Robyn Wernicke, In the drawer, 2019, 95cm wide x 88cm high x 9cm deep, wood and tin. Photo: Robyn Wernicke
In The Drawer
Robyn Wernicke, In the drawer, 2019, 95cm wide x 88cm high x 9cm deep, wood and tin. Photo: Robyn Wernicke
In The Drawer
What's in the drawer? Have you ever opened a drawer with a feeling of anticipation? Or sneaked a peak in someone else's drawer. Did it tell a story? What was your emotional response? Shock, guilt, horror, surprise, delight, disgust?
87 artists will be asked to respond to "What's in the drawer?" from their own vantage point.
Responses will be dependent on several factors: including the memory where a drawer was first opened by the artist, in another time, another place.
What the artist chooses to produce will illicit a response from the viewer.
The artists will be confined to the measurements of the drawer, in which their artworks will be exhibited.
(ABOUT THE ARTISTS)
Rani Rose is a jeweller who lives and works in Melbourne’s inner north. Her work is inspired by sacred geometry, natural magic and protective talismans. Using silver, gold and semi precious stones she seeks to create jewellery that not only adorns but empowers the wearer.
After completing a bachelors degree in visual art, specialising in glass blowing and silver smithing she has gained over ten years experience working within the jewellery industry.
Alison Jackson is a designer, maker and contemporary Silversmith based in Canberra Australia. Completing a Gold and Silversmithing degree at the Australian National University, Alison holds over a decade of artistic and technical metal forming expertise.
By linking the rich history of metal-working to present-day artistic practices, Alison intertwines her fine hand-crafting skills with the experimental nature of design and metal forming.
With an aesthetic best described as elegant, timeless, and minimal, Alison showcases her work through her fine jewellery, tableware, large scale installation, limited editions and exhibition work.
Bridget Kennedy is a contemporary jewellery and object artist and director of Bridget Kennedy Project Space, a combined jewellery gallery and workshop, committed to the philosophy of creating a connected, sustainably creative community. She provides a retail area supporting Australasian jewellery and object artists, an ongoing exhibition program and continuing commitment to community activation with free workshops and other events. The use of diverse, non-precious and organic materials with traditionally precious materials in her exhibition work continues an ongoing enquiry into environmental fragility, impermanence, choice and value.
Jane Francés Reilly, educated as a ceramicist and jeweller, i found metal allows me to explore shapes, vessels and other forms with freedom and immediacy I tell stories of memories thru marks and colour, exploring the domestic world, the home, each piece different. Intuitive dialogue forms between myself and the work, as we sit quietly and whisper to each other.
Kathryn Wardill is a Melbourne based contemporary jeweller who received her Master of Arts, Fine Art by research from RMIT University. As a jeweller and glass artist she has actively participated in group and solo exhibitions internationally for the last 25 years. Wardill’s dedication to researching jewellery objects which combine metal and glass has resulted in a solo exhibition in the USA as a part of an artist in residency and work presented at Studio Ingot and e.g.etal Melbourne. Wardill is currently creating a new collection for a solo exhibition in 2019.
Yi Jen Chu. Her practice centres on Kinetic jewellery and objects to narrative of the excess in food production and consumption in contemporary culture. Using interaction way to simulate the conceptual meaning behind the objects.
Yi Jen Chu completed a Master of Arts, Jewellery, Silversmithing and Related Products at Birmingham City University (2016) and is a current PhD candidate of Fine Art, Gold and Silversmithing at RMIT.
Susan Ewington is a Queensland based contemporary jeweller, specialising in hand crafted fine jewellery. Her work has been described as being timeless & classic with a contemporary twist. Susan completed an Advanced Diploma in Jewellery Manufacture at NMIT in 2007, and has continued to build on her skills and designs producing limited edition collections for everyday wear, wedding & commitment rings, and various group & solo exhibition pieces.
Susan’s work is completely hand crafted using traditional jewellery manufacturing techniques. Susan draws inspiration from many different ancient aesthetics and techniques, found objects and collectables, and photography. Her work often incorporates fine textural details which have been individually and uniquely applied, with wearability and comfort always in mind.
Ailsa Morrant catches and celebrates fleeting, instinctive, subconscious moments of connection with ourselves and others; not big moments, rather transient, everyday ones that are often over before we are even aware they were happening.
If we are mindful of these, the ones we often rush past, they are the ones that can give us happiness, contentment and resilience.
Our use of jewellery many have now predominantly become an expression of materialism. But, quietly activist, Ailsa explores its primordial intention and value as a means of self- expression and mindfulness by using everyday materiality from her environment.
Katherine Hubble completed her Bachelor of Fine Art in 2016 and was awarded The 2016 Wolf Wennwrich Award for Excellence in Gold and Silversmithing. Katherine’s BA graduate work was selected to exhibit in ‘Fresh!’, Selected Victorian graduates in contemporary craft and designin Melbourne. Katherine continued to BA Fine Art (Honours) graduating with First Class honours in 2017 where Katherine received the Emily Hope Award for a Figurative Work. In 2017 Katherine was also selected to exhibit in The Marzee International Graduate Show 2017. From this exhibition Katherine was invited to participate in the Marzee for Starters program that has exhibited Katherine’s work in The Netherlands and Germany.
Anna Davern gained her undergraduate degree from Sydney College of the Arts in 1993 and completed her Masters degree at RMIT in 2003.
Davern has held three solo exhibitions at Craft Victoria and has been represented in numerous solo and group exhibitions. In 2011 she co-founded Northcity4, an ARI that provides professional and creative opportunities to the contemporary jewellery community.
