Janine Combes makes contemporary jewellery in her studio on Bruny Island in Tasmania. Her works are small scale wearable sculptures which are inspired by natural forms, social or environmental issues. Her current work explores ideas of place, belonging and identity. Janine uses a variety of materials including metals (silver, gold, aluminium), natural and man-made materials (silk, horn, pearls and plastics). Materials are chosen for their qualities of solidity, rigidity, porosity or lightness to enable Janine to create jewellery pieces which have strong forms, layers of texture and meaning for the wearer.