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Book show­cases jew­eller’s work

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Front Page - Therese Col­man

Jew­ellery de­signer John Miller has pub­lished a fourth edi­tion of his book show­cas­ing his life’s work.

The book, A Life in Jew­ellery, is a col­lec­tion of work pro­duced by Miller dur­ing his ca­reer.

“I be­gan mak­ing a pho­to­graphic record of the jour­ney from early on,” Miller told the Times.

“This has now grown into a vast ar­chive”

The book de­picts more than 200 unique items, all with a dif­fer­ent story.

A land­scape ban­gle in the first few pages of the book fea­tures in­tri­cate yet recog­nis­able South West lo­ca­tions.

“I’ve been work­ing on de­vel­op­ing Aus­tralian themes in jew­ellery for many years,” Miller said. “It’s chal­leng­ing to keep it artis­tic with­out get­ting too kitsch.”

Many of the pieces in the book have in­ter­na­tional in­flu­ence or are the re­sult of cus­tomer re­quests.

“A lady was vis­it­ing from South Carolina in the USA and bought some pieces from our Yallingup gallery,” the de­signer said.

“She then got back to us and or­dered a hand-carved gold bracelet with Old Tes­ta­ment themes. Scenes in­clude Noah’s Ark, Adam and Eve. It took a week of painstak­ing carv­ing, with a bit of swear­ing — a healthy mix of sa­cred and pro­fane.”

A Life in Jew­ellery is avail­able from the Mar­garet River and Yallingup John Miller De­sign gal­leries, Mar­garet River Book Shop and Viva Books, Bus­sel­ton.

Pic­ture: Therese Col­man

Lo­cal jew­eller John Miller with his new edi­tion.

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