Once upon a time, another lifetime ago we lived in NSW and for a short time in outback QLD. Forget mass produced there often weren’t any viable shopping options for different original pieces of jewellery, accessories or unique one-of-a-kind handcrafted pottery or pretty bibs-and-bobs. Also, budgetary constraints often meant that things like jewellery or unique handcrafted wares were luxuries that we could ill afford. From all of this the seed for what has now become Violet Matters was planted.
Each of my jewellery collections is inspired by the things that I love and treasure and are reflections of my desire to make other people feel good about themselves. Each piece is made as if it is being made especially for my best friend or loved one. Each piece of jewellery is handmade from components sourced from around the world and I pride myself on utilising Fair Trade products where I can.
I make a variety of jewellery, but primary focus on cameos, cabochons and pendants. I also have a range of felt necklaces which are fantastic for year round versatility. I like working with stone, wood, felt, resin and clay. This year I have begun making my own clay pendants which will be available soon.
I like the idea of taking a piece of wool and making it into something awesome that I can wear. This year I have begun adding handmade scarves and beanies to my creative repertoire. I have tentatively nicknamed them ‘fuggly-snugglys’ because some of them are so daggy as to be totally cool. I am about to revisit the long forgotten leg warmer – which I always thought was so fantastic (bring back the 80s please).
Working the clay, taking it from a literal ‘blob’ and creating something unique is a true gift to the creative spirit. The limitless nature of clay is quite addictive, if I do say so myself. This year I am planning to add some select handmade clay items to Violet Matters.