Henson is made up of Andy Henson and Brent Gold.
We first met while working at a clothing shop five years ago. Surrounded by garments, we realised we wanted to make all the stuff that we saw in our heads but could never find elsewhere. We started as jacks of all trade doing clothing, shoes and jewellery. We fell in love with the latter so that's where we're staying (for the time being at least).
Kind of like our beginnings, our creations feel organic and maybe a little bit raw. Our inspiration comes from that natural world, and we're obsessed by the thought that something untraditional, unconstrained and maybe even a little bit ugly can be coveted and therefore become beautiful.
We want to feel a sense of connection within our collections, so we're in the business of telling stories, as well as making objects. Each of our ranges has a strong theme, from the artistry of war, to the impact celestial bodies have on our own.
This season, we developed a story about 7 demi-gods who together guard the barrier between this life and the next - and designed jewellery for each of them.
By working across seven different characters, we've been able to explore so many different techniques - from leather weaving, hand carving and the painting and drilling of stones to our usual tricks - which has been a pretty exciting learning curve for us.
Perhaps it's because neither of us have been formally trained, but one of the things we're most drawn to in jewellery is the visibility of the work that's been invested into an object. When people pick up our pieces, we want them to be able to instantly feel that they've passed through human hands. We guess in that way, our jewellery is reaching out to find new owners, and not the other way around.
Henson are a member of the Melbourne Metal Collective