About the Artists
About The Artists
Suzette Watkins swapped her arts management job in Alice Springs for a jewellers’ bench in Adelaide in 2006. At 56 she returned to college to retrain as a silversmith, bringing a new focus to the jewellery she has been creating since 2003. A keen eye for colour and an ongoing involvement with Indigenous art led to her engagement with jewellery and design.
Her jewellery interprets the Australian landscape in a bold abstract context, with an emphasis on colour, shape, texture and light. Suzette’s work includes commissioned work, exclusive and limited designs as well as uniquely available pieces.
Mike Fewster was a teacher in Victoria for most of his life He specialised in working with students and families from the streets of inner-urban Melbourne and non-English speaking backgrounds. In Alice Springs he taught at the Correctional Centre working mainly with traditional indigenous men. His passion for photography goes back to his teens.
We are now based in Adelaide, but the bush remains an enduring love. Together we have created “Australian Landscape Jewellery”, photographing the land and interpreting those places in jewellery.
Below is an interview with Suzette on TEA The Entrepreneurial Artist podcast
And here is a short video of Suzette in the studio.
Hayley Coates, a talented young designer and silversmith, has also joined the team and you will find her work and name in pieces like Remember Me, Storm Over Uluru, Boronia and the Wattle series.
Over the last few years she has also been working with Suzette Watkins’ Australian Landscape Jewellery as an Associate, designing into our range as well as continuing with her own vision, designing her own jewellery range.
Links to other artists:
Lynne Stone: Blooming Threads. Fibre Artist - Botanical Embroidery. An extremely talented artist who constructs three-dimensional, botanically correct embroideries of Australian native foliage and flowers.
Melanie Ball: Applique-moi. Melanie transforms preloved hats and ties - and jackets on commission - into unique, wearable artworks.
T'Arts Collective Gallery: this gallery is a collective of 34 mainly South Australian artists in a huge shop in the middle of Adelaide, just off Adelaide Arcade.
Joy Harvey: Cutting Back With Joy. A celebration of all things Contemporary Reverse Applique. Stunning representations of places she loves