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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.

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

A Matter Of Style

My 'green' label seems to be growing strong. There is a 'green' book with images of my work on the cover & within, regular press, and even an offer to take part in newspaper ads for the Brisbane City Council's recycling program. There is no doubt that I am 'green', but those that know me well will agree that I actually am far more pink than 'green'. I know I have said something about this before but it seems worth saying it again.

I have been pondering recently how I became so 'green' without ever saying that I was this. I have concluded that being 'green' for me is really largely a matter of style. Some artists/designers/crafty-types find they work best designing first and then finding the appropriate materials to make it a reality. Others do stick to certain materials, but these are in the raw stage ,such as bags of clay or a blank canvas. What tends to work best for me, and others like me, is to start with existing materials. Starting with things that are already things. I like to deconstruct and then reconstruct. Imagining real things differently is just my preference. These things do tend to be old/discarded/vintage/rubbish because these are just the things that I also tend to like best.

pictured above - A recent newspaper photo of me in my home studio. Those that know me well will also know that this is terribly out of character for me to pop this up. But I think it's good to do something a little 'not your style' sometimes too!


shannon said...

I think you look beautiful.

caniche vagabundo said...

Your work is very interesting and original!

Jejune said...

I'm (amongst other things) a collage artist, and the papers I like the best are glossy mag pages, especially those with interesting textures printed on them... I've also created works with rusted flat bottle tops (collected in car parks) and empty medicine 'blister packs'. For me the recycling aspect is partially a financial necessity, and also a 'green' statement.

I like the challenge of turning stuff that's being discarded into works of art, and getting people to do a double-take when they look closer!

Great photo of you :)

Liana said...

Oh Shannon coming from someone as gorgeous as you I am truly complimented. I could go on about needing a haircut, and how I should have worn more make-up (I realised I own hardly any), etc - but I'll just say thank you instead. x

Thanks Caniche!

Hi Jejune - I agree, there is often an important 'financial' aspect to recycling. I know there is for me. Thanks too!

Rebecca-the-Wrecker said...

you are a hottie and compliments on your clean fingernails!

Liana said...

thanks sugarplumb