Tara Lofhelm is a jewellery designer and maker based in Melbourne, Australia. Crafting her jewellery using stamping and embellishing techniques, she creates hand-formed, one-off pieces which express tactility, texture and the hand of the maker. Her high attention to detail culminates in quality pieces of simplistic beauty, which belie their considered design approach to functionality and wearability. Tara's aesthetic is influenced by many varied sources, including travel, ancient civilizations, texture, colour, or simply the physical properties of the materials she works with. Her work is one of contrast, as are the ideas that inspire it. Tara completed the Advanced Diploma of Engineering (Jewellery) at Northern Metropolitan Institute of TAFE in 2008. She has since worked from a studio in Brunswick, producing commercial ranges, private commissions and exhibition pieces.