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I’m always most comfortable in baggy clothes and a sick pair of earrings.

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designer:
Ebony Birks

location:
Brisbane

I could never find jewellery I liked and I was sick of seeing cheap, fast fashion jewellery so I started creating pieces for myself with a sustainable approach in mind.

attributes:

Cultural and Original

profile

facts about me

Leaving school I was a bit lost and uncertain of what career path I wanted to follow. I fell into an internship through a friend, where I would learn the bases of jewellery over a few months. This is where I discovered my passion for crafting jewellery. After that, I enrolled in a short course which I didn’t like and have since been primarily self-teaching. 

Throughout my journey of jewellery, I have always had a passion for sustainability and wanted to combine the two. After 4 years of learning I finally launched my slow evolving, intimate jewellery label in 2020.

manufacturing
& production methods

I am a sole trader jeweller and source all precious metals from a sustainable Australian manufacturer, Palloys who have ethically sourced supplies, recycled materials and green refining technology. Each piece is carefully handmade in house at my studio where I cut, form, set, solder and polish. To ensure there is no dead stock, each piece is made to order. All tools in the studio are sourced from an Australia supplier and all gemstones are ethically sourced. I strive hard to work with Australian and local companies where possible.

inspiration

I could never find jewellery I liked and I was sick of seeing cheap, fast fashion jewellery so I started creating pieces for myself with a sustainable approach in mind. I am a Kamilaroi and Dunghutti woman and draw a lot of inspiration from my heritage.  As an Aboriginal woman I also wanted to create a label to represent my culture and to prove a point that my people can be strong, intelligent, creative and have their own business.

creative process

My creative approach changes almost daily. Some days I am really inspired and have ideas exploding out of my brain, other days not so much. Naturally I feel the majority of my designs come from my Aboriginal background. Other times I am influenced by general surroundings, art, music 

concept

I’ve never really been into dressing up or putting makeup on, I’m rather lazy when it comes to that. For me, jewellery has always been my form of dressing up and making me feel good/complete. I’m always most comfortable in baggy clothes and a sick pair of earrings. Jewellery has always been the last thing to tie together an outfit or to boost my confidence when I’m feeling a little flat. I wanted my jewellery label to be inclusive and versatile, to be worn on anyone, at any event and for any mood.

aesthetics

Initially when I launched my brand a lot of my pieces are minimalistic and understated. As I continue to find my groove, my pieces are becoming more bold and colourful but still with a minimalistic touch. I really enjoy the process of watching my pieces change as I evolve with my jewellery journey. A lot of my pieces reflect what stage I am at in my life and how I’m feeling creatively.