In Formation

Kirsty Gorman is the artist and jeweller behind Fold Formations, a Blue Mountains business that makes beautiful pieces using eco friendly recycled copper, gemstones and precious metals. Copper form folding is an interesting process and Kirsty has perfected the art of creating just the right patina. She will be at the Handmade Market for the first time on 10 & 11 December, so we asked her our three questions.

1. What is your business all about?

Fold Formations is all about creating totally unique, eco-friendly and versatile jewellery that can be worn and treasured. I love working with my hands – always experimenting with something new in the hope that I will create something unique and interesting. After studying my BA Jewellery at Charles Sturt University, Fold Formations became my main outlet for creativity. I now design and manufacture my entire jewellery range from my home in the Blue Mountains.  I am passionate about using sustainable materials in all my designs and supporting the Australian jewellery industry as much as I can.  It is my goal to create a product that customers can purchase guilt-free, knowing that they are supporting the growth of not only a starving artist, but also the use of sustainable and Australian materials.

2. What made you apply to Handmade?

A number of lovely customers suggested they would love to see Fold Formations amongst all the amazing Australian designed and made products at Handmade Canberra. The idea of an event that solely promotes Australian designers made me so excited! I can’t wait to join Handmade Canberra in December with Fold Formations – and do a little shopping myself!

3. What will Santa bring you this year?

I would be completely lying if I didn’t say that I would LOVE for Santa to bring me a copy of Final Fantasy XV for my PS4… I am so excited to finally play it! I always look forward to taking some time for myself over the Christmas/New Year break and this year I have an awesome line up of games to lock myself away with!  As much as I love getting my hands dirty in the workshop, Christmas as a designer is always exhausting and you have to learn when to take a break from it all. A jeweller has to have her geeky pastimes too!

Downtime is good – we hope you enjoy it Kirsty, but we’ll see you at the market first!


Caroline Leevers is responsible for the Handmade brand, including the website, Handmade Style, the newsletter and the online magazine. When she's not hanging out with the lovely Handmade team, she runs Callie & Co Design, a Canberra graphic design studio that crafts brands for small businesses. Her favourite things about Canberra are the seasons (especially Autumn), the big sky, the coffee and the great events.


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