She has been the recipient of grants from the Australia Council, Arts Victoria and NAVA and in 2007 she undertook a residency at the Estonian Academy of Art. Davern has taught and lectured at universities and TAFEs in Australia and overseas.
Yuan Wei. I want to make works that encourage people feel joy. To make meaning in my work I express nostalgia, poetry, innocence and naivety. I use the tradition of cloisonné enamelling combined with methods of 3-d printing to explore familiar imagery, poetry and remembered emotions from my domestic life in China and Australia.
I develop my personal imagery through remembering the poems my parents read to me and drawing from my memory everyday objects in my domestic life. Vivid colour and strong line are central in my works and my material choices are informed by how color can be used to express emotions.
Jan Donaldson. Artist jeweller/maker and educator, I studied at RMIT and hold a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Fine Art, Master of Art Degree and a Diploma of Fine Art in Gold and Silversmithing. My work ranges in scale from jewellery to large sculptural works and investigates the relationships between objects and identity.
I have been lecturing for 30 years and have been an artist in residence/workshop instructor at numerous schools, universities,community groups, arts organizations and galleries. I am a former gallery director and have extensive experience of working on community arts projects.
After a career as a professional violinist (MMus Utas), Rachel Bremner has more recently earned an international profile for her imaginative contemporary abstract mosaics using traditional tools, materials and techniques. She has studied and exhibited in Europe and the United States, and at home Rachel expands her solo, group exhibitions, private and public art commissions, supported by Arts Tasmania and Hobart City Council. She has promoted her passion for contemporary mosaic art through course lectures and workshops. Recently, she is gaining great enjoyment from incorporating and developing jewellery making into her mosaic practice.
Catherine Hunter (Kate) is a contemporary jewellery maker and studio artist working in metals using traditional metalsmithing techniques, incorporating natural fibres, porcelain, found objects and discarded plastics, in her studio on the edge of a mangrove estuary in Cairns Queensland.
Born in Coffs Harbour Kate graduated with a Bachelor of Design: Jewellery and Metallsmithing from the SA College of Advanced Education in 1984 with distinction.
Kate is also an accomplished seafarer.
Her time at sea, 1989 to 2007, piqued her awareness of global environmental challenges. Kates work draws the viewer into detailed visual narratives of nature’s struggles and triumphs.
Amelia Marks is an emerging contemporary jeweller working across a range of precious and alternative materials. Her work is inspired by biological and botanical illustrations, and demonstrates a sense of structure and order balanced with the softer, organic forms of nature.
Colour is a strong element of her work, and is evidenced by her use of sublimation printing techniques and paint in combination with more traditional materials such as gemstones, gold and silver.
Yi-Jhu Huang is a Taiwanese jewellery designer and maker. She trained in Metalsmithing & Jewellery Design at Fu Jen Catholic University in Taiwan and studied for a Masters in Jewellery, Silversmithing and related products at Birmingham City University.
With four years of metalsmith and jewellery design training, she likes to try various textures and materials on her work and is also interested in the relationship between jewellery, the environment, and body movement.
Yi-Jhu has always been inspired by stories, visual art images and natural environment. Material experimentation is also a really important part of her design process.
Maral Mamaghanizadeh, I am an Iranian artist and gained an MA in jewellery and silversmithing from the School of jewellery, Birmingham City University 2017. I explore the barriers I encounter in everyday life, being both Deaf and a refugee. I communicate through my artworks, combining feminism and cultural politics. My aim is that my jewellery has a story. As both an artist and a narrator, I depict the wearer’s character through the jewellery I make. My international, cross cultural experiences have developed my interpersonal and critical skills as well as improving my level of understanding of contemporary Jewellery & Crafts.
Jane Hodgetts is a predominantly self- taught studio jeweller from Hobart who holds degrees in both Fine Arts and Teaching. Using a range of traditional and exploratory techniques Jane’s work hints at the passing of time, where positive and negative space play with light and shadow, often asymmetrical and teasing us with the idea of imperfection. Jane is interested in contrasts and contradictions such as the elegant and the refined matched with the textured and worn, questioning ‘Is it old or is new?’ Jane was a finalist in the 2016 Design Tasmania Award and has been the recipient of an Arts Tasmania and a Regional Arts Tasmania grant.
Emily Snadden is a contemporary jeweller based in Hobart. Her internationally acclaimed work is inspired by the local environment and reflects a love of Tasmania’s natural flora, pristine landscape and uniqueness.
“My practice evolves from a process of specimen collecting in the bush to photographing and sketching prior to creation. It is a reflection of my personal connection to Tasmania and a love for our unique landscape and flora.”
Emily’s work reflects strong technical skills and professional jewellery trade experience combined with a passion for design and the process of fine jewellery manufacture. She is the recipient of a number of awards and her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally.
Qiwei (Mervin) Liu. Born in 1993, Liu studied at China University of Geoscience, Gemmological Institute, 2012-2016 and moved to England to study Jewellery, Silversmithing and Related Products at Birmingham City University, School of Jewellery 2016-1017. Liu is an independent jewellery artist now and a jewellery designer.
Sophie Canrell's practice explores relationships to landscapes, place and interconnections with our environment, whether her own or of people long gone.
Sophie is interested in peoples stories entwined through history, researching and trying to imagine the lives of others and how they related to their surroundings.
Her work considers the effect that humankind has on its environment and conversely the powerful impact these landscapes can have on its inhabitants.
Precious metals, natural and found materials are combined and transformed into objects and wearable tokens that carry an essence of history, memory and connection.
