From her studio at Commonfolk Cafe in Mornington, Kate Macindoe makes exquisite organic and sculptural jewellery, using textures from found objects she comes across on her many adventures in nature.

Kate always knew she wanted to do something creative, but it took a bit of experimenting - with a double degree in Primary Education and Visual Arts - before she landed on metal work. These days she works mostly in sterling silver, brass, gold and semi precious stones, with a focus on creative one-of-a-kind ‘perfectly imperfect’ pieces.

She explains, “Growing up, the jewellery that I saw in shops didn't really appeal to me. It just didn't excite me wearing something expensive that thousands of other people were wearing. I wanted to make pieces with soul and a story behind them.

I love the fact that because every single piece is made by hand, no two pieces are the same. And there is something so satisfying about being able to look back at the end of your work day and physically see the progress you’ve made. What may start with a few bits of dull scraps of metal, can finish with a set of sparkling rings ready to share and be treasured.”

Kate credits a creative mentor early in her career (local jeweller Flick Pope) with setting her up with the practical skills and business smarts to make a living out of doing what she loves most. She also credits living and working on the Ninch as central to her creative practice. “I love that even after living here my whole life I am still discovering new walking tracks, secret swimming holes and places to explore. Every time I travel I am reminded of just how lucky we are to be surrounded by some of the most beautiful beaches and landscapes in the world. We also have an incredibly supportive community and there are so many great things to get involved in if you’re keen.”

As well as her nature and ocean inspired pieces designed to be worn every day, Kate also creates commissions and custom engagement rings and she is currently planning and curating her first group exhibition, ‘Naturalistic’ at Kerri Greens in Red Hill South.

Stop by and watch Kate at work while you enjoy your next coffee or brunch at Commonfolk, and find her at our Design and Drinks Market in November 2022.

Image 1 by Molly heath
Images 2–5 by Janis House