I am an artist living and working in Brisbane, Australia. I recently completed studies in Fine Arts at the Queensland College of Art, achieving First Class Honours in 2010. My primary practice is in jewellery & metal-smithing, focusing on sustainable design and wearable art.
My pieces range from jewellery which grows live grass to minimalist inspired designs using recycled metals and bio-degradable components. I arrive at my designs by experimenting with placement and juxtaposition, and using a sense of materiality to determine a resolved piece. However, this spontaneous approach is always tempered with a strict adherence to sustainable and ethical work practices, including “green” studio techniques and Cradle-to Cradle design practices.
A love of the ephemeral and transient and a keen sense of environmental awareness inspired a desire to incorporate growing components into my artwork. This theme was initially undertaken as part of the Growing Jewellery Project over my honours year at university but has continued with later series of work.
My jewellery since then has taken on a growing component and I am enjoying experimenting with different plants, native species and organic growth. I have been influenced by the work of designers Victor Papanek and William McDonough who promote sustainable and ethical design principles. I arrive at my designs by fully considering the environmental and social impact of my pieces and attempting to promote awareness of of serious ethical issues surrounding the making and wearing of jewellery.
I am an active member of the Jewellery & Small Objects Student Collective and have been selling my work at the markets there for three years. I have also begun a role as the President of The Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Queensland, in addition to my current role as Exhibition Co-ordinator for the Jewellers & Metalsmiths Group of Queensland, which I am enjoying immensely.
I am continuing to expand and refine my practice through further study and participation in local, national and international exhibitions.
(M)art - Artisan
J&SO Student Collective @ South Bank Lifestyle Markets