"My pieces are Rococo inspired twisted vines of gold and silver encasing the most sparkling gemstones chosen for their mystical properties"
Psychic Desert was created in 2015 by Eugenia (Genie Desert) Raftopoulos, when she began exploring the concept of wearable art as an extension of her fine art practice. Genie is fascinated by an ancient time when jewellery was more than an adornment, rather a talisman; a vessel of supernatural power. Repeated motifs of mythological and theological symbolism can be found within her pieces. Her practice is influenced by the architecture of the Baroque/ Rococo period, the Gothic sensibility of the Victorian era as well as the organic textures found in nature. Genie seeks to combine these elements to create bespoke pieces that empower the wearer and inspire thoughts of magic, archaeological excavations and buried treasures.
Genie completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts through QCA and a Master of Fine Arts with Distinction in 2015 through RMIT. Genie came to jewellery through a painting practice and has exhibited her work nationally. Genie handcrafts her jewellery, in her Melbourne studio.
"Since the beginning my label in 2015, I have been making each item to order here in my Melbourne studio. I am the jeweller behind my own designs, and I craft all my pieces ethically & responsibly."
* I source my sapphires and spinels directly from Australian family run mines and other gemstones from trusted local suppliers.
* I preference supporting family run small businesses, who follow ethical guidelines in line with my brand.
* I recycle all metal studio scraps and offcuts for reuse.
* As I hand craft each item to order I don't have wastage seen from mass production.