“Before anything else I was a collector, composing a wardrobe of fashionable objects to enhance my self image. I thrive in the pleasures of being an aesthete, we are constantly composing an ideal inventory of wearables to negotiate the world in our own terms”
Jess Blak is an Australian contemporary silversmith with an appreciation for traditional craftsmanship and ethical practices. Her organic approach to creating balances repetition and authenticity whilst Collections are inspired by the juxtaposition of nature and the built environment. Jess’ style of making emulates textures found in ruins and shipwrecks, inspired by such artefacts and their ability to recall stories lost and the mystery of times past. The treatment of the silver suggests time has manipulated the surface leaving it organic and completely unpredictable, beautifying the unexpected nature of discovery.
Collections are handcrafted from start to finish, using traditional and non traditional techniques, which have been modified for their ability to interpret ideas of texture and touch. Synthetic stones punctuate 100% recycled silver forms, both materials are sourced for their beauty as much as their ethical transparency.
Jess Blak is worn by those with an appreciation of traditional craftsmanship and the handcrafted. Unique objects emphasise the individuality and taste of their owners, clients of Jess Blak include Zola Jesus and Brooke Candy.
You can shop Jess Blak at her flagship shop and studio in Winn Lane, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane and at Artisan, Bowen Hills, Brisbane.