We are a mother/son duo making sustainable jewellery using all unique antique and vintage silver plate cutlery. Our product is very green and has a low impact on the environment by upcycling unused materials into quality jewellery with a professionally finished touch. Handmade and earth friendly, our art is inspired by making the once old new again.
Living and breathing artistic measures daily, growing up with creative minds and creative people has helped us move forward to express it to the world. Drawing, constructing and making anything we can around our homes from paintings to sheds has given the fixes needed but when you see a person love what you do enough to wear it really brings a smile to your face :)
How long have you been making cutlery jewellery?
Our family has been in the cutlery business for over 20 years. My mother taught me how to make spoon rings about 5 years ago and I have been creating and designing with spoons, forks and knives ever since. At the start of the year i started at The Original Eumundi Markets as I'd had enough of the construction industry and decided to let the creative, cool things I had in my head out. Plus, it's way more fun.
How did you get started?
It all started in mums studio. She said, "I think you'd be good at this". That's literally how it started and I was good at it. Thanks mum. I've built up quite a strong right hand because of the strength needed to bend some of these forks! I have muscles where I'm pretty sure you shouldn't. Purchasing the best cutlery is getting harder to do now also, you can be on the hunt for antique cutlery for months! We built this business together and put in such hard work in that studio, all that was left was to put a shop together, market and sell it.
What is your greatest inspiration?
Music is a massive help to get motivated. If at anytime you need motivation put on some of your favourite music and you can lose track of time having fun creating. My future life is also an inspiration to me. The thing that drives me the most is to be free to live with my family in the middle of the bush tinkering in my shed making wonderful art.
What is the greatest challenge to owning and operating your own business?
Ensuring potential customers understand that we make our own product. We shop for our antique cutlery and bend, shape and sometimes heat the cutlery to make it into the piece of jewellery that is presented to them. Owning your own business the buck stops at you - there's nobody else to pass the buck onto. Also, the not knowing. A new business isn't usually very stable and you don't know when you will sell the next piece. Juggling family/work life is a challenge because you leave your full time 40 hour week job to work 80 hours a week, but you can choose when those hours are.
What is the best thing about owning your own creative business?
Being able to present your product to people knowing that you have made every piece. It's very gratifying. I'm my own boss too. There's tonnes of reward in being your own boss. I love the way people react to the things I have created because sometimes you just think it's yourself who likes the thing you make, then you see people really appreciate it too.