Oona Design . Oya Demirbilek . handcrafted jewelry

I am an industrial designer and an associate professor at UNSW Built Environment, and I love making intricate hand made contemporary neck-pieces, made delicately by interweaving glass or silver beads on 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 and European upbringing inspire my jewellery designs. These designs are also a way of exploring natural shapes, sacred geometric patterns and structures, cultural and spiritual symbols, and geometric structures. 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.

These jewellery pieces are art objects. They are light. They almost float in space. But they are more than mere decoration. They are also imbued with cultural and spiritual meaning and form.