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Esse Lux evolved from Perth hairdresser and mum of 4, Kel’s, love of crystals, deepening spirituality and her jungle of indoor plants. She channels her creative energy, love and intention into creating one-of-a-kind jewellery and giftware from copper and crystals.

10 June 2021

Designer Spotlight: Esse Lux

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Spiritual creator connecting crystal and copper pieces with their people, Kel: ‘The pieces I make aren’t made for me. I am just their maker; their custodian until their person finds them.'

Hi! My name is Kel Murray and I am the creative force behind Esse Lux! have been selling my handcrafted items on Madeit for about a year and a half now, my little store has had a very eclectic inventory over that time! While I am the sole (or soul!) heart and hands at the helm of Esse Lux, I could not do what I do without the incredible support here at home from my husband and four kiddos (ages 5,9, 15 & 16).

Kel holding a collection of Esse Lux copper-wire-wrapped crystal pendants in her palms

We call Baldivis, in Perth’s southern suburbs home; perfectly nestled between the beach and the bush I am never too far from any of my favourite spots to visit. I’m a real homebody with a sense of adventure, I love nothing more than quietly exploring uncrowded places and just enjoying the space and then going home to my space.

An Esse Lux copper-wire-wrapped crystal pendant; ‘creative ideas will wait for no one’

Not one to sit still, I am always doing something, more often things I love doing instead of things I should be doing! But I have learnt that creative ideas will wait for no one so when an idea comes along, I need to choose to work with it then or let it go. Very rarely (usually when they arrive as I’m drifting off to sleep!) I will write an idea down to come back to, but more often than not, it’s now or never!

Esse Lux evolved from Perth hairdresser and mum of 4, Kel’s, love of crystals, deepening spirituality and her jungle of indoor plants. She channels her creative energy, love and intention into creating one-of-a-kind jewellery and giftware from copper and crystals.

Family life is pretty crazy here at Esse Lux HQ/Home but I make sure to set aside time for things that are important to me as Kel. I am very dedicated to my yoga practice and usually head to class 5-6 times a week. It’s my recalibration time, it grounds and recentres me so I can continue doing life at the crazy pace it runs at here!

Tools of the trade: A collection of raw crystals, copper wire and jewellery plyers on a timber background

I run Esse Lux from our family home so I asked my sister for help to describe my place and she said it is an accepting, mellow, radiant, amusing, full, colourful and snuggly household full of loonies! A place you can go when you want to talk for years or fall asleep. Hungry or sick. Life here is all those things and that really does filter into my work, right down to how I package my orders. I think that everything I make for Esse Lux embodies that vibe we have created here in our home and that really is part of what makes it so much more than a hobby or a business.

Kel’s creative space in her family room, adorned in myriad of indoor plants, books, vintage furniture, collected crystals and boho creations; ‘Everything I make for Esse Lux embodies that vibe we have created here in our home’

We have a humble little home, but it has got a great big heart and it makes me really happy to have such a beautiful, nurturing environment to live and work in. There are definitely times where my work takes over the house but I do my best to keep it reigned in to one particular area!

Kel’s workspace amongst busy family life; at the coffee table, covered in more plants, crystals, copper wire, jewellery-making tools, tarot cards and the odd piece of lego and toy car

During the warmer months, I do my creating outside in my back garden, but at the moment you’ll find me rugged up sitting on the floor inside where it’s warm! There is always music playing and incense burning, especially while I am creating.

Kel at work creating jewellery from her living room floor

I usually have my chosen materials spread out on the floor around me while I’m tinkering, in a kind of organised chaos! It might look a bit crazy but I know where everything is and because I create intuitively, it also allows me to source the right crystals for the piece I’m working on. There is method in my madness!

Kel’s coffee tale is covered in crystals, tarot cards, fresh cut flowers, and finished jewellery pieces

My creative process is best described as intuitive and organic. It all happens in my head, as crazy as that might sound! I have an idea, a vision of a piece, a feeling or a story begins to unfold, sometimes just a picture in my mind and it all goes from there! I don’t plan or design anything as such, it just comes about quite poetically.

A heart-shaped copper and crystal sun catcher by Esse Lux; ‘I trust the process of creation and any stories that come through’

I am a big believer that my pieces will always find their person, so I trust the process of creation and any stories that come through. The pieces I make aren’t made for me. I am just their maker; their custodian until their person finds them.

A collection of Esse Lux copper wire-wrapped crystal pendants in the sand, the waves and hint of a storm behind; ‘I draw a lot of inspiration from the world around me and from the world internal’

The inspirations for my ideas can and do come from anywhere! I am very often inspired by nature, the trees and plants and the beach are never far from my mind. I get a lot of my best ideas in the shower, it is one of the only quiet places to be alone in a large, busy family.

