Industrial, yet delicate, jeweller Sarah Murphy’s preferred metal is titanium. Titanium can’t be soldered or fused like many other metals and needs to be joined with rivets or links or by laser welding.
‘Titanium is one of the most satisfying metals to laser weld. It behaves like butter and results in joins that are stronger than soldered joins in other metals’ she says. ‘By adding delicate trails of bright and shiny laser marks or rich additions of shining silver and gold surface finish to the dull and grey metal I am able to achieve a sense of the delicate’.
Before she became become a jewellery artist Sarah worked with glass for some years. ‘It seemed like a natural progression to learn more about the making processes of jewellery making, so I enrolled at ANU to do a BA in gold and silversmithing’
In 2011, she received her degree, majoring in Gold and Silversmithing. Since then she has been represented in many contemporary jewellery exhibitions around Australia.
Sarah is predominantly influenced by the materials she uses. ‘I am constantly pushing the boundaries of what I can achieve with the tools I have. Rhythm, repetition and movement are the fundamentals which are often the driving forces behind my work’.
Sarah uses the aesthetics of the natural world to inform her art practice through the observation, replication and abstraction of organic growth systems. The result is a collection of artworks that are as unique and complex as nature itself.