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Leonie Simpson

Leonie is a designer and maker  of jewellery and objects.

Based in Sydney, she creates small run jewellery collections, bespoke pieces and individual commissions. She studies jewellery and object design at The Design Centre, Enmore.

“I am interested in the sculptural qualities of jewellery that respond to the unique movements of the human body. A lot of my work currently uses traditional methods, especially wax carving. Using these techniques allow my work to bridge between the traditional and cultural methods of crafting and sculpting jewellery, and the precision of contemporary manufacturing and production techniques.

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Linda Liesmann

    

My Name is Linda Liesmann and I am Ringlet Designs.

I originate from Perth, WA, but crossed the great divide 3 years ago to live in Melbourne, Victoria.

Working from home in my “soul space”, I hand make jewellery in eco-friendly precious metals of silver and gold. I add colour and luminescence with locally sourced gemstones and pearls.

My style is honest and authentic. One of a kind works that have been thoughtfully designed with added symbolism (sometimes hidden).

The natural environment influences my design process and childhood memories of the sea, the moon, and the stars feature in my work.

I was educated in jewellery design and skills at Curtain University and Tafe WA. My study became my job and I filled the role of Jewellery Technician at Tafe WA for 5 happy years. I was surrounded by eager, talented students and skillful, patient tutors and their energy still inspires me to this day.

My hope is to create a little piece of art in each work I do and hope to leave a little piece of me in each design I make.

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Lynndy Young

Lynndy’s Passion for jewellery is more a natural birthright than a hobby taken up later in life.  Her maternal great grandfather was a traditional jeweller.  Her paternal grandmother, with whom she spent much time as a child was a contemporary jeweller and artist.  Whilst these two people never met each other, together, their creative work had a profound impact on Lynndy who remains fascinated and inspired by their creations.

Growing up in South Carolina, Lynndy would spend many hours fossicking through her grandmother and mother’s jewellery boxes.  She loved to try everything on, mesmerised by the brilliance revealed.  Belonging to a grandmother described as ‘strong and outrageous’ and a mother described as ‘strong and elegant’ these jewellery pieces contained a rich bounty of diverse pieces.

Lynndy filled much of her childhood following artistic pursuits.  She went on to complete a commerce degree and then moved to the UK where she met her future husband.  Lynndy moved to Perth where her 3 sons were born.  As the boys grew older, Lynndy was drawn back to her artisan roots.  This has culminated in the joining of 3 parallel journeys of discovery – that of self, family and artistry.

Lynndy enjoys creating pieces that reflect the fluidity of nature and the changes seasons.  She cleverly incorporates West Australian gumnuts, seed, and fauna and flora into her pieces, loves the beauty of imperfection, even after the delicate flower has passed to reveal its inner strength and foundations.  She also finds inspiration working with the rigidity and minimalism of geometric shapes.   ‘I am as eclectic as the two women who raised me!’  say Lynndy

Many of Lynndy’s pieces are commissioned original pieces.  She mainly works with silver but also enjoys working with gold and copper.

Recently won the People's Choice award at Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group WA Member's Exhibition, What Goes Around: at Turner Galleries in Perth, along with being Highly Commended for Technical Excellence.  Currently enrolled in the Diploma of Gemmology and a member of the Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group WA and the Gemmology Association of Australia.

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Mary Turner

I am an Australian jewellery artist based in Melbourne.My passion for jewellery making led me to undertake 2 years of full time study to obtain my Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology – Jewellery.

I found my love of jewellery making in an accidental fashion when I joined a Lapidary Club in 2009, where I was introduced to the art of cutting and polishing stones.  This is where I was also first introduced to silversmithing, so that we could use our lovely stones in pieces of jewellery.  Hence my love affair with jewellery fabrication began and consequently I have been creating jewellery ever since.

My style is very eclectic and is influenced by the techniques I enjoy experimenting with, such as Filigree, and the inspiration that I derive from nature and its beauty.

