A journey to today………………
As a Multi Media Artist, Roz has journeyed through many mediums over the years to create wearable art, jewellery and objét d’ art. Nurtured by a mother who was a beautiful seamstress and knitter and a maternal grandmother who had a natural artistic flair for anything she put her mind too, she was encouraged to try anything. Her initial passion centred on textiles, hand embroidered and embellished to create clothing that was both unique and wearable. Hand dyeing of silks, and natural fibres expanded her repertoire.
A born non conformist, stock standard jewellery did not suit her creations or her own personal style so she ventured into making her own jewellery.
Roz discovered the art of Beadweaving on a visit to the USA, a friend showing her pieces that her Native American grandmother had made. Fuelled with ideas and inspired by Carol Wilcox Wells books she taught herself this art. Roz continues to make off loom pieces and regularly teaches classes in this ancient art form.
Finding the “right” bead often proved difficult which led to another path – Polymer Clay. Its bright colours, ability to mimic nature and forgiving nature saw her taking classes with Sera Pinwill, known for her incredible Polymer Canes and Bead Embroidered Jewellrey, Polymer is often brought into her works now using a variety of techniques.
The introduction to Australia of Precious Metal Clay (PMC) opened up yet another opportunity to explore a new medium. Producing Fine Silver jewellery became an instant passion. Roz is now a Certified Teacher of Precious Metal Clay. It was this same passion to share with others this wonderful medium that saw her join with like minded artists to form the PMC Guild of Australia and New Zealand, an organisation that she currently serves as President of.
Roz’ continual quest to find new ways to express herself in her pieces has seen a constant flow of both self teaching and formal classes, ranging from Silver Smithing, to Felting, Glass Fusing and Resin all of which appear in her work. Most recently she has added the two new Metal Clay's - Bronze and Copper to her "playbox" as she cals it.
To complement her own designs and expand her business Roz began importing jewellery from the countries she travelled to. A gypsy in a previous life, she travels regularly to countries that inspire her, often backpacking with her teenage son Rhys. She lists, Cambodia, India, Nepal, Guatemala and Nicaragua as some of her favourite countries. Roz focuses on working with Indigenous Women’s Groups to form mutually rewarding relationships.
To those who know her well, the selection of the name for her business was a natural: The Eclectic Studio captures the essence of her own unique style and creativity in the many diverse disciplines she employs.
Nothing that Roz turns her hand to is half hearted, whether it be her passion for creating gourmet food and entertaining, travel itineraries that make mere mortals quake or her artistic pursuits.
“Life should be treated as an adventure, a colourful mix of reality and fantasy, I don’t want to leave this earth with a list of ‘I wish I had done that …….’ or ‘I should have’s…..’ To that end I work to travel, but my travel brings me joy, and inspiration to create so it is a never ending adventure. Of course, my journey is even more wonderous when shared with my family, friends or my greatest achievement of all, my son.”
Roz currently resides in Beaconsfield, Sydney with her son Rhys, she is a regular teacher at a number of Community Colleges in Sydney and conducts private classes in her home studio. Her work is highly sort after and commissioned pieces have been sent to the UK, Middle East, New Zealand and USA.