Embossed-Cuff-Links1A recognisable influence on the international jewellery industry, Perth based Jewellery Designer Tamara Dixon focuses on the ancient technique of chain making with a signature twist to all her designs. She shies away from the luxury and status that traditional jewellery are perceived to symbolise, to explore the simplicity of repetitive forms and complex designs. By working primarily in fine silver it provides wearable purity of the collection and the lasting durability it affords. Inspired by her African and European heritage, her handmade traditional and contemporary chain designs shows more of her African heritage by incorporating texturing and weaving metal techniques. Not only does she work with silver, she also uses rubber, anodised aluminium and anodised niobium to add some colour to the unique and highly wearable pieces.

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. When did you first aspire to become a jewellery designer?

I come from a family of trade watchmakers evolving into the Jewellery industry. As the only member of the 4th generation to follow this path, I decided that designing and manufacturing held more interest to me. I wanted to embrace the traditions of old and found my natural calling in chain making. I am the only woman involved in the family trade. I got into the trade at 18 and was more involved in design and gemology. Once I moved to Australia, I had the opportunity to retrain in manufacturing and my designs have evolved from there.Hash-Earrings

2. What is your main source of inspiration when designing your jewellery collection?

 My main source of inspiration is the places around us and the hidden histories behind so much of what we see every day. Architecture, nature and landmarks for a number of my current starting points.

3. What is your signature style?

 My signature style is chain making. This is seen in my more contemporary designs where I like to push the boundaries of what can be achieved with a jump ring. I also have a full collection of more traditional chain designs. These are not seen much these days due to the manufacturing process.

Opposite-Silver-Cuff-links4. Provide a little insight into your creative and technical process?

 Despite having spent 4 years achieving a design qualification, I cannot draw! I tend to make up a large number of elements and try them in different combinations until I find the perfect fit. I start from a basic idea and tend to find that the idea evolves as I am making the piece.

5. Describe the person wearing your jewellery. What type of person did you have in mind when designing your jewellery?

I would describe my customers as everyday people. My Jewellery appeals to children’s gifts, teenage contemporary, everyday man and woman, and evening glamour. I have always held the belief that Jewellery should be affordable and worn every day.

6. What is your motto in life/Your favourite quote?10959644_703193583112462_3614677239058385719_n

My motto in life is “Fons Vitae Caritas” – Love is the fountain of life

7. How do you relax when you’re not making jewellery?

 I am a prolific reader. If I am not making jewellery, you can pretty much guarantee that my nose will be in a book.

8. What is the best thing about Perth? Any recommendations?

The best thing about Perth would have to be the beaches. Having grown up in a landlocked country, it is such a privilege to be able to head to the beach any time you feel the urge.

10929246_688991907865963_1510010887726662560_n 9. What is your favourite piece from your own collection? What is your most treasured or significant piece?

My favourite piece from my own collection is very hard to choose. It constantly changes as you make new pieces. However, I do wear my African Woman pendant every day.

10. 3 words to describe your jewellery.

Bold   Funky   Affordable

 

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MINOHARA-STARKE2C20Rei-Mugshot_sRei Minohara-Starke’s whimsical, romantic and sentimental collection highlights the distinct beauty of her beloved adopted country in Australia, whilst drawing upon her own feelings, stories and memories from her childhood in Japan.  Minohara-Starke’s fascination with golden wattle branch, a floral emblem of Australia, reveals embracing a new identity whilst remaining true to her roots, reflecting her continuous journey of discovery. Using primarily silver and copper with her signature etching and hammering style, she creates a collection that reflects the space and light of the natural natureworld. The use of gemstones is at its raw and natural state, revealing its true organic beauty when untouched. With the dedication of creating body adornments and objects for those who seek pieces of individual keepsakes, she endeavoured to create a piece that tells the story of the person who wears it.

 

 

Tell us a little bit about yourself. When did you first aspire to become a jewellery designer?

I came here from Japan in 2006. Before that I was kind of workaholic person even though I had graduated from an Art university. But one day I just thought, ‘I’ll be a jeweller’. I had never made jewellery before and did not know a lot about jewellery but once I started to study at TAFE I became fascinated. Just like that ‘this is it!’. Nothing is easy but with focus and persistence the end result can be something beautiful! Then someone else loves it and it became a part of that person. What a fantastic job!

 rei What is your main source of inspiration when designing your jewellery collection?

My inspiration comes from two different directions. One is from the story – books or someone’s story – and the other from the nature, both Australian and Japanese.