I enjoy creating jewellery pieces that are functional as well as artistic and can be worn several ways, such as interchangeable or reversible designs.  My jewellery often tends to be organic in design and reflects aspects of the things I love most, such as flora, fauna, gems, and the use of rocks.

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Paola Raggo

         

I came from far away, from Chile, a long and thin country at the other side of the world, that has on one side the Andes Mountains and to the other the Pacific Ocean.

I started my way in Arts studying Visual Arts at the University of Chile. I studied painting, but later was captivated by the endless possibilities of metal and jewellery making. That’s why I think I got caught developing my work between two worlds, one is flat and colourful and the other is shinny and volumetric: I also see this tension manifest in considering what I do as art or design.

Throughout my 25-year career as a metalsmith, I have explored and deepened mainly in the issue of colour using various materials and techniques such as resin, acrylics and enamels, mostly applied to silver. Now I’m more concerned with the contrast between light and darkness. Some themes such as ecology, personal fate and geographical coordinates, and social inequalities have also inspired some of my lines of exploration.

I’ve participated in numerous jewellery exhibitions, being “Delirio y Cordura” (Delusion and Sanity) at Velvet da Vinci Gallery, San Francisco-USA and “Aureus Feeling” at Creativity Oggetti Gallery, Torino-Italy the most remarkable lately.

In most of my career, parallel to my productive work, I’ve been a jewellery teacher, at my own studio or at schools that I have cofounded such as Filigrana and Raggo+Correa Jewellery School back in Santiago-Chile

Now I work at my studio in Brisbane continuing my constant search for creative designs exploring new paths in this endless world of jewellery making, relating and sharing my work with the thriving local community of colleagues.

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Peter Covington

Peter Covington is no stranger to the arts in its many mediums having created cherished works of art in paint, wrought iron, tapestry, pottery and jewellery making to name a few. Living in Eaglehawk in Central Victoria, Peter is an active member of his local gem and lapidary club where he is able to indulge his love of gemstones and minerals. 

Peters work features only natural, untreated gemstones in differing stages from rough, to polished, cabochon to faceted some of which he has cut and polished himself. Different textures and colour combinations are used to create stunning pieces that celebrate the unparalleled beauty of Mother Nature's finest offerings.

 

 

Rod & Kylie Hammond

Rodney & Kylie Hammond reside in Russell Island, where they run RABKA Gold & Silversmiths, teaching jewellery classes at festivals and fairs and creating unique custom orders and fine art.

Rodney has been in the industry for 19 years, and was predominantly self-taught.

A career highlight was being commissioned to create a boardroom table centrepiece from sterling silver, gold & peridots. Rodney has been recognised for his talent with multiple awards having been won over the years.

COPPERHEAD was HIGHLY COMMENDED in last year's Sculpture on the Edge outdoor sculpture competition, which ignited a passion for outdoor sculptures.

AQUATICA was commissioned by Redland City Council in 2016 featuring 86 brass fish nestled amongst seagrass.

Kylie has been in the industry for ten years on a part time basis with the focus of creating statement pieces that are simple but striking.

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Ruth Casey

Ruth graduated from The Institute of Technology in 2013 with an Advanced Diploma in Jewellery Design and Manufacture and received the 'Bench Dedication' award for her year. Since then she has found a niche creating simple, elegant and feminine jewellery using a combination of roller-printing, gypsy-setting and Keum Boo, an ancient Korean technique in which 24ct gold is fused to fine silver. Ruth believes there is nothing quite like creating each piece individually to ensure they have that handmade touch. Ruth also teaches seasonally at one of Perth's private jewellery schools, Contemporary Metal. 

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Sally Leung : Lyleu

Based in Sydney and founded in 2014 by Sally Leung, Lyleu is eternally focused on a dark colour palette, asymmetry and hand-forged textures, merging minimalism with subdued intricacy. Sally is driven by a fascination for our ability to form deeper connections with our everyday surroundings and is inspired by personal experiences, nature, classical art, alternative music, horror films and literature. With each collection, Sally aims to express her inner world through experimenting with various applications of surface texture, through such techniques as reticulation, engraving, fold forming, and fusing.

