Tzu-Ju Chen



I have come across what I think is such beautiful work, made by Tzu – Ju Chen. The above pictures are from her ‘Lace’ range; I think they capture the qualities of lace so well and invite your eyes to look closer and your hands to explore the surfaces of the pieces to experience them completely.

Chen has done a number of ranges exploring different mediums, some of which include enamel, laminated photos, organic space, foam, electroforming and wire construction.


Above is a piece from her ‘Laminated Photo’ range.


Carla Nuis

Lately I’ve been looking at the work of Carla Nuis. I think the way that she uses pattern, negative space and simple form to to visually texture and bring to life flat surfaces is done very effctively. Her work, although seemingly simply at first glance, entices one to look longer and further and gain an appreciation for the detail that I think  makes the surfaces so tastefullybeautiful.

Here are some of my favourite pieces of hers:

carla nuis 1

Ball ring

carla nuis potato piece

To see more of  her work click here

Jewellery as a tool for expression

I have been interested in the work of Anna Lorich for some time. The jewellery she makes deals with a number of issues, most of them revolving around and dealing with personal identity. Lorich sees her work as a reflection of who she is, using the creative process to question and search for her identity. She uses a number of themes such as landscapes, portraits and decorative elements as representations of issues such as relationships, memories, childhood and religion.


Landscape Ring, Anna Lorich


Brooches, Anna Lorich

I am also exploring the use of jewellery as a means of personal expression in my work at the moment. What I am focussing on, however is not so much jewellery being used as a tool of expression by its maker, but more by its wearer.

Anna Lorich chooses to use themes in the jewellery she makes as a representation of her own identity. In a similar way, I am choosing to make elements of jewellery which I hope people will choose to wear as a representation of certain aspects of their character.

Miranda Meilleur

The work of Mirand Meilleur excites me so much!

She is a silversmith and creates a broken-down, eaten away effect while still retaining a refined sophistication to her work which I think is so beautiful, and it is something that I am trying to accomplish in my own work. She makes a lot of silver bowls and metal table-mats with pierced out and etched patterning.

Here are some examples of her work. She also uses a lot of patterned and textured elements in contrast with clean, bare surfaces.

I would like to experiment with and branch into trying to use my metalsmithing skills to make other forms of ornamentation and art such as wall pieces, metal collages or table décor. I think I will find this rewarding, as it is very much the design and manufacturing process that I enjoy the most, and I think this will open up my avenues and enrich my jewellery.

Inspiring work

I’m very excited! On one of my journeys through the net I found some beautiful work by the artist Anna Lorich.Here work examplifies the strength of evokation and the emotive quality which I am striving for, yet her peices retain an air of simplicity and peace. I love the use of different mediums and have been inspired by her work to go back to my experimenting that I was doing last year with the use of pictues and resin and enamel in my work. I think the choice and use of different mediums can enhance the endearing warmth that I feel is lacking in my jewellery.

Here are some brooches of hers: