Rachael has been making jewellery for some time now and believes that a piece of jewellery is not just a visual object that makes a statement about wo we are and what we value but it should also be tactile and fun. Her work is intended to not just be worn but to be touched and felt. For her, tactile is not only for the wearer, but for herself the maker too. It is about the entire process; concept; design; refinement; problem solving; construction; and finally the satisfaction and honor of having a little something of hers fill a little corner of happiness for another. She completed a Bachelor of Design in Jewellery and Metalsmithing through the University of South Australia in the 1992 and soon after had a piece purchased as a Contemporary Art Acquisition by the Art Gallery of South Australia. This was just the beginning of her exhibiting for the next years through Australia and Japan. Her work reflects her love of architecture, art deco forms, Japanese minimalism, and a fascination for how things work and fit together. She refers to her making process as design and construction, using traditional handmade techniques to construct contemporary works that are tactile, well made and unique incorporating clean lines and contrasting materials. She has always had a love of architecture and an appreciation of geometric forms; clean lines; contrasting materials; the combinations of uniqueness with functionality/practicality.Read more
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