Solid gold “stone” replacing an emerald cut citrine in this simple ring design. The setting is made in silver, then oxidised for a contrasting look.
Solid gold “stone” replacing an emerald cut citrine in this simple ring design. The setting is made in silver, then oxidised for a contrasting look.
This entry is a little retrospective, but I’ve been meaning to do a post about my time at the JamFactory. So here it is…
About a year and a half ago, I was appointed the position of Production Manager in the Metal Design Studio at the JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design in Adelaide. JamFactory is a not-for-profit organisation that consists of 2 galleries, a retail space and various artists studios in the West-end of Adelaide’s CBD. First established in 1973, “The Jam”, as it’s affectionately referred to offers a 2 year post-tertiary Associate program designed to nurture the careers of talented artists, craftspeople and designers. There are 4 major studios within the facility including Glass, Furniture, Metal and Ceramic. Under the guidance of Creative Directors within each studios, the Associates gain various skills and knowledge by working collaboratively on projects. These projects include private and public commissions and “JamFactory Products”, being commercial products designed and produced within the organisation, then marketed through various national outlets. They also receive one-on-one mentorship with the Creative Directors to deveope their own artistic creation. These are submitted for review by the Creative Directors, the managers and peers to test their viability within the market place.
I was lucky enough to be appointed a position within the Metal Design Studio to facilitate the Associates in day-to-day activities, as well as having hands-on involvement in the jobs that came through the studio. Working 3 days a week for Jam, I was also given a workbench space to make my own work with full-time 24hour/7days a week access to the tools and equipment within the studio. Having been working in isolation of a private home studio for almost a decade, the range of machinery that I had access to, as well as the collaborative environment at the Jam was such an invigorating change for me.
Highlights…? There are so many. Apart from the awesome company I was thrown into the midst of, one of the biggest projects I got to work on was to redesign a donation box for the South Australian Museum. The design brief was to take notable elements from the museum’s extensive collection to come up with an exciting, new and interactive donation box that would be centrally situated in the museum’s foyer. The entire project took over 6 months, and here are some images of the Associates working on the design / prototype for the new donation box.
We developed several paper prototypes before constructing the final design in stainless steel. Various elements of the product was cut by both hand and laser and then welded together by hand. The drawings on the triangular tiles were hand drawn by Courtney Jackson, who took elements of various fossil found throughout the museum. These included the Ediacaran fossil that was discovered in the Flinders Ranges in South Australia and is considered to be one of the very first life forms on earth. Courtney translated these fossils into elegant dotted drawings which were chemically etched onto the mirrored stainless steel.
The etched triangles were chemically cleaned before carefully being bonded onto a rubber matting using a specialized adhesive. The mechanism underneath the triangles pushed the matting up and down, creating an undulating surface referencing the underwater sea bed (much of South Australia was underwater about 650 million years ago). The star of the donation box was the creation of a Plesiosaur out of metal parts, based on the Addyman Plesiosaur, an opalised fossil of an underwater dinosaur discovered in South Australia in 1968. One thing that’s cooler than a dinosaur fossil, is a fossil that’s almost entirely encrusted in natural opal!
The visitors were invited to turn the wheel on the side of the box. Watch it here in action. IMG_5564
So if you ever visit Adelaide, go check out the South Australian Museum and the Opalised plesiosaur. And while you’re there, head to the West-end and check out the JamFactory. The building is open to public 6 days a week, and you can do a self-guided tour through the various studios. It’s truly a unique organisation that supports both local and international artists and designers, and I’m all for that.
Photo credit: Tom Roschi (3 images above)
… After 2 x sliced fingers and 1 x blistered thumb: the end product. What is a fruitful day’s work without few scratches! I’m thinking of making a mini collection of pendants and earrings in line with this style. I’ve also just purchased some semi-precious stones which I want to incorporate into the endcap series. More making… coming up soon.
A few weekends ago, I gathered a fabulous team here in Adelaide to shoot some promo images for my up-coming jewellery collection. Here is a selection of my favorite shots from the day. The new collection will be available from the web store, as well as through a selected retail stores from early November.
