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celebrating my birthday with 20% off in the online store

It’s my birthday next week, and I’ve decided to celebrate by marking all stock (excluding the newly released ‘Simplicity’ collection) down by 20%.  No coupon required, as all prices will be marked down from Sunday 26th (if you want to beat the rush!).

So, if you’ve had your eye on a design for a while, now is the time to pop on over to the shop and pick it up…

my birthday gift to you!

celebrating my birthday with a 20% off sale



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releasing the autumn/winter 2017 ‘simplicity’ collection

A little late in the release, but finally here….

the autumn/winter 2017 ‘simplicity’ collection

I’ve been having a bit of a time with my fingers of late.  Not working properly, and when I do manage to make, paining me for a bit after.  So the decision was made to reduce the number of pieces for this season’s collection.

Inspired by my love of minimalism and simplicity, each set of earrings is simple in design, but with enough fabulousness to be uniquely you.

You can pop through to the shop here or click through on the name of each design under the photo for more details.

And be assured, that regardless of the pain, I’m going to keep on making!

In the comments, I’d love to hear:

What is your favourite design in the ‘Simplicity’ collection and why?

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inside my camera bag

This is a post I’ve been meaning to do for forever, so finally I am sharing with you (most) of what is inside my camera bag and where I work.

my gear & bag

canon eos 7dii and 550d

  1. Canon 7D Mark II: it was an agonising decision to go with this camera body, as I’d been contemplating purchasing a mirrorless camera for their (light) weight.  In the end, though, the 7D won out as I already owned Canon lenses and didn’t want them to collect dust.  Plus the 7D is excellent in low light, which makes it the perfect camera for photographing events in the school hall.
  2. Canon 550D: my original baby.  I pushed this unit to its limits before upgrading to the 7Dii.  Now it’s the camera that my son picks up to practise his photography with and the one I loan to friends when they need a larger camera than their phone.  It’s still in perfect working order and I always have this one charged and ready to go when I’m on a shoot – just in case!

canon camera lenses

  1. Canon EF-S 55-250mm: one of the original kit lenses that came with my 550D, the zoom mechanism is completely flogged out because this was my go-to lens for a long time.  I keep it in my bag because it comes in handy for photographing sports days at school.
  2. Canon EF-S 18-55mm: the other kit lens from my 550D.  It doesn’t get used all that often anymore.
  3. Canon EF 50mm 1.8: the nifty fifty. This is the lens that lives on my camera now.  I had a hate/hate relationship with it for a long time as I struggled to find its focal sweet spot, but in 2015 I made the decision to leave this lens on my camera until I mastered it.  It’s the lens I favour for photo shoots, although I’m hoping to upgrade to the 1.4 soon (ideally, I want the 1.2, but don’t know about the price!)
  4. Canon EF 85mm 1.8: I purchased this lens with the intention that it become my go-to lens… Hasn’t happened yet, so I’m thinking of doing what I did with the 50.  Put it on my camera until I master the sucker!
  5. Canon EF 100mm 2.8: I *love* this lens.  If I’m having a particularly rough day, the 100mm goes on the camera and I go into the garden exploring the world in miniature until I calm down.

speedlite 270EX II

I keep a Speedlite 270EX II in my bag as well.  Again, I had every intention of learning how to use it, but preferring to photograph in natural light, I’ve just never really had the need to master the flash.  It’s on my to-do list for this year, though.

blackrapid camera strap

I don’t know how I managed without my Rapid Strap before I bought it!  Lovingly called the Sniper-Strap, I purchased mine after attending a Love Your Camera workshop with Angie Baxter and seeing hers in action.  Since then I’ve bought one for Daughter’s camera as well.  Why do I love my strap so much?  It slings across my body and takes all pressure off my neck when I’m wearing my camera.  I can (and have) literally have my camera on my body all day without it being a nuisance.  Best money I ever spent!

camera accessories

  1. spare memory cards: formatted after each use and ready to go when I pick them up.
  2. lens pen: to keep my lenses and camera body clean and free of gritty bits.
  3. blower pen: great for blowing dust and grit off.

kelly moore camera bag

All of my gear (plus bits and pieces I’ve purchased and never really used… can you say Gary Wong diffuser?!) lives in my Kelly Moore camera bag.  It helps keep the dust off of everything when it’s not in use and protects it when I travel or am at a photo shoot.  It all lives beside the Mercedes I got for my birthday a few years back (the real thing was a tad expensive), and my 2 red hippie camper vans (because one day I’m going to own one and travel around Australia in it!).

my space

photography by tasha chawner work space

This is where I work. I made the decision to purchase an electric standing desk last year because I find that sitting puts too much pressure on my back.  I have a Human Tool Balance Spot anti-fatigue mat that helps to keep me upright and moving and alleviates the pressure on my feet when standing for long periods.

