taprobane is a Wellington based label, producing ranges of jewellery inspired by childhood memories and translated into elegant, unique pieces with a contemporary twist. Primarily begun as a personal creative outlet for designer Karen Hermon, her strong graphic design background is evident in every range.
Every piece is designed, laser cut from acrylic and hand assembled locally in central Wellington. taprobane jewellery is now sold online, in retail stores within New Zealand and the US, and at high quality markets in the Wellington region.
Alphabet Soup was inspired by a lifelong obsession with everything typographic. The single letters, which can be worn alone or combined, are a fresh take on the name necklace. Each pendant juxtaposes the traditional aspect of a serif font with modern materials, to create a distinctly classic necklace.
Each piece in the Wrought Collection has been aptly named after iron working techniques, giving character to each piece that was inspired by the beauty of wrought iron. "I loved the organic shapes (of wrought iron) 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." The necklaces make a statement with their larger than expected pendants, which contrast with delicate and intricate earrings.
The Equilibrium Range is a collection of two and three dimensional geometric jewellery, exploring the balance of positive and negative space. Inspired by the idea of pushing the boundaries of simple colour and shape, the graphic nature of the designs create a strong, dynamic silhouette.
A recent addition has been the “Swing Necklace”, a minimalist piece, with momentum and fluidity, mimicking the carefree, summer feeling of the playground.