An intricately wire-wrapped pendant with heart-shaped labradorite stone

I draw a lot of inspiration from the world around me and from the world internal. I have a strong sense of self and I give myself a lot of freedom to be and feel just as I am and quite often that journey of self-exploration and self-discovery very naturally leads to ideas that are calling to be expanded and explored further. I guess in a nutshell, my inspiration really comes from the experience of being human.

A bunch of dried lavender hanging with a large copper-wire wrapped crystal; ‘Creativity, art and working with my hands has always been a part of who I am.’

Creativity, art and working with my hands has always been a part of who I am. I was always doing arts and crafts as a youngster and even threw myself into a portfolio application for an art scholarship. I went on to become a hairdresser by trade and there isn’t too many creative pastimes that I haven’t learnt or at least tried!

An Esse Lux macrame wall-hanging with integrated string of blue stones

I am self-taught with everything I do (hairdressing aside!) and the process of being both the student and teacher is one of my favourite - however frustrating - aspects of having a very resourceful attitude and an “I can do it myself” approach!

Kel kneeling on the grass holding a collection of pretty pastel crystals in her lap; ‘Esse Lux was initially born from my love of crystals’

Esse Lux was initially born from my love of crystals, my deepening spirituality and my jungle of indoor plants. I had read an old book that detailed the positive effect quartz crystals have on plants and I wanted to create a unique way to bring them together. The leap from plant hangers to jewellery and all things in between seemed quite logical in my mind - I love having my crystals around me as much as my plants do!

A Moon and sun copper-wire-wrapped crystal sun catcher by Esse Lux

I’ve made crystal and resin pieces, sun catchers, macrame and crochet pieces incorporating crystals, jewellery, I’ve even put crystals on my cat’s collars. If I can get a crystal into it, I will!

Work in progress: creating jewellery findings by shaping copper wire and flattening them with a hammered finish using a hammer and grinding stone

The choice to work with copper was a very easy one, I can remember my grandfather always wearing a copper bracelet so I had a good awareness of its reported benefits. I adore working with it as much as I do wearing it - its conductivity is said to amplify the energies of the crystals it encases and it has a warmth and a beautiful shiny glow when its polished. The only piece of jewellery I wear that isn’t copper is my wedding band. I really do love copper as a medium, as a connection and as a statement.

A pair of copper dangle earrings with small clear crystal details; ‘I really do love copper as a medium, as a connection and as a statement’

My artistic style and interest is constantly evolving though I really love jewellery making. Knowing that people are walking the planet wearing pieces that I’ve made is an incredible feeling, and that feeling hasn’t diminished at all from my very first sale to now. I can’t imagine it will ever stop; it’s always such a magical surprise when a piece finds its person.

A macrame wall hanging with coloured crystals woven into the details; ‘Like a spider weaves its silk into webs, handmakers weave themselves into their creations’

Handmade is pure magic. To me, every single handmade and handcrafted item is interwoven with invisible threads of its maker; like a spider weaves its silk into webs, handmakers weave themselves into their creations. Handmade has a heartbeat. It has an aliveness; a tangible quality that mass-market items are void of. Handmade feels like trials and triumphs colliding in an enchanted unity of opposites. I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but handmade is just… it’s everything.

A crystal rainbow necklace with matching raincloud earrings; ‘Esse Lux to me is so much more than a hobby or a business; it is a part of me.’

Esse Lux to me is so much more than a hobby or a business; it is a part of me. It’s my enjoyment and my outlet, my meditation and my therapy. It is my craft and it is my coming home to myself. It is the untangling of thoughts and emotions and the mindful repurposing of those now unknotted, invisible threads. It really is a part of my soul, my heart, my thoughts, my feelings and my experiences; all culminating in these pieces of magic that most times feels like they create themselves.

Hand-shaped copper wire leaves in Kel’s hand, with their inspiration (an elephant ear plant), in the background’

In feeling how I do about handmade, I might take the creative action part a little further than others. I won’t create in a bad mood, I won’t force an idea, I don’t copy other artists, I uphold that integrity of what is important to me. From the seeds of creation to packaging an order, so much love and intention goes into each and every step, I hope it translates to those who wear and gift my pieces.

Handcrafted copper and amethyst ‘love’ pendant; ‘From the seeds of creation to packaging an order, so much love and intention goes into each and every step’

I really love being a part of Madeit. It really is an amazing platform for Australian creatives to reach local customers who have a love and appreciation for handmade! The support I personally have received from Madeit and the community has been just so amazing. I can still remember the feeling I got when I first had a piece featured - I couldn’t quite believe what was happening! From that day to now, being a part of the Designer Spotlight feature, it’s just about the craziest thing that has happened to me. Madeit has also bought me out of my shell and given me a layer of courage and confidence that I don’t know I would have otherwise. And now this means I’m famous, right? 😉 Maybe I’ll go to that high school reunion after all!

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