by Lauren Carroll Harris in New Design on Thursday 12 July 2012

There is something unreal about Gabriella Hirst’s jewellery. An emerging Sydney artist, Hirst produces exceptionally delicate handmade jewellery and ‘crownettes’ inspired by marine life. They’re not cast or molded, but sculpted from polymer clay into spiky crystals in pale, carnivalesque pastels. They can’t be reproduced, only treasured. The age of mechanical reproduction has again given birth to a new appreciation of the one-off, hand-rendered object.