MEET THE MAKER
Hi! I’m Jayne Traeger-Bliss, owner, maker and general odd-jobs person at Gingerdoll Studio. I work from my home studio in Melbourne, Australia.
WHAT I DO
I design and make distinctive contemporary jewellery for people who seek unique accessories to complement their individual style.
I direct my passion for beauty into creating wearable art.
Looking good helps us to feel great, and feeling great is empowering. Whatever our style, wearing something we love, which just feels ‘right,’ is a pleasure.
WHY I DO IT
I don’t really know why I’m a maker, just that I need to always be creating. It’s in my DNA. Those ancient people who sat around the fire carving beads, making garments, fashioning tools – they were my people. As for those who hunted prey, well, they were somebody else’s people.
I have always made things. I enjoy both the creative process and mastering technical skills and, hopefully, creating something beautiful out of the process.
This drive to create has most often been directed at personal adornment. I began sewing as a teen, which led to professional work in my twenties. I then took up jewellery making as a hobby and, well, here I am. In my spare time, I torture yarn into scarves and blankets for my loved ones with all the enthusiasm of a self-taught beginner.
I acknowledge the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung People of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Custodians of the lands and waterways on which I live and work. I pay respect to their Elders past, present and emerging, as well as to all First Nations’ communities.