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.
: 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’
Which is your favourite piece from the ‘Elemental’ collection?
I met Taina late last year when Daughter house-sat for her and her husband.
With one thing and another, we hadn’t managed to book a photo-walk until last Friday. The weather was just a little cloudy – perfect for an afternoon out – so I took her to Croft Knoll and shared one of my favourite places to go when needing a little photo inspiration…
And then there was the sneak attack from Taina, as I was lost in a world of colour and texture….
Where do you go when you need a little inspiration for your craft?
Do you have a special place that only you know about, or have you shared it with others?
That was the greeting I received from Alex when I arrived at Branga Plains to photography the Bruce family. Little did Alex know, I’d given myself quite the pep-talk in the car on the drive out, as the Bruce’s were my first official photo shoot!
Chris, Sarah, Alex and Olivia are such an easy-going family, which made my task easy in turn. They were keen to use the shearing shed at Branga Plains as a backdrop – property living and sheep being a part of their daily lives – plus they wanted their horses and dogs involved in the shoot as well, and Gemma – the cattle dog – photo-bombed on more than one occasion.
Apart from the flies that accompanied us wherever we went, they were all more than happy to simply spend time together, laughing and joking and trying not to bop Alex for many and varied suggestions on poses (he’d apparently done his homework!)
For me, it truly was an amazing first photo shoot! Topped off by these kinds words from Sarah, once she had taken delivery of their photos….
OMG, teary plus… Love the back of the shearing shed photos. You caught some absolute ‘true to self’ moments. A heartfelt thank you to you xx