Sue Garrard

As a child growing up in a rural setting it was more usual in my family to make things than to buy things. I have been a maker all my life. I have been a self-taught jewellery maker for many years but have recently undertaken a formal arts education at the Adelaide College of the Arts in South Australia. I completed a Bachaelor of Visual Art in 2014 with a major in printmaking. I work in my Nuriootpa based studio every day - except when I am teaching workshops around the Barossa and Adelaide region.

Both jewellery and printmaking are process driven mediums that provide abundant challenges and opportunities for expression. The jewellery I create reflects my environmental politics and challenges perceptions of preciousness. The prints and print-based installations I create often reflect my world view and personal politics. By utilising predominately reclaimed and recycled materials within the jewellery making aspect of my arts practice I am able to balance my desire to create beautiful, wearable adornments with an environmentally sound and sustainable practice that doesn't contribute to currently questionable mining practices.