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Dearne Herrenberg, designer/maker

Dearne Herrenberg

What is your professional or training background?
Interior Design.

What do you make, create or do?
I make a range of jewellery under the label “Mainichi”. My jewellery is created from non-precious materials such as leather, bamboo, wood, plastic and fabric. Many of the materials are recycled, upcycled, repurposed, vintage and salvaged. And I’m a full time Mum to a busy 3 year old. I also have an Interior Design practice, though squeezing this into a busy life is a little harder these days.

What other creative areas would you like to explore as a side-project to your current work, or move into full-time?
I am interested in sustainability, recycling and reducing our impact on the environment. I’m interested in exploring these initiatives through my jewellery making, and creating sculptural pieces of jewellery that provoke a conversation with people about these important issues – such as the work I recently created for a window exhibition “A Tale of Wood & Fish”.

What skills do you have that help you run your business, or what skills would you like to develop?
I possess a lifelong need to create and a passion for quality design and craftsmanship; which inspires me to keep going, even though juggling creativity and motherhood can be challenging. I’d love to be able to spend equal time doing both – and doing them well, so if that’s a skill, then I’d like to develop it!

List five people, businesses or websites/blogs that keep you motivated and inspired, and why?
+ Craft Victoria – the staff are supportive, helpful and encouraging

+ Australian designers – forget the Europeans, we have ample inspiration here in all facets of design

+ Etsy – chock full of amazing work by amazing people

+ – great ideas, concepts and inventions from all across the globe

+ Amazing women I know…..everywhere, for lots of reasons, but especially the ones juggling motherhood with creativity. They inspire me to continue to try to find the balance.

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