Tiffany Parbs is a conceptual jeweller. She observes how people live within their skin, communicate value and present a sense of self to others. She also creates incredible works of art with jewellery as the basis.

Tiffany Parbs

vacant (detail), 'photography by Tobias Titz'

Tiffany's project

Tiffany's six-month project will see her undertake research into the ways women are portrayed in the media. Tiffany will explore how these representations affect how society views women and how women view themselves. Having generally created small scale works throughout her career, Tiffany will also develop her skills in creating large scale, wearable works. Tiffany’s research will feed into the development of a series of new jewellery works.

What does being awarded a Creators Fund grant mean to you?
It means I am able to make again. The Creators Fund is providing timely support to reignite my practice after an extended period as a primary carer and an opportunity to fully immerse myself in research and development of potential ideas unfettered by financial or time constraints.

How important is 'time' to you, as an artist/creative professional?
The nature of my practice and working methodology means limited access to time severely impacts on my ability to research, develop and translate ideas through to fruition. Being awarded the luxury of time through the Creators Fund affords a greater level of experimentation and consideration within my practice, aiding exploration of mechanisms to formulate bolder, edgier and more resolved works to extend the expected boundaries of jewellery.

What's the first thing you did when you found out you were awarded a Creators Fund grant?
I went into shock!  It was such a huge sense of relief to know I had been granted the resources to fully explore and develop work freely.

What are you most looking forward to over the months ahead?
The ability to focus solely on my practice, to really dissect and mull over concepts, see where my research leads and push ideas as far as I can. I’m also looking forward to opening up my making processes and directly engaging with an audience during the creative development phase and fostering connections with the other successful Creators as part of the program.

Where would like to see yourself at the end of this process?
I am viewing the opportunity afforded by the Creators Fund as a beginning. It represents the opportunity to fast track a conceptual resource that I can draw from in the year/s that follow. I imagine the research framework for the project will be solidified, with conceptual exploration and development progressed through to a state of fabrication readiness for a significant series of works.

How do you anticipate your career will develop as a result?
Making is always my primary objective. Actively making again means I can reconnect with existing peer and jewellery networks and re-establish my professional standing in local, national and international jewellery communities. From a professional perspective undertaking the Creators Fund program promises to develop my existing theoretical and practical skill base, increase existing audience exposure for my work and modes of making, and enhance available resources, all of which will have a resounding effect on my practice.