Much of my jewellery practice is bespoke; making wearable pieces for a diverse range of clients in styles and materials that best suit them.
As far as possible I work with Australian and/or recycled materials: metals re-refined rather than newly mined, and Australian stone. I am happy to work with both precious and non-precious materials including but not limited to: platinum, silver, gold, shibuichi (silver and copper), shakudo (gold and copper) and gems.
Quite often a client’s special treasures will be included in bespoke pieces. Stories, feelings and objects such as old jewellery, small toys, found objects and family gems can continue their lives either physically or emotionally in new works.
Generally we begin with a meeting to get an idea of who you are and what it is that you are looking for. I will ask you to bring some of your favourite things; these might be stories, objects, feelings, memories. We talk about the type of object you wish for, how you will use it and what it will mean to you. This meeting can happen in person, or over the phone or internet if there are great physical distances between us.
Following these conversations, I would draw some designs for you to review. We work from these to refine a design that suits you perfectly. Once the design is complete I go on the adventure of sourcing the materials required and make the work.
The design process can take a while—sometimes days, more often weeks and very occasionally months. I find it best to take the time required during the design stage to achieve a piece that you will have an immediate affinity for, makes you smile and which tells your story in a personal way.
The cost of commissioned work varies greatly and depends on the required design time, the complexity of the piece and the materials used. The design process typically takes 5 to 15 hours (usually spread over a few weeks). This includes the time involved in meeting and communicating; learning about the things you love, your style and taste; sketching and drawing up designs for us to review together; researching materials; and estimating the cost of making the designs.
The total cost of a commission varies widely. My clients generally spend in excess of $3,000 once design and fabrication are considered. However, I do my best to accommodate smaller budgets.