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Plastic-free July

2 Jul

Here’s a daunting fact; nearly every piece of plastic EVER MADE still exists today!

Heartbreakingly sad image by environmental awareness photographer Chris Jordan

Heartbreakingly sad image by environmental awareness photographer Chris Jordan

I’m just emerging from a black-hole of information on the manufacture, make-up, and end-of-life possibilities of nylon vs hemp. I’m exploring their properties as two possible options to use for the pendants of my new collection.

On the one hand you have nylon which is really strong and durable, looks fantastic and comes in truly magnificent colours. But, it is made using crude oil, requires lots of energy to make it, and produces CO2 emissions and a whole lot of other nasties which you can read about on this terrific blog here.

A fact in its favour is that it can be recycled, but, let’s be honest, the likelihood of people making the effort to recycle their small bit of nylon thread is very low.

Hemp, on the other hand, seems to be the goody-two-shoes of thread! One of its most impressive credentials is that it is “among the oldest industries on the planet, going back more than 10,000 years…” (thanks HIA) Does that blow your mind? It does mine. 10,000 years? That’s what I call sustainable! (by contrast the first bit of nylon was made on the 28th of February, 1935 – and, since it is of the plastic family, we know that every single piece of nylon that has been produced since that day most likely still exists on the planet somewhere. Ick.).

Hemp!

Hemp!

Anyway, I haven’t been able to find out much about the processing of hemp (dying, factory conditions, energy required to convert it from a plant into thread etc), but the fibre itself seems almost infallible. With only 8 natural enemies (out of 100 common pests) it is usually grown without pesticides (less pollution of our water ways and poisoning of the land), has very long fibres (longer and tougher than cotton), and is even good to eat (totally irrelevant to this blog but true none the less). It’s grown in Oz but sent OS for processing as we don’t have the set-up here yet (looks like they’re planning one for Qld some time soon).

The hemp I’m considering purchasing comes from Romania (Romania has a great and long association with hemp – unfortunately 50% of the general population are unhappy with their working conditions so this may mean that it’s made in a factory where conditions aren’t so great, I don’t know this for sure yet). Another brand comes from the USA but as growing hemp there is banned, I’m not sure where the fibre comes from or where or how it is processed.

From a design point of view, hemp’s available in many great colours (which coincidently go very well with the colour scheme in my new collection), and comes in a lovely polished finish. Almost perfect. But it’s so un-cool! (Yes, I am aware of how un-cool using a term like un-cool makes me sound. What evs.) Mention hemp and most will picture a hippy in dust-coloured Hessian-like trousers. Well, people, its time we changed that. The argument for natural fibres is clearly a strong one. From start to finish, their impact on the Earth is much lower.

So caught up in the nylon v hemp battle I almost forgot to address the topic of this blog; I have signed myself up for Plastic-free July. Read more about the awesome folks in WA running this here (you could even sign yourself up!). I’ve no doubt this will be challenging, but I’m really looking forward to seeing what comes out of it. I like to participate in a bit of extreme behaviour every now and then. The last time I did something similar was the ‘two-dollar a day’ challenge set by the kids at Oaktree. I had to eat on a budget of $2 a day for a week. Think about that for a moment. No coffee (had to go cold turkey) and only the tiniest amount of milk, sugar and salt to prop up my diet of beans, oats, rice and, well, that was pretty much it. But out of that experience I learned how to fit breakfast into my morning routine, broke my dairy addiction and gained an enormous appreciation of how ridiculously hard it must be to have to survive on that amount day-in day-out (important to note that a large percentage of the world’s population have to include medical and general living expenses in their $2 a day budget). So, as I say, bring it on!

Missy Higgins wearing Tucker & Grace jewellery

20 Nov

Well, it hasn’t even been officially launched yet but our first piece from the new Tucker & Grace collection shone bright under the spotlight while adorning the lovely neck of one Missy Higgins yesterday on a popular morning TV show. The amazingly talented Kate Tucker and I made this piece using 98% recycled materials. We’re pretty proud and we hope you like it too! Each piece in our collection is hand made so no two will ever be the same. And they’re so new they’re not even in the shops yet, but send us an email if you’d like to own one of these beauties for yourself.

