2020 - MOVEMENT AND MOTION (ONLINE EXHIBITION)
Exhibiting Artists: Carolyn Butler-White, Katherine Grocott, Kylie Keates, Mari Hirata, Sharka Bosakova, Sinead Buckney and Tina Horton.
My jewellery making journey began about 15 years ago in Hong Kong where, on Saturday mornings, I attended silversmithing classes. In these classes, I also learned beading, wirework and Chinese knotting. As I learned new techniques, I soon fell in love with the processes involved in experimenting and creating.
On returning to Australia in 2012, I continued to pursue my jewellery making interests through weekend and holiday courses. At the BIA (Brisbane Institute of Art) I attended short courses in various jewellery making techniques. I also attended metal sculpture classes at this institute and although I thoroughly enjoyed them, I realised my preference for working on small scale pieces. As well as attending the BIA, I also took jewellery making courses at Toowoomba’s Cobb & Co Museum and at the 2018 USQ McGregor Summer Arts Retreat.
Currently, I enjoy working with copper, brass and silver, creating shapes and surfaces through experimentation rather than prescription. Thanks go to all of my teachers thus far. With so much more to learn, I look forward to continuing my journey of discovery.
This brooch refers to our efforts during this time of Covid, to step aside and keep a safe distance.
Side Steps (2020) 7cm x 4cm
Brass, Sterling silver, stainless steel.NFS
I have been interested in jewellery design since she took it as a minor subject in her Fashion Degree. I took the plunge to focus on jewellery design in 2014.
My work is quite visually strong and graphic featuring clean lines and contemporary, modern design. I appreciate minimalism and this features prominently in her work.
Over the years, my commitment to environmental sustainability has influenced my design process. Recycled and found objects feature in my work, and I source recycled metals as much as possible. The materials I use are varied, including silver and titanium, acrylic, plexiglass and plastic. Gemstones are a new addition to my repertoire. In terms of found objects, I have made jewellery utilising x-rays, vintage serving platters, plastic tubing, tea infusers, venetian blinds, and perfume sample bottles amongst other materials.
I believe that jewellery offers a perspective of the wearer, an opportunity to express oneself. Jewellery can be an expression of creativity, with both the wearer and the maker gaining pleasure from a piece. A piece of jewellery can tell a story or act as a memory. Jewellery can also be a wonderful conversation starter.
This series of five pendants were made to emphasise the fun and joy of kinetic movement. Inspired from a three dimensional card making technique, two small titanium disks slide along a hand sawn channel. The discs have been anodized to five specific colours on the titanium spectrum and matched with embroidery sewing thread hand spun into cord. Sterling silver rivets and clasps complete the pendant.
As the discs slide they make a satisfying clinking sound when they reach their end and need to turn around for their return journey!
Slider Pendants (2019) 5 x 35 x .5 cm
Titanium, Sterling Silver, Machine Embroidery Thread. $390
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In 2016, I founded Biografi Design as a contemporary outlet for my work, taking its inspiration from nature, my surround sings, and life’s stories along with modern design from the 60s to today. Pieces inspired by the timeless elegance of the 1920s and 30s cannot be ruled out either. Completely moved by the works of Vivianna Torun (Swedish), I travelled to Biot, where Torun had lived and created for several years. Biot is a hilltop community of artisans, overlooking the Mediterranean in the Alpes-Maritimes department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France and I cannot wait to return and commune there!
I am a Brisbane-based metalsmith, specialising in sterling silver jewellery and objects often set with semi-precious stones in either raw/rough, polished, or faceted form. I also work in copper, brass and occasionally gold. Metalsmithing has been a surprising but most welcome new adventure after more than 30 years spent in spreadsheets and databases.
Having a piece of jewellery or an object handmade as part of an experience, a memory, or a celebration resonates strongly with me. The experience may be an event, memories of a loved one, or good times shared, or anything that allows you feel emotion when it is worn or even just admired. Being asked to work on commissioned pieces is an absolute privilege especially when re-purposing treasured elements from the past.
Born from the inspiration of needing a little bit of sunshine in everything, especially this year, Solar Orbit has Scandi-inspired lines with its effortless curves surrounding the finger and sweeping upwards to hug a transparent orb of lemon quartz. The orb can be rotated around its horizontal access. For flare and fun, there is a patterned band sitting freely beneath the orb. This circle moves with the body but can also be moved manually whether that be mindlessly or mindfully as desired or required.
Solar Orbit (2020) Ring is size P1/2.
Recycled sterling silver, sterling silver patterned wire, and lemon quartz.
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Mari Hirata is a visual artist + silversmith based in Brisbane.
Since completing her MAVA at Queensland College of Art, Mari has exhibited in venues throughout Australia and overseas. Her practice over the years has revolved around photography, sculpture, installation, and silversmithing, and her works are housed in collections including the National Gallery of Australia (Canberra), HOTA (Gold Coast), and UTS (Sydney).