Photographer: Phebe Rendulic
Styling: Kyoko Hashimoto / Phebe Rendulic
Hair / Make-up: JingJing Hang
Assistant: Vanessa Burton
Model: Courtney Jackson
A range of Double Scoop Rings from The End Cap Project, arriving shortly!
The end of the year is fast approaching, and I’ve been super busy! The good news is that my new collection is almost ready. Here are some process shots.
Powder coated components… and shots of colour!
The new collection has stemmed from my obsession with the humble “endcaps”. You can follow some of the processes at my other blog, The Endcap Project. It has certainly taken on a life of it’s own, and I’m really excited that I can finally share the entire collection with you shortly. Also…I am on Instagram! You can follow me and my instant snaps @ capital____k
I’ve began a new blog! Well… sort of. This is still my main ship, but I intend to run The Endcap Project concurrently from now on. The idea of my new project is to take an industrially mass-produced jewellery component, ie endcap, and to redesign / reuse it in a way that is different from it’s original intent. You can read about my new project here.
These are some new designs coming out of my new venture. I will put these up in my webshop for purchase shortly.
Happy New Year everybody! (can I still say that?) With baby back in daycare, I have a little more time to work on my jewellery. I actually started cutting the top layer of silver in a snowy studio, back when I was living in Berlin in 2009. Last week, I was going through my box of unfinished bits (a depository of ideas with no real solution), and decided to give it a proper form by doming the intricate design to make a hollow shape, then soldering it onto a ring. All hand pieced and formed in oxidised sterling silver.
Some new pieces I am working on for a small cabinet exhibition at Gaffa. The exhibition opening is on the 21st of April from 7:00pm at 281 Clarence Street, Sydney CBD, NSW 2000. I’ll be there, chatting to people about my recent work, so come down and say hi if you’re in the area :) x
I am having one of those days when nothing seems to go right. Plus, I think I might be coming down with a cold. But I was rather determined to uplift my spirit by making up a recent piece I designed. This one measures 40 x 37 x 3 mm. Hand cut from acrylic with oxidised silver chain.
Also, Guy and I were recently interviewed by the awesome Belle Magazine. Very happy re:that. Now for some Lemsip…
It has been 20 days since I said Tschüs! to Berlin. I am slowly settled back into my new life in the Great Southern Land, with a new studio + plenty of sunshine and lots of familiar faces :) The web shop is now open again, we have standardized all International shipping to €10, and National postage to €6. Shipping time for orders outside Australia is 3 – 10 working days, depending on your location. Please get in touch if you have an urgent order, I am always happy to meet your schedule if I can. Below is a process shot of the silver baby cloud pendant… made of solid sterling silver. Coming to the web shop soon. x
Update: Silver Cloud Pendant, now in webshop!!
In between working on orders + enjoying the sunshine at the lakes with some sneaky glasses of Prosecco, I have been making some new designs. This piece is made of hand-formed brass with tactile sponge set in the center. Measures 55 x 55 x 15 mm on long brass chain. I want to make some different colour variations later.
We had some lovely visitors to our showroom recently. Lina from A Spoon Full of Me (thanks for the blog feature!), Julia from PRYL Design, and Bijoux Miss Tinguette. They are all creative designers / bloggers, best wishes to you all and thanks for visiting our showroom
A lot can happen in a month. Guy has been accepted into a PhD degree at the College of Fine Arts in Sydney, and considering I have been away from my home base for almost 5 years, we decided it was time to relocate the studio back to Australia at the end of August. So, we are having a huge relocation sale, reducing up to 30% off most items from my webshop until the 31st of July. I will be putting up some new items including one-off pieces on to my webshop in the next coming week, so grab yourselves a bargain!
In other news, we have been receiving some lovely press here in Europeland! A few weeks ago, I was interviewed by the London based Amelia’s Magazine. Here is a link to the interview. Big thanks for this goes to our wonderful PR girl Saleema from Brocade Agency. And here’s a plug by Alicia from the glossy H Magazine in Spain. Thank you!
Plus a very cool double page spread in Fashion Clash 2010 magazine, which was released in conjunction with the event by the same name in Maastricht, Netherlands. (June 4th -6th) Thanks for this goes to the curator Matylda Krzykowski, I heard that the event was a mega-success!