Sally completed a BFA in jewellery from UNSW Art & Design in 2012, and is currently in her final year studying Jewellery Manufacture at Design Centre, Enmore.

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Samantha Atkinson

Samantha Atkinson has always loved contrast and complexity in a world that is multi-faceted.  She has never been an “either/or” person – always preferring “both and yes!” to options when presented.

Whether it is combining contemporary and traditional techniques, metals, textures or gem stones, her process starts with the coveting of one element and builds from there.  Her work can be best described as a modern take on art deco and consists of small run collections featuring strong geometric shapes combined with hand picked, natural gem stones.

Located in Perth, Western Australia, Samantha is living her dream of working from her home studio, surrounded by a menagerie of animals.  When not at the bench you can find her trying to save the world through volunteer work with an animal rescue, or tapping away at her computer as an Administrator of Australia’s biggest jeweller’s group.

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Sandra Vallianos

     

Sandra is currently studying Jewellery and Object Design at Melbourne Polytechnic and enjoys working with a diverse range of mediums. She considers herself an explorer of materials and often combines conventional and non- conventional practises to her work. She has a creative response to infuse colour, chemistry and experimentation into her work and is inspired by visual resources such as nature, colour, texture and architecture. Learning new techniques and technologies is also integral part of her practice. Sandra enjoys the challenge of producing minimal yet bold and striking work and is motivated to ensure her pieces evoke and demand conversation.

The ‘Urban Collection’ is a collection of graphic and colourful pieces of jewellery created and handcrafted in Melbourne. Works are made from a specially treated Aluminium and or Laminate which is formed, cut and constructed. The imagery process involves hand dying, painting or digitally applying design work, which is later heat-treated resulting in a permanent infusion of pigment and everlasting colour vibrancy.

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Shianne Thompson

   

Shianne Thompson is an artist based in Sydney, but grew up on the Far South Coast of New South Wales. She is currently majoring in Jewellery and Object at Sydney College of the Arts. Her pieces are associated with ideas about the environments decomposition lifecycle. The jewellery making process  begins with observational drawings of nature, investigating the ephemerality and unusual organic forms that are often over looked. The metal then becomes a creation of this process.

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Sonya Kelly

    

A classically trained manufacturing jeweller specialising in hand made unique and rare designs Sonya is based on the Mornington Peninsula and has been in the jewellery industry for over 25 years. Often drawing inspiration from the beauty and ruggedness of its dramatic coastline to the artistry of its many time worn and gnarled trees, Sonya's designs are truly one of a kind.  

 “Just as people are not perfect copies of one another, my designs are one of a kind. All pieces are handmade and have small subtleties making them all the more organic and real, some have an antiquated presence almost as if they had been found in a Tudor England archaeological dig site.”

“I love to create what I call “modern treasure” and I believe that the design and purchase of jewellery is, and should always be, an impassioned experience.”

 All of Sonya's designs are hand made and feature pitted, hammered or grainy finishes to the bands and settings, lending to them a certain character and charm.

The precious and semi-precious gemstones are hand chosen from International suppliers and include but are not limited to:

Diamonds White, Cognac and Black, Blue Topaz, Amethyst, Citrine, Peridot, Kunzite, Zircon, various coloured Sapphires and Tahitian and South Sea Pearls.

Only quality sterling silver along with 18, 14 and 9 carat golds are used when creating pieces.

Exhibitions and Shows.

Bromley & Co Melbourne, VIC

Perth WA at “Behind The Monkey”

Brisbane QLD at “Bosz Gallery”

Dromana VIC at “Felix Unique Antique Boutique”

The exhibitions garnered favourable mixed media exposure through online, print newspaper and magazine and radio broadcasting

“Seasons” September 2016

“Temptress” featuring “ A Game of Stones”  September 2014

“Rock and Roll Pearls for Girls” May 2014

Extension of “Temptress” featuring “ A Game of Stones” 2014

“Carbon Noir,”  December 2013

“Assorted Treasure” June 2013

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Susan McGinness

Susan works from her personal studio in Queanbeyan, NSW, Australia. After graduating with a Fine Arts Degree in Jewellery, Susan initially developed her skills working for some of Australia’s leading luxury jewellery brands over a period of
seven years.  With a love for art and design, Susan wanted to express herself artistically through her own signature style. She now specializes in designing and handcrafting creative, custom and contemporary jewellery.

