I'm Rachael, the creator of Wombat Fern Jewellery.
I am a jewellery maker from Naarm / Melbourne, with my studio based in the bushlands near the Birrarung river.
I grew up in a family of ceramicists, artists and printmakers, and always wanted to find my niche. Growing up going to community markets, I loved to see how creatives turned their passions into art for others to cherish. With a desire to create wearable art for others, I began studying a jewellery course at tafe, but that all changed with lockdowns which meant I couldn't continue.
When I decided to continue metalsmithing at home, I went through the many trials of being a self-taught jeweller. However, I found jewellery-making to be my true passion - especially when I started selling my jewellery and receiving so much support and love from you all!
With a background in environmental science and wildlife conservation, I decided from the beginning that my main goal would be for all my jewellery to be sustainable. I have since partnered with many ethical and environmentally-friendly gem cutters, metal recyclers and manufacturers, packaging suppliers, and like-minded jewellers who share my values of high quality sustainable jewellery.
I have also been so excited to partner with my local wildlife shelter in donating part of our profits to native species rehabilitation, and now take some time off work to volunteer with them and see how donations really make an impact.
I hope for my jewellery to be cherished by others for a lifetime, to find a sense of consciousness in knowing their purchase will not only support a small business; but also contribute to honouring the environment through zero waste efforts, donations to wildlife conservation, and choosing to buy something that you know is made with love and care.
We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of this land, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We recognise their continued connection to the land and waters, and pay our respects to their Elders, past and present, and the Aboriginal Elders of other communities who may be here today.