StarTribe

artisan made bohemian jewelry

Melbourne, Australia · 8 Sales

StarTribe

artisan made bohemian jewelry

Melbourne, Australia 8 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Announcement   Handmade eco-friendly artisan jewelry made in a bohemian style. I use 100% ethical materials; reclaimed beads, vintage components, responsibly sourced crystals and wire made of recycled content. Each design is either made in limited editions or is outright One of a Kind.

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Last updated on May 7, 2016

Handmade eco-friendly artisan jewelry made in a bohemian style. I use 100% ethical materials; reclaimed beads, vintage components, responsibly sourced crystals and wire made of recycled content. Each design is either made in limited editions or is outright One of a Kind.

Penelope Neil

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Sheila Ward

Sheila Ward on Mar 6, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

These earrings are just gorgeous! They are so well crafted and surprisingly light weight on the earl. They look exactly as pictured and are truly flattering to the face when worn! ;-)

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Relics Of A Future Past

Relics Of A Future Past
Star Tribe started out as a small side project separate from my primary jewelry store Sparrow Salvage, wherein I explored my alienation at having been born and bought up in Australia while my mind and heart have always been so deeply English. As I examined this contrast I found myself connecting to deeper ideas of 'what it is to belong'; specifically finding our individual place in the collective tribal identity through culture, geography and time.

For all that looking to the past to define my (and our) present, soon enough I began turning a mind's eye to the future. I became interested in the idea of 'the tyranny of distance', and wondered if being a pioneer in Australia in those early times must have felt as strange as an alien world would to us now. In that one innocent thought, Star Tribe was born.

Science fiction influences me more and more, since it so well explores these yet-to-come places in man's timeline. I see science and technology develop where myth and magic came before and this caused me to begin working on a new series; pieces of futuristic design where threads of ancient culture are clearly seen.

Here my work is modern and ancient, man made and natural; it draws a thread between the past and the future, our selves and our ancestors, our technology and our Gods. Materials such as wood, clay and metal are elementally basic and connect to our first moments of man's world on earth, while salvaged objects, cake tins, fencing wire and antique textiles bridge a gap between here and the distant past, connecting with ancestors on the way.

The use of reclaimed materials is a method which perfectly suits the idea of constructing a future by connecting to the past. But where my work in Sparrow Salvage engaged my personal connections, Star Tribe deals with the greater connections of a collective tribal mind.

With each piece my ideas and themes expand but remain rooted in the seed of the human experience, the moments of life which connect us as one. It is my hope that visitors to Star Tribe will find something more than beautiful statement jewelry. I hope to create objects which are symbolic of our path from the primitive caves to the conquered stars, pieces in which you find your place in time. Through the connection to forefathers and ancestors, from the cradle of civilization to this very moment; we are all a part of a great journey. Man is a unique species on a unique planet, adrift in an ocean of stars and galaxies as unknown to us now as the new world once was to our forefathers. Are we the first of our kind - or the last?

The name Star Tribe evokes two things for me - 'tribe' is the base, the root of all identity; the belonging name. 'Star' is the place we set our sights as the future of our species, but also where every culture defines as the home of our creator. In the star tribe, we are the race who strive for the skies, in the ultimate quest to go home.

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  • Penny

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Hunter, Gatherer, Finder, Writer, Fantsy Historian

    42 years old and living (at the moment!) in the rural-ish mountains of Melbourne Australia. Artisan jewelry designer, photographer and possibly some kind of visionary, albeit a lazy one.

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