Wednesday, June 9, 2010


" Honorable Mention in Jewellery design category" in GOTYA VIC 2009
Graduate of the year awards 2009 -GOTYA from victoria is organised by Design Institute of Australia. We were asked to send two images of our work which we did during the course of the study.
As I said in my previous post, I made vessels which can also be worn as jewellery. So the first picture present my collection of wearable vessels. The second picture shows the designing process. The renderings are made by hand using water colours and steadler pencils. It is very important to present a visual of the design with different variations to gain initial confidence of the customer.
Judge's Feedback:
My view is that the manufactured work presented is a clever expansion of an age old concenpt. I appreciate the transformation and particularly enjoyed the transformation of the color.
What I would have like to have seen more of a detailed view of the work to enable me asses the quality of the workmanship.
For the pear shape design-rendering i found it challenging to have a clear view. Understanding that this may be conceptual and from what I can see the collar looks potentially stunning, I note that I would be mindfull that these renderings do not fully represent the practicalities of manufacture and would not in my view accurately present the final piece to the client.
Congratulations on your entry and I commend you on your efforts and am ceratin that you have a bright future ahead.
Shaylee Mckenzie.
I am glad to receive the feedback and will work more on the details of presentation. There was so much work I wanted to put it which made me compromise with the details, but I will keep this in my mind. Thanks alot for appreciating my work!
I genuinely want to thank my teacher " Lorraine White" who asked me to participate in first place. I am glad that I chose Box Hill Institute of TAFE to study and have such wonderful teachers.
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Tuesday, June 1, 2010


Inspired from the gold boxes of renaissance period, I intended to make boxes which can also be worn as jewellery. This was theme for my graduate exhibition 2009. Goldsmiths of 18th centurn Europe made gold boxes using intricate patterns in high carat gold and it alloys and enamelling techniques. To depict rich color of gold I used 22ct gold plated copper and to show enamelling colors, I used colors of polypropylene plastic.

The above picture is a small box, inspired from vintage purses. It is silver plated copper and when upside down (picture below), it can be worn as a ring and has a hologram beneath

Below is a small vessel which is made by powder coated copper. It can also be worn as a two-finger ring.

This 22ct gold plated copper is a small box and a pendant. I have used green polypropylene plastic to depict green enamelling color. This piece was exhibited in GRADUATE METAL 12 in Perth during 14th Biennial JMGA conference.

This is again 22ct gold plated copper and I have used red polypropylene plastic to depict red enamelling color. This is also a small box and when upside down , it can be worn as a ring (as shown in the picture above). This piece was also exhibited in GRADUATE METAL 12, Perth.

The above box is 22ct gold plated copper and sterling silver with peridot set in bezel. It is inspired from "snuff box" which goldsmiths made during 18th centruy in Europe.

The above piece is a solid sterling silver bangle and stands like a small flower pot.