An exploration of natural forms, curves, and shapes similar to the evolving forms in nature, combining Australian and exotic hardwoods with sterling silver. Sarah Bourke’s work is a Jewellery manifesto for the Australian native flora and all its natural beauty.
The Importance of Nature and Sustainability
Sarah Bourke: Natures role is a very important part of my design and making process.
Each design I have created using the forms of nature from where I live. My studio is amongst the beautiful spotted gum bush on the southeastern coastline of Australia – amongst the bush north of Tathra on the far south coast of New South Wales.
My work is a balance of wood and silver combining the soft and hard elements into wearable forms, exotic hardwoods complimented by sterling silver, resulting in bold yet elegant designs. The silver I use is recycled and the wood usually is pieced too small or unusable for furniture. However, I also purchase larger beautiful timber that is ethically sourced (greatest respect for old endangered trees) from Northern Territory Ironwood, Brigalow: Gidgee and Wenge, known for their rich colours and defined grains. My studio is also off-the grid so all power to make my work is made from the sun.
Sarah Bourke: I was born in regional Australia and have a strong connection and respect of the land I live in. I believe this country holds an ancient powerful untouched natural history that needs to be preserved and recognized.
Australia has a very strong contemporary jewellery scene with a diverse range of style and creativity. Jewellery is a source of personal expression of design. The support for quality in craftsmanship and beauty is strong here.
Interview with Sarah Bourke.
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