Our concept studio / showroom We Are All Made of Stuff opened earlier this month. The space was designed and created over the past 4 weeks by myself, Guy, and Christoph Hager of Berlin Süd. There were many discussions, even arguments, between the three of us; punctuated by numerous cups of tea and expressions of agreement. It was a rewarding experience and I am very proud of the final result. Here are some pictures taken by the talented photographer Claudia Frickemeier.
The thread curtain which loosely divides the room suspends adjustable platforms. This creates a separation of space; a place to display the jewellery: for visitors, and a place to work: for us. The division is quite tangible as visitors do not feel like they are intruding on our work space. The curtain is very light and delicate, it is also possible to pass through it at many points, or even remove the platforms and tie back the curtain, to open the space for parties and events.
Here is a list of designers we show:
We are open for the next few months, please come visit us if you’re in Berlin this summer. We Are All Made of Stuff is located on Friedelstrasse 11, in the Reuterkiz district, Neukolln, Berlin.
A ring for Ursula: hand cut + dyed acrylic with sterling silver rivets.
+ a baby Toby pendant. Oxidised sterling silver with hand-dyed sponge balls. I made a similar piece some weeks ago, but in brass, and the size was much bigger. About 3 times. I wore it out a few times and got tonnes of positive comments from Aussie and American friends, but not much from the Germans. I thought it was peculiar. Some time later, Susanne, a Berlin based jeweller proposed that I should make my pieces smaller, that this would make them more attractive. I thought about it for a while. It is true, you don’t see many Germans fashioning so called “statement jewellery”. In fact, the fashion here in general is very unpretentious and what I would call “minimalistic grit”. When I went to see a talk by Scott Schumann, fashion blogger from NY “the Satorialist”, he suggested this may be in part due to the fact that Germans, and Northern Europeans in general are so naturally beautiful they deliberately down-play their fashion?!?!
I’m not sure if I agree, but nonetheless, it’s a fascinating thought. For me, I have certainly noticed that different pieces from my own collections are popular in different countries. Small pieces tend to be more popular here, whereas back home in Australia and UK, bigger, bolder pieces are more sought after. Is it just to do with practicality? Or is there something more ingrained within each society, like religion, politics and cultural tendencies?
I received my copy of CUT Magazine today. Woo hoo! Now I just need to have the article translated from German to English… I think the subtitle translates to something like “earning bread by sucking sugar…!” haha, I’m sure there’s a better translation.
We have been very busy indeed, Guy and I are opening a shop / studio on Friedelstrasse in Kreuzkölln over the coming summer called “We Are All Made of Stuff”. It will be a showroom for our own work, as well as a platform to display works of our talented friends from around the globe.
There’s still much work to be done, but it’s slowly coming together. I will need to do something about the graffiti on the facade… but this is very “Berlin” and I don’t think there are many houses along the street that isn’t covered in it. Suppose it adds character? Anyhow, never mind the graffiti, I am terribly excited about having a window display! For the moment, I have put together an impromptu pieces of old furniture and timber I found on the streets, but I want to design something much prettier soon. More photos soon.
One very nice thing about being a self-employed designer is that you have time to sit down with a cup of coffee, away from all the usual distractions and really reflect. Here are some of my recent concerns: feeling stagnant, too familiar and predictable, overwhelming urge to break out of a shell I have created for myself.
So this time, I decided to make something quite new, a different approach. Without short-cuts, without being bound by technical problems and really thinking about how it can be constructed so it’s visually resolved. Each brass component was hand-cut from a sheet metal then formed > soldered > polished > riveted. The thickness I wanted for the design was 6mm, and I only had 3mm acrylic, so I had to cut all the acrylic components twice to double the thickness. I hand dyed the green acrylic and the sponge ball. The whole piece took me almost 2 days to complete it… was it worth it? I think so. I think I definitely learned something about the beauty of things that are carefully considered and constructed. No short-cuts, no magic wand. Just sheer determination, dedication and patience. I will subject it to the usual “2 week test” to see how I feel later. I don’t think it’s perfect yet, but I think there’s definitely potential for further development :)
One a very different note, Guy and I are opening a pop-up store here in Berlin! We are moving into the shop-front apartment in north Neukolln from the 1st of April, and will be decorating the space into shop / workspace, hopefully with the help of some architect friends. I am so incredibly excited! We are planning for an official opening for sometime in end of April. I will post some pictures + more information about the shop soon.
