Penelope MacDuff jewellery is an emerging Dunedin based jewellery label that I recently discovered and instantly fell in love with. Penelope has perfectly mastered the art of imperfection through her work, creating incredibly beautiful pieces with her debut collection ‘Nevertheless’, to adorn the neck, ears, wrists and fingers.
Where are you originally from?
I’m originally from Cambridge but moved to Dunedin at the end of 2010.
Did you study jewellery design, if so, where?
I Studied at the Dunedin School of Art and majored in Jewellery & Metalsmithing. I graduated at the end of last year.
When did you first start making jewellery and why did you decide to start your own range?
Jewellery was not something I was particularly interested in until I did it as a first year elective – once I realised how unconventional jewellery could be, there was no going back. Producing a range of conventionally wearable pieces has been a challenge after the freedom I had at Art School, but I’ve loved it – I still can’t believe this is a real job!
What was the concept/inspiration behind Nevertheless?
The concept was to make sculpted forms that honour the presence of the maker and highlight the beauty of imperfection. I love sculpting metal into beautifully balanced pieces. I collaborate with Glass Maker Anne Ryan who produces hand formed links of chain that have a perfect irregularity and I love seeing the odd finger print in the campaign images from Photographer Emily Hlavac-Green.
What materials do you use with this collection?
Nevertheless has a sedate palate of 9ct Gold and Sterling Silver enhanced with Glass, Resin, White Sapphires and Pure Gold. I love the combination of Gold and Silver together – they enhance each other beautifully.
When will Nevertheless be launched? and where will it be stocked?
I’m hoping to launch it at the beginning of October and it will be sold on my Webstore (which is under construction) but I’m also in the process of approaching stockists.
Model Lily @ AliMcD
Make-up Aja Ann