Zing by Kelstar

Monday, 15th May, 2017

Kelly Mawby enjoys the sunshine at the community markets on Saturday.PICTURE: Michael Murphy Kelly Mawby enjoys the sunshine at the community markets on Saturday.PICTURE: Michael Murphy

By Michael Murphy

Life’s too short to wear boring earrings, says Kelly Mawby, a clerk by day, jewellery designer by night. 

The regular at the Broken Hill Community Markets has been making an impression with her colourful accessories that come to life well after the sun goes down.

“Once the kids are in bed - because they like to help - I break out some cheese and bikkies and a bottle of red, and get stuck into it,” Kelly said on Saturday, between serving customers in Sturt Park.

“I just love all the colour - one pair can go with so many different outfits.”

Kelly began creating her little masterpieces just over two years ago, has her own label Kelstar Designs, and has just launched a fabulous “tassle range”.

“I enjoy it ... it’s my therapy,” Kelly said. “I don’t look to make a profit out of it, as long as I cover my site fee for the day I am happy.

“And there’s nothing better than seeing someone down the shop with the earrings on that I sold them.”

She also dabbles in necklaces, keyrings (she made a bunch for the midwives at the hospital) and even put out a special range of earrings last year and raised $100 for breast cancer.

“My friends buy a lot and wear them all the time ... it’s just a nice feeling to know that they like them as well.”

If you can’t make the community markets, you can find Kelstar Designs via facebook.com/kelstardesigns