I have been bitten by the “facet bug”. Last Saturday, I really felt like wearing a pair of white studs… and here is the result a couple of hours later. The facets are hand carved so completely random. I like it as it references traditional facets on gems, but the lack of symmetry and order make it a little more interesting. I’m doing some other designs using illustrations of gemstones. I’ll try to post them here soon.
Some prototype images… I am exploring the tactile sensation within the context of wearable pendants, earrings and brooches. This one is my current favorite. It sits just below the collar bones, and measures 60 x 48 x 20 mm.
Some process shots. I have not soldered anything in a long time, but I am sure glad I packed the kit before I came overseas! It’s also a nice change to work more in 3D, as my natural tendency when I design is to build up layers. The brooch is 50 x 50 x 20 mm.
Inspired by the strange and wonderful fruit Pomelo. Read the rest of this entry »
Last Sunday, we moved for the third time since we arrived in Berlin 6 months ago… not bad huh? The reason being that short subleases are much more easy to come by than longer ones. Plus, we’re not ready to commit to say a one year lease… just yet. This time, we have moved to the beautiful suburb of Prenzlaurberg, an area formally in the east which was a run down home to many artists in the 80’s and 90’s but which now, thanks to gentrification, has a bigger child population than adult. And you really can notice it too— so many baby prams out on the streets… aaaaaahhhg!
To express my somewhat jaded feelings towards love and Valentines Day shenanigans in general, I have created a limited edition series of hand cut “Dark Heart” pendants. Strung on adjustable blackened sterling silver chain. Available now from my web shop.
View from my new workbench in Prenzlaurberg. Snow is starting to melt… bring on the spring!
Happy New Year!
I have been meaning to share some new designs with you for a while now. The pendant above, I literally finished making a couple of hours ago. I think I’m going to play round with the proportions a bit more. Hand cut acrylic, hand dyed with sterling silver rivets. More images coming soon!
Hello! It’s seriously chilling down here in Berlin, and our central heater is broken. I really hope it gets sorted soon… just lucky I have my ugg boots from Australia to keep me warm… at least my feet anyway. I have added some new products to the “shop” page the black cloud pendants. Each of the 20 pendants (10 x cloud and 10 x baby cloud) are hand cut and strung on oxidised sterling silver chain. They are boxed and ready to be shipped.
Top: BiBi rings I made for Switzerland. Apparently the show is going quite well— I wish I could be there to see it myself. I will post some pictures from the exhibition when I receive them. Ciao for now!
Hello and welcome!
I am very excited to have you visit my new site. It contains some extra features, including a shopping site where I will be putting up items which you can purchase directly from my studio. I will also be creating a corner for one-off limited edition items for sale in the near future, so please check back from time to time.
I am insanely busy this month— my solo show in Switzerland opens tomorrow, and I have 2 new stockists from next month which means all work and no play— well, at least until January anyway. I am off to Poland, London and Sicily on the 1st of January… 2010 is going to be great!
Here are some hand made earrings I produced for my solo show at galeri caractere.
It’s prototype frenzy in the studio, I don’t think I have been quite so stressed in a while. The show in Neuchatel is coming up very shortly, and I am also putting together a new collection at the same time. Here is a sneak peak of what’s brewing in my world.
A newbie I made yesterday. Hand pieced / dyed acrylic, sterling silver and oxidized sterling silver. At the moment, I am inspired by an incredible sprouting cactus flower in my new house. Yes, I moved yet again! This time I am subletting a lovely big flat from our very talented friends Nine and Simon.
Action packed month in Berlin¡ I have set up a work space inside a gorgeous boutique in Kreuzberg called Nr 4. The shop is run by designers Desiree Klein of KleinCorpse, and jeweller Susanne Schmitt. I’ll be at the store working in the space between Thursday – Saturday for the next few weeks— come and say hi if you’re in the area!
