The Aqua Collection

Inspired by the big blue that surrounds my island home, and the rivers that wind through it, I created a line of earrings.



An Obelia is a genus of marine and freshwater species, but it is also the name of a character from beloved Australian author May Gibbs’ books, the Tales of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, which my Grandmother read to me as a child. I named these earrings for that memory which I treasure.


The birth of Venus, Roman Goddess of love and beauty, has been the subject of many of my favourite paintings. She was born of sea-foam and is often depicted rising from the ocean inside of a seashell- quite an entrance! For the love of such a myth, I named these earrings for her.


The name ‘Undine’ was created by medieval author Paracelsus, and comes from the Latin ‘unda’ meaning wave. He created this word to name immortal and beautiful water sprites, known to inhabit waterfalls and forest ponds. For their delicate beauty, I borrowed this title.


In Greek Mythology, Arethusa was a sea nymph or ‘Nereid’ who escaped Arcadia beneath the ocean to transform into a fountain on the island or Ortygia. This design is inspired by the beauty of nature and metamorphosis.


The Lady of the Lake, sorceress from Arthurian legend. I couldn’t create a water inspired collection without naming a pair for this powerful figure. Designed to enchant, this pair of earrings are a little piece of ethereal magic.

Made with love, In Tasmania, Australia, by Vivienne Austen.

Available now from Pepperberry and Pine Studio, on Etsy.


As a writer, artist, and fool, this year I’ll be participating in Inktober as well as my usual NaNoWriMo attempt. It’s going to be a busy couple of months! For those of you unfamiliar with one or both of these events, here’s a quick run-down.

Inktober was started in 2014 by artist Jake Parker. It’s an annual event held each October, that invites participants to illustrate (well, it’s expanded now, a lot of people paint or sketch) one piece every day of the month and share it on social media under the tag #inktober.

NaNoWriMo, short for National Novel Writing Month, first took place in 1999 on a small scale. Today it’s become an international event, each November. The goal is to write a new novel (specifically 50,000 words of it) over 30 days. The rules can be bent to fit your project, but I’m a fan of doing it the old school way.

My goals for Inktober are to move out of my comfort zone, follow my instinct and improve my skills. I’ll be blogging about it for time to time, and you can follow my journey on my new personal instagram @vivienneaustenetc and also on twitter!

One more thing, I’ll be using the prompt list created by Australian illustrator, visual artist and published author, Sha’an d’Anthes who goes by furrylittlepeach on youtube and instagram.