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an idea TWO Border women are hoping to
change people's perception of jewellery
--- one necklace and pendant at a time.
Kylie Quinlivan and Judith
Armstrong both completed an
engineering technology course in jewellery
design at Wangaratta TAFE early this year.
Mrs Quinlivan said when most people thought
about jewellery they thought about beads being
"We don't do traditional jewellery, it's mostly
one-off pieces that have a vintage look," she
The art jewellers spend two days a week
at the GIGS Art Gallery studios where they
are artists in residence making jewellery from
materials like plastics, bakelite, copper, silver,
acrylic, titanium and gemstones.
The pair have been crafting their jewellery
in the studio on the Lincoln Causeway for 10
"We have family at home so it's nice to have
a spot to make a mess, work and then shut the
door and go home," Mrs Quinlivan said.
For Mrs Armstrong the jewellery course was
an outlet to express her love of vintage items,
"I love collecting vintage buttons, this one here
is from the 1930s," she said.
"I have always loved antique and vintage
jewellery and at first I thought I would do the
course to fix things, but now I am making
Mrs Quinlivan had her own beading business,
KQ Designs, which she operated from home for
"I am veering away from the beads and more
towards crafting jewellery from other mediums,"
"I really enjoy fold --- forming copper and silver
to create shape and texture."
It's not unusual for her to spend a few
days creating one piece, while others not so
complicated can take just a few hours.
Their work is now on display at the Milawa
Olive Cafe for three weeks, along with other
members of their TAFE course.
Together the pair have 10 of their pieces on
display in the exhibition.
"It's an exhibition to celebrate graduating," Mrs
l Art jewellers Judith
Armstrong and Kylie
Quinlivan make pieces
for the Lustre exhibition.
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