Linda credits and thanks the late Robert Foster and his partner Gretel Harrison for their encouragement and assistance when she first incorporated the wonderful vibrancy of anodised aluminium into her designs.
Neoprene Forest Torques. Huon pine + neoprene. Wood turner, Trevor Semmens SIG
Neoprene Forest Shadow Torque. Tiger Myrtle (blackened on one side) + neoprene. Wood turner, Trevor Semmens SIG
Forest Light neckpieces on rubber. Huon pine + rubber. Wood turner, Trevor SemmensSIG
Every piece of Tasmanian wilderness driftwood is obviously unique in size, shape and colour (and personality). Every piece of jewellery is also therefore unique.
Why call it Tasmanian Wilderness driftwood?
...this is to distinguish it from ocean beach driftwood - which although often equally interesting and beautiful, could come from anywhere. I collect driftwood (with a prospector's license!) from inland waters where it has been washed down from the World Heritage wilderness forests. Calling it wilderness driftwood and creating simple works where the driftwood is the hero is my small way of paying homage to the precious resource of Tasmania's wilderness. Linda.
The use of pearls in Linda's work was initially motivated by her desire to wear the pearls left to her by her mother - but reflecting her own personality. Linda was, however, reluctant to re-imagine the pearls into a design where they were no longer distinguishable from the original strand - as it was her mother from whom she inherited her love of design and jewellery.
The Clouds and Clouds + Storms series inspired by the vast Tasmanian skies, reflect both the shapes of clouds as well as their constantly shifting and evolving forms - thus allowing most of the long pieces to be worn in a variety of different ways.