Tamara Dixon’s inspiration comes from combining her European and African backgrounds. Her designs have shifted away from the emphasis of wealth and status that traditional jewellery offers, to an exploration of the simplicity of forms. In her design work, this is embodied aesthetically through the repetition of simple forms to create complex designs.
In her Advanced Diploma year, Tamara concentrated on the ancient technique of chain making. Tamara works exclusively in fine silver, for the purity of the metal and the durability it affords.
Tamara investigated how the use of a single size jump ring, could be used to produce a range of chain, from the simplest trace chain through to highly complex designs. She hand makes all of the wire, and every jump ring is soldered, to produce a durable piece of miniature sculpture in the form of necklaces, bracelets and earrings.
Along with traditional designs, Tamara’s contemporary chain designs tend to show more of her African heritage and incorporate texturing and weaving metal techniques. These ranges have been extended to include contemporary materials such as rubber, anodised aluminium and anodised niobium to add some colour to the pieces.
Made in Western Australia.