Director, Studio 20/17 Project Space, 53 Ridge St, North Sydney
Studio 20/17 Project Space is my current workshop. Work by various Australian jewellery artists is also on display and I provide short courses in various jewellery skills, free community workshops, private tutoring, and an ongoing exhibition program. Follow on facebook and Instagram.
The Seedling at Sagada, theseedlingatsagada.wordpress.com, was born out of observations and concerns for the deterioration of my partner’s ancestral town in the Philippines. This has been caused by unbridled tourist development and the massive increase in the use of plastics. I’m passionate about living a life based on permaculture principles and we were driven to create this project having seen the increasingly unsustainable impact that tourism is having on this beautiful and natural area. We purchased a run down property and are slowly turning it into an example of a low impact, low-cost eco-retreat, utilising permaculture principles, greywater, rainwater capture and renewable energy. When we can, we hold free workshops in composting and other sustainable skills and are building a vegetable garden on site. We built the first ferro-cement rainwater tank in the village, and taught and employed locals to ensure that these skills were passed on to the local community. We also aim to include a residency program as part of the project. You can also follow us on facebook.
The Repair Cafe Sydney North is held monthly on the first and second Sundays of the month between 1-3pm. I’m generally there on the first Sunday of the month repairing people’s jewellery for free. Come and join us. Even if you don’t have something to repair, it’s a great place to hang out and you can grab a delicious organic coffee and cake for a small donation. Find out a bit more about Repair Cafes.
Co-director, Studio 20/17, 2 Danks Street, Waterloo, NSW 2017
Studio 20/17, www.studio2017.com.au, a combined workshop, contemporary jewellery gallery and retail space, was setup in 2008 with fellow jeweller, Melanie Ihnen. Representing work by various national and international jewellery artists, the workshop also provided bench space for jewellers, short courses in various jewellery skills, private tutoring, and an ongoing exhibition program. Studio 20/17 closed at the end of 2017 when the building it was located in was sold for redevelopment into apartments.