I have been thinking a lot about the pretty and the ugly, the grotesque and the sublime... why we make what we make. The authentic self and finding our way through the creative process. I'm working on a project examining these issues in practice, will write more soon.
Touchstones is an exhibition at EGETAL which runs 12 Sept-1 October, examining how we find meaning in everyday life - how what we wear on our hands can engage us in a moment to slow and remind ourselves to be present. These rings are inspired by the people who allow me to feel present in everyday life: my children. I have created two rings that sit together and speak of love, vulnerability, play, strength and laughter. One ring, in 18ct yellow gold set with rough diamonds, celebrates the softness and fragility of motherhood. This ring nestles within an oxidised fused silver and gold ring that symbolises strength and power. More details and other artists work egetal. Photo egetal.
This is the piece I made for Egetal's Fifteen Celebrations. This is what they wrote about it Cosmic wonders pierce the infinite dark of an Australian night sky as rivers vein great expanses of earth and rock in Sarah Heyward’s powerful boulder opal, quartz, 18ct yellow gold and silk necklace. This stirring song to the antipodes is now available for viewing and purchase in the gallery as part of our ‘Fifteen’ exhibition.
Last night I attended the launch of the fantastic new space, NorthCity4 in Brunswick. I am really excited about this community space for contemporary jewellers and object makers. Can's wait for the seminars and workshops. Thanks to all involved for realising this amazing project. I also bought a beautiful Katherine Bowman print, joy! NorthCity4 Website
I am a contemporary jeweller living and working in Melbourne. I work from a solar powered studio in Brunswick, I use recycled gold where I can and industrial waste mild steel. Contact me at email@example.com
My work is an exploration of the interplay between materials as an artistic medium and how they are represented in the modern world. I find inspiration in industrial materials, the randomness and asymmetry of the urban landscape, and the angular lines of architecture. My work is angular and bold, but at the same time it is understated and reminds me of soft comfortable silences in conversations of few words between friends and lovers.