Photograph by Jenny Harmsen
Occasionally I get e-mails and comments from readers with questions… if there’s something you’d like to know about Sea Of Ghosts you might just find it here. If not, I’d love to hear from you!
What camera do you use?
I have two cameras and am currently experimenting with both for blog content. My traditional DSLR is a Canon 450D with two lenses, a 50mm f/1.8 prime and a EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 zoom. More recently I picked up the Pentax Q Compact Mirrorless Digital Hybrid also with two lenses, the 01 prime and 02 standard zoom.
Who did your header artwork? Can I get it as a tattoo?
I really do get asked this all the time. Especially the tattoo question! The artwork in my header was done by Brian Morris – it was not designed for me, but is used with permission. As it’s not my intellectual property, if you want to get it inked into your skin you’ll need to ask him!
Where did you learn to make jewellery?
I began making jewellery in 2006 with no formal training. In 2011 I did two weekend workshops in basic silversmithing and casting and loved it so much I decided to undertake an Advanced Diploma in Engineering Technology, specialising in jewellery, which I graduated from in 2013.
Where can I buy your jewellery?
You can visit my website for more information on stockists.
Do you make bespoke jewellery?
Definitely. You can get in touch with me via my website to discuss your special requirements.
Where are you favourite shops in Melbourne?
Zambesi on Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Alpha60 on Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Assin on Little Collins St, Melbourne
Nom D on Gertrude St, Fitzroy
L E F T on Gertrude St, Fitzroy
Eastern Market on Little Collins St, Melbourne
Alistair Trung on Little Collins St, Melbourne
LIFEwithBIRD in The GPO, Melbourne
Scanlan & Theodore on Little Collins St, Melbourne
e.g. et al on Flinders Lane
Pieces of Eight on Russel Pl, Melbourne
CRAFT on Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Studio Ingot on Brunswick St, Fitzroy
Gallery Funaki on Crossley St, Melbourne
Alice Euphemia on Swanston St, Melbourne
Metal Couture in The Royal Arcade, Melbourne
What are your favourite shops online?
What other blogs do you read?
What advice do you have for someone trying to refine their style?
Bringing together my style in a cohesive manner has taken a long time, but mostly because I struggled for a long time trying to find an affinity with a particular style. I began emulating styles that looked good to me and tried to work out how they made me feel. I think great style should have an emotional correlation with your personality in order to come off successfully and get that “effortless” look about them that’s so coveted.
If you know what style you’re trying to embody then half your work is already done. It takes courage to purge your closet but it’s a necessary step in creating a new order in your wardrobe. Better to have too few clothes that speak of your style than an abundance of chaos which just lead to confusion and panic attacks in the morning.
I fell towards lots of black because it goes with everything. If you wear lots of colours you have to have confidence in matching or clashing them, and it usually means needing a lot more clothes! I find colours restrictive in that sense. This colourful floral shirt may only go with three other things, but plain black goes with every other plain black thing you own. For someone like me who’s seriously fastidious about colour matching, going all black took an enormous pressure off getting dressed every day. Additionally, I also feel that black imparts an element of darkness in my own style that’s also present in other facets of my life including design influences and musical tastes.
It comes back to that correlation of personality and style which is imperative for personal style to have integrity, authenticity and sincerity. I also hear a lot “dress for the person you want to be” and I think that’s important too. It’s why I’ve started to shop quality over quantity; for love over lust. Style is not just about where you are now but where you’re going in the future.