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The Talaru Blog

This blog is where I will write at length about topics of relevance to my design work, production processes and personal collections. You are free to comment on these posts as I welcome the chance to engage in a dialogue with my customers.

 

Blog Archive

I’ve been blogging since 2008. You can read about the early development of my creative style and the things that have inspired me over the years in my blog.

As there are years worth of posts over at my old blog, I have only transferred the last 12 months or so to this website. If you wish to take a trip down my memory lane you can visit the blog archive and view these older posts here: BLOG ARCHIVES

 

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It had been a while since we last visited Waverley Antiques Bazaar. Located in the middle of a major residential area, in a drafty old warehouse next to freight depots is this huge venue for multiple sellers to offer their vintage wares. You need to dig deep to find a...

The beautiful Taj Lake Palace Hotel, in Udaipur (India), achieved a worldwide reputation for major 'wow factor' in the James Bond film Octopussy. Irrespective of its role in the film as Octopussy's lair, the property is deserving of attention in its own right. It was built by a prince in the 18th century as a...

Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur is one of the largest forts in India. Like so many of India's monuments it is remarkably well preserved, thanks in part to the fact that it has been used and occupied since its foundations were laid in 1459. The fort houses an ornate palace that...

Last week I went to India for 8 days. Yes, it was a short trip but it was a taste of things to experience when I get to go back there, hopefully soon. Here are some photos from Agra...

I'd been hoarding this snake/dragon chain for over a year, not really knowing how to use it. This weekend I got a burst of inspiration and used it in a design that features the most unique and special book locket I have ever seen. The book locket features a series of...

In 2011 I went to France for a few weeks holiday and while there one of the things I did was visit the Chateau de Chambord in the Loire Valley. I'd long been wanting to go there as it is here that you can see little crowned salamanders carved into the...

I have been feverishly making jewellery for a huge market I have on at the end of next week. This two day event attracts tens of thousands of shoppers and is the biggest maker's market in Australia. I will be in the Vintage Emporium taking my work to a whole...

If I was to choose a favourite material for my jewellery designs, and the jewellery I wear, it would have to be coral. Despite the age of the pieces I own and use, the brilliant reds and oranges of the antique coral is still as bright as the day it was...

I like to look through my collection of jewellery and fix up designs I am not wearing much anymore. Sometimes they have broken, or need a little adjustment to make them wear easier. One of my most precious designs is this necklace made with one of the finest enamel brooches...

I'm guilty of about the longest gap in my blogging since I started blogging. I am always disappointed when I look at blogs I follow and see that there have been no new posts for weeks and months - and now I have become one of those bloggers. It's unusual...