D E S I G N F O R M A N K I N D
T H E T H O U S A N D S
It could just be me, but is there an over-abundance of jewellery makers in Melbourne at the moment? This is completely unresearched, but I blame RMIT. You can’t turn around without tripping over a budding design student spruiking their ornaments, and it’s led to a lot of unwearable crap clogging up our sartorial emporiums.
Thankfully Melbourne also has the antidote, like the Precious Geometries range from Deirdre. Just click that link and drool over the subtle hues of the hand-crafted porcelain. Those in the know will also instantly recognise her signature silver necklace.
I was at a party the other week and commented to a friend on one adorning the DJ. “Oh, that’s by this girl Deirdre,” she said in a tone indicating some serious insider information. “Aren’t they beautiful? You can’t find them anywhere though.” Well now you can. Martin Fella Vintage will tonight become the first of what we hope will be many stockists of Deirdre’s wares. Stop in and have a drink to celebrate.
PS. Word is, the range is being extending into men’s accessories. I would suggest the porcelain pyramids would make fantastic cuff link and tie-pin sets. I’m just saying.
P A S S I O N V I C T I M S
Melbourne Jeweller Deirdre Hoban recently produced her first seasonal collection, ‘Axiom’, the result of a collaboration with fashion designer Livia Arena.
After completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts with honours at Monash University Deirdre went on to produce one off Jewellery and small sculptural pieces, exhibiting them frequently around Melbourne.
Drawn to the entire designer maker process of silversmithing, Deirdre continues to create all of her designs by hand in her Fitzroy studio. Focused on the materiality of her designs, Deirdre uses porcelain, silk, natural rope and sterling silver to create her unique and enigmatic designs. The large scale porcelain pieces are designed to heighten the awareness of the wearer to their own body and the environment in which they exist.
I N S E R T C O I N H E R E
Deirdre Hoban studied Metals and Jewellery at Monash University, completing her Honours Degree in 2008. She has exhibited and curated an exhibition at the Abbotsford Convent and been a finalist in the Victorian Ceramic Art Award.
Although she works in different materials, nearly everything that Deirdre makes is based on straight lines and triangles, it may seem limiting to work within these constraints but so far the possibilities have been endless.
A L I C E E U P H E M I A
We took a moment to chat with new Melbourne designer (and part-time foster carer for cats!) Livia Arena on her Summer collection, the motivation behind it and her collaboration with local jeweler Deirdre Hoban.
C H E C K S A N D S P O T S
Believe me when I say – you need to know about a girl called Deirdre. Working predominately with ceramics, Deirdre creates cosmic jewellery that is based on straight lines and triangles.
Geometry had never looked so good!
M A K E R S O F M E L B O U R N E