Archive for July, 2008

black : bubble : bangle

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

Here’s a picture of a bangle I made years ago. I decided to enter it + few other pieces to be considered for the publication of 500 Plastic Jewelry. The book is published by Lark Books and due to be release in September 09. It’s made of cast polyester resin + Tahitian black pearls. I had such a difficult time carving + polishing this as I first cast it inside a clear plastic container to control the positioning of the pearls. So it was one big block of resin with pearls in it. I made the arm-hole + carved the shape out with a dremel and a hand saw.

I’ll begin prototyping a new collection soon too.

.: Screen Printing + News :.

Saturday, July 12th, 2008

This week we went into the screen printing workshop to print the pattern I designed previously onto felt. I am making new pouches for the jewellery. I like the idea of having as much control over the items I produce. (never considered myself a control freak but maybe I am?) And I don’t mind a little bit of work extra work if it means making something that complements the jewellery. Also, it’s alway nice to mix up your tasks- keeps things more interesting.

Ok, so this is the final pouch— I have sewn this one by hand— I just need to find someone who owns a sewing machine here in Eindhoven. Mine is back in Australia…boo hoo. Looks like I may be showing my work at the Designerblock as part of London Design Festival in September. So excited!

new pouch, new photo shoot and New York

Monday, July 7th, 2008

I have come to realise that when you release a new collection, there’s a period of time when you sort of become de-attached from the real world— you have no idea what’s going on in the media, become socially isolated… and all you do is make make make. To be honest, I’ve been dying to do something different. So a few days ago I took a little break from the jewellery bench and I designed this motif – the idea is to use it on small felt pouches for the earrings. I’ll be screen printing the images onto felt on Wednesday. I’ll do another post when the pouches are made- fingers crossed :)

Today we went into the photo studio at the Design Academy Eindhoven to do some head shots of the earrings from the Seducing the Bowerbird collection. I haven’t sorted through all the images, but here is one of my favorite. Our model is the gorgeous Andrea- wearing the Lace Earring in White.

And Guy and I working the magic…

My jewellery will be available from Linhardt Design Studio in New York from next month! The shop looks gorgeous and the owner / designer Lisa Linhardt make some beautiful jewellery pieces out of sustainable material. Check it out if your in the area. Lastly, here is a link to an interview I did for Map Magazine. xxk