Shauna Mayben

Shauna Mayben is a Tasmanian artist and designer currently working out of "Five Flights Up" jewellery studio in Hobart.

Shauna completed her Masters with Distinction in Fine Art and Design at the University of South Australia in 2006, and completed a two year intensive Associateship at the Jam Factory Contemporary Craft and Design.

Recently Shauna Mayben won the Bricolage Design Prize for environmentally sustainable products. Shauna prides herself in using 100% recycled silver, diverting waste from landfill and making wearable pieces that don't cost the earth.

Shauna truly believes in an ethical and environmentally responsible practice. Implementing all aspects of this philosophy from production to finish, this is vital to the ethical integrity of her work and to the sustainability of the trade.

Shauna creates contemporary jewellery using both precious and non precious materials.

Her work investigates the importance and value of objects in individual's lives such as photographs, jewellery, sentimental and personal items.

Shauna says of her work : "The items I make are of high quality materials and manufacturing using traditional craftsman techniques insuring stability, durability and a long life of wear and tear.

Each piece therefore becomes an artistic, one of a kind collector's item. My items also have an intellectual narrative telling a story...it's not just a bauble to adorn."

Objects that are loved and cherished tell a story. They capture a sliver of the past; they transport us into a moment in time. Objects speak of loss, remembered loved ones, joyful moments and special intimacies between people giving us identity and shaping our lives. They are the currency of our emotions; heirlooms, keepsakes, faded photographs; mementos from old friends. They are the narrative of our existence.

Mayben Designs has created a range of wearable jewellery that includes but is not limited to necklaces, earrings, cufflinks and brooches made from 100% recycled, upcycled and pre-existing materials.

"We are surrounded by things, we are involved with them. We speak to things and things speak to us. To say we are independent is banal. Let us be courageous, let's admit it......we are lovers."
Salman Akhtar, Objects of Our Desire 2005.