Anna is recognised as one of Australia leading costume jewellery designers. Her work is regularly represented in fashion and bridal publications and parades including Fashion Week. Anna has many commissions from film and theatre companies and has also participated in many group exhibitions. Her design interests have extended from costume to other areas including lead lighting, mosaic, sculpture, printing and fine art techniques, millinery, and metal and theatrical costumes. She also works as a freelance stylist for bridal and fashion photo shoots.
During the last twenty years of running her costume jewellery label ‘Elysian Creations’ she has trained many staff how to craft and assemble costume jewellery, bridal millinery and costumes, and extended this twelve years ago to teaching children and adults how to make jewellery and art and craft creations. See Anna’s work on Instagram @elysiancreations
After many years of working in the fashion industry and becoming a mother of two, Anna’s passion for teaching and sharing her extensive knowledge in jewellery making and art and craft techniques has grown from teaching at schools to running classes and workshops at her own studio in Melbourne’s inner west.
She believes everyone has the ability to be creative and with positive encouragement can produce beautiful artwork. She also believes creativity has a calming effect on children and builds confidence through a sense of achievement, she loves inspiring children to push the boundaries of what they think they are capable of to send them to next level.
I have always had a love for art and have participated in art classes which led me to apply to RMIT in their Bachelor of Fine Art course. In 2014 I graduated with Distinction. I was also after a formal qualification as I had been working on an art program for children with my mother, Pre-school director, Suellen Stubbs and felt this added some weight when explaining our program. Suellen started the Kids Are Raw Talent program when she saw a need for fine art to be used as a tool to help children express themselves and help them with their personal development. Together we took her simple idea, and extended it to make it accessible to children, parents and teachers by creating worksheets and manuals which map out the basic fine art principles. We spoke at the 2006 national schools conference, early childhood education P-3, at the powerhouse museum in Sydney about the KART program, and run many workshops in NSW and in Melbourne.
Our latest venture was collaborating on a children’s picture story book Helga and May discover the Magic of colour, which we launched at Wembley Primary school on Halloween last year. I was fortunate to be invited to read our book and do some colour mixing workshops at the Willy lit fest this year.
Presently I am a practicing artist, exhibiting my work at various galleries; I am also very excited to be working alongside the talented Anna Kolusniewski, teaching art to children at her wonderful 'Aa is for art' studio in South Kingsville.
There are three things that I believe strongly in, one is that persistence is the key to everything, another is that you have to find the courage to take exciting opportunities when they are presented to you and lastly, treat people how you would like to be treated.