Jana King’s designs are inspired by geometric form and architectural structures. Straight lines and sharp angles coupled with the spherical form of the pearl, a key element in her collections, all strongly influence her designs.
Jana King is currently completing her jewellery manufacturing apprenticeship under the guidance of Robyn Wernicke at Small Space jewellery. Undergoing this study is helping her forge a strong skill based practice which she hopes she can later share with her community.
Melinda Capp holds an Honours Degree in fine art majoring in sculpture from Monash University and an Advanced Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design from Melbourne Polytechnic. She exhibits on a regular basis in solo and groups exhibitions and has received and been shortlisted for various awards, Melbourne Polytechnic award for creative expression 2016, Edition Lidu ABW International Artist Book Award 2014, Powerhouse Museum International Lace Awards 2011 and Darebin La Trobe Acquisitive Award 2005. Melinda has artwork in various collections, Deaking University Art Collection, Westgarth Aged Care Art Collection, various private collections and features in numerous publication.
Jan-Maree Oliveira is a New Zealand Jeweller/Artist living is Sydney, herwork is influenced by her surroundings and techniques learned along the way, integrating a connection to create unique wearable jewellery and objects.
Gaining her Advanced Diploma in Engineering and Technology, Jewellery and Object at NMIT in Melbourne. She furthered her studies at Sydney Collage of the Arts, BA Visual Art. Furthermore, in 2016 she received the Deans SCA Award for Jewellery and Object. Currently she in her final year at Enmore Design Centre completing her Certificate 111 Jewellery Manufacture.
Danielle Lo’s practice has a deep focus on presence and place, emulating forms of nature within my surroundings. Underlining her focus, she draws ideas from the theories of Zen- the notion of creating a sense of balance and strength. The works I make are an intimate physical exploration of conceptual ideas, achieved through the use of shape, form, line, colour and textual elements.
Laila Marie Costa is a Melbourne based artist and curator who works across contemporary jewellery, collage, assemblage, installation and occasionally sound. The nebulous spaces between fine art, craft and design are the areas that intrigue and inspire the bulk of her investigations.
Costa’s working process is based on collecting the waste and refuse of consumer culture from her daily domestic and work life. The debris is sorted by obsessive methodologies that allow the materials to infer the form. Her creations are further informed by her Italian heritage, domesticity, feminism, environmental issues, art history, materiality and humour.
Sarah Kellett designs and handmakes bespoke Contemporary and Traditional Jewellery, her interest absorbed in learning the tried and true practices of making beautifully handcrafted jewellery.
Sarah's inspiration is found mainly within the four walls of her studio/workshop. She is a second generation studio jeweller having been mentored by her father Graeme Kellett over many years where exquisite pieces of jewellery have been created with many varied styles and techniques being implemented.
The workshop is brimming with interesting jewellery making tools, patterns, stones and collected samples, all of this is often incorporated in her delicately constructed and designed pieces of jewellery.
Madeline Wright (b. 1991, AU) is contemporary jewellery and object maker whose practice explores the shapes of the landscape and examines our relationships with geography and the typologies of objects. She received an Advanced Diploma of Jewellery and Object design from Melbourne Polytechnic in 2016 and is currently studying a Bachelor of Fine Art (Object Based Practice) at RMIT University, where, in 2018 she was awarded the McCraith Fine Art Scholarship.
Cheree Edwards is a regional-based designer and creator of jewellery who uses repeated geometric patterns as the hallmark of her aesthetic. Seeking inspiration from Middle Eastern motifs, her designs feature bold tessellating patterns, strong lines, and vivid colours. As a designer and creator of contemporary jewellery, Cheree combines time honoured manufacturing methods, a by-product of working as a jewellery apprentice, with computer aided design and rapid prototyping.
While Cheree’s practice constantly evolves as she explores both long-standing and novel manufacturing methods and materials, her aim as a designer and maker of jewellery remain steadfast; to create wearable’s that are functional and destined to become future heirlooms.
Catherine Large is based in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
She makes original jewellery, objects and flatware in precious metal, and draws on her experiences of travel and the nature of ‘stuff’ to inform her work. Her work is held in both public and private collections.
She was employed in the Fine Art Department at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, lecturing in Jewellery and Small Objects for 11 years, from 2008 - 2019.
Catherine is currently Vice-President of the Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Queensland JMGQ.
Pennie Jagiello recently completed a Masters in Art at RMIT titled “Remains to be seen, worn and heard: an inquiry into anthropogenic debris investigated through contemporary jewellery objects’’. Her established professional practice and ongoing research investigates the objects we use and discard and the environmental consequences of unsustainable practices, conveyed through one of the oldest universally practiced creative mediums, jewellery and adornment. Only working with found, reclaimed and recycled materials, entirely informs and challenges Pennies creative practice, providing wearable dialogue for all that we discard, and that she refers to as the expended heirlooms we leave behind us for future generations.
Radka Passianova, originally from Czech Republic, is currently a Sydney based jewellery and objects designer. Radka has studied Jewellery & Object Design at Enmore Design Centre TAFE NSW, where she also received a Design Award for year 2008 and where she had been working as a teacher until 2017. In 2013 Radka completed a Masters of Design at the University of Technology Sydney. In 2017 she has decided to broaden up her design skills and acquired diploma in Graphic Design.
Her work has been exhibited across Australia in a group and solo exhibitions and has been commissioned to design and construct a number of significant silversmithing objects.
Jodie Di Natale Completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (DRAWING) at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2000. My drawing practice has become a steady companion in my life endeavors it has experienced peaks and lows but has some how never really left me.
