Your outdoor shower is amazing. Was it there before or did you design that little nook outside your bedroom?
Just a big drop from the door to dirt waiting for some creative thinking. The shower idea evolved from my original vision of having a bath on stilts in the yard, with a hose for hot water. With no plan and help from my gung-ho Dad and a very methodical she’ll-be-right approach, we hammered, sawed and swore our way to victory. The result: a sweet-as outdoor shower with deck! A glorious feat for Dad and I. One we still stand back and congratulate ourselves on. The best part is it remains in use daily even when its raining!
About how many Instagram photos do you think have been taken of that shower?
Yep, there’s been quite a few Instagram photos of the shower… I have considered putting a hot dude under there in the hope it goes viral but that’s probably not PC. Who knows that could still happen haha! Any volunteers?
Tell us more about your jewelry. How would you describe your style?
I’m heavily influenced by Indian womens’ approach to wearing jewelry. I love their bold, “more is more” school of over-the-top gold jewelry, some real, plenty of fake. When it’s all in the mix who can pick it and who cares? Although my individual pieces are quite simple, I often incorporate a mix of both brass and silver in the one piece. Simple pieces but worn en masse with loads of other jewelry.
When did you first get into jewelry making?
Living by the beach of course I had collected many, many shells but the cowrie was prized and so very hard to find. The romance in the smell of saltwater, the sound of the ocean when pressed to your ear and dreams of tropical islands. I hunted without success for cowrie shell jewelry in souvenir and tourist shops even for discarded cowrie shell jewelry in the local Op Shop. So I started my jewelry making career at a precocious 13 from cowrie shells I had collected. It involved a big strip of black elastic that I stitched shell after shell onto and I added blue and white beads around it for the tribal look. I wore that bracelet with my sleeve pulled back shamelessly hoping to impress. So jewelry making kind of festered from that elastic masterpiece into the business I have now.
What do you want people to know about Australia?
Australians, we’re a friendly bunch of migrants who are from just about every corner of the world, a veritable melting pot of cultures and food. There is much to see, to do and to experience – and great surf of course!
Any parting thoughts, words of wisdom, or sage advice for other artisans and makers just starting out?
My advice is to create what pleases you, don’t try to second-guess taste or please others. If you like it, then it follows that others will like it. You must also be willing to Iive and breath what you do, and above all persevere.