Linda Blair is influenced by the use of enamel in historic jewellery and loves the way it was used to enhance or mimic precious and semi precious stones.
In her own work, Linda focuses on the use of liquid or industrial enamel. She enjoys the versatility of enamel in adding colour and texture to jewellery and continues to investigate how it can be used to reshape and reform metal both to hide and enhance.
Images: Linda Blair, Marrickville Hoard Rings, 2016. Photo courtesy of the artist; Linda Blair, Necklaces. Photo: Australian Design Centre
OBJECT SHOP MAKER Q&A
What is your 'origin story'?! Where did it all start?
Like a lot of people I came to jewellery from community college courses. From here I had the opportunity to study Jewellery and Object Design at the Design Centre, Enmore. After that it took a while to work out my direction but then I discovered liquid enamel...
Describe the last thing you made?
An enamel brooch based on my cat Lily's markings for my partner's birthday. Although we didn't adopt Lily because she has a marking that looks like a brooch, there must have been some level at which I noticed this! This piece had been on my mind for some time and it was a perfect gift, and perhaps a little weird for anyone else. Having said that we have a dog and two cats all with interesting markings just waiting to be reinterpreted in enamel so it may become a series.
Who should we be following on Instagram? Who are your favourite local makers?
Erin keys @erinkeysjeweller Mel Young @unnaturaljeweller Doris Jurzak @studioblumengarten Hip, Hip Decay @hiphipdecay Melanie Ihnen @melihen Bridget Kennedy @bkandco
Tell us about your dream project ambitions?!
My dream is to see the Cheapside Hoard jewellery in London and then make a series based on this jewellery. The Cheapside Hoard is a collection of Tudor jewellery that was dug up in the early 20th century. My work is inspired by Tudor jewellery because of the use of enamel. Most of the jewellery you can see from this period is only in paintings so to see some of this work would be amazing. I just have to wait until it is on display again in London in 2018.
What is your favourite spot in Sydney and why?
The Inner West - it's where I live and where I have my studio so they are probably the two most important things. I also just feel comfortable in there.