Beach bottoms

Bottoms, bottoms everywhere. My ode to the proliferation of bottoms on our local beaches over Summer. And in particular, to the new fondness young women are showing for the small swimsuits I recall being adorned with grace by women of all shapes and sizes on Brazilian beaches in the late nineties. In shibuichi and sterling silver, or shakudo and…

Miro maps

When Miro was two he spent a few months producing beautiful maps. Each expressive enclosed shape coming with a detailed story. The diligent mother that I am, I put my favourites in a special place for safe keeping with this collection in mind. I am sure I will find them one day. These ones were secreted…

Kooljaman

Kooljaman means “place of no grass” in the language of the Bardi people who live at the top end of Cape Leveque, in the Kimberly, Western Australia. It is a place of intense colours. The meeting point of deep red earth, white sands, and the ever changing blue ocean. We were privileged to be invited…

Aercus

Over the past few years I have become enamoured with the colours that copper can be made to produce through the niage patina process. This new collection of vessels and wearables is inspired by the rich tones of Australian red earth. This article by Jim Kelso explains the red copper patina that can be achieved…

Alluvial gold

A lovely man who had spent years of weekends fossicking dropped in to my workshop to have the gold he had found melted into bars. I grew attached to a few tiny nuggets and he kindly sold them to me.

Satellite

My ode to Catriona McKenzie’s film Satellite Boy, the film really moved my son and me, its fabulous sound track has been on high rotation. Equally inspired by our year of clear evening skies along the coast.

Ocean’s blue

Winter walks around my local headlands found me consumed by our pacific’s various and changing hues. The white and greys as the subdued winter sun tickled the cresting waves. The stoney grey of the rocky foreshore, the well washed beige of the sand. The myriad blue grey of the cool water. BUY NOW – Check…

Green gold πράσινο χρυσός

The wonderful greens of chrysoprase combined with shakudo (black) and pure gold or silver embossed with textures from Kimberley landscape drawings–courtesy of Ben Foley.

Orogen

Originally inspired by the folded red quartzite rock faces of the MacDonnell Ranges in Central Australia.

Shide 紙垂

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.

Co’chlear

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.

Fallen leaves

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.

Beach vine

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.

Southern skies

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.

Larapinta

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…

Alphabet

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.

Malta

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.

Boxes

Fabulously eye catching, these rings are great fun. The are pieced together like a box thus hollow and light enough for everyday wear.

Windows

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 …

Poffertjes

These treasures bring to mind all the tasty little treats cooked in the larger cast iron version. Poffertjes, peach blossoms, gem scones.

John Foley

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…

Wire

Lengths of wire. Folded, twisted, joined…