Alicia Hannah Naomi is a contemporary jeweller from Melbourne, Australia.
First introduced to contemporary jewellery through an opportunity to work for the goldsmiths Francois and Nicholas Payet in 2003, Alicia felt a sense of resonance towards this less conventional approach to adornment. Her time with the Payet brothers sparked the desire to further express herself through the medium of contemporary jewellery an artist herself.
Alicia completed the Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology (Jewellery) at the Box Hill Institute of Technology in 2013, where she received the Most Outstanding Student Prize, and furthered her professional development with a Jewellery Gem Setting course at Melbourne Polytechnic in 2019.
Her body of work takes inspiration from the quiet dignity of Australian landscapes, and how they are transformed by environmental change.
Using the lost-wax casting method, Alicia meticulously sculpts from jeweller’s wax to create rugged textures, asymmetric forms, and intricate details that pay homage to the austere beauty of antipodean terrains. Surfaces appear hewn from the earth, while polished planes and faceted gemstones create tension and balance, acknowledging the complex relationship between nature and the human touch.
Situated in just outside the epicentre of the Melbourne jewellery manufacturing industry, the studio proudly partners with local, family-owned casting houses who specialise in using 100% recycled precious metals.
I am moved by the subtle, the monumental, the imperfect and the austere; taking inspiration from the ingenuity of natural objects and processes.
My work is a celebration of the transience of all things in nature, and through my practice I pay homage to the aesthetic elegance in objects that carry the burden of their years with dignity and grace.
I believe that the practice of slowness and sustainability are the ultimate expressions of luxury. I hand craft individually, endeavouring to create contemporary heirlooms – precious and corporeal adornments of intimacy.