About Vashti-Sita Bardsley
Designer, Explorer, Jeweller, Artist and Creative.
I was born in New Delhi to Dutch father and Australian mother. We travelled through India, Sri Lanka, the Netherlands and Spain until my mother and I came to live in Australia when I was 5.
We lived in various regional areas of the Northern Territory and Queensland including Humpty Doo, Mataranka, Allies creek, Lefthand branch, & Forest Beach.
In 2000 I graduated from the Brisbane school of Distance education & moved to Brisbane to study Natural Medicine and Business.
After a few gap years when I travelled and worked I entered a Certificate in Arts at Morningside & then moved on to complete a Bachelor of Fine arts majoring in Art Theory / Jewellery & Small objects from the Queensland College of Art in 2011.
I have been involved with a number of NFP’s committees in a volunteer capacity including the Scouting Movement, the Companie of Knights Bachelor. Where I assisted in project coordination, event planning, tech support.
My interest in public art has encouraged my involvement in the Woodford Folk Federation setting up interactive art displays as well as the Brisbane city council and My own Private neon Oasis installation by Choi Jeong Hwa.
During this time I have participated in a range exhibitions, Artist Run initiatives and groups such as the J&SO collective.
I have experience delivering workshops at festivals and school groups teaching feltmaking, drawing, book binding and general creative skills.
I am currently member of the Jewellers & Metalsmiths group of Queensland.
My main source of artistic inspiration is life, I find the more you create the more ideas it generates.
I use semi precious and precious gemstones and mixed metals in myfavorite subject is the environment, and so I find lots of found objects making their way into my work & this ties in to my environmental ethos and personal philosophies.
In my Brisbane studio I work on commissions & stock items as well as unique pieces for exhibitions around southeast Queensland.