Designer profile for The Finders Keepers. Photos: Ben Foley, Liz Warning and me.
An exhibition of recent work exploring the Japanese technique, irogane.
Originally inspired by the folded red quartzite rock faces of the MacDonnell Ranges in Central Australia.
These folded bits of silver and gold were inspired by shide seen at temples during our recent visit to Japan. Shide are sheets of white paper cut, folded and used in Shinto rituals. They are often hung from plaited rice rope (shimenawa 注連縄) to signify the presence of spirits or ward off demons.
For me the word cochlear conjures things of or relating to the ear and particularly the cochlear implant. At cross section our cochlea are wonderful multi-storied houses very much like the shell of the snail (cochleae) from whence it derived its name.
We have such lovely flora in South East Queensland. Picking up leaves at the beach is a favourite pastime. Leaves make particularly good sandcastle adornments.
While playing on the beach one cool, overcast evening, building sand castles and digging holes, Morris, then aged 20 months, picked up a dried vine and very particularly draped it around my neck.
We have been star gazing lately. Missing the bright stars of the outback but on a clear night we find some lovely bright bodies out to greet us.
Made in Alice while living on Larapinta Drive, these architectural pieces were imagined from the skylines and maps of the Larapinta Trail. The Larapinta trail is a 223k walking track along the incredible Western McDonald Ranges in Central Australia. It begins in Mparntwe, Arrernte country, and is divided into 12 sections/days ending at Yalalpe on the…
A series of silver box rings, one for each letter of the English alphabet. I’ve been told I was nuts to make these, but I thought it was fun.
A month in Malta visiting my sister, swimming in clear blue spring ocean, gazing up at the white walls of Valletta from the harbour… Tomatoes, rocket and ricotta. Thanks Liz, Alex, Leuca, Lou, Frog, Alejandro and Kevin – you were great company.
Fabulously eye catching, these rings are great fun. The are pieced together like a box thus hollow and light enough for everyday wear.
I love windows and the seemingly infinite variety in their shapes and forms. They are something I need. I can’t live without light and would shrivel if left for long in any of the darker parts of the planet. BUY NOW – Check availability and prices The first in my windows series was this cuff …
Friends to keep us company in our daily travels.
These treasures bring to mind all the tasty little treats cooked in the larger cast iron version. Poffertjes, peach blossoms, gem scones.
I have taken much inspiration and many, many tools from John. It is thanks to him, and his children Ben and Sarah, that I have come to realise my love for playing with metal. We have plans to photograph as much of John’s work as we can get our hands on. So check back so…
Lengths of wire. Folded, twisted, joined…