Romana Toson is a contemporary jeweller from the Inner West of Sydney. Romana majored in Jewellery & Metalsmithing at Sydney College of the Arts and has been in love with making ever since. Romana has worked extensively in the craft and design industry as a jewellery designer, maker and educator.
From her Pyrmont studio, she hand makes small ranges and one off pieces of jewellery, as well as exhibition work. Metal is her material of choice, but she is also drawn to organic and recycled materials. Romana enjoys the idea that found materials have had a life - a story already - and this forms a relationship with what she will make. Her aesthetic has often explored the relationship of opposites, formal and organic, precious and non-precious.
OBJECT SHOP MAKER Q&A
What is your 'origin story'?! Where did it all start?
When I went to art school, I went thinking painting and printmaking would be my thing. The course required we do 6 weeks in quite a few modalities, and when I did the 6 weeks in the Jewellery Department, I never wanted to leave.
Describe the last thing you made?
A large brooch wrapped in hand dyed silk.
What part of the making process do you enjoy the most?
Can I say all of it? Having said that, I love the moment of inspiration the most. When an idea or image just takes you over and you can't rest till you have it made.
Who should we be following on Instagram? Who are your favourite local makers?
Tale of the black cat, Vita Cochran, Tara Axford, _cecilie_k.
What's next on the horizon for you?
New designs for my jewellery ranges, applying for design market opportunities, applying for an artist residency in Tasmania and another exhibition.