My signature style is inspired by the simplicity of a symmetrical paint print. The concept has been captured through casting and crafted into wearable jewellery. The forms of the pieces are inspired to present a concept influenced by chance, each detailed pattern created can only be predicted not controlled. I have used basic shapes in the pieces to highlight the symmetry and fine detail unique to my jewellery style.

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Tim Peel

   

Tim Peel, B.A., F.G.S.G.A. #117

Gold & Silversmith

Tim Peel is a Gold and Silversmith with more than 30 years experience handcrafting both fine jewellery and art jewellery from his home studio and studio gallery in the Yarra Valley.

Peel’s work often combines the skills and techniques of the traditional fine jeweller with the palette of the contemporary art jeweller resulting in highly wearable art that reflects some the dichotomies of a modern world.

Wood, steel and rock combined with silver, gold and gemstones opens up a whole new way of looking at jewellery were value is as much emphasised by skilled craftsmanship as it is the precious materials. Whether Peel is creating a lavish diamond engagement ring, a statement art jewellery brooch or a simple and elegant pair of silver earrings the attention to detail and quality is always the same.

Peel’s studies include jewellery making at both Secondary and TAFE level, B.A. Gold &Silversmithing at Monash University and Diamond Setting with Rex Steele-Merten at the Gold & Silversmiths Guild of Australia. Since graduating in the early nineties he has gained experience through jewellery retail and establishing Silvermist Studio Jewellers Gallery in Healesville with wife, Liz Peel.

 In 2007 Tim peel was accepted as a Fellow of the Gold & Silversmiths Guild of Australia and in 2013 became its President.

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William Russell


Having a love of making “things” I started my apprenticeship in 1976 with Wallace Bishops in Brisbane. A desire for a simple uncrowded life then lead me to Mossman Nth Qld in 1980 where I opened the first jewellery store Mossman ever had (1984).


For the past 20 years my wife and I have lived and raised our family in Cairns Nth Qld.
The road of life has taken lots of twists and turns so that among many other things I have been employed in the jewellery industry as a jeweller, wholesaler, trade worker and Production manager and store manager in several jewellery businesses.


The love of making things with my hands has not only been within the jewellery industry but has extended to leather work, fibreglassing, cabinetry work, spray painting and restoring a 1968 caravan. Most recently I have been making glasses frames in stg silver and 9ct gold.


My main work has been with designs derived from the Cook Islands culture. Natural, cultured and mabe pearls are often used in the pieces made. These pieces often have a floral motif, reflecting the Cook Islanders love of nature. My preference is for non-geometric patterns or designs to reflect nature’s diversity.


This does not stop me from exploring as many styles and metals as possible within the jewellery I make. Over the past 40+ years I have made pieces in every style I saw or could imagine. Using all precious metals, some base metals and some reactive metals, sometimes oxidising, texturing, engraving, hammering, pressing, waxing, piercing, doming, fusing, soldering, casting, laminating and any other technique I can find. Some pieces have been made from organic materials such as bone, shells, coral and timbers. Setting styles including pave, claw set, bezel set and gypsy set.


With new technology there are new ideas. We have a laser welder for fusing metals and repairing pieces as well as creating work more detailed than previously possible. A microscope has led to micro setting and better engraving. Computer programs have made it possible to do fine detailed name bars and consistent repeatable designs in any size needed. Each new piece of equipment brings more possibilities to grow as an artist.


Now semi-retired I do all of this in a tiny workshop under my home in Cairns. It is a crowded space but quite satisfying to see what can be achieved here.


To those that purchase my pieces - thank you for have good taste and a sense of adventure.

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