Aacute Jewellery Making Workshop 2016 WEB CROPPED

A big welcome to our guest blogger for this week, Julie from Aacute!

Aacute is a collective of thinkers and makers, stemming from Melbournian sisters, Julie and Kelly Tran. Influenced by the indigenous tribal communities of East Asia and modern, dark urban fashion, Aacute painstakingly handcrafts jewellery forged from a myriad of exceptional materials. This includes signature cut polymer clay, reclaimed leather and granular wood. Aacute also creates quality soy candles formed within customised apothecary jars. Aacute believes in sustainability and carefully selects all materials with the environment and the community in mind, without sacrificing their design aesthetic. Julie will be running a polymer clay jewellery workshop on 2nd July: click here for deets.

Julie fills us in on 5 artists and businesses that inspire her…

1. Melanie Katsalidis – Pieces of Eight

Melanie is a jeweller and founder of Pieces of Eight Gallery. Her gallery shop presents top quality artist made jewellery and small objects. Pieces of Eight have grown to become a reputable showcase for fantastic local talent over the years, regularly exhibiting and celebrating artists’ work. Melanie’s focus on respecting art, clients and sustaining great ethics in her business is incredibly inspiring. http://www.piecesofeight.com.au/

Courtesy of Melanie Katsaldis - Pieces of Eight
Courtesy of Melanie Katsaldis – Pieces of Eight

2. Emily and Craig – North St. Flowers

Emily and Craig are the brains and brawn behind North St. Flowers, offering beautiful flora to suit all occasions and budgets. They hold workshops, sell local artist work in their shop and have an incredible selection of curated floral designs and wares. They also collaborate with renowned artists to style events, weddings and even offer customised plant installations. Their work ethic and drive to make ideas come to life with plants and wonderful customer service make them successful and inspiring. http://northst.com.au/

3. Kim Victoria – Kim Victoria Jewels

Kim Victoria is a jewellery designer whose intricate designs embody geological topographies and the Australian landscape. Her stunning jewellery shows high quality craftsmanship and thought in her label. She has recently opened a collective workspace studio and store, Real Job Studios, to do her craft full time! Check out her dreamy jewels at http://kimvictoriajewels.com

Showdown - Image courtesy of KimV ictoria Wearne
Showdown – Image courtesy of Kim Victoria Wearne

4. Roslyn Campbell – Tsuno

Tsuno is taking over the world with sustainable bamboo sanitary pads to help make a difference for and with women from developing countries. This inspiring and socially responsible business has 50% of profits going to projects to educate and empower women, as well as providing much needed sanitary pads for them. I should also mention their packaging design is beautiful and was created in collaboration with a talented porcelain artist, Erin Lightfoot. http://tsuno.com.au/

Tsuno Pads - Image courtesy of Roslyn Campbell
Tsuno Pads – Image courtesy of Roslyn Campbell

5. Tessy King

Tessy’s work is wonderfully creative, odd and colourful. She works with mixed mediums including ceramics and enamel making functional wares that a uniquely sculptured in her characteristically ‘wonky’ way! Check out her designs on her instagram @tessyking <3

Image courtesy of Tessy King
Image courtesy of Tessy King

Join Aacute at their winter warmer clay polymer jewellery making workshop on July 2 at Mies Coffee Bar (85 Hudsons Road, Spotswood). Tickets are available here.