My practice embodies psychological drawings with a focus on the humanness of individuals that exist in extreme environments. I’m interested in the mental health phenomena of PTSD and how it reshapes the perception of their surroundings. Essentially the question is why do some people live on the edge or outside of a conventional existence? What is the psychology of the different? Why do some people seek comfort outside of the landscape of a common life?
Australian jeweller Alice Whish has always had an interest in detail, miniature objects and the making process. Combined with her rural background her work continues to make connections to the land, plants and the sky above. Her practice visually distills large concepts into intimate jewellery works. She has worked with Aboriginal women from north-east Arnhem Land on collaborative jewellery projects and mentored others. Alice completed her undergraduate in Sydney where she lives and works. She holds a Masters of Fine Art-research RMIT and a Master of Higher Education, UNSW. Her work is held in the Australian National Gallery and State collections.
Helene Campbell. Contemporary Gold & Silversmith working out of Tall Trees Studio in Olinda on Mt Dandenong. Tall Trees Studio is a combination of retail shop, local artist/jeweller showcase and my working studio, the retail shop/studio opened in late November 2018.
I attended Melbourne Polytechnic and studied the Advanced Diploma of Jewellery & Object Design and have since joined the GSGA as an Affiliate Member, Full Member at Craft Vic and a Overseas Affiliate of the UK Guild of Glass Engravers.
I am a participant of the Dandenong Ranges Open Studio being held on the 30th & 31st March, 2019, Tall Trees Studio is Stop # 7 on the makers trail for the weekend.
Sylvia Ballerini gained a Bachelor of Arts (Craft)from Monash University studying flat and warm glass, ceramics and silversmithing.
Since then, Sylvia has pursued her passion for the creative arts, completing many short courses and explored acrylic painting under the guidance of Howard Arkely.
Sylvia also gained an Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology Jewellery and a Diploma of Visual Arts, Paintingfrom Melbourne Polytechnic.
She completed an RMIT masterclass, Enamel Surfaces - Add & Subtract, with British enamellist, Elizabeth Turrell.
Her brooch, Serenity, was shortlisted in the Contemporary Australian Silver & Metalwork Award 2013.
Sylvia’s jewellery features etching and vitreous enamel.
Julie Carter has been a practising Gold and Silversmith for the last 30 years. Julie received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Gold and Silversmithing at RMIT, then continued to gain experience in the Melbourne jewellery trade. Gold, silver, precious and non-precious gems,enamel as well as other materials such are used to create work that reflect her love of travel, architecture and culture.
Her work takes elements from nature and her urban surroundings to create pieces that although simple in form, express more complex aesthetics.
Julie's work has been exhibited overseas and is currently held in the NGV Melbourne permanent collection.
Alannah Sheridan. Explored and developed in a recent ideation session, my primary object was inspired through making of Russian wedding rings... I was interested to see the effect of adding more rings and assessing the impact on the structure, the size of the inner ring and the articulation of the pieces. I was also interested to explore the use of different metals.
I did this initially with small-scale rings in copper wire. I really liked the mobility of the rings, the infinite ways they would fall to rest and the interlocking nature of the pieces.
I progressed this in scale and moved to wider bands of metal. Eight or nine seemed the optimum number of rings. I was delighted with the natural form of the object (it becomes spherical in motion). I was also delighted with the tactility of the object when tossing it from hand to hand and with it’s tinkling sound. It is quite mesmerizing and could be used in stress management.
In my main exhibition piece the bands are made from 0.9mm brass and are 50mm in diameter. The bands are round but in varying widths and not always joined flush.
For the exhibition I am supplying a main object and lesser accompanying pieces. I am happy to have people open the drawer and interact with the main piece rolling it from hand to hand to appreciate both the tactility and sound it generates. I am happy for them to also handle the other pieces as a way of experiencing the effect of structural change. The changes include fewer rings, varying sizes and different types and thicknesses of metal etc
The primary object is not for sale but can be made to order.
Linda Blair. I studied Jewellery and Object Design and Jewellery Manufacture at the Design Centre Enmore.
I have been working in enamel for over 10 years, working with liquid enamel through which I can create a painterly effect.
I am interested in how enamel can be used to trick the eye and create a sense of three dimensions on a flat surface. My work inspired by ideas from history and specifically historic jewellery.
I create wearable pieces and have exhibited my work in Sydney and Melbourne.
Elizabeth Shaw is a contemporary jeweller and metalsmith whose arts practice is informed by the traditions of silversmithing and sculpture. She exhibits regularly and contributes to academic research with a focus on ethical practice and the social and cultural values and meanings associated with objects. Her works have been curated into national and international exhibitions and are included in private and public collections.
Nicole Singer grew up in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She received a Bachelors in Fine Arts from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in Halifax, Nova Scotia in April 2017. She graduated with a major in jewellery and metal smithing and a minor in art history. In 2018, Nicole graduated from the Professional Gemmology program through the Canadian Gemmological Association, in Toronto, and was awarded her fellowship.
Nicole’s work has been shown at Artscape Youngplace, The Anna Leonowens Gallery, and most recently the Artist Project in Toronto. Her work can also be found through Eclectic Artisans.
Leonie Westbrook, Adelaide based, Leonie has worked out of JamFactoryand Gray Street Workshop. She has a Bachelor of Applied Arts from UniSA, and in 2009 graduated from the JamFactory associateprogram under then Creative Director, Sue Lorraine.
Her work is held the Toowoomba City Collection, and at the Art Gallery of South Australia where Leonie is currently exhibiting work in To have and to hold, The Daaldler Collection of Contemporary Jewellery.
This is her third time exhibiting at Radiant Pavillion, in 2015 for Illuminateand in 2017 for Left and Rightboth at Studio Ingot.
