Katrina Tyler

Katrina Tyler Jewellery Design | Email

Where and what did you study and what year did you graduate?
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Gold and Silversmithing), 2003, RMIT.

Where did you head after graduating?
I worked on my practice as part of Ludo jewellery collective. In early 2005 I went on a trip around Australia. My travels took me to Darwin where I stayed for three years. In 2007 I received a Territory Craft grant, which enabled me to work for three months in the metal design studio at JamFactory in Adelaide.

When did you launch your own business?
I launched my business officially in February 2008.

What motivated you to start your own business?
I had been wanting to do it for some time. I felt I had accumulated an adequate suite of ideas and skills to enable me to start and commit to running a business. The ability to control the direction of my business and flexibility to tackle new projects is most rewarding, as well as seeing the full potential of my ideas begin to flourish.

How would you describe your business to someone who didn’t know you?
I am a designer and maker who creates jewellery and small and large scale sculptural objects.

How would you describe the products you design to someone who hadn’t seen them?
My jewellery and sculptural objects utilise non-traditional materials and techniques such as enamelling onto mild steel. The pieces tend to be graphic in nature and are comprised of cut-out elements derived from natural patterns and forms.

What are the most challenging parts of being a designer running a small business?
Maintaining a sense of total organisation that allows for the clear headspace I tend to require for the finalisation and processing of my designs.

What inspires your design projects?
A desire to capture and reinterpret the beauty I find in objects, phenomena and layers I observe in and collect from my surroundings.

What are the next steps for you?
I will continue to show my work in solo and group exhibitions as well as further developing my range for sale through galleries and stores. I will seek further opportunities to design and create public sculpture or large scale projects.

Published 15 July 2008.

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