- Liana Kabel
- Brisbane, Australia
- My studio is located in Brisbane, Australia. For the past 10 years I’ve been enjoying creating jewellery designs from an array of mundane materials. Tupperware and knitting needles have remained a firm favourite. My designs have been published numerous times, graced the shelves of many wonderful galleries and stores and been worn by those whose aren’t afraid of colour and attention. All of which I am very grateful for. For several years I’ve also been fortunate enough to work with many businesses as a coach and workshop facilitator.
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Times What I Said Below By 100!
OMG I just found the best jewellery ever! OK maybe that was an overstatement but I never buy other people's jewellery and I just purchased (since yesterday) six of Tessa Rickard's pieces. This feels significant!
Before children, in a time when I had the time to think about fashion and pulling together a coordinated look, I bought heaps of jewellery. I always thought accessories really made an outfit and helped to pull it all together. The only real criteria I had then was that I liked a piece, and I was just as happy to buy a $2 string of beads at a charity shop as I was to pay significantly more for an artist piece at a gallery store.
I won't blame the fact that I no longer bought jewellery, except for vintage plastic, all on the children. The main reason really was more the fact that I only wear my own jewellery, or vintage plastic. I just don't wear other jewellers work. This situation came about when I first started making my own jewellery. I just thought that the first and easiest way I had of promoting myself was to wear my pieces. My reasoning was that if someone commented on a piece I was wearing and it wasn't my own that became a wasted opportunity to promote myself. The other reason I wore new designs was of course the more practical one of testing and making sure a piece really worked.
I think the fact that I just purchased another jeweller's work marks some sort of turning point for me. Maybe I will start wearing others (plastic) work too because it is true that I don't feel now like I have to grab every opportunity for myself. It feels like I have made some strides in promoting myself and maybe I can relax a little, (although not too much!) at least in that regard.
Enough about me. Let's talk about Tessa. This is what she says about herself on her profile page:
I am a part time professor at a community college. I have taught jewelry classes for 9 years. I maintain my own studio where I create all my work for myself, Etsy, commissions, and shows. I have a BFA in drawing and also in metalsmithing. I received my masters in metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Everything I make is unique and one of a kind handmade by me. I love making things!
The most I paid for my six pieces was $45 US (bunny neckpiece) and the least was $10 US for a red plastic doll face brooch with crystal eyes and sterling silver features! As I said below this work deserves to sell for so much more and mark my words - it soon will. If you want to see more I suggest you run to dolldisasterdesign.