Kalinowski Jewellery is created by the partnership of Viktor Kalinowski and Elaine Rieger. The working studio is home based and sits on the outskirts of Melbourne. Known for the colourful anodised aluminium range, this contemporary jewellery practice is inspired by nature and focuses on clean forms and with that pop of colour! Anodised aluminium and sterling silver are the materials predominately used in the jewellery work.
A sculptor and jeweller, Viktor trained with professional artisans in Poland and is also self-taught through experimentation. Elaine has an art therapy background and a lifelong fascination with colour.
Cassandra Prinzi is an emerging artist working in Melbourne. Her work is informed by the natural and urban landscapes; combining the natural formations of coral with the energy and liveliness of graffiti. She enjoys working in a range of materials to create colourful and vibrant, wearable pieces. She studied at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology where she completed a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts) and in 2017, she graduated from RMIT with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours). In 2018 she was the recipient of the Future Leaders Award, given by Craft Victoria.
Roxanne Ramsbottom. I tend to view the world through the lens of my faith, with my Creator always at the forefront of everything I witness and experience. Our earthly home that was given to us is saturated with inspiration, and to say I am drawn to a few or even many influences is impossible. I am moved by the crisp perfection, the engineering wonders, how delightfully tactile our world is, and then by contrast the nourishing decay with it's own strange appeal that brings about renewal; and because of this I am always conflicted in the work I attempt to create, it is without definition and continuity, I move swiftly from one idea to the next, maybe it's because I want to do it all.
My desire to create is with me every single day. I am in awe of the mineral and material diversity given to us to be utilized and to adorn ourselves with.
I do what I can within the shackles time places on me, and if you are reading this this is one of those moments.
Kate Symons works in a wide range of mediums, exploring ideas that cross her path. She enjoys responding to situations, letting the subject take her on an artistic journey. Three dimensional work is Kate’s choice of representation, as she feels she can express herself more thoroughly this way.
Bernie Ellen. To be felt & seen. As an artist my work is created to inspire thoughts and induce memories. Statement pieces, organic tactile surfaces and mixed metals are married together to allow the work to tell my story and for it to create new memories for those it adorns.
Leonie Simpson is a designer and maker of jewellery and objects.
Based in Sydney, she creates small run jewellery collections, bespoke pieces and individual commissions.
Leonie creates sculptural and texturised pieces inspired by her natural environment. While managing the balance between movement and form, her pieces are designed to delight and excite, while encouraging curiosity and exploration through a touch of minimalism.
Linda Blair I studied Jewellery and Object Design and Jewellery Manufacture at the Design Centre Enmore.
I have been working in enamel for over 10 years, working with liquid enamel through which I can create a painterly effect.
I am interested in how enamel can be used to trick the eye and create a sense of three dimensions on a flat surface. My work inspired by ideas from history and specifically historic jewellery.
I create wearable pieces and have exhibited my work in Sydney and Melbourne.
Francesca Urciuoli is an Italian contemporary jewellery artist based in Berlin, Germany.
Francesca uses mostly silver in her work as well as, mokume-gane and shibuichi a Japanese alloy made of silver and copper. Mokume -Gane is an ancient Japanese technique used in the 17th century to adorn swords. It consists of a block of metal made from many layers of different metals, stacked on top of each other to form a sandwich, called a billet. The billet is fused with a torch or in a kiln and pressed to obtain a sheet. By hammering, stamping and carving on the surface of the sheet, the layers of metal are revealed, resulting in the metal surface being covered with many different patterns and textures. Francesca learned the mokume-gane technique during her internship with Anne Wolf at the Anneville Studio San Diego in 2016. The technique allows her to shape and manipulate metals to create different textures and surfaces which she then uses in her jewellery.
Talitha Brown is a Sydney raised, Melbourne based artist who works mainly with metal and is particularly interested in the use of Australian opal in contemporary design. Talitha holds an Advanced Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design, Bachelor of Environmental Design and a Master of Design Anthropology. Her practice draws on the link between jewellery, objects and people, with a focus on design research. The emotional connection and response jewellery can evoke has been a focus of her work.
Carly Lay. Upon completing her studies in Jewellery and Object Design at The Design Centre, Enmore in 2014, Carly was awarded the Jewellery and Object Design Award and residency. In 2015 she was awarded the NSW/ACT and Australasian Graduate of the Year Award in the Jewellery Category by Design Institute of Australia. That same year two of her pieces were acquired by Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery as part of their Contemporary Wearables permanent collection.
Since 2014, Carly has taken part in numerous group exhibitions and has been a finalist in several national award exhibitions, including Contemporary Wearables ‘15 and Profile ‘17.
Anna Gray. I approach jewellery design as the collection and arrangement of stories, ideas and forms into narratives that
incorporate and reference the body, ‘wearability’, and social and material histories and meanings that might be implied
by the word ‘jewellery’.
I am a jeweller and independent curator, working in Melbourne, Australia. I create and explore ‘jewellery’ in a
contemporary context across a range of mediums, including silver and goldsmithing techniques, but also performance
and installation, exhibition and writing and by being part of a vibrant ‘jewellery’ community.
The inspiration for my work springs from an interest in communities and human behaviour. I am fascinated by how we
choose, as individuals, to present ourselves to others and how our social alliances define our outward behaviours,
likes and dislikes. My work attempts to slip behind this façade, to unpick our secret identities by playfully exploring
inner demons, devilish drives, selfish impulses and reactive aesthetics.
