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All that glitters: Jewel of Canberra

Amanda Whitley

There’s something special about handmade jewellery.

Whether it’s being able to see the time (and love) the maker has poured into each piece, or the satisfaction of knowing you own something truly unique. And the good news for enthusiasts? A whole market-full is coming to Canberra this Sunday 12 November.

The Old Bus Depot Market’s Jewel of Canberra will feature stunning works from some of the Canberra region’s best jewellery designers and artists—and from further afield. From fine jewellery to recycled metal art, and pieces featuring gems, glass, resin and ceramics—there will be something for every aesthetic.

One designer making the trip to Canberra for this special event is Lisa Kennedy. Hailing from the small Victorian town of Maldon, Lisa’s pieces are handcrafted in silver and gold, set with natural precious and semi-precious gems, as well as South Sea and Tahitian Pearls. They are product of a lifelong love of all things sparkly.

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“I had a love of gemstones I was since old enough to know what they were,” says Lisa.

“Like many creative teens, I looked for a niche that suited me in the arts—jewellery was an obvious choice as it encompassed my love of gems.”

A childhood obsession grew into a career, with Lisa studying Jewellery and Gemmology in London, going on to work as a trade jeweller for many years, including a period at Paspaley Pearls in Darwin. These days, she works from her own thriving studio.

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“I now have creative freedom so can make pieces to my design, or design around gems,” says Lisa.

“I’m inspired by my years of sketchbooks and the freedom to just create, to suit myself. I don’t really plan, just let myself be inspired by the gems to go in new directions.”

The result are refined and exquisite pieces which reflect Lisa’s love of her artform—and Canberrans are set to reap the rewards this Sunday.

“I have put aside a few of my favourite pieces to bring to Canberra—all will have a great range of natural gems and Australian South Sea or Black Tahitian pearls.”

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Other jewellers showcasing their work at Jewel of Canberra will be local Kate Watson with her labels Jewellery by KateAus and Tiararriffic, and long-time stallholder Karen Kowald from Moondrop Pearls.

the essentials

What: Jewel of Canberra at Old Bus Depot Markets
When: 10am to 4pm, Sunday 12 November
Where: Former Transport Depot, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston
Web: obdm.com.au

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Amanda Whitley

Amanda Whitley is the founder and director of HerCanberra. In her 'spare time', she instructs zumba, loves to cook (and eat), and wrangles two gorgeous little girls. She's done everything from present the tv news to operate a stop and go sign and is passionate about connecting Canberra women. More about the Author

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