Oceanides by Karin Beaumont
Karin uses science to interpret the art in nature, creating sculptural jewellery and objects that combine an aesthetic of marine fragility with quiet environmentalism.
Raised in South Australia, Karin moved to Tasmania in 1995 to realise her childhood dream to live and work in Antarctica. She spent two summers in Antarctica researching the role of microscopic plankton in climate change for her doctoral thesis. It was while at Davis Station, Antarctica in 1998 that, inspired by the amazing array of microscopic patterns and forms in the ocean and ice, Karin created her first piece of metal sculpture in the diesel mechanics workshop.
Karin completed a Diploma in Art, Craft and Design to develop new skills to assist in combining her creativity and scientific knowledge in the design and craft of objects that inform, resonate, and inspire. Shortly after, she established her label Oceanides meaning ‘beauties of the sea’. All the while, Karin has continued her voyages to Antarctica, and has now made nine trips in total.
Karin’s contemporary jewellery has been exhibited nationally and internationally in France, USA, Singapore, and Argentina. She has been awarded mentorships to study under renowned contemporary jeweller Marian Hosking in 2007 and esteemed designer Robert Foster, F!nk & Co. in 2008. She has also twice been selected to participate in Tasmania’s Design Island workshops with international designers Interware from Italy and David Trubridge from New Zealand.
Her work is stocked in gift shops aboard Antarctic cruise ships and in retail galleries around Australia.