Brendan Tibbs, goldsmith, silversmith and jeweler draws his inspirations from the oceans of WA . “The sea is like a femme fatal …beautiful and sometimes deadly and sinister: it is never the same from one day to another and still thrills” He says.
The aqua marines and blues and green are such vibrant colors to work with. I never tire of putting a turquoise blue against 24 karat gold. To look through the transparent enamel to the gold underneath is similar to being at the beach looking through the turquoise water onto the sand below with all its textures and patterns.
I always try to create as much texture, color, shape and rhythm as possible in my jewelry. Working with colors, particularly turquoise is so exciting. It can be so vibrant and eye arresting.
Brendan learnt his craft from many sources in many countries. He has worked in various parts of the world, Sweden, USA, France, Australia and UK. His jewelry is created with energy and enthusiasm, the inspiration keeps coming!
“Even if it wasn’t my profession I would still do this work, I can’t quit” he says. “Seeing the melted glass enamel change color as it cools is enough to inspire one to go further:
My ultimate reward is to uplift and strengthen the spirits of the person who gazes upon my pieces.”