  1. I run a Dell XPS 8700.  It’s a couple of years old now, but still (mostly) working a charm.  Has the odd hiccup, but runs Lightroom (my photo editing software) easily and efficiently.
  2. I moved over to a Wacom Intuos pen and touch tablet a number of years ago.  I use it instead of a mouse as it allows me finer control when editing photos. I still have a touchpad mouse on my keyboard, as every now and again I come across programs that won’t play nice with my tablet.
  3. my Big Picture planner from Design Aglow.  I’ve customised my own weekly to-do list, but love having everything in this folder and at my fingertips.
  4. my Paperblanks journals.  One is for my jewellery design sketches. The other two are used for keeping photography tips and notes, and for sketching out poses for photo shoots.
  5. my creative matra’s for 2017: ‘I am one with the creative flow of life’ and ‘I capture the beauty of life in my art’. are my creative goals for 2017.
  6. my alter.  I keep a Ganesh and Krishna statue at my work space and an amethyst, rose quartz and clear quartz crystal.  They’re there to help me calm and remind me to engage in self-care.
  7. my glasses.  Can’t see sh*t without them anymore, so I need to know where they are at all times.  This is their permanent home when they are not on my face!

So there you have it.

my gear, my bag, my space

I’d love it if you would share a link to photos of your workspace if you have one.  I love being a little voyeuristic and peeking at how others set up their spaces.

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made by tasha chawner: spring/summer 2016-17 ‘elemental’ collection

it has been so long since I’ve released a collection!

After a very long break from making jewellery, my Muse made a return earlier this year and convinced me that I needed to return to making jewellery.

The very long break was due to a diagnosis of inflammatory arthritis that I received in early 2015.  My left thumb had decided to get really sore and do wacky hyper-extension things where it seemed to bend back the wrong way and get stuck.  It didn’t take long before the arthritis had made its way to all of my other joints – large and small. My body had decided for me.  I was taking a break from making jewellery because there was no way known to man that I was going to be holding a set of pliers.

Being the stubborn individual I am, I tried – and failed – to make in the ensuing 12 months, so I was delighted when I finally began dreaming about jewellery again.  A sure sign it was time to pick up the pliers again.

Initially, I didn’t want to push myself too hard.  Just in case.  This was when my Muse whispered in my ear and said, “How about creating Collections again?”.  Not a bad idea, was my response.

enter Elemental’

: basic and important
: having the power of a force of nature
: of or relating to a chemical element

Consisting of 8 earring and 2 pendant designs, it was such a pleasure to go through the sketching, design and creating process.  The designs all feature a combination of metals, with each of these pieces holding a little bit of love and a whole lot of attitude.

(L) ‘Be Called the Elements’ | (R) ‘Be Still as the Mountain’
(L) ‘Fragments of the Elements’ | (R) ‘Elements in Your Dreams’
(L) ‘Hopelessly Hooked’  | (R) ‘Of Random Thoughts’
(L) ‘The Mercy of Nature’s Elements’ | (R) ‘Show Your Soul Something Beautiful’
(L) ‘Wear Down the Wood’ | (R) ‘Where There is Energy’

In the comments, I’d love to hear:

Which is your favourite piece from the ‘Elemental’ collection?

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The Autumn/Winter 2014 Collection: ‘Reflections of Individuality’

it’s amazing how quickly the time comes around to releasing the next collection

The designs in this seasons Collection were inspired by this poem from Soph –

We are all individuals,we all define beauty in different kinds of ways.

And although we will always have things in common,we will never be the same.

We are not ordinary, we are uniqe and gifted.

We are all like tiny little pieces of shattered glass, sharp yet fragile.

And we each have at least one hidden talent that awaits us but we just need to find them.

Influenced by the idea of individuality – and embracing our own differences and uniqueness – each piece in this Collection was a delight to create.  Brushed, hammered and oxidized copper features heavily, with organic forms and a touch of quirkiness setting these designs apart from the previous season – Minimalist Duet.

Prices range from $30-$146 (averaging the the $30 range) – and are definitely pieces to be loved by independent and strong-willed women!

To celebrate the launch of ‘Reflections of Individuality’, until the 31st of March I’m giving free shipping on any purchase from the Collection.

With love, T xo

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