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BUTTON UP DESIGNS

SYDNEY BASED RESIN JEWELLERY DESIGNER, JODIE BANASIK CREATES ONE OF A KIND WEARABLE PIECES OF ART IN HER MAKE SHIFT HOME STUDIO ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF SYDNEY. WORKING WITH RESIN, JODIE LOVES TO CREATE ORIGINAL PIECES USING COLOUR AND CREATIVITY WITH A TOUCH OF CHAOS.

STATEMENT BUTTON NECKLACES, HANDMADE BANGLES AND RINGS AS WELL AS A NEW RESIN HOMEWARES RANGE ALL MAKE BUTTONUP DESIGNS WHAT IT IS TODAY. TO VIEW THE COLLECTION, PLEASE VISIT THE BUTTONUP DESIGNS ONLINE STORE HERE.

EACH DESIGN IS CAREFULLY PLANNED AND EVERY SINGLE PART OF THE PROCESS IS CREATED BY HAND. THIS INCLUDES MIXING, COLOURING AND POURING THE RESIN INTO HANDMADE MOULDS AS WELL AS SHAPING, SANDING AND POLISHING THE FINAL PIECE READY FOR WEAR.

JODIE’S INSPIRATION IS DRAWN FROM PATTERNS AND COLOURS FOUND IN OBJECTS AND VARIOUS TEXTILES. JUST THE FEELING OF CREATIVITY AND ALLOWING THE DESIGN PROCESS TO TAKE OVER, OFTEN RESULTS IN UNIQUE ORIGINAL PIECES BEING CREATED. JODIE’S CURRENT OBSESSION IS COPPER AND METALLICS, PRECIOUS METALS (GOLD LEAF), NEUTRAL TONES AND MARBLE EFFECTS WHICH HAS ALL BEEN DRIVEN FROM THE UNIQUE PATTERNS FOUND IN THE LOCAL NATURAL ENVIRONMENT.

COMBINING A LOVE OF RESIN AND SHARING THE CREATIVE SPIRIT, JODIE BEGAN TEACHING RESIN CLASSES A NUMBER OF YEARS AGO AND HAS TAUGHT AT VARIOUS ART AND DESIGN VENUES, COMMUNITY SPACES AND FESTIVALS INCLUDING THE SYDNEY FRINGE. RESIN IS EASY TO WORK WITH AND A GREAT SKILL TO LEARN FOR ANYONE WANTING TO CREATE THEIR OWN PERSONALLY DESIGNED JEWELLERY, SO IF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING IN A CLASS PLEASE CLICK HERE.

 
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JESS FORSTER

JESS FORSTER IS A SUSTAINABLE TEXTILE ARTIST + EDUCATOR FROM RURAL NEW SOUTH WALES. SHE CREATES UNIQUE HANDMADE FELT OBJECTS, ARTWORKS + SCULPTURE FROM LOCALLY SOURCED WOOL.

PHOTOGRAPH BY ERIN DANDO. 

 
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RUTH WOODS

RUTH HAS RUN SEVERAL SUCCESSFUL CREATIVE BUSINESSES INCLUDING CRAFT SCHOOL OZ WORKSHOPS, WHICH HAVE BEEN HELD AUSTRALIA-WIDE FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS. SHE ORIGINALLY TRAINED AS A CLOTHING DESIGNER IN THE UK, INCLUDING DESIGNING FOR FASHION BOUTIQUES AND HAS VAST EXPERIENCE IN THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY IN ENGLAND. AFTER ARRIVING IN AUSTRALIA IN THE 90’S, RUTH CREATED HER OWN CHILDREN'S CLOTHING LABEL, EMPLOYING SEVERAL STAFF AND TURNING OVER $100,000 IN THE FIRST YEAR. 

SHE HOLDS A DIPLOMA IN WOMEN’S CLOTHING DESIGN, A VISUAL ARTS DIPLOMA AND A BACHELOR OF ADULT LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT FROM MONASH UNIVERSITY.  SHE HAS TAUGHT SMALL BUSINESS SKILLS TO CREATIVE PEOPLE IN A COMMUNITY SETTING AND AT SWINBURNE TAFE; RUTH HAS WORKED AS A MENTOR, SPECIFICALLY FOR CREATIVE BUSINESSES FOR THE NEW ENTERPRISE INCENTIVE SCHEME, A GOVERNMENT INITIATIVE. 

MORE RECENTLY IN HER WORK WITH CRAFT SCHOOL OZ, SHE HAS BEEN DELIVERING CREATIVE WORKSHOPS WHICH THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE HAVE ENJOYED OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS.  RUTH LIKES TO PROVIDE A SUPPORTIVE AND ENCOURAGING ENVIRONMENT FOR PEOPLE TO LEARN, PUSHING THEM TO DEVELOP THEIR IDEAS AND MOVE TOWARDS THEIR GOALS.

 
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FIONA EDMEADES

HAS HAD A LIFE LONG LOVE OF THE HUMBLE CHAIR. SHE TRAINED AT THE LONDON COLLEGE OF FURNITURE GRADUATING WITH HER CITY AND GUILDS CERTIFICATE IN TRADITIONAL UPHOLSTERY IN 1991. FIONA RAN HER OWN UPHOLSTERY BUSINESS RESTORING ANTIQUES FOR PRIVATE CLIENTS UNTIL SHE MOVED TO AUSTRALIA IN 1995.

IN 2009 FIONA GRADUATED FROM THE NATIONAL ART SCHOOL, AND HAS SINCE BEEN WORKING AS AN ARTIST / SCULPTOR. THE CHAIR IS A MUCH LOVED MOTIF AND CAN BE SEEN THROUGHOUT HER WORK. IN EARLIER WORKS, FIONA MANIPULATED OLD AND BROKEN CHAIRS, BRINGING THEM TOGETHER IN NEW WAYS AND CREATING HYBRID ONE-OFFS (FUNCTIONAL CHAIR SCULPTURES). YOU CAN SEE THESE WORKS HERE HTTPS://WWW.FIONAEDMEADES.COM/HYBRID-FAMILY

FOR MANY YEARS FIONA KEPT HER UPHOLSTER’S HANDS CLOSE TO HOME, RESTORING HER OWN FURNITURE AND DOING A FEW SELECT COMMISSION WORKS AND TEACHING SESSIONS. HOWEVER RECENTLY FIONA HAS RECONNECTED WITH HER CRAFT.


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Susan Walker

SUE IS A TEXTILES TEACHER WHO LOVES FIBRE, YARN AND FABRIC. SHE OWNS YARNHUB, AN ONLINE STORE KNOWN FOR ITS BEAUTIFUL HAND-DYED YARN. SUE TEACHES WEAVING AT STURT GALLERY, MITTAGONG AND AT THE WEA, WOLLONGONG. SHE IS A WEAVER WHO ENJOYS ALL ASPECTS OF THE WEAVING PROCESS ON ANY OF HER SEVERAL LOOMS INCLUDING A 32-SHAFT COMPUTERISED LOOM. KNITTING AND CROCHET ARE OTHER TEXTILES CRAFTS SHE ENJOYS.