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Meet Christine, an artist based in country Victoria who makes jewellery inspired by Australian flora and fauna

Christine is a an artist based in country Victoria who makes jewellery inspired by Australian flora and fauna. She creates unique wearable art from her own hand-drawn images which are laser-cut and etched onto timber and then hand-painted.

We asked Christine about what she has been working on, how she started making jewellery and why she decided to join the in.cube8r community.

Tell us a little about your background and what made you start your craft.

Jewellery making was never something I set out to do, I guess I just stumbled into it while seeking a creative outlet. I am pretty much self-taught with regards to the designing of my pieces and the process, I have spent MANY hours teaching myself Illustrator and other programs to create my designs. I did study art and design through school and I am also a qualified interior designer but I never pursued it as a career and have never had any other formal training or done any workshops etc.

Why did you choose in.cube8r? What do you hope to accomplish as a cuber?

I chose in.cube8r because I loved the idea of a space that was dedicated to the makers. I’ve wholesaled to other retail shops but wholesaling is different and a lot of the time their customers don’t know much about the artist behind the item. This was the first opportunity I’d had to have my work showcased in a prime location and also be supported by the in.cube8r team! As a cuber I’d love to be supportive of the other makers and hope to contribute to building the recognition for the incube8r galleries.

What do you create?

I started out making simple jewellery pieces from laser-cut acrylic in 2016; that progressed to me making jewellery from my own hand-drawing designs of Australian flora and birds. Now my pieces are created from my own digitally illustrated designs which are then laser cut from timber and sometimes hand painted by me.

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How many hour a week do you spend doing your craft?

I’d probably say about 25-30 hours over a week, give or take depending on deadlines.

What is your favourite thing about making jewellery?

The feeling of pure joy and accomplishment when someone purchases one of my pieces. I still get blown away that something that has come from my brain, and has been turned into an object, has been liked enough by someone that they have decided to buy it. And even more humbling is people buying them as gifts!!! Christmas is the best time when I get to see people purchasing as gifts and the gift messages they put for their loved ones, it makes my job the absolute best job ever in the world!

What are you working on? What are your future plans for your craft?

Some different style of jewellery designs, as well as some other NON jewellery pieces!! They’re a secret for now though!

What inspires you? Who & what are your influences?

I am inspired by a lot of local Australian artists from surface designers to polymer clay artists! Mainly people who do amazing things that I wish I could do! Also inspired by Australian flora, many of my designs are based on Australia’s most popular or well-known species. Most recently I have been drawing inspiration from lesser known species but still equally as beautiful and expanding my knowledge of native flora. I have also released a range of Australian birds, many of these were inspired from my own backyard! I am so privileged to be able to live at the foothills of the Victorian High Country and be surrounded by so much amazing wildlife.

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As a child what did you want to be when you grew up?

A horse trainer and a graphic designer! The graphic design was supposed to earn me lots of money so I could have a big fancy horse place with lots of stables.

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