Textiles Anyone?

Maris Herr

 

I have lived and worked in Wagga Wagga in regional Australia for the majority of my life. I have tried to live in various cities, but I just don't like them. It is the same with textiles; I have tried to work in other media, however I always come back to fibre.

Jewellery making for me started as an exercise in discipline, I had always found it difficult to work on a small scale. Creating small wearable pieces has forced me to look at and value every detail in the work. The one thing I wasn’t expecting was the enjoyment that making these pieces gives me. Due to a lack of resources in my local area I started to experiment with making my own beads, using silk and wool and they have become a major part of the design process for me.

Artwork by Maris Herr

Felt Bead Earrings

Felt Bead Earrings

All the felt beads are handcrafted from 100% Australian Merino Wool, teamed with freshwater pearls or glass beads. The earring hooks are surgical stainless steel and the length of each earring is measured from the bottom of the hook.

Felt Bead Earrings

Fossil Brooches

Fossil Brooches

These brooches are moulded from a two-part epoxy resin, using leaves to create an impression in the surface, a layer of metal leaf is then applied and the surface texture is highlighted using acrylic paint. Finally a layer of varnish is applied to protect the surface. A barrel style brooch back is attached and the brooch backed with leather to prevent damage to the wearer’s clothes.

Fossil Brooches

Picture Brooches

Picture Brooches

Using a lead lighting technique each of these brooches features a unique arrangement of found objects or drawings. The front of the brooch is glass, edged and backed with copper, soldered into place. A barrel style brooch back is attached and the brooch backed with leather to prevent damage to the wearer’s clothes.

Picture Brooches

Scarves

Scarves

Machine embroidery through layers of soluble fabric is used to create the unique fabric for these scarves. The open weave of the design traps air when worn, making scarves these the perfect choice for a chilly winters day.

Scarves

Silk Bead Earrings

Silk Bead Earrings

These earrings feature beads made from hand spun silk or a silk gimp cord, teamed with freshwater pearls, natural stones or glass beads. The earring hooks are surgical stainless steel and the length of each earring is measured from the bottom of the hook.

Silk Bead Earrings