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I was born in the land of Bohemia, in the Czech Republic. My Passion for travel began at the age of 4, when my family escaped to Austria. We lived there in a Refugee camp until we migrated to the largest Island in the world, Australia one year later. We were very far from all our family and my memories of deep green forests and snowflakes. When I revisited my homeland at the age of 14, I was so enchanted with travelling and culture. Travelling is all I ever dreamed of since.
My silver journey relates to this story as my early years were spent constantly visiting my favorite jeweler Artist at our local market, each piece would transport me to wonderful exotic worlds and many imagined lands…
My silver making story began at the age of 17. I began studying casually. After high school I could not imagine being institutionalized any longer. I studied with various jeweler teachers over many years. At this time I also pursued…

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  • Female
  • Born on March 18
  • Joined September 24, 2008

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Silver, Brass, copper, wood, glass, stone, shells

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I was born in the land of Bohemia, in the Czech Republic. My Passion for travel began at the age of 4, when my family escaped to Austria. We lived there in a Refugee camp until we migrated to the largest Island in the world, Australia one year later. We were very far from all our family and my memories of deep green forests and snowflakes. When I revisited my homeland at the age of 14, I was so enchanted with travelling and culture. Travelling is all I ever dreamed of since.
My silver journey relates to this story as my early years were spent constantly visiting my favorite jeweler Artist at our local market, each piece would transport me to wonderful exotic worlds and many imagined lands…
My silver making story began at the age of 17. I began studying casually. After high school I could not imagine being institutionalized any longer. I studied with various jeweler teachers over many years. At this time I also pursued many wonderful passions flamenco dance, travelling, Bush Regeneration and Yoga.
Nature is my greatest inspiration, which is why I choose reclaimed metals and wish my Art practice to tread ever so delicately on this inspiring world. I am also immensely influenced by Indigenous Art and especially African adornment, with its versatility, ingenious use of materials and its celebration of originality. I also draw inspiration from the many cultures I have lived in and the many I dream of experiencing.
My Yoga studies eventually took me to India when I was 21, where I intensified my study of Yoga and meditation. I fell deeply in love with my husband and also India, where I lived on and off for 3 years. Here I studied henna art intensively. I currently teach the art of Henna at various colleges in Australia. We now live in the Coastal town of Kiama Australia, with our beautiful daughter. The natural inspiration abounds here, from ancient rain-forests to sublime rock pools, beaches, volcanic rock formations and the crispest ocean air.

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