My name is Kim Hardie, though my friends call me Kimba, and we live in Perth, Western Australia where I make my jewellery and artworks in my home studio. As a child I was always playing with paper, cutting out shapes and making collages. I just loved the feel of it and the different shapes you could create using different parts of paper.
I began experimenting with resin 8 years ago. Around the same time I was beginning to organise a cafe on our plantation in Carnarvon, Western Australia.
I was, at the time trying to generate some income to assist our plantation. I loved our little cafe and we served the best coffee this side of Melbourne. We sourced all the beautiful fresh produce for our beautiful menu and I made homemade ice creams, which won silver at the Royal Show.
As much as I loved the idea of fresh food and beautiful coffee, it was terribly hard to make a profit, as we were a bit out town. We were reliant on the weather as our courtyard eating area was all outside and it took over my time and my life.
My husband and I were trying to make the decision whether or not to close down the café when mother nature gave us the answer. The heavens opened up in December 2010 and as a result Carnarvon suffered the worst floods in its history. The river we live on swelled and went through our home and took out most of our road. As a result, it would have been difficult for tourists to access us….we closed the café.
I was able to breathe again and re-focus. It also reignited my passion for my jewellery. The old saying ‘do what you love’ certainly rings true for me as I am now running a successful business and doing what I love, with time for everyone in the family.
THE INSPIRATION FOR JEWELLERY
I was initially inspired to create earrings similar to a beautiful pair my mother brought back from Fiji in the 70’s. I always adored them and have been able to recreate that style. I am very careful with the resin to create a ‘dome’ effect so the beauty of the papers really stands out.
What started out as a great little seller at the markets has now very quickly expanded to boutiques and online. My original stud earrings and the papers and fabrics I use stand the test of time and unique to me. I love the fact that I can make pieces for many different personalities and styles.
My ideas and creativity are constantly evolving and I love how the resin allows me to explore my creative side. Now, after creating new patterns and designs from wildflowers, I have expanded my jewellery line into artworks. The next really exciting development of my business.
MY JEWELLERY AND THE MATERIALS I USE
My earrings are all lovingly hand made by me, the ear posts are surgical steel and I use the resin to totally enclose the back stud on to the earring, ensuring complete attachment and even protection from the silver plating off the bezel. That said some people can have skin reactions to any metal, be it silver plating, Stirling silver, or even gold it depends on the wearers chemicals in their skin. By adding the extra coat of resin I have just added extra protection in case the wearer has reactions to silver plating.
Essentially we are all the same in essence yet all so totally unique. Created after a massive transition in my life from the remote North West of Western Australia to the metropolis of the city of Perth. It was such an incredibly confusing time, even the smallest experiences were incredibly exciting while others were disappointing, we were unsettled and unsure. This series is an exploration of personality and experiences.
My art is created from my unique prints which I have been designing and creating for my jewellery line. Most of my prints are inspired by botanicals and in this piece I used 2 different prints from my Florence Road series.
This series is modern, industrial and yet utterly feminine. The resin creates an incredibly beautiful extra depth to the piece. You will find these pieces changing at different times of the day, as the light changes in the room and every time you look at it, you will obtain a different perspective or see something you never saw before, much like our human existence and experiences.
'Trendy is the last stage before tacky" - Karl Lagerfeld.
I love him, its a fabulous quote, Karl is quite correct and Art it is not.
I want the art you buy for your home to be individual and unique, beautiful and reflective. My art is born from a creative notion of colour and a point of difference, now thats stylish and I am happy to say, not trendy at all, rather modern and fresh and thats just the way I like it.
My art is me, its mine and a moment in time. Created after discovering the designs I was making for my jewellery were just to beautiful to not be up on a wall! All of them inspired by a memory and experience, a camping trip to the beautiful and haunting Kennedy Ranges in the Gascoyne, Western Australia. A run down a suburban street in Perth. A blustery winters weekend end away to our beautiful Margaret River region.
This artwork is created on MDF and made using a mix of acrylic, ink and resin. My works are totally unique to me, timeless and dateless.