Oona Design  Handcrafted jewelry

My jewellery designs are intricately handmade contemporary pieces. I work mainly with glass or silver beads that I thread with a thin nylon thread. This method of making is for me a continuous reminder of our relationship to the whole. My inspirations come from explorations of interconnected geometric patterns embedded at the core of all living forms, and omnipresent sacred geometric patterns and structures.

My Turkish heritage, European upbringing, and my recent years in Australia inspire my designs, which are also a way of exploring natural shapes, sacred geometric patterns and structures, and cultural and spiritual symbols. In particular, my visual and sensual inspirations come from the sacred geometric patterns and beautiful Iznik and Seljuk ceramic mosaics and tiles.

These inspirations intersect with interests in simplicity, lightness, light and shadow plays, the mathematics of nature, electron microscope photography, and Platonic solids (geometric representations of the five elements that make up the material world).

My design philosophy is to create objects that are delicate, simple, useful, beautiful and easily reproducible. This philosophy combines with my inspirations, interests and industrial design background to shape my designs. All pieces are lovingly crafted from humble materials, mainly glass seed and bugle beads interwoven together. To this medium, I sometimes add sterling silver bugle beads, Swarovski crystals, glass marbles, leather thread and silver chains.

“Beads encapsulate the past, including history, technology, abstract thinking, sensibility, art, and superstition. They provide a window into the past that few other artifact do”. Jamey D. Allen, in Hemachandra, R. and Carren, R. 2011. Masters Polymer Clay: major works by leading artists.

The pieces in the Oona collection are art objects. They are light. They almost float in space. Yet, they are more than mere decoration, as they are imbued with cultural and spiritual meaning and form.