I was killing a bit of time in Avalon Beach last week and stumbled into Kristina Brenke Stuido on Old Barrenjoey Road. A little treasure trove of interesting clothes and homewares.
I couldn't resist this bag that could also double as a pet. Kristitna is a jeweller ... so the jewels are definitely worth checking out ... read more about her...
German born, London trained, Kristina Brenke’s career spans almost two decades having held primary positions designing and manufacturing for prominent London and Sydney jewellers before founding her own label in 2006. Recognised for her unique yet timeless designs and sound craftsmanship, her covetable one-off and limited edition pieces enjoy a loyal following from a broad spectrum of clients.
“My jewellery is highly sculptural, yet must be worn easily and I enjoy this challenge as it pushes my creativity and imagination further. I do not entirely plan a piece before I make it – often I design as I work, allowing the making process to define the design.”
During the course of her industry experience, Kristina has researched and handled
jewellery from many periods and cultures. Her main inspiration however, does not lie here but in the smallest of details that she observes in the world around her:
“It is the furl of a ruffle, a snatch of lace, a ceremonial carving or a painting in miniature that fascinates me; the small almost invisible details which capture my attention.”
Most significantly, she is a collector: seedpods and seashells, vintage glass beads and French ribbon – one of these finds has the potential to inspire an entire range – more simply she likes to include them to diversify and individualise her work. It is this distinctive fusion of tribal and whimsy that identifies her highly sought after and innovative style.
Each jewel is handmade by Kristina in her Sydney studio using sustainable – not mined – silver or gold.
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