Mari has received ongoing mentorship under renowned Gold & Silversmith Sel Pilgrim since 2014, and has progressed onto developing a distinct style that responds to her surroundings and relational concepts, while reflecting the aesthetics and sensibilities of her Japanese cultural heritage.
Her wearable art pieces are currently stocked at the Museum Of Brisbane, Artisan, and Lorraine Pilgrim + Studio 87 (Gold Coast).
Leaves gently folding in the wind,
Dragonflies elegantly floating by,
Birds swiftly gliding through the air...
These are the things that come to mind when I look at Sway, a set of small pin brooches with movable leaves/wings that can be arranged and adjusted as desired.
Sway - 4 Leaf (2020) 35mm x 52mm x 8mm
Brass, Stainless Steel. $170
Sway - 6 Leaf (2020) 45mm x 52mm x 8mm
Brass, Stainless Steel. $180
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Imagination and inner creativity were my means of dealing with everyday reality in my childhood….I was immersed in my own world, giddily traveling down the rabbit hole of creation on many occasions, exploring traditional techniques passed down through my family lineage while also exploring my “no-rules” methods.
After graduating with Masters degree in Theater – Set & Costume Design at the Janacek Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno, Czech Republic in 2002, I took a leap of faith and made the move to Australia, the land of never ending horizon, red soiland an ancient rhythm of nature.
Merging European classic influences with the outdoor relaxed lifestyle of Australia formed the basis of my practice.
An important part of my creative process is the search for expression from materials, the contextual relationship. I strive to merge the industrial need for function and kinetic elements with the inspiration of natural forms and the Australian landscape.
Advocating sustainable practices and additive manufacturing with minimal waste and degradable materials.
Calling to carry less and create more.
Transforming small objects into a brooch, pendant, neckpiece wristband even a set of earrings, allowing the wearer to tell her/ his / their own story.
Creating objects as a form of communication, connecting with other people, places and art forms, opening a dialogue. I believe objects – touch – body – experience and visual storytelling are able to transcend languages.
Movement and Motion: For the theme Movement and Motion I have worked from shapes of my existing 3D/ OVA collection and transformed the ‘Spheres’ into a pin which can also be worn as a pendant.
‘Connecting and disconnecting in endless chase around it’s axes.’
The piece is :
. made on demand in variety of colors
Spheres (2020) 10 x 6 cm
Degradable starch corn based filament, steel, neodymium magnets, string. $150
I studied my jewellery design degree in my home town of Dundee, Scotland, graduating in 2005.
I first came to Australia in 2007 and have since lived in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka for several years before returning to Australia in 2017.
My linear designs show influences of Scottish Celtic designs and ornate Asian traditional designs. Line, open and repeating shapes are a recurring theme in my work. I sketch simple linear ideas then quickly move into metal, preferring to design and play with the silver and how it moves.
Studying Gemmology further ignited my passion for the beautiful unusual and natural gemstones I was then able to collect on my travels.
Sustainability is a central part of my life and work, I am always considering the lifetime of a piece. I believe in buying less, but buying quality pieces you love and looking after what you have. Educating people on how to fix and look after what they have and buying better to begin with.
Jewellery is for expressing ourselves, telling our stories, and remembering special moments. No matter what the piece, jewellery always has meaning and a story to the wearer.
This piece started with inspiration from a piece I made over 10 years ago - an Art Deco inspired Fan shaped hair piece. I wanted to recreate it but with the ability for the graduated petals to be movable. This gives the piece many different ways to be worn. I decided to add a pear Sunstone to the central fixed petal . This added to the feel of the piece being a beautiful moth, opening and closing it's wings.
WORKSMoth to a Flame (2020) 5.5cm x 4cm
Recyled Sterling Silver and Sunstone. $420
A born and breed Queenslander, my jewellery studio is currently set on acreage overlooking the beautiful Moreton Bay. I like to think of my style as naturally organic, I draw much of my inspiration from nature and as such endeavour to ensure all of my work practices are sustainable.
Nearly all my pieces have organic cast elements to them, I am truly fascinated by this process as it allows me to keep my practices sustainable. What I love most about organic casting is that no matter what you do every piece is as unique as a fingerprint. I love creating pieces that have a story, a history, pieces that allows the viewer/wearer to perceive the piece however it has meaning to them.
I like to keep it real, keep it ethical, keep it sustainable and keep it as unique as you are!
Inspired by the gentle breeze caressing the leaves of the tall Eucalyptus tree located within a stone’s throw from my studio door. The sounds, smells and sensations of stepping out into our beautiful backyard, never fails to relax me inspiring my imagination. This pair of earrings features broom cast studs which have been ball riveted to form folded leaves. This is a loose rivet to allow for movement of the leaf and the stunning Peridot teardrop bead nestled between the folds of the leaves. Our lifestyles have changed so much recently due to COVID and for me it has bought into focus how lucky I am to be able to have nature only a few feet from my studio in Thornlands.
Eucalypt Swing Earrings (2020) 60mm (h) x 20mm (w) x 15mm (d)
Sterling Silver and Peridot. $145
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