I had the great pleasure of visiting Melbourne jeweller Katherine Bowman at home last week... I've known of her work for a while, and it was so lovely to finally meet Katherine in person, and of course have a snoop around her beautiful home! Hers is such a special and creative home - both her jewellery workshop and painting studio are set up in spare rooms here, which makes for a very unique and industrious space, filled with creative energy (still, it was SPOTLESSLY tidy when I visited!).
As is often the case when I photograph someone's home, Katherine was a little doubtful about being included here...! "It's nothing like the gorgeous homes you feature" she said.... "...after all it's a rental" yeah yeah. I've heard that before! People never seem to notice the special details and imperfect beauty in their own homes! It's not until I rush about madly with a camera and post the pics online, that they seem to realise the innate cuteness of their surroundings! WELL I hope this post goes some way to alleviate Katherine's concerns... Fingers crossed!
The one thing that really stands out about Katherine's home, is her love of all things SPARKLY! As she recently sweetly quipped on her blog -
"...even though I am now an old lady, things like a little bit of glitter, some pipe cleaners, tinsel etc, still go a long way in my world"
For the record, Katherine is FAR from an 'old lady' - but it is certainly clear how much she loves a bit of sparkle! Her home is filled with glittery details - hanging metallic fringing, crystals, glitter, aluminium foil and even tinsel pipe-cleaner creations can be spotted throughout the house! As I photographed Katherine chatted with a sense of wonder about the tiny rainbows and twinkling patterns cast on the walls from her hanging decorations! It really is a magical thing to be reminded to stop and take note of these tiny, special details... I can see why Katherine took up gold and silver smithing!
Katherine's work is stocked at eg. etal and Studio Ingot in Melbourne. She was recently interviewed on the eg. etal blog actually! She is also having a exhibition at Craft Victoria in September this year ... be sure to keep an eye out for the details! She also has a gorgeous little blog you should visit... I hope she won't mind me sharing another excerpt with you here... it just so perfectly sums up her outlook on life and making art and all the precious details she collects and displays at home... what a beautiful way she has with words!
"I find myself extremely moved at times by objects and things. These objects and things are often very simple - light and shadows, birds and flight, trees and wind, are perhaps the things that inspire me the most at this stage of my life. Every day I am struck by the randomness and beauty of these things. I love that I have no control over these experiences, but only can hope that I can be present enough to notice. This experience can take my breath away and fill me with wonder like a child.
I think about how to bring this to the work that I make and wonder how the things that I see and surround myself with take form in the things that I make."
Thanks so much for sharing your home and your sparkles with us Katherine!