Ada Hodgson, Jeweller
Ada wears the Rafa Rib Knit Sweater
Where does your love for jewellery stem from?
I was always obsessed with my mother and sisters jewellery collection, the different boxes and trinkets on their dressers, each piece was sentimental and had a story. I came to realise every piece of jewellery is imbued with love, a talisman from a lover, or brother, or a souvenir trip somewhere special.
How have your collections evolved and what are you working on now?
I try to fuse the fractal beauty of the natural world with romance and mystery. My first collection, Imaginary Planets took reference from photographs of the earth from the air, where arid deserts that give way to grassy plains cut through by a maze of rivers. I’m now zooming in on a select landscape, a Secret Garden, hidden, walled and full of wonder.
If you could see your pieces on anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
Anyone on the street! By that, I mean, my jewellery is so personal to me, and when I spot a pair of my earrings at the park or in a bar, I’m overjoyed that someone has enjoyed my work so much, they want to adorn themselves with my little creation!
Tell us about your style.
Loving the casual style of the Ryder State Flora Tee, something so nostaligic about it!
You are originally from Tropical North Queensland, do you draw inspiration from the sea?
I grew up just off the coast of the great Barrier Reef, where my childhood was spent exploring the reefs and islands! I had a little black cat and a blue heeler who would wonder the beach with me every day, playing and finding treasures, it was pretty idyllic! I’d say this is a fundamental part of my inspiration and design.
What are your favourite cafés and bars near your studio in Collingwood?
Ah so many! Alimentari has a beautiful Wysteria laden courtyard and puts on some divine salads, and of course the legends at Everyday coffee do a stand up job!
What is the best advice you have ever been given?
Try new things, and try doing them five times! To elaborate, I interpreted this to mean, don’t be afraid of not being very good at something you have never tried.
What is one thing you can’t live without?
My little ginger cat, Flumpy!
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