So I spend a lot of time on Instagram. I follow so many account that I am in love with, and have a couple of accounts I feed on a daily basis. I spend a lot of my time seeking out other makers and artisans - I love looking at techniques and viewpoints other than my own that might inform my own work, or that are just inspirational in colours, shape or elements.
One of the makers I came across last year is Triangle of Bears. She's a custom jewellery maker from Melbourne, Australia. She makes large, unusual pieces from completely vegan and cruelty free materials such as synthetic leather and textured vinyl - often around spirit animals such as bears, bats and wolves and totems such as skulls and mushrooms. I think her work is exciting, unexpected and glorious! There's a gorgeous narrative in each piece, and the devil really is in the details. I love the asymmetrical designs, the clever balances of bright and subtle colours, and the rich characterisations each of her spirit animals are given - I'm particularly taken with the eyelashes on the sabre toothed she-tiger, and the ornate beaded mini jewellery on the giraffe. Jewellery within jewllery? Amazing.
Credit where credit is due - this is real contemporary artistry! Check out her shop at Triangle of Bears to learn more about her, her customers and her artworks.