As colourful as candy and with textures that you can't help but want to touch, Marni Kornhauser's designs bring out the inner child in all of us.
On surface level, her new jewellery line The Gods Must Be Crazy seems obviously bright and chirpy. Look a little closer though and you'll discover these intricate necklaces and bracelets have some exotic stories to tell.
“The materials and beads I find are from all over,” she says. “I'm always trawling vintage stores, opp shops and everywhere in between… Trips to New York and Europe, and the internet is always helpful, but I particularly love when people bring me their old pieces to pull apart."
While there is a bowerbird-like quality to her process, Kornhauser's design background working in the art department for the film and television industry has had a huge influence on her purposefully haphazard style. In fact, it’s the reason she founded The Gods Must Be Crazy in the first place.
"I'm always out and about sourcing the new and old, and so I've always collected things. The label came about last year as a hobby when I decided to move into the Schoolhouse Studios between film jobs. Whilst I enjoy my film work, it's nice to be in a different environment at times as there are so many creative people here, which I find really inspiring."
Named after the 1980 South African comedy of the same name, The Gods Must Be Crazy incorporates a colourful and somewhat chaotic sensibility, ranging from delicate and diverse concoctions to bold sculptures. When asked what her favourite beads are, she admits to a “slight obsession” with her bright, African-inspired disc-shaped necklaces, made from recycled vinyl records from different parts of Africa.
In addition to rare and vintage materials, colour is another huge factor in her designs. “I love colour, I am always amazed at how much black people in Melbourne wear.”
But it’s not something she forces. "I never really plan my colour schemes,” she says. “It just kind of evolves with whatever I've found that day and what I have collected over time.
“I like that each piece is unique and bright, and I always try to maintain some subtle humour.”