Ten Questions with the amazing Allison Wheeldon

Design by Alison Wheeldon

 I am super excited to introduce the first jeweller in our featured jeweller series “Ten Questions”. The first victim, Alison Wheeldon, a fabulous designer, maker and all around lovely person.

Who are you and where do you work?

My name is Allie Wheeldon. I have been working in the jewellery trade for a number of years. Prior to completing the trade course I also completed a Bachelor’s degree in contemporary jewellery/jewellery design from University of New South Wales. My dream is to fuse fine jewellery and fine art in creative pieces. I have participated in an international jewellery residency Red Light Design in Amsterdam, I have had work in the famous Russian edition of L’Official after being noticed at Australian Fashion Week and I was also a finalist in the Next Generation Australian Jewellery Designer of The Year Awards 2008, as well as participating in other national and international exhibitions. I currently work in my own business as a jeweller designing one off pieces for clients. 

 What made you decide to become a jeweller?

I am a really visual person and the materials used to make Jewellery could not be any more exquisite, and the process of making and creating Jewellery is truly delightful. There are certainly strong romantic and fanciful notions associated with this form of creation.  I have to say I do love shiny things too!

Design by Alison Wheeldon
Gorgeous cufflink design by Alison Wheeldon

 What is your favourite metal to work in?

Rose gold is making me crazy at the moment. I love the warmth of it and it forms like butter but it can be a hell of a metal to solder. 

What is the most unusual piece you have ever made?

I once made a silk noose, it was purely sculptural and not to be worn! More recently I have been creating Rosary beads for some nuns in the eastern suburbs; this has been a peaceful and meditative job.

The gem that you can’t get out of your head is…

I am currently obsessed with Paraiba. It is a magical gem that comes in near fluorescent green colours. It is a very unusual and super classy stone. I love it! 

What is your favourite type of jewellery to design & make? Ring, necklace, bracelet, etc?

I am enjoying the challenge of designing beautiful rings. It is challenging as you have such a small space to work with, but you want to create something with high visual impact, as well as the client loving it so much they want to wear it every day for a very long time.

When do you get your best ideas?

I have crazy dreams and every now and then they will be filled with gemstones and jewellery. I also find botanical 

Design by Alison Wheeldon

illustration books, Japanese flower design and visiting art exhibitions very inspirational.

What is your best jewellery tip?

Be bold and get the best you can afford. You will never regret it. 

Describe your style in three words?

Dreamy Modern Romantic

Any news? Events? New pieces?

I am currently part of a very exciting exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum called Love Lace. Check it out- there are some wonderful pieces in it! 

For more info, you can email Allie at: allie@madamedor.com.au