ABOUT THE WRITER: Laura Morley is a Brisbane-based freelance writer. When she's not writing she enjoys drinking coffee, op shopping, stretching her back and crying at bad films. You can follow her adventures on @opshopgal
Earrings can be the perfect way to turn an everyday outfit from drab to fab. The hunt for the perfect pair is never ending; you can spend hours perusing the retail shelves of Lovisa or Colette, and still never find anything just right. Lucky for you, statement pieces by these Brisbane creatives are guaranteed to get you at least one compliment a day as well as the added satisfaction of supporting a local artist.
Fun, bold and bright – earrings by Meg Makes brings the summer season in earring form. These polymer creations are handcrafted and loaded with pizazz. Loud, pop-art inspired colours, metallic tassels and quirky shapes – these dangles are everything you could ever wish for in an earring, especially with cute names like “gum sticks” and “ghosts”.
Shimona Designs's online store is full of beautiful resin pieces that feel completely luxurious (but not in the same way that your Nan’s pearls do). Handmade in a Brisbane home, goodies by Shimona Designs are made with bright colours and beautiful swirls, deep glittery hues and pretty pastels. Bowls, bangles, rings and more – the fun doesn’t stop with earrings either!
The two ladies behind Ingo are the funky mamas of the Brisbane polymer clay scene. What started as a crafty afternoon has blossomed into something beautiful, with Ingo just launching their latest collection, “The Ladies Collection”. This fab new range is inspired by some of the world’s greatest women including Solange, Li Lin Chin and Dee Dee Pickles. If you’re picturing pretty pastels and big, groovy shapes then you’re picturing Ingo.
Dangles and drops by Alana Wilde seem like something a female Tarzan would wear to a jungle rave. They are glittery, cosmic, bold designs – think snakes, giant leaves and rainbow coloured leopard print. These hand cut acrylic pieces will well and truly brighten up a dull outfit and make you the coolest gal in the (concrete) jungle.
YippyWhippy is where you head to for a damn, good statement piece. Picture acrylic, hand-made earrings in the shape of Furbies or Tamagotchis and you’re somewhere in the ballpark. YippyWhippy sure knows how to pack a punch with designs full of fun and colour – flitter, zig zags, squiggles and hoops - you’ll be like a kid in a candy store!
Desert Jewellery pieces really do seem like something you could uncover from a dusty treasure chest buried beneath the dunes somewhere. Clunky gems, stones, wood and resin – these eclectic and textural designs make us think of Incan princesses and Frida Kahlo, prancing around with bold, bohemian-inspired numbers dangling from their ears.