Mood: Creativity

A Ceremony of Neutral

Exclusive one-off collectible piece of wearable art handcrafted in our Byron Bay studio, featuring:

  • Naturally shed deer antler tip pendant in its natural form.
  • Antique hand-cast brass tubular trade beads from the Baule Tribe of Africa.
  • Solid brass cowry shell pendants.
  • Natural cowry shell clusters from East Timor.
  • Fish vertebrae trade beads from Gambia, Africa.
  • Antique hand-cast brass beads from the Igbo Tribe of Nigeria, Africa.
  • Wooden and brass beading on knotted hemp with an adjustable brass chain.
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A Shamans Mala

Exclusive one-off piece of wearable art handcrafted in our Byron Bay studio, Australia featuring:Antique goat horn amulet with brass mounting from Nepal.
Antique hand-cast brass trade beads from the Baule Tribe, Ivory Coast, Africa.
Natural cowry shells from East Timor.
Brass, wooden and decorative beading.

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Frida Kahlo

Although Frida’s birth certificate states she was born on July 6, 1907, she claimed her birth date as July 7, 1910, as she had allegedly wanted her year of her birth to coincide with the year of the beginning of the Mexican revolution so that her life would begin with the birth of modern Mexico.

Frida suffered lifelong health problems. Many of her health problems were the result of a traffic accident she survived as a teenager. Recovering from her injuries isolated her from other people and this isolation influenced her art works.

I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.

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A Notion of Wisdom

Exclusive one-off piece of wearable art handcrafted in our Byron Bay studio.

Featuring:
Antique telsum prayer boxes and miniature spoon pendant from Ethiopia.
Rare antique silver-alloy Ethiopian trade and fertility beads.
Antique barrel key from India.
Wooden, brass, coconut and miniature glass beading, with knotted and waxed hemp detail.

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Belief of the Banjara

Exclusive one-off piece of wearable art handcrafted in our Byron Bay studio.

  • Antique silver-alloy coin pendant/rattle from the Banjara people of Rajasthan, India.
  • Old barrel key and coins from India circa 1970′s.
  • Antique silver alloy triangular telsum prayer box pendant from Ethiopia.
  • Silver alloy cylinder pendant from Tibet.
  • Silver alloy ‘bug’ beads from Ethiopia.
  • Cowry shell clusters from East Timor.
  • Wooden and brass beading with knotted navy blue cotton and brass chain.
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Together in Time

Exclusive one-off piece handcrafted in our Byron Bay studio.

  • Antique ‘Illinois’ sterling silver etched fob watch from the United States.
  • Old Tibetan coin pendant found in Nepal.
  • Antique hand-cast brass ‘bug’ beads from the Igbo Tribe of Nigeria, Africa.
  • Antique silver alloy fertility bead and ‘telsum’ prayer box bead from Ethiopia.
  • Cowry shell cluster from East Timor.
  • Brass, coconut and miniature glass beading with knotted and waxed hemp detail.

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Shop 2/276 Devonshire Street
Surry Hills, Sydney
NSW 2010
Australia
Phone: +61 (0) 2 9698 8884
Email: mail@elementsilove.com
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Don’t Be Fooled by Me

‘Please Hear What I’m Not Saying’ 

Don’t be fooled by me.
Don’t be fooled by the face I wear
for I wear a mask, a thousand masks,
masks that I’m afraid to take off,
and none of them is me.
 
Pretending is an art that’s second nature with me,
but don’t be fooled,
for God’s sake don’t be fooled.
I give you the impression that I’m secure,
that all is sunny and unruffled with me, within as well as without,
that confidence is my name and coolness my game,
that the water’s calm and I’m in command
and that I need no one,
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Bygone Blue

Exclusive one-off collectible piece handcrafted in our Byron Bay Studio.

  • Antique royal blue embossed glass perfume bottle from India circa 1890s.
  • Antique keys from France and India.
  • Solid brass cowry shell pendants.
  • Solid brass elephant charm from a Buddhist Temple in Thailand.
  • Small snake vertebrae trade beads from Kenya.
  • Antique decorative glass beading from Nepal.
  • Wooden and brass beading on knotted hemp and brass chain.

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Available exclusively at ‘Elements I Love’
Shop 2/276 Devonshire Street
Surry Hills, Sydney
NSW 2010
Australia
Phone: +61 (0) 2 9698 8884
Email: mail@elementsilove.com
Online: www.elementsilove.com

‘The Adventures of Skull Island’

One-off collectible piece handcrafted in our Byron Bay Studio.

