Featured Seller: Taprobane

By day, Karen works as a graphic designer in Wellington. In her spare time, her love of fashion has turned her into a jewellery designer. Wellingtonians who missed her at Craft2.0 in October can check out taprobane this month at Knack Market in Berhampore and at the Seatoun Fair.

taprobane earrings alphabet soup by taprobane taprobane necklaces

What do you make?
I make contemporary jewellery – necklaces and earrings – made of perspex. The first range of jewellery I created is called Alphabet Soup and inspired by my love of fonts and everything typographic. The current range of jewellery I have been working on has been inspired by amazing wrought iron products from my childhood. I loved the organic shapes combined with industrial materials. They created a wonderful tension between nature and man-made design. I aimed to reflect that balance in a wearable way, with a contemporary material.

How did you get into selling your craft?
taprobane came about almost year ago, when I decided to make jewellery as Christmas presents for my cousins. The feedback I got from friends, family and even strangers was so positive, I decided to try selling online and in stores.

Your favourite materials, tools and processes?
My current favourite material is perspex, but I’m also keen to start investigating metals. I love coming up with that initial idea, and then really pushing it to see how far it
can go, and then getting into the detail to refine it to perfection. I always start with paper and pencil, and then it’s usually a process of refining concepts digitally.

What inspires you?
I am constantly inspired by art, fashion, architecture, furniture, theatre, music and mostly people. I love Wellington for the quirky mix of design that ends up here, due to the city having both strong corporate and art scenes. Ideas often come from a glimpse of a colour, a texture or a shape. It doesn’t take a lot to inspire me, the possibilities are everywhere and endless.

Describe your workspace: Ordered chaos!

Five words that describe your mind: Inquiring, busy, creative, crazy, colourful

What are you currently listening to? Ladi 6 – Time Is Not Much

Your favourite childhood book?
Benji – Fastest Dog in the West, from the amazing Little Golden Books, along with Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery, a few years later.

What are you reading now? The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

A favourite quote: “Less is more.” – Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Do you have any pets? No but I would love a horse!

If you were a crayon, what colour would you be? Bright red – I love that colour!

Visit Karen’s shop, taprobane, on Felt.