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Armed with a needle, string and a handful of beads, Sydney-based artist Sophie Stone hand sews her Budgie necklaces then ships them back to her home town of Wellington.
Stone said Wellington was the place that suited her work best, which was why she sent it back.
"Wellington is such a wonderful boiling pot of diversity," she said. "People are not afraid to be different, to stand out and to do their own thing."
Budgie started when Stone was unable to find the kind of necklaces she wanted to wear.
"There was a gap in the market, and I thought, 'Why don't I just make them myself?"'
She has been sewing them for almost a year, and her Budgie total is now 45.
"Each of my designs is handmade and one of a kind."
Big, bright and bold in appearance, they could be perhaps best described as wearable art, rather than jewellery.
"There are a lot of trends in the market that people follow, which can get quite boring. I like to be wearing something different and feel unique and special in my clothing."
Inspiration came from anywhere, with some designs based on a striking colour combination.
"I have made several skulls and every one is different so you know when wearing it no-one else has the same necklace."
Budgie necklaces are stocked in Frutti, in Cuba St, and can also be bought online through Etsy.com.
- The Wellingtonian