The past week I’ve been up in Lennox Head working on a project alongside doing a photo shoot for one of my most adored sponsors, Keep Resin. Keep Resin began at local markets around the Mornington Peninsula and a few boutique shops around Melbourne. It then expanded to interstate markets and exhibitions and is now stocked internationally in 3 countries all within a year!
My friend and the brains behind the business, Alice Keep has been up here in Lennox, having a getaway with me and also doing a photo shoot for her summer range. Al is kind-hearted, constantly smiling, always inspiring and forever creating. I caught up with her to get an inside view on the her incredible jewellery range that is, Keep Resin.
Your designs are mesmerizing and unique… What inspired you to start creating jewelry out of resin?
I have always been in love with jewellery and particularly chunky jewellery that makes a statement. I’ve always been one to buy a new necklace instead of a new dress, as it’s an easy way to update any outfit. Resin is such an amazing material to work with you can literally mold it into any shape that you want allowing it to have a really tactile feel to it.
What is your all time favorite design?
I really really really love the crown bangle. It’s a quirky and unique piece that looks great paired with another bangle or even on it’s own. This bangle was originally sculpted out of clay and then set into a silicone mould.
You’ve created a very successful business with very little help from anyone but your creative self… Where did you draw your desire and drive to turn your art into a business?
Thanks G! The jewellery initially started as a hobby that my sister, Mili, and I both enjoyed doing in our spare time. From there it grew into a business and I chose to put university on hold to pursue it further. I feel very privileged that I have the opportunity to do something that I love so much and get paid for it! That isn’t to say that it doesn’t take hard work and determination but it is really gratifying to see people loving Keep Resin.
What is your favorite part about running and creating Keep Resin?
I really love having the chance to create new pieces. My mind is continually racing about new ideas and it is a lot of fun designing a new range. The difficulty is finding a balance between looking towards the new range whilst still manufacturing the current range.
I hear there is a new collection in the making… Where do you gain your inspirations when designing a new piece or collection and can you tell us a little about what’s next for Keep Resin?
My inspiration really just comes from my environment. I am so fortunate to be surrounded by creative people as new ideas just continually flow. The new range is going to include not only new jewellery styles but some beautiful home wares including sugar bowls with organic spoons, salt and pepper bowls and salad servers.
And there you have it. The brains and ideas behind the creative Alice Keep. If you’re around Sydney this Saturday pop down to the Finders Keepers Markets as Keep Resin will have a store there with all sort of amazing creations. You can purchase her jewellery online at http://www.keepresin.com.au or follow her on facebook http://www.facebook.com/keepresin and instagram: @keepresin