Narrative textile jewelry with a bohemian spirit

Melbourne, Australia · 798 Sales


Narrative textile jewelry with a bohemian spirit

Melbourne, Australia 798 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars

Announcement   I'm having a studio clean out in preparation for new projects and a house move, so there are prints for offer right now - most at a limited edition of 1! They're cheap too as they've come out of my portfolio, what you might call 'ex-display'. :)

Last updated on Jul 13, 2016

I'm having a studio clean out in preparation for new projects and a house move, so there are prints for offer right now - most at a limited edition of 1! They're cheap too as they've come out of my portfolio, what you might call 'ex-display'. :)

Penelope Neil

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5 out of 5 stars

Tiina on May 12, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Great report: very useful and concrete advice and examples. I've already started to make changes and even noticed some progress, too. Thank you :)

Willow Studio

Willow Studio on Mar 8, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Very helpful observations and a very thorough analysis of the shop. Thank you, Penny, the help with keywords alone was worth the price.

Susan Swan

Susan Swan on Feb 27, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Penny, I can't tell you how grateful I am for what you have done; definitely worth many times what you charged! I am wowed by the amount of time and thought you put into this. Most of all this is exactly the information I needed, and from an artist's viewpoint. Your notes about things I need to work on, descriptions of my shop, work, target customer, just everything ~ is so helpful. You have renewed my enthusiasm and energy for my shop. Thank you, thank you! Susan

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Narrative jewelry - the soul's journey home

Sparrow Salvage has been a long journey, the path of which always comes back to jewelry. I’ve been making ‘Victorian tribal’ assemblage jewelry for 8 years now; originally an exhibition artist, I needed to make an income with my creativity so I simply took the ideas, aesthetic and materials from my artwork and transferred it to jewelry. Sparrow Salvage was born.

As an artist’s work tends to do, my jewelry manifests as more than simple adornment. I believe it should represent the soul who wears it and provide a deeper meaning, serving to enhance your spirit as well as your outfit. The right piece can make you feel powerful, graceful, sexy, innocent or serene; whether it stems from the healing power of crystals, the affirmation of words or deeply personal symbolisms in shapes and colours; it all comes together as a kind of personal magic.

Ethics also play a large part in my purpose; as someone who considers themselves a conscious consumer, I’ve made a commitment that my jewelry is made from salvaged and reclaimed materials as much as possible. Believing that ‘salvage is the best kind of sustainable’, taking material which has been cast aside and re-working it to be new and appreciated again does a service for the responsible use of earth's dwindling resources.

My hunting grounds are junk shops, thrift stores, my father's shed, friend's cleanouts and even the occasional salvage yard. I also find the idea of gathering materials around me links nicely back to my artist's ideas of identity, that we construct our own world by selecting from the reality around us, accepting and rejecting as we go. This is exactly how I build my work - I gather materials like ideas, building the piece without any defined ideas; the finished piece is ‘designed’ simply by careful arrangement of the elements I feel are ‘right’.

My aesthetic is uniquely my own, a combination of feminine and earthy that I call 'English Bohemian'. Imagine an English country maid goes to Woodstock and you're halfway there. I've always found it difficult to find things to wear that express my own personal style; making my own jewelry was an answer to that, and this year I'm making my own clothes too. To sell? Well, that depends on how cooperative the sewing machine is!

Shop members
  • Penelope

    Owner, Creator, One Woman Show

    Life-long artist, night owl, making jewelry and re-building myself as I go. I live in the Australian countryside (for now!) and drink far too much tea.

Shop policies

Last updated on June 22, 2016
Welcome to Sparrow Salvage, home of handmade quality artisan jewelry made by me since 2008!

Committed to a genuine Eco-friendly standpoint, my jewelry is made almost entirely with salvage materials, following the mantra ‘salvage is the best kind of sustainable’. I believe salvaged and reclaimed materials can still be of a high quality, and I focus only on natural and durable materials - stone, glass, metal, bone, shell, ceramic and wood.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Other Method
I accept Paypal and Credit Cards from all buyers, Australian residents also have the option of Money Order and Bank Deposit, which you can apply to your order by selecting the appropriate option during checkout.


I have a lay away system, typically it is 4 weeks with payments made weekly, a minimum purchase of $100 is required for lay away to apply and you may combine several listings in order to do so. The payment time can be extended if the value of the transaction is particularly high. You are welcome to write and ask about it; quotes and consultations are obligation free.
Shipping rates are only what Australia Post charges me. All orders over a certain value are shipped with either tracking or registration, depending on what service is available to your country. This allows your parcel to stay safe and be found in the unlikely event that it wanders.

International buyers - Australia Post estimates 10 business days to get from you to me. Please allow a few extra days on top of this if you live outside a major city; additionally it make take a few days longer still if you live in a smaller country.

I regret to inform that due to certain requirements I cannot fulfil, I am unable to ship to any country in the EU.
Refunds and Exchanges
Purchases are largely considered final; I aim to represent my items in the most accurate way possible. Please make your choices carefully and study all the photos well- you can click on 'zoom' to enlarge. If you still feel the item has been misrepresented or falsely advertised, please let me know. In most cases returning the goods will be sufficient, however if shipping prohibits such a consideration, partial refunds or shop credit can be given.

I do everything I can to protect your item on it's journey. I've been selling online for almost a decade now so I have a lot of experience in packing things for worldwide transit- I wrap thing in a manner in which I would like to receive them. If your item comes damaged, contact me immediately and I will do what I can to help.