Making jewellery fulfils a need I have to create objects that hold special meanings. These objects can be worn and can potentially provoke in the wearer and viewer a need for a response or interaction of some kind. A dialogue is opened up – jewellery then acts as a portable tool for the communication of ideas.

My work references my passion for plants as subject. I’m interested in notions of place, belonging and the life cycle and I use plants as metaphors to represent these ideas. Plants native to Australia, exotic plants, plant forms found in the fine and decorative arts and plants used in gardens are just some sources referenced and researched. Botanical motifs have a long history within jewellery’s imagery so are a rich source for reinterpretation and investigation.

I combine flexible pedestrian plastics (upholstery and stationery remnants), textile processes and materials alongside metal and metal techniques to create a cross media/material discourse that works across traditional classifications of what jewellery and textiles should be.

Australian National University, Master of Philosophy (Research), Gold and Silversmithing, Canberra, ACT

Box Hill Institute, Melbourne, Australia, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Fluxus, Dunedin, New Zealand.
Post-graduate professional development, 2 years

Otago Polytechnic School of Art, Dunedin, New Zealand
Diploma in Craft Design, Major: Jewellery

University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
Bachelor of Arts, Major: Classical Studies, Classical Art and Architecture



2012 City of Melbourne, Project Grant, Melbourne, Australia
2010 Arts Victoria, Artist in Schools, Melbourne Girls College, Melbourne, Australia
2009 Contemporary Wearables Biennial Jewellery Award and Exhibition, 2009 Award, First Prize, Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, Toowoomba, QLD

National Contemporary Jewellery Award, First prize: Jewellery using non precious materials, Griffith Regional Art Gallery, Griffith, NSW, Australia


Australia Council for the Arts, Visual Arts and Craft Board, New work grant


  Cultural Festival Melbourne Commonwealth Games 2006 , 'Medalling: designed and decorated', invited exhibitor, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, Australia.
Absolut Vodka, 'Seven Deadly Sins' international advertising campaign, 2002.

Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia

Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, Toowoomba, Australia


Griffith Regional Art Gallery, Griffith, NSW, Australia


Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia

  Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, UK

Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK

  Absolut Vodka Art Collection, Sweden

  Art Jewelry Today 3, Jeffery B. Snyder, Schiffer Publishing, Ltd, 2011
  Craft Arts International, Softer Options, Issue 79, 2010, pp 47–50
  Saturated: Metal and Color, Exhibition in Print: Metalsmith magazine, USA, August 2009 (contributing artist)
  Handmade In Melbourne, Nancy Ianni et al, Geoff Slattery Publishing, Melbourne, Australia, 2009, (contributing artist)
  500 Plastic Jewelry Designs, Lark Books, Altamont Press, Inc, USA, 2009 (contributing artist, published September 2009)
  The Age, My Career - ‘Ring Cycle’ by Yvonne Nicolas, 24 May 2008
  500 Necklaces, Lark Books, Altamont Press, Inc, USA, 2006 (contributing artist)
  The great materials double dip - Object, Issue 46, 2005, p.16–23
  500 Rings, Lark Books, Altamont Press, Inc, USA, 2004 (contributing artist)
  500 Brooches, Lark Books, Altamont Press, Inc, USA, 2004 (contributing artist)

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