This year OPEN STUDIOS Nicholas Building
is celebeating 10 years!
28th & 29th August 2014
4pm - 9pm both nights
The Nicholas Building
37 Swanston St
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|Image: Ami Yamasaki, Every day, die and live, 2013.|
I began making and selling my Jet jewellery whilst I was a student studying Gold and Silversmithing at University. I am an attentive lover of Victorian jewellery and art. Through my research I came across Whitby Jet, which is a fossilised black gemstone from the monkey-puzzle tree. I have trained in Australia and overseas to gain the knowledge that now forms my basis of making. I combine traditional techniques, design and materials with contemporary practices to create my limited edition or one of custom designs. My range specialises in featuring black stones ranging from the " black as night " Whitby Jet and includes black spinel, onyx, cz and black diamonds.
On the light side of my making I delve into carving mammoth tusk from the prehistoric mastodon elephant. This tusk is not classed as ivory as mammoths naturally became extinct during the ice age. Tusk is a beautiful cream coloured material, it is a subtly patterned material that I use as a gem to compliment my dark pieces.
All of my Whitby Jet and Mammoth tusk pieces are traditionally hand cut, faceted and finished in my studio.
For exhibition pieces I use larger Whitby Jet pieces and cloisonné enamel, combining traditional techniques and materials with contemporary materials such as aluminium, ebonite and mild steel.
I am honored to design and make wedding rings for people looking for the more unusual styled item.
I love making, creating, exhibiting and I always try to evolve my practice.
I divide my time between creating works in the studio, sessional teaching at CAE as well as working in the TV industry on film.
Please join us for our annual twilight event next week
Thursday 29th August
Friday 30th August
4-9pm both nights
37 Swanston St
(cnr of Swanston Street & Flinders Lane)
lift access via Cathedral arcade
And this year we have two brand new lift to get you up and down the building
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