Nu4u Creative products and tutorials combine natural and recycled materials into new, one off pieces. We specifically design each piece to be a fashion and environmental statement rolled into one. Browse our NuShop. to see what we have on offer at the moment.
- Nurture – Our core value is “Nurture the planet. Nurture yourself”. By caring for and nurturing one, we also care and nurture the other. Neither are separate.
- Integrity – Our moral principles require us to be honest. The materials we use, where we source them from and how we consequently process them is transparent. We value honesty, respect and truthfulness in our business dealings and also our conduct.
- Connection –Building a close relationship between clients, our creations and ourselves is important to us. We listen to client feedback and furthermore appreciate the time you take to communicate with us.
- Original and Imaginative – Because we believe in providing original, imaginative, high quality products, we consequently take our time making each piece. This means we don’t have many items in stock at any one time.
- Enlightened – We craft each Nu4u piece with multiple levels of meaning. A necklace carrying a message about marine conservation may be deliberately made from the very materials threatening our oceans. Alternatively, each tutorial is designed to share our knowledge with you, while simultaneously encouraging you to develop your own creativity. All our products are made from the heart, come with love and are about caring for our planet.
Jo’s Educational History
Graduate Diploma of Education (Resource Teaching), Queensland University of Technology
Bachelor of Arts, Griffith University
Graduate Diploma in Teaching, Mount Gravatt College of Advanced Education (joint programme with Griffith University)
A wide range of creative workshops, and too many to mention!
Jo’s Creative Journey
I launched my creative journey in the 1970’s as a self-taught seamstress designing and sewing my own clothing
Throughout this decade I went on to explore the following:
During the 1980’s my interests peaked in these creative outlets:
Patchwork – I was commissioned by interior designers to create patchwork quilts and cushions.
Applique – I was commissioned to produce one off, personal outfits with the applique reflecting the wearer’s personality, hobbies, and culture.
1900’s Art Deco Painting – I taught myself the popular style of creating pictures using butterfly wings and acrylic paint behind glass. I was fascinated with how a piece of jewellery or a picture could be created using unusual and unexpected materials. I sold these privately and through galleries.
Furniture Restoration / Reclamation – I love early Australian wooden furniture; especially pieces made from silky oak, but often found them too expensive. Solution? Buy the odd broken, painted or damaged piece in a 2nd hand shop and restore it. I taught myself how to use electric tools such as an electric belt and orbital sander. How to manually strip paint and lovingly oil a piece to reclaim its former glory naturally followed. My dining table and chairs, a kitchen hutch and a TV stand still “live” in my home to this day.
Illuminated lettering – my mother and I joined forces and spent mother-daughter time exploring the art of illuminated lettering. To this day, I love using gouache, which is my favourite paint.
Throughout the 1990’s my creative pursuits included:
Jewellery making – starting with basic drop earrings using beads.
Painted furniture – a natural progression from the furniture restoration was the exploration into painting furniture. I used water based acrylic paints and explored styles and painted effects on a range of chairs and tables. Two of the chairs I painted along with a set of bedside tables are still with me.
In the first decade of the 2000’s it was:
Interior painting – I explored and experimented with different painted effects on various walls throughout my home. My family didn’t know what they were coming home to sometimes when I was on holidays.
2010 – Present
Mosaics – I have attended a number of mosaic workshops and find that I especially love using mirrors to cut up.
Shoe making – I have done several workshops learning how to make basic leather sandals. I’ve realised that though I enjoyed learning and making my sandals, working with leather is not my preferred medium. I suspect this is due to my love of nature, our planet and all living things.
Weaving – I started with weaving baskets, but have since used the same principals to create 2D wall art and jewellery.
String / Twine making – I love string or twine making and use a range of materials. These include, but aren’t limited to, strips of fabric, banana fibre or even frayed marine rope found on the beach. I find I use my handmade string / twine for many of my different projects. These range from my jewellery to joining parts of a project together.
Wire work – I like working wire and beads together to create 3D pieces or including wire work in my jewellery. I especially love using recycled electrical copper wire.
Whittling and woodcarving – these are my two most recent adventures, but I don’t think they really make my heart sing.
Table lamps – also a self-taught skill, I produce these from recycled glass and crystal ware. My previous experience with mosaics, especially with mirrors, gave me confidence to move into working with glass and crystal ware.
Calligraphy – another natural progression from an earlier creative exploration – Illuminate lettering. The discipline of calligraphy helps me refocus when I become too scatty and too distracted. This is especially when there are too many different ideas going on in my head. I particularly love zen tangles. My most recent calligraphy project was the logo design for Nu4U. 🙂
Resin Jewellery – This is my most recent creative medium and provides a large part of the pieces presently for sale in the shop.
As my priority is to be friendly to the planet, I use a bio resin which is 77% plant waste based and made here in Australia. Initially developed for surf boards, I have found this product the perfect solution to reusing crumbling or cracking pieces of plastic collected off beaches or out of waterways.
So, What Does this Mean For You?
Being a teacher for over 30 years, I can’t help myself and HAVE to share what I know and have learnt. Please explore the FREE tips, instruction sheets and videos via the NuSkool Page .
If you live on or near the Sunshine Coast, Australia, or happen to be visiting this area, contact me to see when I have my face to face Workshops
If you aren’t nearby, but are still interested, why not purchase one of my ” How to..” tutorials.
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