Missy Higgins wearing Tucker & Grace neckpiece

How the Light Gets In – A collaborative exhibition of contemporary jewellery

9 Jul

Artists from L to R: Nicholas Jones, Ellie Mücke, Kate Tucker

I’ve collaborated with a collection of Melbourne’s most talented artists to bring together this exhibition. Each artist began with a pair of earrings and a necklace designed by me. Together we worked to re-imagine them, incorporating their skills, aesthetics and materials to articulate and illuminate new ideas, new feelings and new perspectives.

Participating artists: Clare James, Nicholas Jones, Chaco Kato, Ellie Mücke, Tai Snaith, Kate Tucker, Beck Wheeler.

 When: Opening 6-8pm, Tue 7 Aug 2012
Where: e.g. etal,167 Flinders Lane,Melbourne

Exhibition runs 6-18 Aug 2012

The (Melbourne) Magazine’s Top 100, 2011

12 Dec

Wow, what an honour to be featured along side all of these amazing people!

Melbourne's most influential, inspirational, provocative and creative people for 2011

Sustainable, social and ethical change makers made up a big part of this year’s Top 100. Among them, the lovely Nerida Lennon is making a documentary on sustainable fashion and the future of the fashion industry, the talented Anisha Bhoyro is a slow fashion advocate, who’s approach to fashion involves using zero-waste design principles when designing her garments, and the forward thinking Juliette Anich, co-founder of The Clothing Exchange and creator of Urban Food Maps

'From these hands'

I’ve had a few enquiries about the quartz-crystal necklace I’m wearing in this shot. While this particular piece is a one-off, I will be making more. But as I have decided to only use second-hand crystals (that which I can pick up at op-shops, garage sales and through trusted sellers online), you may have to be patient. If you would like one of these necklaces and have a crystal you’d like me to use I’d be happy to make one to order. Otherwise email me and I’ll pop you’re name on the waiting list.

Speaking of my jewellery, I have new pieces in e.g.etal and they have a gorgeous new online store – yum-o!

And last but not least – check out my new-look website designed by the uber-talented Jacqui Lau. And my modest little BigCartel store selling Gift Certificates for The Treasury and my Little Wonder earrings made out of Sterling Silver and recycled plastic.

Enjoy!

New work at e.g.etal contemporary jewellery gallery

12 Jul

It’s almost been a year since I started stocking the most beautiful jewellery gallery in Melbourne; e.g.etal.

If you haven’t been before then I suggest you leave your desk, or couch, or wherever it is you are reading this right now and head for the closest form of PT (or a bike, even better) that will get you to the basement of 167 Flinders Lane. There you will find the lovely Lil, Tess, or Liv who will happily show you around and make you feel at home amongst the sparkles and blings. The jewellery is so amazing and so unlike anything you see anywhere else that you’ll probably want to shed a little tear, or laugh manically while peering into the glistening cabinets – but don’t worry, I’m sure they’re used to it by now 😉

While you’re there, make sure you take a little peek and see my latest designs. Here’s a detail of a neckpiece made out of Sterling Silver and oxidised for my Facets collection:

Facets Neckpiece by Emma Grace. Photo: Jo Duck

If you can’t  make it in to the store then you can check out their blog. This month’s artist interview is with the very talented David Parker.

e.g.etal is also going to be part of the State of Design festival’s Look.Stop.Shop this year with an exhibition entitled ‘Covert Jewels’ by Cinnamon Lee.

A piece from Cinnamon Lee's Covert Jewels exhibition. Photo: e.g.etal

Collection: EgSquared

15 Aug

COLLECTION
EgSquared

The ‘Square series’ retails at:
GeorgieLove


Autumn Brooch
recycled materials
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Collection: The Hunted

14 Aug

COLLECTION
The Hunted

The ‘Silver range’ collection features antlers, dove wings, deer heads and hearts, and some even as animal trophy displays. The range also appears in ‘Hall of Fame’ starring many celebrities wearing the ‘The Hunted/ Silver range’.

The ‘Silver range’ retails at:
GeorgieLove


Antler Sterling Silver Earrings
925 silver
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