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Candy Spender, Jewellery designer/maker, fashion illustrator

Candy Spender
Candy Spender Jewels
Jewellery designer/maker, fashion illustrator, and blog at:

What is your professional or training background?
I was trained as a Graphic Designer at the South Australian School of Art in the seventies. (of course I was only five years old..LOL)

I then did a post graduate year at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam in painting and printmaking.

As a jewellery maker, (assembler, really) I am self-taught.

I have been designing and creating jewellery for over twenty-five years here in Melbourne. 

In the late eighties and for most of the nineties, my jewellery pieces often appeared in mainstream publications and media events, and to this day the jewels are still sought after by stylists and designers looking for ‘something different’.

I have a small production studio and at the height of the wholesale operation, stockists included International fashion houses such as Browns in London, and several galleries in North America, and Holland as well as an exclusive fashion boutique in Hong Kong.

In the last four years I have ‘streamlined’ the business, and now work singularly as an artisan. I have been concentrating on one-of-a-kind jewellery piece commissions, and small in-house ranges for selected fashion houses and galleries.

The jewellery pieces mostly incorporate Swarovski crystal, Czech glass, semi-precious as well vintage/antique stones and beads. All the components are my own, and cast and plated in Melbourne. Great care is taken to keep them nickel-free, and environmentally sustainable.Currently, all jewellery is hand-made by me.

What other creative areas would you like to explore as a side-project to your current work, or move into full-time?
I also draw and paint, also do fashion illustrations and photography for my own designs as well as for other designers and publications.

List five people, businesses or websites/blogs that keep you motivated and inspired, and why?
Sara Thorn ~ She is a good friend, and like me straddles inbetween the worlds of fashion/design/craft and Art.

Zambesi ~ Ongoing style and quality design integrity.

My mother: Sophie van Rood, who is no longer with us ~ she started up Australia’s first vintage and antique costume and fashion house ‘The Banana Room’ in 1974. She was also a couturier and artist in her own right.

My aunt Katinka van Rood-Bruin, who is no longer with us ~ she was a sculptor in Holland

Great photography, music and film

Contact Candy via candy/at/

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