Quirky style pushes limit
THE decision to create art from a material mostly used on surfboards and boats was not one Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy had full confidence in.
But it was a gamble that continues to pay off for the Dinosaur Designs founders who are still pushing the boundaries of resin more than 30 years later.
This dedication has taken them from selling their jewellery at Paddington Markets, where they once made as little at $10 a day, to becoming a global success.
They have stores across Australia and in London and New York.
They have also expanded their resin collection to include what Olsen likes to call “house jewellery”.
“There is a quality about resin that’s very much like paint,” Olsen says.
It works beautifully with colour.
“The possibilities we keep discovering – even today – are never-ending.”
Their extensive body of work is showcased in their book The Art of Dinosaur Designs.
Readers can enjoy the stories behind their creations worn by celebrities including, Kylie Minogue, Elle Macpherson and Michael Hutchence.
“We had to remake (Hutchence’s) ring so many times because he kept losing it at shows when he put his hands into the crowd,” Olsen says.
Keeping a hands-on approach to their business has been an important facet of the duo’s work – each piece is hand made.
Olsen says embracing the fluid nature of resin has opened the door for experimentation. “There’s so much discovery in failure,” she says.
The Art of Dinosaur Designs by Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy. RRP $79.99. Details: penguinrandomhouse.com.au
Steve Ormandy and Louise Olsen and some of their resin and metal homewares featured in their book The Art of Dinosaur Designs.