Museum of Brisbane

New jewellery in The Museum Shop

They say “change is as good as a holiday”. We think new jewellery in our Shop is just as good!

The Museum Shop

This week we have received some beautiful stock from two Brisbane designers – Core and Hoopoe Home. Want to learn more about them? Keep reading.

Core Jewellery

Damara is the creative lady behind Core Jewellery and lives on the sunshine coast. Before pursuing her current creative endeavours, she worked as a graphic designer (in here own words “many moons ago”). After having children, she decided to make her passion more than just a hobby and started working full time doing what she truly loved… creating.

Damara spent most of her childhood in South-East Asia and travelled a number of times to the United States. The daughter of an avid collector, their home was full with Native American artefacts. These design influences still inspire her practice today.

As the name Core suggests, every piece is infused with a sense of spirited connection to Damara’s personal history or experience, whether it be memories, nature or travel.

Hoopoe Home

Brisbane lawyer, teacher, mother and artisan, Karen Carr designs and hand crafts bespoke accessories using textiles and embellishments she sources from small suppliers across the globe. Her eclectic mix of silk tassels are handmade by the Hmong Hill Tribe of Thailand, the hand formed ceramic beads are from Europe and the exotic trade beads are from Africa.

Karen was raised in the verdant hinterland of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, while her husband grew up in the vibrant Mpungalanga Provance of South Africa. With a desire to maintain a connection with the rainbow nation of South Africa, the Hoopoe (pronounced Hu-Pu: an old world bird found in Africa) Home collection was born.

Largely inspired by the modern craft movement of South Africa, the collection unveils a vision for colour and texture that strongly imbues the unique light and causal energy of Brisbane, fused with the aesthetics of the luxe tribal and mid-century style.