Jamie Spinks. My love for creating didn’t start with jewellery, from an early age I always enjoyed making things, as a kid I started working with wood and metal and even saved up my money from working on weekends for months to buy a welder and other tools to work on various fabrication and restoration projects throughout my teenage years.
At high school, I thrived in woodwork and metalwork class, but I started learning general hand tool skills even earlier from my grandfather, he spent a lot of time with me as a kid ensuring that I learnt how to use and care for tools correctly.
All my pieces are hand fabricated in my small workshop with very basic tools and equipment. I normally start out with a flat piece of metal and maybe a vague idea, but often inspiration comes as I start to manipulate the metal with my hammers, pliers, saws and blowtorch. I am drawn to the raw, rough and organic textures and colours that the tools and heat can create, but I also love the satisfaction of polishing metals to a high shine, so my pieces are often an exhibition in contrast in colour and/or texture.
Jenny Fahey is a Sydney based jeweller who trained at Design Centre, Enmore, Tafe NSW, achieving both an Advanced Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design and a Certificate III in Jewellery Manufacture. She finds inspiration in experimenting with materials and manipulating forms to achieve uncanny transformations: works that spark the recognition of familiarity yet also provoke a sense of something mysterious.
Gabrielle McGrath. As a sculpture graduate from the National Art School in Sydney, Gabrielle worked predominantly in design and construction of large format steel sculpture before changing scale to create contemporary Jewellery pieces. The jewellery practice has provided Gabrielle with a wider audience and a more accessible art practice. Gabrielle has exhibited sculpture, objects and jewellery regionally and nationally for 20 years. Being a self taught jeweller with a sculptural background, the many technical styles of sculpture are employed in Gabrielleʼs work, forging, casting, carving and especially assemblage, giving Gabrielleʼs work a unique, expressive and tactile response.
Shelly Jam is an emerging contemporary metalsmith living and working in Victoria. Her work is predominantly a visceral imagining and reworking of images and objects she has collected throughout the years. She has a deep respect for the traditions of metalsmithing a great appreciation for the materials and tools she uses to create her work.
Jenny Du is an emerging jewellery and object artist who completed her Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) from Sydney College of the Arts. She has been working with sustainable, repurposed, and found materials, producing an ongoing series of works. The work is a playfully 3D composition of objects that all have a mechanism to allow them to be worn on the body, Jenny loves the idea of highlighting the mundane and overlooked through wearable art.
Nyx Mathews. My central interest is in the interaction of anthropogenic objects or environments and human beings. Through a broad range of media, with a focus on experimental material processes, I make work that questions the artificial landscapes, interior spaces and articles we are encouraged to accept as standard.
Through speculative, materially ambiguous, often slightly unsteady works I probe the increasingly textureless, sometimes explicitly inhuman spaces and objects common to contemporary built environments. Via material and theoretical explorations I interrogate the complex tensions in our dual role as consumers and creators of our environment.
Wayne Simon. I find creating essentially apart of my life it's in every moment of the day that's if you're open to see it in front of you, listening with your eyes and letting your surroundings tell their story
I’ve got a BA Jewellry design and manufacture from CSU and Masters of Arts PracticeCharles Sturt University under Sabine Pagan and Rohan Nicol.I’m self taught in the craft of mokume gane.
Combining this metal technique (mokume gane) with graffiti I replicate the organic patterns and textures of nature.
Mokume Gane techniques enables me to contemporize traditional biodegradable artifacts and immortalising them into the form of miniature sculptures worn on the body.
I am interested in concepts of aboriginal artifacts and the ways of traditional life .
My work incorporates aspects of native life in parallel with that of modern European ways of life.
“It’s not quiet black and it’s not quiet white, you could say I like to work in the grey area where I can balance these two cultures respectively .”
Sydney Australia Aboriginal descent biripi tribe .
Sean Prentis. I am a jeweller, tinkerer, and current Metal Associate at JamFactory. At the heart of my creations lies a feeling of playfulness. I use the unique properties of silver as a way to explore tactility, pattern, and a sense of space. The result is both detailed and peculiar: inviting closer examination and encouraging an intimate human-object connection to be made.
Antonia Field is an emerging contemporary jeweller based in Adelaide South Australia. Originally from Melbourne Antonia completed an Advanced Diploma in Engineering Technology (jewellery) at Melbourne Polytechnic Tafe. This was followed by a residency in the project space at NorthCity4 workshop. In 2016 Antonia was accepted into the two year Associate Training program in the Jewellery and Metal Studio at JamFactory Adelaide. Antonia currently runs her practice involving making jewellery and objects for exhibition, commissions and a product line.Drawing inspiration from the natural world Antonia creates jewellery that embodies organic, flowing silhouettes that are crafted in a range of materials.
Gretal Ferguson. Having been trained in traditional silversmithing, object design, and contemporary art jewellery, my practice is quite eclectic. My work ranges from simple, subtle, aesthetically motivated forms, to conceptually driven statements on society, all made by hand using traditional craft skills. Being heavily influenced by street art and popular culture, there is often a cheeky nature that sneaks into my work, with many pieces boasting a hint of interactivity, to further engage the viewer beyond wearability.
Dannielle Sturgeon-Eustace works with a myriad of materials to create jewellery and weable objects which evoke personal and mental states. To establish these connections, Dannielle works with the materials inherant qualities and plays on the associations of material and meaning.
Felicity Peters. I love making jewellery and objects, often expressing social or political awareness, or simply expressing love for the materials that I work with.
Robyn Wernicke works with a variety of materials including found objects and the element of surprise. Things aren’t often what they seem. Hidden layers of meaning are sometimes evident.. Inspired by her travels, architecture, automata and anything quirky.
