stall holder profile:
Emma from Emma Bugg

Emma Bugg’s work has always fascinated us at the market. Constantly evolving and thought provoking, they are the kind of pieces that you fall a little bit in love with at first sight. Her new collection is rather exciting…who knew concrete in jewellery could look so pretty! Working from a studio upstairs in the bank acrade (seems to be a bit of a creative hotspot for local designers…) Emma creates unique jewellery, that is completely handmade, and completely beautiful.

When and why did your business begin?
I studied Fine Arts at UTAS, graduating with a bachelors degree in 2002, majoring in sculpture and beginning my fascination with handcrafted objects of design. I reduced the scale of the things I made, so they could be accommodated on the body, and carried around, either attached to fabric or worn on appendages.

The product that began my career in jewellery was my love button range. From this point, I wanted to challenge myself with a more technical side of jewellery making, so I returned to study jewellery design at Tasmanian Polytechnic, where I am currently in my second year.
The silver smithing skills I have learned here have allowed me to have so much more freedom and creative control in the design process of my work. I spend time making work in my studio (5 Flights Up) shared with three other contemporary Hobart jewellers in the “Gods” level of Bank Arcade.

What are your creations inspired by?
Above all, my creations are inspired by my need to create. I keep a sketchbook next to my bed so whenever new ideas pop into my head, I can scribble them down.

What’s your favourite thing about what you do?
After spending many solitary hours constructing and designing these pieces, you develop a sort of relationship with each piece. I love coming to the market and seeing how my jewellery reacts with people, then releasing it into the wild and wondering where it will end up in 100 years.

A large part of being involved in
the market for me is the enjoyment I get from the interactions that I have with people that come by, and also the friendships you develop with other stall holders.

Favourite colours/materials to work with?
My absolute favourite material to work with is concrete. Over the past year I have developed an original technique of using it in jewellery. I love the nature of this industrial material, and how when it is reduced to the scale of jewellery, it can change how we perceive it. I find it exciting to use a traditionally un-precious material and set traditionally precious diamonds in it.

In juxtaposition to the hardness of the concrete, I use beautiful soft Tasmanian Alpaca fleece in the hand felted necklaces. The design of these necklaces allows flexibility in the way they are worn. They can be wrapped several times, or worn elegantly long.

What can customers coming to the market expect to see at your stall?
Alongside some contemporary sterling silver jewellery, bold red and black acrylic neck pieces and soft felty chain necklaces, there will also be some divine leather gloves, adorned with vintage button feature to keep your mitts toasty over winter.

Favourite piece you make?
It’s being hatched as we speak…

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