With Mother’s Day just around the corner we spent a delicious hour with Tiff Manuell, Kelly Baker-Jamieson and Marnie Gilder chatting, over lunch, about life, motherhood, business and creativity. What we discovered was that the relationship these wonderful women each had with their own mums has played an integral part in their success. To honour that relationship we asked them to each design a unique Palas bracelet or necklace as a Mother’s Day gifts for their mums. Here are those beautiful pieces and the special stories which inspired each charm.
As well as being mum to two teenage daughters, Tiff Manuell is an artist and designer whose range of accessories is stocked in London’s Tate Modern as well as internationally. She selected a beautiful brass bangle and added charms that really mean something to her about her mum. ‘They kind of sing in a special way,’ she says.
Open Heart Charm – we have always both loved the simplicity of the heart icon. It has been a connection for us both for ever both in art and in cards to each other.
Moroccan Square Charm – Mum and I have always been visual people. She has influenced my eye for detail and appreciation of the decorative arts. This charm is symbolic of our mutual love of culture and ornate art.
Buddha Charm – my mum adores the symbol of the Buddha and Buddhist ways. I gave her a beautiful small pink Buddha carving many years ago and it sits on her dressing table and she always tells me how special it is to her.
Strong, Beautiful and Brave Charm – my mum has lived through some huge personal events in her life that I'm sure most would struggle to endure. She rises each time, stoic and strong, and everyone would describe her as beautiful. Soft and fragile but so strong at heart.
Feather Charm – to symbolise her love of nature and how much energy, strength and peace her garden gives her. Her passion for gardening has been so inspiring and she has created something beautiful out of nothing.
'K' Petite Initial Charm – her initial and the actual sound of her name.
Love You Mum Charm – says it all really and is a sweet reminder for her every day.
Love You Nana charm – this is for the world’s best grandmother to Jack and Elizabeth.
‘M’ Cut Out Initial Charm – a joint symbol for ‘Mum’ and her name, ‘Margaret’.
My Heart Charm – to remind her each day just how much we all love her.
Marnie is an abstract artist and mum to Annabelle, 8, and Alf, 5. Her beautiful hand-printed screen prints are all limited edition and created with love from her studio in The Barossa. ‘I chose a silver bangle for my mum’, she says. ‘I then adorned it with charms that are not only beautiful but would have real meaning to both of us.’
‘D’ Script Initial Charm – is for my mother’s name, Diane (or Disi, as she is affectionately called by her friends). My cousins and I also often refer to my mum as ‘sweet D’.
Silver Tree of Life Charm – reminds me of the large Moreton Bay Fig Tree at the entrance of my parent’s home where I grew up. My brother and I played in this tree for hours when we were children and it is now a symbol of the freedom, joy and creativity of my childhood.
Opportunity Dances Charm – My mum loves art, music, singing and dancing and from an early age she nurtured, supported and fed my creativity. She introduced me to the dancefloor and I have never left.
We interviewed Tiff, Marnie and Kelly as part of our new ‘charmed to meet you' interview series. Every month we’ll be chatting to women whom we admire and who continue to inspire us, and finding out what makes them tick.
That's a wrap!
Champagne and shared plates at Stone’s Throw, Norwood, South Australia.
Peach + Heirloom Tomato Panzanella Salad with Autumn Herbs
Caramelized Local Figs, Baked Ricotta, Vincotto, Broad Leaf Rocket
Photographer: Jacqui Way
Hair & Make-up: Sammy Vlassis