Chain of chain necklace I made yesterday. Plywood, oxidized sterling silver and brass plated copper.
At last, I have sent out all the pre-order pieces this week— huraahhh!
I wanted to thank everyone who emailed and took advantage of the pre-order sale. Your pendants will be mailed out in the 3rd week of September. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! The new collection will be available from selected stores from this month. Please email to find your nearest sales point. I have a mountain of work to do this month, designing 15 new pieces for my solo show in Switzerland which is coming up in November, and I am also trying to pull together a new collection in the meantime (lots of earrings!) Not to mention the orders— “hello” to sleepless nights! (image: Sally Pendant in Black. acrylic, hand-dyed polypropulene, oxidized sterling silver on long continuous chain)
I am VERY proud to announce the release of my new collection SHADOW OF LULA. The lookbook can be downloaded from HERE. In other news, we have just moved our office to Berlin! I am so excited to be in this vibrant and artistic city. I heart Berlin!!
Every time I visit London, it’s a beautiful sunny day and I wonder how bad the weather can really get? Maybe it’s all a massive conspiracy to keep outsiders out of this vibrant city? Well…I have my suspicions. This visit was no exception. I was in London for less than 48 hours to shoot images for my new jewellery collection Shadow of Lula.
Massive thanks to the team. From left: photographer: Rosa, stylist: Ai, model: Lilah, assistant: Elizabeth, make-up artist: Una. Special thanks to Saleema for organising the shoot. Download link to the full lookbook will be posted this week, so check back soon!
Shadow of Lula is the 4th jewellery collection by designer Kyoko Hashimoto. The series of limited edition pendants is a tribute to the past lives of insects.
Although almost imperceptible, the insects that live around us are vital to the survival of the planet. They are an integral part of the ecosystem, pollinating plants, decomposing organic matter and aerating the soil. Often overlooked for their miniature scale, insects are under great threat. Agricultural development, pesticides, the introduction of foreign species, monoculture farming and forestry has already led to the extinction of many species.
Inspired by Victorian mourning jewellery, Kyoko has produced tributes to these fallen insects. The series consists of large pendants hung from a unique combination of powder coated stainless steel and leather strap. The pendants are intricately cut and depict the silhouette of an extinct insect species. The subtle layers of beauty and death become capsules of memory for the tiny lives that no longer inhabit the earth.
Each pendant is produced in a limited edition of 30, individually numbered.
“So important are insects and other land dwelling arthropods, that if all were to disappear, humanity probably could not last more than a few months”
E.O. Wilson, Harvard University
Fun little pendants in acrylic and sterling silver. These are prototypes so hand-cut. I am enjoying the last little bit of sunshine before I head back to rainy Holland. It’s amazing how much the weather affects my mood when I’m trying to be creative… this summer in Australia has been great in that I did lots of drawings and plenty of thinking. I am so close to sharing my new collection with you… just a few more fine tuning xxk
So after a long wait at last! My Lace Necklace in the January issue of NYLON with Lilly Allen on the cover. I’m so excited to be included :) I’m loving summer at the moment— walks in the park, wild flower picking + sunshine— aahhhg… I love it. My new collection is just around the corner— I promise!
Also, superfuture and me xxk
Just said good bye to this little number this week— it will be available at Moose. So I have escaped the harsh weather of Holland and now back in Australia for a few months :) Am loving the warmth and the long day-light, ahhhhh… Some new stockists: Mac Pelican in Hawthorn, Melbourne opens this week! Also, my work is stocked at Tom Design in Turin, Italy- hooray! Plus, I am involved in a group exhibition at Galerie Caractère in Switzerland, who amazingly offered me to do a solo show next year. I am eternally humbled and grateful.
Some pictures from the Designersblock’08 show in Covent Gardens, London. The weather was fantastic and I even managed to pop over to Brixton to sample some Jamaican food, eat curry + salt beef bagel on Brick Lane and have fun dancing at warehouse party in Hackney Wick. I was also delighted to see my work in Selfridges.
