Welcome to Mamoru, by Rosaleen Ryan.
I started creating jewellery and sculptures after a few experiments for my University work at the Victorian College of Arts in Melbourne, Australia. I was experimenting with 'Memento Mori' and embedding hair in Resin as a contemporary homage to the Victorian era and ideals. My initial fascination and love of hair began to combine with resin and resin jewellery, and I found myself becoming more of a jewellery designer than a contemporary artist. I began imagining ways in which I could embed other 'memories' and mementos, and experimented with flowers of sentimental value to myself; bouquets of dried flowers given to me from lovers and friends, dried posies from my mothers garden, and flowers picked by myself on long walks and on other adventures. For this reason, each flower embedded in a MAMORU design is personally chosen based on it's value to me, and very rarely do I allow custom orders to feature flowers that have not been acquired by myself.
I started selling online in March 2014, and moved to my own site in July. I have very much enjoyed and appreciated the experiences and feedback I have recieved since opening, and hope to continue to grow my business and refine my skills and range.
Each Mamoru design is crafted from scratch by myself. The process starts by carving an object/sculpture from clay, firing the piece and then sanding and glazing the piece. Once I am satisfied with the piece I glaze it, polish it, and prepare a silicone mould to cast from. Once the mould is perfected I pour the resin into the mould and apply any embellishments and treasures or coloured dyes. The resin takes a day or so to cure (longer in winter), and once hardened I begin the sanding process beginning with a coarse grit sandpaper and finishing with a very fine grit sandpaper. Once the surface is quite soft and all sharp edges are gone, I polish the piece with a cloth until shiny, and then attach any silver components.
Due to the handmade nature of the jewellery and accessories, unique imperfections and differences between pieces can occur in all designs. Flowers tend to float in the resin leaving amazing textures on the backs of the pieces, and dyes are mixed by hand so every single piece is completely unique and cannot be duplicated perfectly.
Every pressed or dried flower is collected by myself and has a history or sentimental appeal. Most are from my mothers garden in the Dandenong Ranges, (Victoria, Australia), and evoke deconstructed landscapes of my family home in the hills. Some are from long walks I’ll never forget, and contain native flowers unique to Australia. Some were gifts from ever-loving and generous souls whom I adore and hold great sentiment. And a few are bought by myself because they revive nostalgia inside me for a time past, or induce a memory of scent, touch, or taste.
All of these emotional attachments and exotic sensual experiences are not just my own, as I believe flowers and crystals speak a universal language of life, peace, healing, nurturing and revitalizing, and this is why I have chosen to combine the two together in the hope that you too can treasure these organic themes and elements. They are now here for you to apply your own histories and sensual recollections onto.
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