This sterling silver necklace made from my recycled silver scrap (a genuine Wrecker piece) is a commission for a dear friend, Kylie Johnson. Little did I know when I first met Kylie nearly 30 years ago that she would become a published poet and successful artist. Although I probably should have guessed from all her crazy drawings and letters.
We both grew up in the same street and did Junior Red Cross together with Kylie's talented and artistic mum who was such an inspiration to us. Reconnecting with Kylie in recent years through mutual friends and joining the Umbrella Collective has been wonderful.
Kylie's gorgeous book, Count Me the Stars, published by Murdoch Books is being launched tomorrow night at GoMA, Brisbane. The necklace that the glamorous author will be wearing is inspired by the book cover art. The book is printed on 100% recycled paper just as the necklace is made from my melted down silver scrap. I was so happy with the way it turned out as I was trying to capture the essence of Kylie's artwork and fuse it with my own approach. It makes me so happy and proud to be part of this celebration.
Congratulations Kylie! And great work on the new website and blog! We knew you'd join us in the 21st Century and it was well worth the wait.