Back in rainy Netherlands. Here is a piece I made before I left. More new designs coming soon!
The White Lula pendant above currently available at Moose
“Selfridges’ flagship store on Oxford Street in London will feature a pop-up shop by Designers Block, called The New Design.The shop is available from 10-23 September as part of the London Design Festival. The New Design pop-up shop, on the fourth floor, is selling designs that have been shown in the past at Designers Block exhibitions which are now in production.”
I’m doing a happy dance as my work is fortunately included in the pop-up store! Back when I was a University student at COFA, I did a case study on Selfridges and it feels so special to have my work included in such a historically significant store. I’ll be heading over to London on the 17th to check out the action at the design festival— can’t wait!
I’ve just moved into a new apartment— still very much living out of cardboard boxes. I have moved all the jewellery equipment over here but I’m yet to set up my work bench, which at the moment is sitting out in the balcony… housewarming party tomorrow night… must make room look decent— aarrrgghhhh! I designed and made this new pendant yesterday out on the balcony. It was such a nice change- perhaps I’ll keep the bench there for a while :) Similar to the last piece— but with beveled edges
I’ve been away… but now I’m back! I just received this invitation design today, for my upcoming show at Designersblock with Fossik – it totally made my day.
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.
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!
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.
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
I’ve been gluing myself to the jewellery bench for the last couple of weeks to go through the orders *thanks!*- and it feels like caffeine’s been my only friend. This week we welcome a new Aussie stockist Rowan Sable. They also run a fashion label by the same name… I am totally smitten by their elegant silky dresses… check out their collection on their website. Also this week, I was interviewed by Map Magazine. I’ll place a link to the Q & A when it gets published next month. Ok then… back to the bench!
We have a new swingtag design to accompany the new jewellery collection— I hope you like it. Recently for me, it’s been nothing but hammer / file / polish —repeat— my hands look WAY older than my real age :*( but I guess I never had a shot at being a hand model. Also, I was recently interviewed by Mink Magazine. Here is a link to my article. OK, back to the jewellery bench!
I’ve wanted to write a new post for so long, but the month of April had been such a crazy month… The good new is that the Seducing the Bowerbird collection will be available from stores from this month! Also, due to popular demand, I have decided to include the Mesh Reversible Necklace in Black & White to the range. Here are some pictures.
One side is hand polished acrylic and the reverse side is wood on adjustable 350 mm polymer chain. I will place a link to the updated version of the lookbook here later in the morning. It’s 3:30 am…
Mesh Necklaces are currently available at Moose
I am SO happy to finally release “Seducing the Bowerbird” jewellery collection. Click HERE to download the brand new lookbook. Full product description + concept is included. For wholesale / mail order enquiries, please send me an email from the link on the sidebar.
Above are some images from the new collection. All the pieces are made by me from my studio in the Netherlands. I have combined the use of both traditional saw piecing and cold-joining techniques, as well as laser cut components which are hand carved and finished to achieve the desired effect. I have introducing a lot of sterling silver chains and parts into this collection; Coco Chanel once said, “Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury”. I totally agree :) From Top: Lace Earrings in Black & White / Baby Tamagocchi Pendant in Silver / Silver Dinner Party Pendant. Also, the top image: Marshmallow Necklace modeled by the lovely Esin.
My new collection is entitled “Seducing the Bowerbird”. The Lookbook is co-designed by designer Guy Keulemans and will be available here. It’s an exciting time indeed, and I am SO happy to finally release this new collection. In the meantime, here are some images from a photoshoot we did with our lovely friend Esin.
From top, Baby Tamagocchi Pendant in acrylic and silver/ Feather Earrings with silver chain and hook and bellow/ Dinner Party Pendant- guess what kids… it’s reversible. Wood on one side and black acrylic on the other!
Not sure what to call this necklace yet… any ideas?
Inspired by toy car model making kit / components, lace and graphic images. I didn’t break a single saw blade making this pendant… which is surprising for me as I usually go through a whole bundle in one sitting! Black acrylic, oxidised sterling silver.
Update…I think I’m going to call this necklace the “Dinner Party”. What do you think??
