- May 13, 2014
These rings are shaped by hand like playdough but using a soft wax. It’s liberating to be able to sculpt something using very few tools, making it handy when travelling. Working with wax can be tricky and difficult to control, but it is responsive as well, very much like clay. Once the wax is complete it is cast into silver or gold using the ancient technique of lost wax casting. The level of detail achieved is fantastic, so much so that I have to file off my imprinted fingerprints. The results are rings that have that dug up unique quality.
- March 25, 2014
A symbol of connectedness and playfulness these paper chains are inspired by the paper chains we all made as children. Three oversized links are finished off with a long leather link.
- March 25, 2014
A skull is a definite serious symbol and humble reminder of our temporary existence. It has also been associated with secret societies, poison, vanity, courage, rebelliousness and celebrating the dead. It’s no wonder they are plastered over everything. My skulls were originally carved by jeweller Kathy Maclay. They have a beautiful level of detail and look a little happy. Plain or gem encrusted they have a timeless appeal. Many have become wedding rings with sparkling diamond eyes.
- November 25, 2013
Silver is a new exhibition at the wonderfully restored Museum of Brisbane. Curated by Jacqueline Armistead, six jewellers have been paired up with six photographers to collaborate on new artworks inspired by Brisbane. I was lucky to be paired up with the talented Michael Cooke (as pictured) I won’t say too much about the show and let the art do the talking. Until 27 April 2014.
First and last images by Museum of Brisbane photographer Chelsea Sipthorp. Museum of Brisbane
- November 5, 2013
The Fashion Archives is an online publication dedicated to Queensland fashion and is created by Madeleine King and Nadia Buick. There is a new issue each fortnight with original and commissioned content from designers, artists, historians and industry leaders – so it’s well worth subscribing to.
The Fashion Archives in house questionnare really had me thinking about what Queensland fashion is and what fashion means to me. An old photo was requested for the questionnare and I found this one from 1984. Sweet 19 sporting a handmade and hand painted pattern cotton blouse I made. The perm came soon after that. To read more click on link http://thefashionarchives.org/?tfaqanda=ari-athans
- July 23, 2013
The shapes remind me of my brushwork in 3D. Sorting, selecting, composing and pairing is addictive. So I’m off to Stradbroke Island to collect more beach plastic. Each shape is supremely tumbled with pumice and worn into lovely velvety shapes – all this from plastic. Straddie plastic, silver bar, hoops $99
- March 8, 2013