With a background in Fine Arts my focus has always been in creating
beautiful (and meaningful) things. In the last years the focus has shifted
to the object and specifically jewellery. I create jewellery in ceramics,
wood, acrylics and various metals and use these in their pure form or in the
unlikely marriage of mediums.
Our Studio is located on our Farm near the Malutis and the jewellery
reflects the landscape. Honest and simple the jewellery repeats the
simplicity of the skyline and the complexity of the detail found in
magnifying nature…geometric forms are often used with detail of texture
and pattern. The natural mediums of ceramics and wood remind one of the
countryside. Copper and Brass repeats the warm colours found in the fields
of grass and the cool stainless steel the blue sky.
As my studio is attached to our house it becomes part of everyday life…and
everyone is involved. My two little boys play between the creative chaos
and sometimes co-create by ruining my plans for me. New ideas are often
born in this playtime. The creative process never stops and is ongoing as
studio and everyday life coincide. The search for new combinations and
mediums are ongoing and my practical engineer husband helps ground my
The jewellery is classic and timeless and suits most tastes. My ideal is to
create a style which lasts yet reflects what is cutting edge and new. I wish
to create works which are for everyday wear…but a special everyday.
The name comes from a sentimental story of when my husband was a child… he didn’t understand the difference between a “kameel” (a camel) and a “kameelperd” (a giraffe and directly translated, a camelhorse) he ended up calling both a “kameelperd”. His mother explained to him the difference with pictures.
“Hierdie is ‘n kameelperd (this is a camelhorse)”, she explained pointing at the giraffe. Then, singling out a picture of a camel, she explained that, “hierdie
is NET ‘N KAMEEL (This is ONLY A CAMEL and not a CAMEL HORSE)”. He ended up calling a camel “just a camel” or “Net’nkameel”. I chose this name
because it is personal… and my husband is really embarrassed when i tell the story!