Hello! I designed these earrings a few weeks ago, and I finally managed to prototype it yesterday. I designed it using only circular shapes. The second image looks out my window in Eindhoven… notice the strange spherical construction in the background? I’ve been told they are water towers… but I have no idea how they work. Perhaps that’s where my inspiration came from?
Just came back from a weekend in Amsterdam, and wow… what a city! We had brought our bicycles with us from Eindhoven, and even with the 6 Euro extra train fee, it was far better than relying on public transport or getting around on foot. One of the main reasons for my visit was to stock up my jewellery supplies at Drijfhout. As predicted, I spent waaay too much money at the store, and when I was hit with the 20% tax on top of everything, I honestly felt like fainting. But it’s business expense so it’s OK, right? I also managed to visit Gallery Ra A must for jewellery lovers.
A new necklace I made the other day. Prototyping this piece by hand was a challenge to say the least. I really want to see how this design translates in silver though. If I convince myself to go through the labor again, I’ll post the image.
Just letting you know that some of my latest designs including the handmade Lace Pendants are currently available at Moose! Also, I welcome a new online stockist Modamuse. Both sites feature some great Aussie and NZ designs including textile, jewellery, prints and handbags, so definitely check them out!
I’ve been obsessed with lace / doillie designs for a while now, and here is another pair of earring I made today- looks metallic, but it’s actually polished black acrylic reflecting light. I love how the earrings catches light as you move around. Might make one in white too when I get a chance. I am officially moving to the Netherlands in a week— can’t wait!!
It’s that time of the year again, and distributor orders are keeping me very busy indeed, which is great! I work 4 days a week in town + 3 days of jewellery in my workshop. Made a little pendant the other day for our family friend Gio and Helen. I don’t usually take on commission work, but I really enjoyed the challenge of working with this beautiful black opal from Broken Hill. It’s for their grand daughter Karin who is born in the year of the Rabbit. Below is my temporary setup in Armidale. I’m staying with my parent’s at the moment, and I have managed to take over quite a large portion of their ceramic studio- whoops.
Here is a new pendant I made yesterday- I’m really getting into the 3piece pendant design- they sit very nicely on your chest, and it’s a good length when your trying to match clothes- usually for me I choose which jewellery I want to wear THEN the clothes ; ) This one is hand cut / bevelled / dyed on adjustable chain. I’m hoping to release another mini- collection of these pendants soon, so stay tuned!
I’ve been meaning to do a photoshoot with some friends for ages, but haven’t got around to it… so today I grabbed a tripod and shot this image by myself. One of these days, I’ll have my own photographic team, and a photo studio. Material: Black / white acrylic, sterling silver. Method: hand pieced, drilled and assembled.
Hello! I feel like I haven’t posted any new designs for a while, so here are couple of pictures from my work bench. The first is a quick sample piece I did- inspired by lace, doilies and chandeliers. The second is a continuation study of the Royal Affinity Series, but I have added another layer to increase the depth in the design.
Today, the sun was coming in through my window at a nice opaque level… so I quickly grabbed my camera and shot some new pictures. These are some of my favorites from the Anatomy of F collection. Catalogue for the collection can be downloaded from the “Anatomy of F” post below. On sale now!!! From top: F Fennel Earrings in Black and Foliage Pendant.
I am slowly settling back to the Australian rhythm of life style after living in Tokyo for almost 2 years… I had forgotten how quiet it can be at night- I’m finding it difficult to get to sleep! Before I get too comfortable though, looks like I will be relocating to Holland at the end of the year. Not sure when exactly, but it’s going to be another adventure : ) I was sorting through some of my old work from the University days, and decided to take some new photos. Oh… how much I was in love with using polyester resin! I stopped using it for health reasons, as it can be very toxic to work with it for an extended periods of time. Maybe I’ll go back to it someday.
Some new designs from The Anatomy of F collection- Inspired by flexing hair stands, European architecture and lace patterns. The catalogue + price list download can be found here. Now offering free international shipping + handling, plus they come packaged in a cute custom designed gift box! These earrings + plus other fabulous Aussie designs are also available from Moose. Moose is also having a birthday special until the 15th of July. Receive 15% discount on all purchases! All you need to do is enter this code: moose1 at checkout. Happy shopping!
