Quirky style pushes limit

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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.

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