Finding your passion can be a life long journey, but for Nicola she knew from a very early age. Always busy making something, she knew she would spend her life creating. 'I remember observing spirals and patterns in the garden, such as Fibonacci patterns in plant forms. I was fascinated by the complex forms seen in nature like bird's nests. I wanted to create my own.'
Nicola made her first piece of jewellery at sixteen and began selling at her high school fete at seventeen. She went on to study Jewellery and Object Design at Sydney College of the Arts, and graduated with Honours in 1998. She won the Centre for Contemporary Craft's award for the most outstanding post-graduate in NSW.
Her love of science also led Nicola to study gemmology. Here she discovered the complex geometric world of crystallography, which is a continuing source of inspiration for her sculptural works. On graduating with high distinction, she then taught at the Gemmological Association of Australia for 15 years. A much loved teacher, she inspired many students to follow careers in the jewellery and gem industry.
Nicola's jewellery and sculpture have been displayed in Australia in group and solo exhibitions. Featured in local and international magazines, some of her pieces have been purchased for private collections in Japan, USA and Europe.
While Nicola has some well-established signature jewellery collections, her work is always evolving. 'I am always experimenting with new ideas and techniques. I am never short of inspiration for a new jewellery collection or a sculpture.' Many of the techniques Nicola uses are self-taught, acquired from hours of trial and error and from pushing materials and equipment to their limits.
Every piece of nicola bannerman jewellery has been carefully made with great attention to detail, and has been designed to be worn for many years. Her time consuming and intricate sculptures take months to complete and are a striking addition to commercial buildings, private homes and gardens.