  • Naturally shed deer antler tip pendants in their natural form with brass mountings.
  • Skull pendants hand carved from naturally shed deer antler using a 300-year-old design passed down through a family of Indonesian carvers.
  • Cowry shell clusters from East Timor.
  • Wooden and brass beading on knotted hemp with an adjustable brass chain.
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‘Our Lady of the Vast Ocean’

One-off collectible piece handcrafted in our Byron Bay Studio.

  • Nautical brass pendant.
  • Old Ostrich egg shell disk beads from Kenya, Africa.
  • Cowry shell clusters from East Timor.
  • Solid brass cowry shell pendant.
  • Antique decorative glass beading from Nepal.
  • Wooden and glass beading on knotted hemp with an adjustable brass chain.
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‘Gypsy Spells & Wishing Wells’

Gypsy Spells & Wishing Wells is a gorgeous little piece cast in solid brass.  Designed as a contemporary good luck charm for both men and women.

Cast directly from a wishbone my mum gave me after one of her famous Sunday roasts, this piece honors the sweet little tradition my sister and I would partake in as kids whereby each would grasp a piece of the wishbone in our pinkie finger, close our eyes, and yank with all our might.  Whoever ended up with the longest piece was the one who would get a wish!

Gypsy Spells & Wishing Wells is very much an ode to my childhood memories, and hopefully also yours.
AUD $79
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Art is in the eye of the beholder.

Clever and compelling digital collage of nudes by internationally renowned Sydney based studio Electric Art.

I SKULL YOU

Skulls feature prominently in my work… There is something strangely compelling and beautiful about intricately carved skulls.

Republic of You skulls are all individually carved by hand from naturally shed deer antler. The blueprint we use comes from a 300-year-old design passed down through generations of a family of carvers.

I just adore the grungy allure they add to a piece when coupled with other interesting and striking features such as the softness of a cowry shell or a beautiful antique key.

‘Rite of Passage’

Featuring an antique traditional brass Dorje ritual object from Tibet, with cowry shell clusters from East Timor, wooden, brass and miniature glass beading and brass chain entwined with kangaroo hide leather.

The word Dorje means Lord of Stones in Tibetan. It symbolizes the capacity to transform all experience into an experience of enlightened perspective. The dorje symbolizes the skillful means of transforming our ordinary experience to one that will propel us on our spiritual path. The dorje has five extraordinary characteristics. It is impenetrable, immovable, immutable, indivisible, and indestructible. The dorje is the indestructible weapon of the wrathful deities. It is the symbol of spiritual authority of the peaceful deities.

Guaranteed one-off piece of wearable art handcrafted in our Byron Bay studio, Australia.
AUD $399
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Caine’s Arcade

I’m not a parent. I can’t even begin to imagine the grief one must put themselves through, at times, ensuring their child is given the best possible start in life. All little people require a solid framework from which to grow into happy, healthy and confident human beings.

Not only is it important to nurture their physical and emotional wellbeing but also to allow them the opportunity to dip their little fingers into a variety of life’s proverbial pies to discover what they are naturally drawn to, where their talents lie and what ignites their little spirits.

It’s these natural talents which will burn a fire within, hence starting a ripple effect whereby they are able to find their little feet in life, gaining a sense of satisfaction, pride and most importantly self-confidence.

I grew up in a family of scholars and intellectuals. It took some time for them to recognise that I was drawn naturally to the creative. Luckily, I eventually found my own way but I imagine my life could have been very different if this had been discovered at a much earlier age.

This is a beautiful video about a remarkably talented, forward thinking and creative young boy who lets his imagination run wild during his school break.

“Life isn’t about finding yourself, life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw

“Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art”. – Andy Warhol

Knit It

I do love a good woollen or cotton knit, there’s something sexy and dreamy about donning a cotton knit in summer, and throughout winter I feel a special connection with my hearty woollens…  it’s a comfort and warmth thing, security I suppose, perhaps even protection. I ponder the journey the fibre has taken from farm to wardrobe, waiting patiently for winter to roll around until it eventually has the opportunity to lay itself upon my skin offering warmth and comfort – the full circle so to speak.

 

Sand Art

There is something remarkably unique about artists who choose sand, ocean, and the shifting tides as a canvas for their medium. Perhaps it’s the absence of ego or attachment to their work, or their ability to work with such a huge space, governed by the majestic force of Nature. Whatever it is, their work always renders me speechless, and leaves me wondering what type of evolved human being can produce such dexterous works of art, to only have it washed away from underneath them within hours.

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“One of the greatest gifts we can give another human being is to inspire their creativity.” – Anonymous.