isabelleadele on Apr 16, 2017
Amazing piece of art. Couldn't be happier. Thanks so much!
Mary Johnson on Apr 10, 2017
Very striking necklace, beautifully crafted.
Constance Wiebrands on Apr 6, 2017
I love this necklace! Kate also wins the award for fastest shipping ever - I bought the necklace on Monday and it arrived on Tuesday, so I wore it on Wednesday. Thank you :)
Life is frequently beautiful but often imperfect - embrace it!
‘Growing up in the outer suburbs of London I never dreamed that I would end up living up in a tiny town in rural Australia and loving every minute of it’.
Having worked in the film and television industry for much of my UK based career, when I moved to Australia with my husband I decided I would take a different path. I have always loved making things and Quisnam started as a way to relieve some of the stresses that we all face in our daily lives. Sitting down with the intention of creating something is, for me, almost meditative. I can’t for the life of me remember when or even how I discovered etsy but, as soon as I did, a dream began to grow and, encouraged by family and friends, I launched my shop.
Life is frequently beautiful but often imperfect. My jewelry aesthetic reflects this and is handmade using new, recycled and salvaged materials. Rust, flaky paint, frayed ribbon – to some imperfections - are a feature of my designs and add to an item's uniqueness and beauty, a sentiment that could also just as easily be applied to life I think.
Having long been a frequenter of charity thrift shops (following in the footsteps of my mum) I love the idea of a ‘found’ object and incorporate them in my designs as often as I can. 'What else could this be?' is a question I often myself, hence my shop’s name Quisnam, which is Latin for ‘who’ or ‘what’. Over time my work has evolved and I have developed a recognizable style with a focus on texture and color; textile and ethnic embroidery, fiber and silk make frequent guest appearances in my pieces!
I am endlessly interested in the meaning humans attach to things- this is why a lot of my work incorporates objects that are considered amulets and talismans in some cultures. I only work when I feel inspired or I have a story to tell. I think this authenticity is communicated through the finished piece in much the same way as a canvas communicates the thoughts and feelings of the painter.
Apart from a shop window, etsy is also a doorway to a warm and welcoming community. Whilst I may never meet in person many of the lovely people, fellow artists and customers, I have discovered through etsy I count them as friends and my life is all the richer for it.
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
Returns & exchanges
- Custom or personalized orders
- To communicate with you about your order
- To fulfill your order
- For legal reasons (like paying taxes)