Me wearing one of my designs, the Karen Open Circle Stud while on a trip to Jaipur, India to source gemstones.
It all started in Bali
One time on a trip to Bali, in early 2018 I decided to try out a metal-smithing class to experience making jewellery by hand. Let's just say I was absolutely hooked! Working with my hands felt amazing and I loved the fact I could express myself creatively and not have to touch a computer.
That first class I took was just a 3 hour class. I ended up staying the whole day to make more jewellery pieces and returned everyday to make jewellery during my trip.
Over the course of 2018 I made 10+ trips to Bali. Each visit I was in the Jewellery studio slowly learning lots of metalsmithing techniques from Harris (my mentor, a Javanese living in Bali) and I started accumulating quite a bit of my own handmade jewellery pieces.
Some were not very good and literally were thrown in my scrap metal box, but some were really awesome as I had friends starting to ask me to make bespoke designs for them.
My background in design
Why jewellery? The fact of the matter is, I have always been a creative person and design is my passion.
I studied graphic design at the Enmore Design Centre in Sydney (my home town) for 3 years after high school and worked as a graphic designer / Art Director in the advertising industry for 8 years, before transitioning into a User Experience Designer, which I have been now for the past 10 years.
The courage ring that I made on my 3rd visit to Bali. It's looking pretty wonky, lol. I was going through a toxic breakup at the time and the courage ring was something I really wanted to make as a reminder to stay strong.
Taking professional jewellery classes
Because I loved metalsmithing so much, at the end of 2018 I decided to take a professional metalsmithing course in Singapore (Singapore is where I currently live and having been living since 2012).
The course cost a small fortune but came with a professional jewellery making bench and all the tools I needed to start a home studio. I was soooo excited I could now practice at home. My studio is in my bedroom to this day!
I also took a second course - Technical Drawing for Jewellery Design so that I could learn how to sketch out my designs professionally.
My little jewellery bench in my bedroom.
But as I was acquiring more skills something happened – I started to suffer from a lot of self-doubt. Little voices in my head saying things like "I could never be a jewellery designer, who do I think I am?"
I was suffering from a lot of negative thoughts about the ambition I was trying to embark upon. I was killing my dream before anyone else even had the chance to judge. Fear of failure is a bitch!
Learning to be fearless
That was around the time I started to take an interest in meditation and visualisation as a way to try to battle my fears. Through learning these techniques I started to appreciate myself a lot more and underwent a huge personal growth spurt and self love awakening.
I was learning to love myself more and decided to give myself the gift to truly believe in myself! The belief that after all this I was good enough.
Finding legitimate and ethical suppliers for gemstones
At the beginning of 2019 I decided to take up yet another professional jewellery course, this time in gemmology in preparation to travel to Jaipur, India to source gemstones for my designs.
Took some time out to do some sight seeing in Jaipur. This is the blue room at the Royal Palace.
So where am I today?
Today I still work full-time as a User Experience Designer and work on my passion for jewellery after hours and weekends.
Online you will see online a mix of my very own unique designs (handmade by me personally) and pieces made in Bali by my mentor Harris.
So here's to new beginnings and the future ahead!
These are the Spirit Guide Earrings I made on one of my trips to Bali.
How to make contact with me
If you are discovering my jewellery work for the first time, I'm very grateful and hope you feel very welcomed for stopping by.
You can talk to me directly by DMing me on Instagram or Facebook with any questions or enquiries about my jewellery. I am a one woman show, so I will be the one answering your messages, so I am looking forward to meeting you!
Lots of love and light,