished up to give you that expensive silver look without the expense. It is a tough material also which will mean the piece will have longevity and will withstand the odd knock!

Alex and I will be giving Kate the chain that will be going with this piece which has a Parrot Clasp that will hook onto the jump ring at the top of the piece (on the back), which allows the piece to worn as a pendant. The chain is also long enough that the pendant will hang in the right spot so the brooch pin does not sit against the chest.

I have not heard how the hand over of the piece has gone as yet but as we are going to the races tomorrow as part of the birthday celebrations, I will be able to get it straight from the horses mouth – so to speak!


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South Bank Proposal

The following pieces are what I have proposed for the South Bank Visitor Centre in Brisbane.

I was asked a number of weeks ago to come up with pieces that were specifically aimed at the tourist market and that would reflect South Bank and fit in with what they are trying to achieve in their Visitor Centre.

The first of the proposed pieces are these Palm Charms. I went into South Bank to have a look around and gather some inspiration from the environment. Having walked around for a while I took photos of flora and fauna, buildings and various aspects of the South Bank area.

Coming home and sitting at the bench, I flicked through the images on the camera and started to create. Charms would be perfect memento’s for visitors and so I came up with the idea of creating charms that would reflect not only the palm trees that you see in the parklands but in our sub tropical climate.

This is a mock-up of the proposed brooch idea I had. You cannot go to South Bank and not see one of the many Bougainvillea vines that grow along the Bougainvillea path. I did not want to create a cast piece that could look bland and uninteresting and came up with the idea of having a three dimensional brooch that would incorporate not only the wood of the vine but the steel structure it grew on – hence the combination of the materials.

Another of the brooches that I proposed. This one is based on the Brisbane Wheel from which you can take in the whole of the South Bank Parklands. This is however a temporary structure and will be gone after 2 years, so in a way I am creating a limited collection of this piece. But the concept that I have for this one is to create a piece that has a kinetic component where the wheel spins around. This is done by the wearer and adds an interactive element to the piece.

Throughout the design process, I have tried to maintain my own aesthetic and have created these pieces based on what I would like to wear. I did not want to fall into the trap of the general tourist market jewellery as so many may. I felt that South Bank were after something unique and I wanted to propose just that to them. There are also cuffs that are based on the Pagoda but they will come along later – if they are chosen by South Bank to go into production.

Fingers Crossed!

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Pod Brooch

Although this is not a part of my retail range, I have placed this item in Retrospect Galleries in Byron Bay. This is the second of it’s type in existence at the moment as they are time consuming to make and the process is lengthy, but it is rewarding and somewhat satisfying.  I was looking for something that would work as a brooch and would also house a large stone, but was not traditional in a stone setting sense. It has to be different. I had been given a large stone to set  and this is the same concept I had used on the original piece for Mrs Pearce. I have also made two smaller versions of this for my entry into the Toowoomba Contemporary Wearables last year, one as a pendant and the other as a brooch.

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