For Kristy Dickinson, jewellery is about more than just making something bright and colourful – it’s about feeling pride and sparking conversations. The proud Wiradjuri woman founded Haus of Dizzy in 2015 after recognising a gap in representation in the world of jewellery and fashion accessories.
Her earrings, pendants and hair clips feature Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags, LGBTQI+ pride designs, political messages and hearts of every size and colour.
“I’ve been told before that when people wear their flag earrings, they feel so much stronger and powerful,” Dickinson tells Broadsheet. “That makes me really happy, because I love when somebody puts my earrings on and feels confident and proud of who they are.”
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The forthcoming children’s range, Haus of Ziggy Lee, was named after Dickinson’s son and aims to instil the same feelings in young Aboriginal children. It’s out in October.
Dickinson has dreamt of opening a bricks and mortar store from the beginning. Her initial designs were a sort of art therapy, to alleviate anxiety and depression. When she began wearing them out, she always received compliments or otherwise got into conversations about her creations.
From there, selling to friends led to hosting market stalls and providing stock for fashion-accessory retailers, and then a booming online store. Then came a pop-up during Melbourne Fashion Week 2021 in collaboration with Gammin Threads, and now, a standalone, wheelchair-accessible shopfront in Fitzroy.
Looking for neon glitter heart earrings with your name on them? The store has you covered. The Barbie heart and bamboo hoop lines already come with a range of word designs but can be customised to give you a really personal customer experience. Each piece is made from acrylic and paired with surgical steel clasps and earring posts. Everything is designed, laser cut, hand-painted and assembled at the studio adjoining the store.
Dickinson’s love for boldness and colour is reflected in the decor. Every wall is a feature wall, with sequins, shots from Haus of Dizzy photoshoots, stickers and magnets accessorising the space. A pink-and-white-checked sequin wall by Electric Confetti and a benchtop by Tiledtings bring a sense of playfulness.