Welcome to StudioKY.
I am Kay and my twin sister is Yvonne. All our life we have balanced creativity with science - who says you can't do both! Up to our retirement we both pursued careers in science related fields. I specialised in medical devices and Yvonne in bio-informatics (statistics).
A love of learning supported all our tasks and somehow we both managed to fit in course after course in art related fields As well as working with polymer clay Yvonne has worked with pastels, watercolour on synthetic paper and textiles. She is particularly interested in experimenting with techniques that combine spontaneity and control. Her work has appeared in group exhibitions in Canberra, the South Coast of NSW and Anger, France. She studied textiles at the Institute of Arts, ANU, winning an emerging artist award for graduation pieces.
I studied art at the East Sydney Technical College (now Sydney Arts School) before starting my career as a "Scientific" para-legal. I painted and "created" shoes but my forte was in sculpture.
Today we are applying all that learning and experience to designing and constructing jewellery and other bits and pieces.
The perpetual experimenter in our natures means we always make jewellery (and other things) that are one-offs. The difference may be in the colour, design, material or texture. (If, as happened once, Yvonne and I swapped material and ended up making very similar pieces we will advise you.)
If you like the design but want a different colour, or you like the design but want a different colour or finding (for example ear wire) you can contact us to see what is available or what we can make for you.
About our jewellery
We strive for designer jewellery but without the cost of precious stones or “investment” metals (fine silver, gold, platinum, titanium etc) although we use sterling silver extensively in our work. By consciously avoiding production techniques that result in standardised design and hundreds of similar or identical pieces we continue to offer one-of-a-kind pieces.
Our handcrafted items are not machined: the result is a combination of design choice, material properties and our skill level. Symmetry is not always desirable and texture can be a positive force introducing the play of light. Natural variations are to be expected and are often used to enhance a design or pattern. The piece should speak to you: that is what the photos are there for.
We often use polymer clay in our work. It is very lightweight and comfortable next to the skin. It is a lovely medium for an artist as colours can be blended endlessly or left to contrast: textures can be added before or after baking: there are many surface finishes that can be used from glitter to paint and it can be left as is, polished, varnished or coated. I sometimes use a coating of another polymer - epoxy resin for a super glossy finish but for art pieces buffing produces a polished finish that works better. Structurally polymer clay is not a clay but a Poly Vinyl Chloride polymer. It is very strong.
I explain a bit more about polymer clay in jewellery design here.
Currently I am exploring resin. I use it to encapsulate polymer clay, found objects or as a medium to capture photographic images (without the paper). The results are elegant and the detail superb.
I used to sculpture and I love working with wire so nowdays I often make my own findings, decorative and structural elements. Mostly I use sterling silver. Wire, purchased or handformed can be gently shaped by you to suit you. Each of us is a different shape and jewellery will hang differently on different people. You might just want it to hang it differently to how I display it. You should feel confident in adjusting your piece to meet your own needs.