FOREST RINGS

LINDA VAN NIEKERK & TREVOR SEMMENS, FOREST DARK (TIGER MYRTLE), FOREST LIGHT (HUON PINE) RINGS, 2011

HUON PINE, TIGER MYRTLE, STERLING SILVER

THE WORK

The Forest Dark and Forest Light series of rings are designed to showcase the beauty of two of Tasmania’s iconic timbers. The base of the ring, which goes around two fingers, ensures that it feels secure and comfortable to the wearer while not distracting from the timber sphere. The effect is that the timber sphere appears to simply float on the wearer’s hand.

THE DESIGNER

After a successful business career, Linda switched her attention firstly to a degree in psychology and then more recently, to a long-time passion with jewellery. Born in South Africa, she relocated from Sydney to the beautiful Huon Valley in Tasmania’s south in 2005.

Thinking of herself as a conceiver of wearable sculpture rather than a jeweller, Linda enlisted the help of a private tutor to teach her technical skills, which would allow her to follow her own, sometimes unorthodox, approach to design. Her work is bold, visually striking and deceptively simple. Her desire is to create elegantly sculptural forms that do not conform to the dictates of the market place or current fashion.

Born: South Africa