It has been one of those projects that I thought may never eventuate… but here it is!! Every item from the Anatomy of F series will come carefully packaged in this custom designed box shipped all the way from Japan. The catalogue (which includes the retail price list) can be downloaded from the previous post. For more information on any of the pieces from the range, please send me an email!
It’s finally time to launch my new collection “The Anatomy of F”. Hurray!! Here is a link to the catalogue. For prices and order information, please drop me an email! xxk
Hello everyone. I’m back in Sydney and enjoying catching up with friends and families. Of course, I have not forgotten about the Anatomy of F release. We are just making some final adjustments on the look-book and waiting for the gift boxes to arrive from Japan… the release day is very near! Meanwhile here is a sneak view of the “Frost” brooches. Hand dyed acrylic with silver rivets.
Also, I just wanted to send a quick thank yous to the wonderful people out there who have featured my designs on their blogs. They are… Urban Outfitters, Pistol Whipped Cream, Notcouture, Dear Ada, an Italian site Frizzifrizzi, … StyleHive featured a small interview with me. Thank you everyone… I am greatly humbled.
In two days, I’ll be moving back to Australia for some time. Admist the frantic last-minute shopping for supplies and saying goodbye to friends, I though I should post an update regarding the Anatomy of F release. I will be uploading a full length look-book onto this blog in the next 2 weeks. You will be able to place an order if you are interested and I would be more than happy to post work internationally. In the mean time, here are 2 more designs from the new range!
After 6 months of being bound to a teaching contract, I am finally free of duties! I have began designing and making prototypes for my new range. Here is one which may be included in the new series. This is a reversable pendant, hand sawed and hand dyed on plastic chain. 120 x 50 x 4 mm
Also, Guy and I will be presenting the “I Blame the Uni” range at Pecha-kucha Night on the 28th of March at Superdelux in Roppongi. If you live in Tokyo, please come along! Full information of the night can be found at the Pecha Kucha website.
It feels like absolutely forever since I made any new jewellery. But with some orders out of the way, I decided to indulge in a whole day of jewellery designing and making. I’ve had so many different ideas recently, but here’s one I made today. Hand saw-pieced and hand dyed. It can be worn on either side – I think one side is more masculine than the other. Dimension 80 x 80 x 4 mm on long continuous chain.
I noticed a jump in the number of visitors coming to my blog. Naturally, I wanted to see where these visitors were coming from, and found a number of blogs and other websites which featured my work. Thanks to everyone for finding me! Here is a blog by La Melancolie du Cameleon, which I love. And Bits and Bobbins, Gordon and Jag and Nebo Peklo. Then there is Lets Talk About Fashion. It was all in Swedish so I used a machine translation website to translate it into English, and found out that they think that I’m a boy! But regardless of some mix-up gender issues, thank you to everyone who took time to blog!
I took some new pictures of Dolly Pendants today. I take all the pictures of my jewellery myself. Images are so important these days, and I wan’t quite satisfied with my previous attempts. But I think these ones convey the reality of the pieces pretty well.
I have been keeping myself very busy recently with a number of exhibition, and shop openings. There was Sieraad 2006 in Amsterdam, the opening of CANDY, a boutque in Shinjuku- my first Tokyo stockist (yay!), and last night I exhibited my work in a small gallery in Urayasu. Here is a picture from Sieraad 2006 in Amsterdam.
Cluster earrings in Black and Cream have arrived!!! The earring have 0.8 mm fine silver sleepers and will be available at YTBA, www.ytba.com.au from begining of next month. The range will also be released to selected shops in Sydney, Tokyo and London very shortly so stay tuned!
I was trained at the College of Fine Arts in Sydney. The University focus was on conceptual designs where the primary importance was using jewellery as a vessile to communicate ideas and inspirations. At the time I was interested in scientific matters and lab aesthetics, which evetually led me to design with polyester resin and acrylic for their sterile and futuristic appearance.
When I completed my degree, I continued to design with acrylic but took on a less serious tone. I wanted my designs to be fun and whimsical- somthing that could be worn everyday.