Name: Emma Kidson
Business: Kidson Jewellery
Location: Wagga Wagga weekdays and Canberra weekends!
When did you open ‘shop’? The Kidson Jewellery Studio opened in June 2008.
What is your business background? Bachelor of Arts (Jewellery) with Distinction, Charles Sturt University 2007.
What is the essence of your business? I create high quality, handcrafted, contemporary jewellery designs.
What is your secret to balancing business with family? Work becomes so consuming but it’s important to make time for each other, even if it’s as small a going out for one meal together each week. I am lucky enough to work from a studio in the same building as my husband, so even if I don’t make it home from work before he goes to bed, at least we can have a morning cuppa or lunch together.
What is your greatest business achievement? Winning the under 25 years category in the National Contemporary Jewellery Award in 2008 for my Origami Box Ring. And of course, being part of every Handmade event from our first market in November 2008 to the opening of the Shop in April 2010, and now inclusion in the book!
Name your favourite product. My blossom earrings. I am wearing them every day!
Why is handmade so important? It’s a vibe, a special type of positivity, a unique and individual process that begins with a spark. It’s having your own ideas lovingly crafted, piece by piece to produce an end result like nothing else in existence. It’s a connection between maker and object and between object and owner. It’s made with love, with passion, with flair. It’s HANDMADE!!
How did it feel being part of this amazing new craft book? I feel privileged to share something I love so much and am so passionate about, with a wider audience.
What five words best sum you up? Passionate, inspired, creative, artistic, original.
Where can we see more? Through selected shops and markets. See my website www.kidsonjewellery.com.au for more information.