Jill Edwards        

photographs & found objects & vintage books


leather bags

all created in the delightful seaside town of Port Fairy


Exhibitions. Bags. Jewellery

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"Indigo and Rust"

This series is about my intrigue with the random and the controlled, their interactions, and my response to them in a creative process.

Shibori is a controlled preparation of a resist dyeing method. Very precise pleating, folding or stitching of paper is executed prior to the immersion into an indigo vat.

The random is the result of  this immersion. The action of the dye is hidden from view and a sense of mystery , of expectation prevails. I have used this very old method to  dye reclaimed dressmakers' patterns, strategically composed and overlaid with Kozo paper and stitch lines.

Then there is the random finding of old jewellery which, with its particular ambience, gives a richness and subtlety to the designing of new pendants. Each bead is precisely chosen and placed to blend into its new collection.

"Memory Keepers"  are miniature hand made books, Coptic bound with Shibori paper inserts. Again the random meets the controlled with Shibori dyeing and Coptic binding. The books are nestled in handmade  boxes of Kozo paper.


Exhibiting at Whale Bone Gallery, Port Fairy, Victoria. 


"The Lost Garden" & "Forsaken Merman"

Vintage Books as the inspiration: 

mythical, ancestral, poetic and dreamlike in interpretation

"Story Teller Bags"

Vintage books, covers & spines, Italian leather and suede are the substance of

these robust and beautifully crafted bags.

These very original and characterful bags are  book lover's indulgence.



Found jewellery is reloved and introduced to my treasured collection of beads.

This combination evokes a notion of history and elegance of times past and is set with a contemporary freedom in design.

The fact that I will only "find these objects" once makes each combination and pendant unique.


Very Australian bags, designed by Jill to be carefree & robust. Crafted in Australian grown & tanned leather, the character of the hide is retained with tanning marks & natural edges. The colour range is earthy. Each bag is lined with luxurious suede with a practical phone pocket.      $250 : original & individual


Each of my brooches is stitched or wired one bead at a time, rhythmically and decisively. Each one evolves in the making and so is always original and definitely a one off. This ensures that the next one I make is a joyful new discovery!!


Wire Brooch $75