Robyn is also the owner / manager of Small Space Jewellery in Fitzroy North. A contemporary jewellery space offering bespoke pieces, repairs and re modelling
Kate Higgins is a Melbourne based Fine Jeweller, also known under the moniker Eli Speaks.
Kate completed a Bachelor of Design at CPIT in her native New Zealand in 2004, focusing on precious metal works. After moving to Melbourne, Australia in 2007 Kate trained in the traditional manufacture of Fine Jewellery. 12 years later, Kate continues to hone her skills while meticulously hand crafting her own distinctive designs. Kate’s aesthetic straddles the line between contemporary and traditional, is crisp, clean and angular, with architectural influences of Art Deco, and in recent works, ancient Mexican architecture.
Tia Ong. My background is in Communication Design and I have always enjoyed creating items with my hands along with the visual aesthetics of items. I have had a fascination with gems and minerals for as long as I can remember and came into gem cutting quite by accident. As I began to learn to facet and my curiosity soon turned into a bit of an obsession, wanting to cut as many stones in as many different shapes as I could. In 2017 Pebble Sprout was created as a means to showcase to gems I create.
Jasmine O'Hara is a Melbourne based studio artist who credits the foundations of her practice to a background in jewellery production. From her Brunswick studio O”Hara explores traditional and contemporary techniques using a range of materials including ceramic, textiles, metals and paper. Central to her practice and its processes is the theme of the “craft maker” and the importance of the hand of the maker. O”Hara believes historical conventions around this subject can help support contemporary creative in areas such as sustainability in production, mental mindfulness and wellbeing.
Shan Shan Mok is a jewellery artist, designer, and tutor. She was born in Hong Kong and raised in Sydney. She graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Arts degree majoring in Jewellery and Object Design from the University of Sydney, Sydney College of the Arts in 2006 and she pursued her Honours studies in 2010.
Shan Shan was awarded/selected finalist in national/ international art and design awards every year since 2007 including: Sydney Region Winner - Accessories Category- RAWards 2013 Australia, RAWartists.org. Australia. Zelda Stedman Young Student Scholarship 2010, the University of Sydney. 2nd Runner up – Ring - total weight 3 carat diamond and 18k gold ring, Buyers’ Favorite Jewelry Design Competition 2009 (HKJMA, Hong Kong).
Melinda Young has a Master of Visual Arts from Sydney College of the Arts. She has exhibited extensively in Australia and internationally since 1997, her work isheld in public collections and included in numerous publications.
Melinda’s practice primarily engages with the idea of ‘place’ and explorations of materiality, with an emphasis on found or re-purposed materials as vehicles for narrative explorations of the landscape and the people who inhabit it. Alongside her making practice, Melinda has spent the past 20 years working within the contemporary craft and design field as an educator, curator and gallery manager. Melinda is currently an Associate Lecturer at UNSW Art & Design.
Bic Tieu is a Sydney base designer/maker of jewellery, wearables and objects. Bic’s works is very much influenced by the sensibilities and aesthetics in east and southeast Asian art. Her works investigates these visual languages and esoteric ideas within the parameters of contemporary jewellery and objects to reference her migration, culture and identity. Bic engages with interdisciplinary approaches often synthesizing traditional art methods and digital technology combined with Japanese lacquer and metal techniques to create forms and surfaces that merge these ideas together.
Selina Shanti Woulfe. Auckland-based artist Selina Woulfe creates jewellery — as well as photographic and video documentation — that considers social, cultural, and religious rituals surrounding the body, and the objects used to conduct them. Drawing inspiration from her mixed European/Polynesian heritage, Selina often uses her own skin as a sensory material to be tested, crafting a dialogue between the body and mind that foregrounds the physical and psychological experience for wearer and viewer alike.
Michelle Pitton based in Sydney Australia, works through her own art jewellery studio, with a focus on fusing digital technology with hand made techniques. She is excited by the unknown and loves to experiment with both the form and the materials she is using. Michelle’s current work is a result of her experiments with artisan crafts and an exploration of how these can fused with emerging digital technologies in order to create bespoke jewellery pieces. Michelle imagines her jewellery as being both transformative and playful. www.michellepitton.com
Emma Field is an emerging contemporary jeweller and designer whose work is informed by geometry, architecture and nature. She makes work that is both sculptural and wearable, using technology such as 3D printing, and traditional techniques. She enjoys working one-on-one with clients to make custom bespoke pieces and has been an exhibiting artist since 2013.
Emma graduated from Sydney College of the Arts at the University of Sydney in 2013 with a Bachelor of Visual Arts. She went on to complete JamFactory’s Associate Training Program in Adelaide in 2016 and is currently based in Newcastle, New South Wales.
Laura Bradshaw-Heap is a freelance curator, arts practitioner ethnographer and mother. She has a MSc in social and cultural anthropology from University College London and an MA in design from London Metropolitan University. Laura is most interested in projects that are research based and involve turning the audience into active participants in some way, be they participatory, interactive or collaborative. She co-created JUNK: rubbish to gold, is co-founder of Mother Makers, creator and curator of unperceived existence and founder and director of gallery shush. Her methods are drawn from craft, design, politics of voice, feminist studies and participatory art.
Shimara Carlow. Designer, jeweller, silversmith.
Born in a remote coastal area in West Cork, Southern Ireland in 1979, a childhood fascination for collecting shells, stones, mermaid's purses, feathers and seed pods found along the sea shore has been the inspiration for my work.
While studying at Glasgow School of Art, I experimented with found objects and silver as mediums for creating large sculptural pieces of jewellery and smaller silversmithing pieces. My work has always been very tactile and organic and the use of these natural found objects enhances this tactility.
