Studio Elke’s new jewellery collection, The Dreaming, draws on elements of the Australian landscape. In earthen colourways and layers of texture, Elke’s signature tassels remain the cornerstone of the collection. Ancient-looking pendants and resin hoops are the brand’s new pieces.
Each of Studio Elke’s collections have a distinct colour palette. For The Dreaming inspiration came from a road trip to the South Australian town of Robe. The colours used are a visual diary of the South Australian coastline; the crimson of cooked crayfish; shell-flecked sand; limestone; and eucalypts. In a pair of drop earrings, copper wire hangs suspended in rutilated quartz resin “like husks of wheat that have been strung by the roadside from the fields”, founder Elke Kramer explains.
Long-time friend and collaborator Kate Hurst joined Kramer – who founded Studio Elke in 2004 – in the business earlier this year. Together they run Studio Elke and their new creative studio, Common Knowledge.
Their new space in Darlinghurst is shared with Amber Road Design, which they frequently collaborate with on creative projects. “Even though our businesses are quite separate, there is a lot of back and forth between us during the day,” Hurst says. The scale of the space allows them to experiment with materials in-house and move easily between the projects both businesses are working on.
Since joining forces, Kramer and Hurst have also reimagined Studio Elke’s packaging, and orders are now sent to customers in beautiful cream-coloured boxes, hand painted with flecks of colour.
Jewellery boxes are in conical and cylindrical shapes, made with high quality matte canson art paper from France and individually painted in their studio. “The packaging is a huge investment for us, it takes time to produce each one and it’s expensive,” Kramer says. “But we wanted to create packaging that stood on its own as an object of art, something you wouldn’t throw away but would appreciate and hold onto.”
You can shop the collection online here and at the pop-up store, in the foyer of Paramount House, 80 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills on November 11–12 from 9am–4pm and November 13 9am–3pm.