I create unconventional jewellery for rule breakers and story makers – those who aren’t satisfied with stock-standard, mass-market accessories, and those who recognise that the world is lacking bold, story-worthy jewellery. It all started with an off hand decision to take a short silver jewellery making course. I picked up my first saw frame in a small Sydney studio, and fell in love. – Fairina
Another one of our AMAZING leaders is Fairina of Fairina Cheng Jewellery. Here are some quick-fire questions I asked her:
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Why do you hand make? I had always admired people who could work with their hands. But I never thought that I would be one of them. Learning how to shape metal and create almost anything I wanted from it made me realise that jewellery didn’t have to look a certain way. I love handmaking because it’s a challenge – both to myself and the way people think things should be!
Favourite thing about running your own business? My favourite thing about running my own business is being able to wake up everyday and do something I love! I get to wake up when I want (which is always pretty early), skip the commute and instead go for a walk with my dog, Brooklyn. I get to make myself a nice breakfast and listen to podcasts all day while making jewellery. It feels great being able to do things the way I want to, and not having to be accountable to anyone else (except of course, my toughest boss – myself)!
Fav coffee shop in Sydney / or fav shop? Naked Brew in Erskineville! I get the Not-So-Buddha Bowl. Which is full of healthy things, topped off with some not-so-healthy things. So I get to enjoy a bit of both. Just the way I like it!
Song that motivates you the most? I don’t listen to much music anymore. Now I tend to listen to podcasts so I can learn while I make. But when I do listen to music it’s heavy and loud and it surprises people because they totally don’t expect that of me!
What you wish you knew when you first started? I wish I had known that it could work! I would have quit my job and jumped into full time jewellery making years earlier!
Where do you create from? I work from a home studio, which is awesome for me as I get to spend time with my pup, Brooklyn – just as I had always dreamed!
And, lastly, whats the best piece if advice you can give to other makers? Measure twice, cut once. Take your time when you’re making. Rushing makes the work less enjoyable, and you’re more likely to make mistakes. Sometimes when a piece gets frustrating, it helps to step away, take a break and come back to it when you have a clear head.
I create unconventional jewellery for rule breakers and story makers – those who aren’t satisfied with stock-standard, mass-market accessories, and those who recognise that the world is lacking bold, story-worthy jewellery.
Complied by Lauren of Ayana Jewellery
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