Aimee Sutanto is a Melbourne-based jeweller. Her concept revolves in resurrecting traditional concept and aesthetic in precious metal and gemstones. With a background in Fine Art, jewellery manufacturing and jewellery design, her work aesthetic ranges from traditional to conceptual pieces.
Aside from her own range, she also does custom pieces made to order. All her pieces are handmade by her at the studio in Melbourne, Australia.
Katia Silkova is a Melbourne artist working across painting, sculpture, jewellery design and site-specific installation to engage with notions of cultural identity and our individual and collective relation to nature. Katia completed Bachelor of Fine Art at Monash University in 2017 and had her works exhibited in solo and group shows at artist-run spaces in Melbourne.
Katia's most recent exhibition includes From Becoming to Belongingat Rubicon ARI in Melbourne in February 2019. Curated by Katia, this interdisciplinary exhibition showcased new work by a group of emerging artists responding to an exploration of own identity within personal experiences in Australia as migrants.
@katia_ksr (general blog) and @flux_universe (jewellery design)
Michelle Stemm. I work from a small studio in Brisbane, however my jewellery making started 6 years ago on the Sunshine Coast. My design practice is lead by a desire for versatile, innovative and functional jewellery. I explore connections both as a function of a piece and metaphorically, between maker and wearer.I explore form in relation to the natural and occasionally the built world. I look for shapes and lines, using pictures and sketches to refine and develop a concept, before transferring to materials and experimenting with form. Connections create opportunity and dynamism, bringing form and function together in endless interesting ways.
Kristina Neumann. In my practice I investigate relationships between materiality, material types and the built environment. I use form, material experimentations, and explorations of process as a means to examine the capacity of objects to evoke meaning beyond their physical characteristics. This body of work ranges from literal representations to abstractions, from cityscapes to individual units, and physical objects that speak of home.
Diverse materials allow me to make wearable objects on an intimate scale, while referencing much larger spaces. In this way, my work provides both wearer and viewer a unique lens through which to view and appreciate the beauty that can be found in built forms.
Betty McKeough is an artist jeweller based in the Perth Hills. She holds an Advanced Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design from Central Institute of Technology (now North Metropolitan TAFE) Perth, 2010. She received the DIA Professional Development Award, and the AJS Award for jewellery design.
Exhibitions include New Works, New Faces at Perth Galleries and Gallery East in 2011, Graduate Metal 12 & 13, Contemporary Wearables '13, and the juried exhibition Want: contemporary jewellery from WA, during Radiant Pavilion 2017 and touring WA in 2018.
Her style is eclectic and narrative, inspired by the environment, found objects and wordplay.
Nadya van Ewyk’s work is focused primarily around traditional Silversmith practice, whilst incorporating experimental and para-traditional craft techniques. Interested in the physical and emotionally engaging qualities of creating form, she produces unique, one-off pieces and small production ranges, using predominantly natural materials.
Emily Copp works with a fusion of both old and new technologies and materials. Emily has presented in many group exhibitions as well as solo.
Environmental and ethical concerns inform and motivate her pieces which meander through the design and creation of both jewellery forms and small objects. Emily teaches jewellery making at SquarePeg Studios and UNSW Art and Design and in 2017 became Director of SquarePeg Studios alongside basing her practice as a Resident Artist at SquarePeg in Marrickville in Sydney’s vibrant Inner West.
“I love the alchemy of transforming ideas into materialised design through the varied efforts and explorations of making.”
Kristy McConchie. I am an Adelaide-based jeweller who has been making jewellery for the last 12 years. Before completing a Bachelor of Visual Art and Applied Design with a Jewellery major, I studied Interior Architecture.
Working mainly with precious metals, my current practice is still largely informed by my design background; architecture my main inspiration. I design through drawing, with all pieces worked through on paper first, before being realised in 3D form.
I consider jewellery to be my perfect balance – I get to design AND make. What could be better than that?
Philippa Taylor. British born, Australian studio potter Philippa A Taylor, has her own distinctive approach to clay. She studied a B.A Craft in 1994 at Monash University and completed her honours in 1997. Now with a passion for the British ceramic tradition, Scandinavian designs and Japanese decorating techniques, her work is both functional and sculptural. Combining her traditional understandings with a contemporary approach to ceramics. Her recent works include wheel thrown vessels and small hand built porcelain jewellery pieces, called ‘Porcelain Smith’.
A nod to its material context, a play on the term ‘Smith’ as a craftsman and her maiden name.
My name is Melissa Gillespie and I am an Adelaide-based Contemporary Jeweller who since completing my Bachelor of Visual Arts (Jewellery and Metal) Degree at the South Australian School of Art in 2004, has become passionate about designing and creating jewellery inspired by nature’s beauty and fragility. I enjoy collecting twigs and other natural, unusual organic objects from the garden floor and incorporating them into my art practice through delicately wrapping and binding them with cotton thread. I currently have my jewellery on consignment at five different galleries and shops in South Australia and love being involved in group exhibitions.
Angela Clark is a luxury jewellery brand , founded by Melbourne jewellery designer Angela Clark.
Angela is most celebrated for combining old treasures or heirloom pieces with carefully sourced beads to create a distinctive and personal style ,weaving together past rarity and beauty with a modern elegance and individuality for the discerning customer.
Angela is passionate about sharing her knowledge and skills with others at home in Melbourne and in Ethiopia. Regular workshops are hosted in her spacious well equipped classroom also teaching specialised workshops at Holmesglen Institute and RMIT School of Fashion .