Tell us a bit about what you do?
I'm a visual artist and studio jeweller currently living in Melbourne, after moving to Tasmania from Brisbane to study contemporary art. The focus of my practice is jewellery, which is usually constructed from a mix of silver, found objects, plastics, paint and craft materials. I also work with collage to produce works on paper, which gives me even more incentive to go to as many garage sales and op shops as I can.
Would you say that your environment shapes your work?
100%. After moving to Melbourne, I found there was so much to look at - my focus was drawn to the build up and erosion of paint left on crumbling walls, overlapped building materials and to be honest - more rubbish on the street than I had ever seen. That accumulation of stuff has inspired me to make a small series of painted silver rings, which I hope to finish by the end of the year.
Who was your first style icon, and what excited you about their identity?
It was probably my parents friend Suzette, when I was about 8 years old. She was probably in her late 20's/early 30's and this was around 1998 - anyway, she had purple hair and it was the best thing 8 year old me ever saw. She had tattoos and maybe piercings and wore Doc Martens boots and I vowed that when I grew up I'd definitely be just the same. My parents took me with them to parties at her share house in Brisbane and they had the coolest stuff - crystals, candles, a pet spider, fish and an eel, skulls and stray cats... it was amazing. They are probably why I love the X Files so much.
What about now?
I guess now because the internet exists it is a mashup of friends, people in real life and online street style from Japan and Helsinki.
How important is building a relationship with your wardrobe to you?
Real important, because clothes look and feel better when they have been lived in. In saying that though, it's also good to know when your clothes aren't helping you move forward in life, so it's good to pass them on to others when the time comes.
Which item of clothing would you consider to be the most significant?
It's hard to pick one, originally I wanted to talk about my all-time favourite 60's day-glo dress. It is hot pink and floral with a big white collar and buttons down the front, I used to wear it with white tights and my old white 'clown' shoes. I still have it, but I don't wear it even though it's hugely sentimental.
The piece I have chosen is a navy (I thought it was black) long sleeve, below the knee length linen dress with a high neck and buttons down the back. It is so beautifully soft and hangs so well. I feel like a cute gardening witch when I wear it, and it's fun to style - sometimes dressed up with soft leather brogues but mostly with colourful socks and beat up sneakers. It was the first piece of clothing I bought after I moved to Melbourne so it will always remind me of this part of my life.