Who is Manresa Design?

​I enjoy creating images and objects that interpret my view of the world through photography, printmaking and more recently, jewellery design.

Jewellery design has been an extension of my creative work and I enjoy the challenge of designing and constructing unique pieces of jewellery and wearable art. I work primarily with semi precious stones, pearls, glass, silver and textiles such as felt. My most recent passion has been exploring the use of textured metals such as silver, copper, pewter and brass in my designs. I use recycled metals and repurposed elements from preloved pieces in my designs.

I have studied the visual arts over many years taking classes at a number of art schools - from the Flying Arts School many years ago to the Brisbane Institute of Art.​

The name of my design business - Manresa Design - comes from a family tradition.​​ Manresa was the name of my grandmother's house - wherever she lived - in recognition of her spanish origins.

This portrait of me making a piece of jewellery was drawn by my very talented daughter, Olivia.

I hope you enjoy my designs as much as I enjoy creating them.

Thank you for supporting the handmade movement.

Joanne Rutherford


Manresa Design has a stall at the Love Handmade markets  - Redcliffe,  Morningside, Samford and other locations; and the Mount Alford Artisan's Market.

Upcoming markets

Sunday 25  October

9:00am - 2:00pm

Love Eco Markets

Morningside School of Arts

Wynnum & Thynne Rds


Saturday 14 November

8:00am - 1:00pm

Love Handmade Markets

Margate Beach Christmas Market

Humpybong Oval

Margate Pde & Mabel St


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