Pippa Small's story is fascinating. Growing up in a family of artists and wanderers, from a very young age she began to collect beads, glass, bottle tops etc. She lay them in piles around her home before carrying them around in a bag, with her finally stringing them together and wearing them. A strand of items which acted as a diary - a button from a shirt of a loved one, a sea shell from her favourite beach etc. By the time she was a teenager her arms were completely entwined with collections of her life that jangled as she walked.
Pippa's travelling childhood led her to study anthropology and then a MA in medical anthropology. To fund her study she made and sold jewellery. She soon attracted the likes of Gucci and Chloe and created collections for them. She has merged her two passions and has established local craft initiatives in the most amazing places.
I'm ashamed to say as a South Australian I really, really don't like opal - but somehow Pippa makes me want every one one of these opal pieces! She now divides her time equally between her anthropological work and her jewellery. What a life. You can shop for her pieces here. But I hope you have some spare cash laying around, especially once you convert pounds to aussie dollars. Alas, another for the wish list! (oh sugar daddy, sugar daddy - where for art thee??)