quisnam

Unique handmade bohemian and rustic tribal jewelry

Melbourne, Victoria · 682 Sales

quisnam

Unique handmade bohemian and rustic tribal jewelry

Melbourne, Victoria 682 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Stones from the pristine beaches of south East Victoria, Australia; natural found objects that carry a sense memory when transformed into raw and rustic jewelry
Each stone I use is purposefully chosen. As I hold it, I envisage how I will capture its essence. The twin scepter quartz made me think of a mother and child. The finished necklace has a simple prong setting that wraps around the stone like an embrace.
These textile cuffs, made from 100% salvaged materials, take a long time to come together. Completely hand sewn, layered and pieced. Each one is completely unique and each one a subtle statement about recycling and reusing.
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My Process

Art is experiential. Our emotional, instinctive response to art is the keystone to experiencing it. Research shows that the neurological processes which underpin our perception of art differ from those used in standard object recognition. We use the bits of the brain involved in the experience of emotion when we see art.

Similarly, for many artists and artisans (and certainly for me) the experience of creating is emotional and instinctive. When I sit down at my bench to work on a piece I have, in my mind, a visual image of what it is I am setting out to create. Oftentimes, the finished piece differs from this initial image as my process is organic, constantly shifting as I re-shape the piece as it evolves. My work is purposefully rustic reflecting my love for this aesthetic. My solder joins, hammer or tool marks are often visible on the finished piece. For me, these are beautiful because they reflect the processes and techniques used in creation and are signposts to the journey a piece has taken with me.

I select my materials using this same emotional process. Stones are chosen not for the usual measures of their worth (grade, clarity, colour, cut) but more instinctively. I imagine, if you hooked me up to brain-scanner, the regions of my brain involved in emotion would be firing as I select my materials. My response to a particular material (stone, fiber, metal) is more important, to me, than that material's name, perceived value or the qualities that someone else has ascribed to it. That is not to say that I do not assess for certain characteristics - strength, robustness, cost. How a material will work in jewelry is, or course, vastly important. Jewelry and adornment has a purpose and it is very important that my pieces fulfil this purpose.

Is jewelry art? I don't really know the answer to this. I do know and believe that art is not an outcome but is a process. For this reason, I consider myself an artist.

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Last updated on 08 Mar, 2018
Frequently asked questions

Wow, Australia is a long way from me. How long will it take for my item to get here?

On average, I find shipping to most places in the world takes a couple of weeks. It can, on occasion, take longer. I ship most non-domestic items with tracking so you can keep an eye on your item as it wings its way to you.

Why are some of your items free shipping and others not?

In this world of online shopping, free shipping is becoming the norm. I'm trialling offering free shipping for some of my items to see if this suits my customers' better.

How do you ship your items?

All my items are wrapped and ready for gifting. I ship most international items with tracking (some smaller items like earrings, may not have tracking as it makes them unreasonably expensive). Domestic items are generally posted Express so you can get them quickly.

Can I return my purchase for a refund?

Of course. What's the point of jewelry you aren't going to wear! Shopping online is convenient, but sometimes you need to see a thing up-close and and in-person to know how you really feel about it. If you'd like to return your item, just let me know within 14 days of delivery.

What's your aesthetic and your pricing philsophy?

My work is organic and purposefully rustic. My pieces take a journey with me as I create them and this aesthetic celebrates the signposts that mark this journey - surface stitches, tool marks, texture and patina are beautiful.

I use found and salvaged objects a lot in my work. These tell a story and reflect my commitment to sustainability.

Pricing is one of the hardest things for an artist. I try to keep my prices accessible, whilst reflecting the time and materials that have gone into creating my pieces.

Custom and personalized orders

My process is very organic and personal so, the short answer is no, I don't generally take custom orders. However, please feel free to reach out to me if you have something in mind. I've worked with several of my regular customers to create a piece that uses a material or object that holds a special meaning for them.