For as long as I can remember I've been enchanted by the ocean. I spent my childhood weekends on the beach, first in Surfers Paradise and then in Cairns, fossicking for shells, playing amongst the waves and imagining what might be beyond the horizon. And it was something in that salt air and my vivid imagination that stirred within me, a love of the sea.. From the lost city of Atlantis, to beautiful mermaids, sirens and pirates... the sea cast its spell upon me many years ago.
So when I began dreaming of ideas for my first co-designed and created jewellery collection for Wilde Asher, all of these memories came flooding back, after spending the past five years away from the sea. From the first time I found a perfect shell and saw a real ship wreck, to snorkelling with turtles and dreaming of becoming a mermaid.
Within the memories and the day dreams.. 'Tales of the Sea' was born. Inspired by vivid imaginings, found treasures, stories of old, the poetry of John Keats and the prose of James Joyce and the sea's most powerful spell of romance.
Here is a little sneak peek into Tales of the Sea..
Each piece is uniquely handmade in our studio and I'm so delighted that much of the collection will feature found objects and vintage treasures, including beautiful antique coins from a one hundred year old gypsy costume, given to me by a dear family friend.
Tales of the Sea will be launched in our online boutique in April and I can't wait to share more about our second winter collection soon too.
PS. I must have been dreaming about this collection nearly twelve months ago.. I just remembered this post I wrote back last May. How fortuitous!
Images Two and Three feature inspiring pages from Sibella Court's Bowerbird.