“Red is ruby, blue is sapphire, green is emerald,” said my grandmother.
That is the first thing I remember about colours or gemstones; or most other things for that matter.
I enjoy communicating ideas and stories through objects that I make. They may be inspired by memories and history inherent in a found object, the process of making, or the relationships between the piece, its wearer and myself as the maker.
During my final year of technical studies in jewellery, I have spent much of my time at the precision scale and rolling mill, revisiting the first metal working technique we learn- alloying, to explore the various properties of the core material with which we work. I became particularly interested in the science of colour- variations produced with different metal combinations, and furthermore with chemical treatment. Sensitivity to colour then became an important aspect of my work, and often inspired the works I have made since.
For two years after completing the Advanced Diploma in jewellery, I have worked on a number of projects on commission basis, designing, making and engaging in each story.
Please also visit my instagram page @takakok to view photographs of my interests and works in progress.
Bachelor of Design (Interior Design) (Honours First Class)
RMIT University, 2009
Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology (Jewellery)
NMIT (current Melbourne Polytechnic), 2013
RAW: Natural Born Artists presents AWAKENING
A showcase of 40 emerging artists across the creative fields.
Melbourne Pavilion, Melbourne
NMIT Jewellery Graduate Exhibition
Red Gallery, Melbourne
RMIT INDEX 13 Fundraiser Auction
'Crow, Sesame and Char' auctioned to raise funds for RMIT interior design graduates of 2013.
NMIT Jewellery Auction
'Crow, Sesame and Char' auctioned to raise funds for NMIT jewellery graduates of 2013.
Royal Melbourne Hotel
Homo Faber: Modelling Ideas
Melbourne Museum, Melbourne
Research Exhibition exploring manual making, as part of SIAL Homo Faber project.
August- September 2007