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Nicole De Mestre

Nicole is a local artist who rescues forgotten beads from all over the country to create one-off pieces. Each necklace brings together the combined histories of the women who wore the original beads to express their individuality and beauty.
You could find: Aunt Beryl’s pink crystals, Dorothy’s amber from her African trip and/or Lillian’s Venetion glass beads brought back by her best friend.
Please enjoy wearing this unique fragment of Australia’s suburban history. Nicole can be found either in her overcrowded studio or out on Central Coast streets rifling through kerbside pick-up piles searching for inspiration. She creates an eclectic range of artistic works, all inspired by environmental concerns and linked through the use of locally-sourced recycled materials and found objects. Her assemblages reflect a curious attachment to times past and things lost, an increasing frustration with the prolific waste of modern society and a healthy obsession with liquid nails. After completing a Visual Arts degree, Nicole continued fine arts studies at TAFE. She has had three solo exhibitions, regularly exhibits, conducts workshops, and has been a finalist in both North Sydney and Gosford Art Prizes. She has also exhibited in many sculpture prizes, including Woollahra Small Sculpture, Sawmillers, Sculpture at Scenic World,¬¬¬ and Sculpture in the Vineyards.