Tara Lofhelm is a jewellery designer and maker based in Melbourne, Australia, who has a serious passion for promoting and participating in the handmade contemporary jewellery movement.
Her aesthetic is influenced by many varied sources, including travel to exotic locations, texture, colour, or simply the physical properties of the materials she works with. Her work is one of contrast, as are the ideas that inspire it.
The processes and techniques she uses to create her jewellery – twisting, stamping and embellishing – result in hand-formed, one-off pieces. Her high attention to detail sees her create quality pieces of simplistic beauty, which belie their considered design approach to functionality and wearability.
Originally planning to become a writer, Tara completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts, majoring in English. Upon completion, she instead acknowledged her ever-present passion for jewellery and completed the Advanced Diploma of Engineering (Jewellery) at Northern Metropolitan Institute of TAFE in 2008. She has since worked from a studio in Brunswick, producing commercial ranges, private commissions and exhibition pieces, while continuing to amass a jewellery collection that is slowly outgrowing the size of most people’s wardrobes.