- 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.
Friday, February 29, 2008
I'm going to answer two assignment questions, which I'm getting asked on a regular basis, here. It'll make sure there is a record of it and it's just easier than answering separate emails.
What inspires Liana Kabel? This is a regular question and I
do believe answers can be found by looking at my work, posts and media coverage. Feel free to interpret. But here are a few added pointers:
"If it looks like a lolly, I like it" - it seems to be true.
Colour - bright, happy, vibrant. I'm drawn to it.
Plastic - material of choice. It's cheap, unvalued, but also slick, modern and very now. The colour choices and lightness along with availability makes it terribly appealing.
Home - most of the objects I rework are those found in the domestic environment. Such as Tupperware, knitting needles and shampoo bottles. I do have mixed feeling about domestica,so it isn't all a celebration of it. Not at all.
Rubbish - recycling. I enjoy giving something a new life, reinterpreting it and giving it value.
Flowers - I tend to make a lot of floral pieces. I don't think I'm inspired by nature but rather the artificial version of it. More kitsch than organic.
How was the company Liana Kabel formed? This question always cracks me up especially right now as I'm sitting in my fuzzy hot pink dressing gown and slippers typing this. Maybe one day I'll be a company and maybe one day very soon I'll have to employ some help, but right now it's just me making things and marketing myself.
I seriously started making jewellery in 2003. In late 2004 I had my first solo exhibition at Craft Queensland where I made over 100 pieces of jewellery using Tupperware. This is where my love affair with plastic began.
If you have any more questions feel free to ask them in the comments section and I'll try my best to answer them.
pictured above - Necklace made from Tupperware bowls and salad servers.