Toby Eagle is a jewellery designer who is often to be found at Handmade. The market on March 18 & 19 is no exception and we recommend that you take a look at her beautiful, eco-conscious pieces. We asked her about them.
Tell us about your business
I design and hand craft all of the TobyE jewellery range and use traditional smithing techniques to create one-of-a-kind jewellery with an eco-conscious twist. All TobyE jewellery is created with a focus on reuse and responsible production and all sterling silver and gold pieces are made from 100% reclaimed sources. I only use high quality materials so all my jewellery is suitable for people with sensitive skin types (no nickel). Unique commissions are always welcome and the markets are a great place to chat about any design ideas you may have.
Why do you love the Handmade Market?
It has such a friendly and energetic atmosphere. That energy not only radiates from the stall holders but also from the customers that attend. They are so friendly and supportive, they genuinely love meeting the maker, hearing about how our products are made and appreciate the calibre of products on display.
It is hard to find markets that take pride in choosing only products that are handmade by the artisan, Handmade Canberra has done a wonderful job in maintaining its standards.
What are you looking forward to most about your trip to Canberra?
I use to live in Canberra and also studied metal smithing at the ANU art school but now I live on the beautiful Northern beaches of Sydney. Canberra has a change quite a bit since I lived there. There is now much more support for the arts and so many more events on, I am quite impressed with how trendy it has become.
Can you describe your studio/place of work?
I was tired of working alone and wanted to be surrounded by like minded creatives again, so a few years ago I bought a warehouse and built an artists hub called The Vale Studios. It’s a place where artists come to create, collaborate and connect.
I not only work in metal but also in wood so with help from my amazing ‘tricks of all trade’ family we built individual studios that are nestled inside the warehouse and look like tiny little weatherboard houses. It was an amazing project with lots of blood sweat and tears but I couldn’t be happier with the result and now I get to hang out with some incredibly talented artists every day.