Richard Bryan, Brisbane & Sunshine Coast Architect, Artist & Jeweller, first became interested in making jewellery on a wild & stormy long weekend visit to the Sunshine Coast, the TV Aerial had blown off the roof & we experienced a series of blackouts thru the storms.
We had at that time limited reading matter & were looking for some creative activity to amuse ourselves for the weekend without power.
We had been for a walk along the beach from Alexandra Headland to Maroochydore and started to collect old sand worn shells newly exposed on the beach by the stormy weather.
We found some string and fishing line & began to make large chunky necklaces from the shells we had collected.
That simple weekend activity extended to exploring various string & thread options, I eventually settled for using waxed linen thread used for sewing leather saddles, and simply knotting found recycled old &antique beads with my preference for bronze & tribal beads on the linen thread to produce necklaces bracelets and earrings.
With wear the linen thread becomes soft and floppy & the bronze develops a rubbed soft sheen.
I find the process of selecting & arranging the bead sequence creative, while the knotting requiring concentration and strength, a meditative activity.