All posts tagged: jewellery

Interview : Issy Hutton| Sustainable Jewellery

‘Creation with a conscience’ is at the heart of one-time costume designer now jewellery maker and artist, Issy Hutton. Based in Melbourne, Issy fashions jewellery, especially earrings, from recycled plywood and eco-friendly materials. Her pieces are bold, fun and colourful. I caught up with Issy to find out what prompted her career change and how creativity and sustainability fuel her. Tell us about yourself – who are you, what’s your background? I’ve always been creatively inclined, even from a young age. I grew up in a very isolated rural area of Queensland and when I was in pre-school I was the only child in my year. I made friends with the older kids and they used to ask me to draw things for them all the time – as well as take giant bites from their apples and give them the pieces! I was a latecomer to university, starting my degree at 23, studying Design for Theatre, Film and Television at the Victorian College of the Arts. I then pursued a career as a costume and …

Lime-iced donut studs by Kate and Rose

Interview: Suzanne Anderson | Tea-party inspired jewellery

How wonderful to engage in a creative life fulled by a penchant for donuts and high tea parties! But Suzanne Anderson of Kate and Rose has done just that. She has forged a rather unlikely business from making polymer clay foodie treats, vintage teacups and bespoke vintage upcycled cake stands. It is her iced donut studs that have proved such a hit, she can’t make enough of them. And I certainly can’t think of a better way to indulge a donut addiction than by wearing them. Meet Suzanne … Please introduce yourself – tell us about your background and how you’ve got to where you are today. Before I started my family I worked professionally, mainly in contract roles in telecommunications, in a variety of roles such as market research, project management and as a business analyst. I worked in London and also in New Zealand, and finally settled back in Melbourne in 2001. After I had my two girls, I decided I didn’t want to go back to this type of work. It also didn’t …

Interview: Monica J | Crocheted Lace Stones

Once the preserve of doilies, baby booties and blankets, the craft of crochet is having a revival. Maker-creator Monica Johnson is giving crocheted lace its time in the sun. Or more specifically, it’s time in the stone age. For Monica encases stones in intricate crocheted covers, fusing nature with finely crafted lace, and turns them into works of art and jewellery. It seems there is nothing she can’t crochet. Please introduce yourself – tell us a bit about your background and how you’ve ended up where you are today. My name is Monica Johnson and I am an artist with a deep love for creating one-of-a-kind works of art. I mostly create crocheted lace stones, crocheted lace stone necklaces, dream catcher necklaces and jewellery with a bohemian vibe. I also love to create handmade beads, draw, paint and sew. I have had an Etsy shop since 2007 – monicaj.etsy.com. I am excited and thankful to have my work featured in Belle Armoire Jewelry magazine, Autumn 2015, Jewelry Affaire magazine, Autumn 2015, Belle Armoire Jewelry Magazine, Summer 2015, Oncewed (online), and Better Homes and Gardens. I’ve also had a …

Greg Mann Jewellery - Fork Rings

Interview: Greg Mann | Jewellery from Cutlery

While others might look at a spoon and think cereal, Greg Mann looks at one and thinks jewellery. For more than 20 years Greg has been fashioning jewellery from all sorts of culinary wares no one else wants. Cleaned and scrubbed free from things like leftover cereal, each piece is re-imagined, tweaked, bent and polished into rings, pendants, earrings, bracelets and cufflinks. He even does bespoke engagement and wedding rings. Come and meet Greg and his unique re-invented jewellery … Please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your background and how you’ve ended up where you are today. My vocation in the arts began with a bridging course at TAFE and touching on various studio practices. I then studied ceramics, but still used a variety of material and did small scale workings. I returned to jewellery full time through a Fine Arts degree course at RMIT in Melbourne and entered a world of rigorous discourse into wearables and materials. After travelling and living in other countries, doing various jobs, I considered trying to make …