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Interview: Sophie Carnell | Jeweller and Artist

Sophie Carnell is a jewellery maker and artist living and working on Bruny Island, Tasmania, Asutralia who only embarked on a Fine Arts degree in her late thirties and silver smithing fairly recently. She’s the perfect example of how it’s never too late to start a creative practice! Fascinated by history, the landscape and our connection with the environment, Sophie explores these ideas, often using recycled, upcycled and collected materials in her work that combines jewellery and art and art with jewellery. Read on to learn more … Please introduce yourself. Tell us about your background and how you’ve got to where you are today. I was born in England and lived there until I was twenty, growing up in the picturesque Cotswolds and rambling free around the countryside as a child. I also lived on a little island off the South West Coast of Ireland. That forever instilled in my heart a love of storm blue oceans, lowering skies, dizzying clifftops and wild coastlines. When I came to Australia I lived for ten years …

Paper Plus

Paper is a precious resource made all the more hallowed by artists with a talent for cutting, rolling, sculpting and provoking thought. Clockwise from top left:  Texting from the toilet? Kevin LCK is an artist and illustrator who touches on the unhealthy relationship between humans and technology. Find more @beautifuldecay.com Formerly a 3D animator, pop culture aficionado Monami Ohno uses cardboard to create sculptures with multiple parts. Everyday objects such as beer cans and sneakers are also a favourite. Her instagram is @monamincb Rolled newspapers are not only good as fire starters, Chie Hitotsuyama uses yesterday’s news to sculpt animals such as these Japanese snow monkeys. Check out more here @hitotsuyamastudio When Su Blackwell gets her hands on old books, stories quite literally jump off the pages. She often has two or three sculptures on the go at any one time, simply amazing. Find a design to suit you @sublackwellstudio      

Art Mash-Up

There’s nothing like a bit of surrealism to mix up your day and make you see the world in a new light. From top left to right: Designer Famke Dijkstra makes lights that don’t take themselves too seriously. I love them! Find her work on Pinterest or buy them from her website. What began as a way to document creepy crawly insects soon turned into a celebration of them. Japanese artist Yuki Tsunoda uses the medium-soft glass called Italian Moretti to fashion all sorts of insects in all their beauty, true to form and size. First seen at Lost at E Minor. Spanish street artist Miguel Ángel Belinchón Buje, who goes by the name of Belin, has the Cubist touch with his street art that hones in on the eye. Found at Fubiz. As Stephen McMennamy says, he likes to ‘combine stuff.’ That’s putting it mildly. With a wicked sense of the absurd and surreal, he mashes together images to create photos like you’ve never seen before. Check out the combination of Hilary Clinton’s and Donald Trump’s faces. Follow him on …

Interview: Daniele Barresi | Carving Designer

Today’s interviewee is a true ‘who’d have thought-er’! Italian-born-Sydney-based Daniele Barresi not only carves food for a living, he turns it into works of art. The insides of a humble pumpkin becomes an intricately sculpted work. An avocado – no longer useful only to ‘smash’ on toast – is carved and cut into a delicate work of art. Broccoli, watermelon, zucchinis, pears. Even soap. From fisherman to chef, Daniele – at only 26-years-old – has literally carved a niche for himself and has formed a huge following for his in-demand works. Come and find out what happens when he ‘leaves his mind flying’ … Tell us about yourself – who are you, what’s is your background? Hello, I am Daniele Barresi. I am 26 years old, originating from Italy. I am a carving designer. At the age of 14, I started working as a fisherman for my family’s company. But this was not my passion and that was why I started studying at cooking school. When and why did you begin exploring with carving? I …