Back to School

Flat lay of sterling silver threader earrings and rings. Handcrafted from recycled metal by Ada Hodgson in her Collingwood studio.

Flat lay of sterling silver threader earrings and rings. Handcrafted from recycled metal by Ada Hodgson in her Collingwood studio.

Sterling silver paperclip earrings. Handmade from recycled sterling silver in Ada Hodgson's Collingwood workshop.

Sterling silver paperclip earrings. Handmade from recycled sterling silver in Ada Hodgson's Collingwood workshop.

Many things inspire me to make jewellery. I have broken my process into three categories, material, process or conceptual exploration.  Sometimes I start with a material, dissect it, fold it, hammer it, solder it, drill it, paint it. Or a process such as enamelling, which is very strict and regimented, but as with any process you can agitate it a bit. Break the rules. Sometimes the results are pleasing, and some times just disastrous. But I find it important to experiment, and I've never been one to play by the rules. 

The back to school range was a material and conceptual project for me. I love the simplicity or metal wire, so pure and shiny. And metal wire has a memory, no step can be undone without changing the integrity of the metals crystalline structure. And then of course I like to collect simple structures. I have a vast collection of paperclips, in all their shapes, sizes and materials. Love hearts, faces, kittens you name it, there is a wire structure paperclip made in it's likeness. But if you use a material like fine gold wire, fine enough to fit through a piercing, you can trace the outline of a paperclip and suddenly that object can be attached to the body.  I fold and wrap the wire with the right amount of tension so it is hard and durable, and from a simple form becomes another simple form. This project was very playful for me, I find the resulting pieces minimal and beautiful but most of all humorous. 

Gold paperclip threader earring. Handcrafted from recycled 9ct yellow gold by Ada Hodgson in her Melbourne studio.

Gold paperclip threader earring. Handcrafted from recycled 9ct yellow gold by Ada Hodgson in her Melbourne studio.

Sterling silver staple threader earrings. Handmade from recycled metal by Ada Hodgson, contemporary jeweller. Melbourne, Australia.

Sterling silver staple threader earrings. Handmade from recycled metal by Ada Hodgson, contemporary jeweller. Melbourne, Australia.

Sterling silver long staple threader earrings. Handmade from recycled ethically sourced sterling silver. Designed and crafted by Ada Hodgson in her Melbourne studio.

Sterling silver long staple threader earrings. Handmade from recycled ethically sourced sterling silver. Designed and crafted by Ada Hodgson in her Melbourne studio.