 What is your signature style?

Fine detail and delicate lines.

 Provide a little insight into your creative and technical process?

I always start with sketching and drawing and once I have decided the design I make a technical drawing. I almost measure all details. Then I create a procedure before I start the ‘making’ process.work in progress

 Describe the person wearing your jewellery. What type of person did you have in mind when designing your jewellery?

She has simple and clear mind, bit shy, but has strength inside. Of course she loves the beauty of the nature.

 What is your motto in life/Your favourite quote?

Trust your intuition.

 How do you relax when you’re not making jewellery?

I like visiting galleries and museums, walking around and collecting plants – flowers, seeds and branches – or walking on the beach – collecting shells and castaway objects.

imageWhat is the best thing about Perth? Any recommendations?

The beauty of various unique Australian native plants (so totally different from Japanese plants). And the sky and sea.

 What is your favourite piece from your own collection? What is your most treasured or significant piece?

My golden wattle bud ring of golden wattle series is my favourite. It’s difficult to do casting with such a delicate, fine and fresh plants. Always a challenge and can only be done in the season of bloom. Then its there, a ring. You can see every part of this plants from this series – buds, leaves branch ringsand branches.

3 words to describe your jewellery.

natural – silivery- beauty

 

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1978870_301156020072865_246248017473243936_nLiving in the ‘City of Lights’ Perth and the innate love of its surrounding nature provides an instant source of inspiration for Silver by Kat designer Kathleen Genat, who joins Tayha Design’s quaint gallery of talented West Australian jewellery artists in Mt Lawley. Silver by Kat is a charming and delightful collection of sterling silver jewellery that is thoroughly modern with a romantic edge. Using delicate and creative processes such as detailed etching and printing, Kat creates sentimental snippets of everything around us, particularly the natural beauty of the world. The use of patina and reticulated silver in her jewellery collection is uniquely individual as each piece differs from one another, providing the wearer a truly one of a kind jewellery.

 

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. When did you first aspire to become a jewellery designer?

My name is Kathleen Genat. I live in the beautiful Perth hills with my two small boys, Winston and Hugo.
Art has been a passion of mine throughout my life, doing T.E.E art, and then many art electives while studying teaching at University. After living for six years in New York, I moved back to Perth, and it was at that point I found my passion for designing sterling silver jewellery.

Floral Dome

Floral Dome

2. What is your main source of inspiration when designing your jewellery collection?

Being from the hills and surrounded by nature, I find this is my main source of inspiration. I love the texture, movement and shape of the world around us, and I try to incorporate that into my jewellery.

3. What is your signature style?

My signature style is modern with a romantic edge. I am developing unique and wearable pieces that are individual and suggest a story.

 

Ring Pendant

Ring Pendant

 

4. Provide a little insight into your creative and technical process?

I am constantly thinking of new ideas which develop on paper and from    there I often let the creativity take over. I incorporate nature by roller      printing and photo etching to give depth and uniqueness to my pieces,    and often use the patina process to antique the silver.

 5. Describe the person wearing your jewellery. What type of    person did you have in mind when designing your jewellery?

The wearer of Silver by Kat is confidant, loves to tell a story, has a romantic edge, and a sense of contemporary style. She is not a person who can be pigeonholed, but she appreciates simplicity with depth.

Two Hearts Pendant

Two Hearts Pendant

6. What is your motto in life/Your favourite quote?

My motto in life is to stand firm in what I believe and to follow through with my dreams and goals.

“I have decided to stick with love,

hate is too great a burden to bear”

Martin Luther King Jr.

I aspire for my jewellery to be an expression of love, and to bring joy to the wearer.

7. How do you relax when you’re not making jewellery?

When I’m not making jewellery I love to spend time with family and friends, going to the beach and enjoying outdoor activities.

8. What is the best thing about Perth? Any recommendations?

Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island

I have been lucky enough to have travelled widely, and nothing beats Perths climate, beaches and relaxed lifestyle. Rottnest Island is a particular favorite of mine.

9. What is your favourite piece from your own collection? What is your most treasured or significant piece?

My favorite piece would be the bar pendant with the Banksia leaf print. I love the asymmetrical lines contrasted by the organic shape of the leaf.

My most treasured piece would be my ring with the three tiny hearts, which represents myself and my two boys.

Bar Pendant with Banksia Leaf Print

Bar Pendant with Banksia Leaf Print

10. 3 words to describe your jewellery.

3 words;

Silver

by

Kat.

 

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