Jeweller Heather Keiko makes visually strong pieces, from the softest of materials. Playing with form, repetition and of course felt, Heather's jewellery promotes a sense of fun, independance and style - they are real statement pieces. She has kindly taken the time to answer some questions about her inspirations, work and what's next for Heather Keiko... Enjoy!
What attracted you/got you started on your artistic path?
Travelling! In 2006 my husband and I left for Europe we travelled extensively and it was getting off the beaten track in places like Egypt, Jordan and Turkey that really started getting the design juices started and inspired me to create.
What inspires you?
The environment around me, both the natural and built forms.
What is your favourite colour pallete at the moment?
At the moment I am really drawn to muted tones like light blues, greens and pinks.
How would you describe your aesthetic?
Bold, organic and sculptural.
Tell us a bit about your studio space...
At the moment my studio space co-exists with my one year old son Akira. If I am lucky I manage to carve out a small clearing on the family table and set to work.
If you could peek inside the studio of any artist, designer or craftsmen (alive or dead) who would it be?
Carlo Scarpa the Italian architect, as well as glass and furniture designer.
What piece of jewellery do you cherish the most?
My most cherished piece of jewellery would have to be a vintage gold filligree cuff passed down to me from my grandmother.
What is next for Keiko?
Lots of experimentation! We are currently looking at incorporating some semi-precious stones into our designs.
Breathing Colours Gallery, located at 446 Darling Street Balmain, showcases a new exhibition every two weeks.
Here you will find both group and solo shows in a variety of media from contemporary jewellery and objects through to large scale sculptures, paintings and prints.
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