I create unique 'one off' found object jewellery that uses a range of techniques, tools and mediums. Typically I incorporate vintage and modern items together, as it adds an interesting dimension to the piece.
My work was originally very simple and traditional, using beading techniques with new materials predominately.
Nearly all components of my jewelry are re-cycled or up-cycled. I have been collected (some would say hoarding!) a lot of materials particularly in the last five years. Many of my jewellery components have been in my collection for more than 20 years :)
I am fortunate enough to have a dedicated Studio space which is 6m x 5m. And I have managed to fill every wall space with large bookshelves (got to love IKEA!!), desks and re-cycled furniture from family members.
Two Roads Studio was named in honour of the American poet Robert Frost's most famous poem 'The Road Not Taken'. I have had a passion for Robert Frost's poetry since high school, so much so, I took a dedicated trip to travel around all Robert Frost's many farms in New Hampshire, USA in 2003. My website tells the story in more detail.....
Interesting question - I would like to get more into silversmithing, since I have taken some basic classes at the Brisbane Institute of Art and loved it! Just finding the time to dedicate to learning this interesting medium.
During the week I am a full time professional and part time mother, wife and student. I typically have to crunch my creative time in on the weekends and find myself working typically in the evening when all of household or family commitments are completed.
Do you prefer to listen to music while creating or watching a movie?
I generally listen to books on CD while I am creating so I can get two things done at once!
Do you have a favourite handmade item that you have bought?
I love all handmade and have a lot of interesting creations in my collection but my favourite recent purchase was a bag created by Wimcee that I re-made into a skirt. The fabrics were so pretty and crazy coloured I just had to wear it.
How long have you been a BrisStyle member and what made you become a member?
I joined BrisStyle this year after deciding to re-invigorate my handcraft work.
Why do you craft Bernadette?
I originally crafted to keep balance in my life. Like so many others, I have a lot of different roles and responsibilities in my life.
It's really about sharing my passion with others and sharing some joy. We create unique pieces that carry their prior histories as found objects and are lovingly imbued with our stories during their creation.
We would like people who wear our pieces to create their own special stories, incorporating the love and joy we felt in the creation process into their lives.
Our dream is that wearers of Two Roads creations feel special, encouraging them to pursue their many roads in life with love, hope and courage.
Thanks so much Bernadette, it was a pleasure to chat with you