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Recently, we headed over to the home studio of Rhiannon Smith of Two Hills. Just back from a beautiful holiday in Italy, we sat down for a quick chat with Rhiannon and asked her about work, life and everything else.


What do you do?

I’m a jeweller and I run my own label called Two Hills :)

What’s your daily routine?

First thing I do after dragging myself out of bed is make a stovetop coffee and then immediately hop back into bed to drink said coffee and read for 20 minutes. I do a little yoga which helps me get focused and because I work from my home studio I always make sure I get out of the house before settling down to work, I might pop down for another coffee or go to the market to pick up something for lunch. Once I start working at the bench I find it very hard to change tack so I try to get all my paperwork and emailing out of the way first thing so I can focus on making. Once a week or so my amazing assistant Ha joins me in the studio and we catch up, try to decide on what podcast to listen to and then spend the rest of the day squeezing around each other in our small space. Afternoon’s are for running down to the post office, making deliveries or picking up supplies.

What are you listening to in the studio?

Ha and I are both suckers for a true crime podcast or something kinda design based like 99% invisible. Musically it can be mixed bag, today was a bit of...SZA, Blood Orange, Otis Redding, 1950’s girl groups and lot’s of 90’s RnB.

Where do you draw inspiration?

I think like most people I find travel most inspiring, you’re more alert to what’s going on around you so things take on a different intensity and that in turn opens your eyes a little wider. I’m quite interested in details, like the arch of a doorway or the texture of rocky outcrop and how those details change in your memory of them over time.

Do you have a favourite artist?

I recently visited Brancusi’s studio in the Pompidou and I did not want to leave! His consideration of space, scale and finish is magnificent.

What do you do to take a break from studio life?

Travel!! While I try to get out of Melbourne as often as possible it can be hard to make the time when you run your own business, so when that fails my main form of escapism is through film, food and dancing with mates.

What’s in store for the rest of 2017?

In between lots of making and overhauling our website I’m hoping to start work on a new collection, I just returned from a month in Italy and am feeling excited about the prospect of some new designs. I’d also like to expand the range and really just be more organised for 2018!!

Photography: Madeleine Burke