Style Mag­a­zine chats to an amaz­ing lo­cal artist

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What be­gan as some­thing to keep Anita Bal­lis oc­cu­pied through a dif­fi­cult time grew into her pas­sion.

Anita started mak­ing jew­ellery and other whim­si­cal items in 2009.

A life-long love for but­ter­flies and a lady’s but­ter­fly wing pen­dant sparked the idea in Anita’s mind to make her own na­ture-in­spired jew­ellery.

She de­cided to repli­cate the lady’s pen­dant for her­self af­ter find­ing them sold out on­line.

“Af­ter many at­tempts, I fi­nally had a seal­ing process which al­lowed me to set wings un­der glass and I had learned how to hand-paint the wings in resin to al­low their nat­u­ral shapes to be seen and ad­mired,” Anita says.

Anita is in­spired by the colours and de­signs found in na­ture and, hav­ing grown up on fan­tasy epics such as The Lord of the Rings, said her mind loves to wan­der into the myth­i­cal and whim­si­cal for ideas.

Anita’s art­work holds par­tic­u­lar sig­nif­i­cance for her.

“I love the sym­bol­ism of trans­for­ma­tion and new be­gin­nings the but­ter­flies and snake sheds have.

“It re­minds me of my own per­sonal jour­ney and how my work helped me bring a new be­gin­ning in my own life.”

Each nat­u­ral el­e­ment used in Anita’s jew­ellery is eth­i­cally sourced in ac­cor­dance with en­vi­ron­men­tal laws.

She ob­tains the rep­tile sheds from lo­cal pet own­ers once their pets have nat­u­rally shed their skins.

“I have a lovely lady in Bris­bane who reg­u­larly sends me sheds from her python,” said Anita.

For the in­sects and but­ter­flies, Anita works with a num­ber of over­seas breed­ers and buys their in­sects once they are de­ceased.

She also works with the Coffs Har­bour But­ter­fly House and makes jew­ellery for them from their own de­ceased in­sects.

Anita’s favourite piece is al­ways the one she is cur­rently work­ing on and, be­cause she works with a va­ri­ety of medi­ums and themes, she likes to keep things fun and fresh.

“I love a chal­lenge and I set my­self a more elab­o­rate cos­tume-style piece ev­ery now and again.

“At the mo­ment, I’m work­ing on a la­tex ar­mour out­fit for the Car­ni­val of Flow­ers, which is very ex­cit­ing.”

THE JEWELLER WITH THE ETHICAL TOUCH

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