Leonie is a designer and maker of jewellery and objects. Based in Sydney, she creates small run jewellery collections, bespoke pieces and individual commissions.
“I am interested in the sculptural qualities of jewellery that respond to the unique movements of the human body. I enjoy making using traditional and modern crafting methods, particularly wax carving. Using these techniques allow my work to bridge between the traditional and cultural methods of crafting and sculpting jewellery, and the precision of contemporary manufacturing and production techniques."
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Image: Leonie Simpson, Suki Earrings. Photo: Leonie Simpson; Leonie Simpson, Portrait. Photo courtesy of the artist
OBJECT SHOP MAKER Q&A
What is your 'origin story'?! Where did it all start?
Designing and making jewellery was created from a career change and a desire to build something creative and challenging. I have been designing and making jewellery ever since; with the aim to create striking and unique pieces for the everyday wearer. Making jewellery is an incredibly joyful experience as there is a huge emotional component for the person buying it - it can be as gift, a special occasion or to commemorate a significant moment in one's life. This is an incredibly infectious thing to be involved in.
Describe the last thing you made?
I made two pieces for Melbourne gallery, Arbor Brunswick for their Australiana exhibition. The pieces were made using Mookaite - a stone that is found only within Australia and explored the uniquely Australian elements of earth and fire.
What part of the making process do you enjoy the most?
I enjoy the wax carving process. The versatility of the product allows you to explore many different design elements in a simple yet impactful way.
Who should we be following on Instagram? Who are your favourite local makers?
You should follow @makerspaceandcompany - a fabulous workshop and space to allow people to make stuff. @ameliamarksmakes is a fabulous Melbourne based maker I have known for a very long time and is making amazing things. @bychrissavage is a custom eyewear maker who I am collaborating with to create some really exciting and unique glasses.
What's next on the horizon for you?
I'm looking forward to working on new designs and a release of a new range of works.