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The lillipilli is a rainforest tree native to where I grew up in Australia. The tree is pretty, but nothing spectacular. However, if you chance upon a fruiting lillipilli then you’ll realise the fabulousness of this little tree. Lillipilli berries are the kind of colour you think can’t possibly be natural – they’re a “wow!” colour, a vibrant hot pink that's indescribably the perfect hot pink – not too girly or too fluro, but a deep, rich colour that somehow also looks like it’s lit up from within. Only years of evolution and not some designer mixing hues can produce a colour like that.

I chose to name my store after the humble lillipilli because while my work doesn’t glitter and shine, I do try to instill an element of the hot lillipilli pink ‘wow’ factor from nature into each piece.

My jewelry has simple lines and earthy tones. Each pie…

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  • Female
  • Born on May 20
  • Joined February 19, 2009

Favorite materials

PMC, sterling silver, fine silver, turquoise, lapis, jade, beads, czech glass, semiprecious gemstones, thai silver, Karen silver

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About

The lillipilli is a rainforest tree native to where I grew up in Australia. The tree is pretty, but nothing spectacular. However, if you chance upon a fruiting lillipilli then you’ll realise the fabulousness of this little tree. Lillipilli berries are the kind of colour you think can’t possibly be natural – they’re a “wow!” colour, a vibrant hot pink that's indescribably the perfect hot pink – not too girly or too fluro, but a deep, rich colour that somehow also looks like it’s lit up from within. Only years of evolution and not some designer mixing hues can produce a colour like that.

I chose to name my store after the humble lillipilli because while my work doesn’t glitter and shine, I do try to instill an element of the hot lillipilli pink ‘wow’ factor from nature into each piece.

My jewelry has simple lines and earthy tones. Each piece has been inspired by nature, whether it’s physically (an imprint from a perfectly imperfect shell) or conceptually (the way the tentacles of a jellyfish dance in the current or passionfruit tendrils curling in spring). They’re also very tactile – I want you to feel the necklace sitting on your neck or the earrings brush against your hair. Many pieces are musical - you’ll hear the little dangly bits clink together as you move your head.

I have hands and an imagination that loves to be creating. Although my mum thinks the little baskets (that bear a great resemblance to a bird’s nest) that I made when I was 10 are still the best thing I’ve ever made, I’ve somewhat honed my skills since then. I’ve moved from textile arts to painting, sculpture, pottery, papermaking, and printmaking.

When I moved to California and by chance discovered Precious Metal Clay, I knew that this was finally my medium. PMC is a fabulous material. It consists of microscopic particles of silver suspended in an organic binder to create a pliable clay. You can sculpt, shape, and texture it in the ‘wet’ stage. Once it’s dry, you can carve and sand or file to refine it. When fired, the binder burns away and the metal particles fuse to form solid metal that can be burnished, soldered, polished, and oxidized. The end result is a piece of handcrafted fine silver that I combine with natural semi-precious stone beads and Czech glass.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by my shop!

>>Lisa

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