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July 14, 2014

Behind the Collection

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A bit of shameless self promotion here, but I thought I’d get to talking about some of the ideas behind the jewellery I make. It’s gonna sound like a whole lot of faff and pretentious crap, but I guess that’s inevitable coming from someone with an Arts&VisArts degree. Since this blog is akin to something like an online portfolio, a few purchases and the semester break has inspired me to share the concept behind my work.

The aesthetics:

It isn’t my first time making jewellery. I started making my own jewellery in year 8 with a group of friends for fun; we also sold them to a few of our peers for fun.
I’ve had experience working with metals and jewellery in my first year of my studies in Visual Art, but never saw it through because it was not what I initially imagined it to be.

It wasn’t till last year when I rediscovered  jewellery making after lusting over other Australian jewellers.

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The concept:

One polymer clay jeweller (without naming any names), claimed that the philosophy behind their jewellery is that they do not believe in “mass marketing”. I am by no means making any kind of accusation, but the popular geometric design seems to be reminiscent of jewels – something that symbolises desire, wealth, opulence. I therefore found it difficult to see how their jewels were not already loaded with implications towards mass marketing.

From these thoughts, I marked my folio with “Pop Art” and dabbled in the ideas of Andy Warhol’s works. In relation to the Pop Arts, I questioned other’s practice and the fine line between what is “Art” and what is purely and simply “reproduction”. Of course, and especially with fashion, it could be both. The line between art and mass production has been blurred for centuries and will always be reminiscent of the “Pop Art” aesthetic.

The “gem” shape has been scattered everywhere on Etsy. You can see them made in many different materials like wood and polymer clay in an array of colours and patterns. I began to wonder how I could set my own work apart from the others – and if I could do this to any extent, how do I present and convey my work so that this comes through? So far, I can’t say I have succeeded in doing this, but sharing this blog post with you all is one way of doing so.

Pop Art appreciates popular and material culture. I wanted this to be symbolic in the diamond shape – not just any geometrical shape. I also incorporated theme inspired jewellery – whether it be directly referencing familiar brands or other popular culture to further suggest that this jewellery is supposed to be holding a mirror up to contemporary society. By recreating the diamond shape into clay, reproducing something that is supposed to represent something valuable –  it becomes valueless as the same product multiplies.

To the future:

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I plan to make my online store more consistent by re-photographing my images so that they’re predominately the same.

The descriptions will also aim to gear towards “concepts and values” to match the philosophy behind my jewellery and place less emphasis on styling ideas.

Thank you for taking the time to read. Please leave a comment if you have any thoughts or if you just want to say hi! Always keep an eye out on all my social media sites linked above for new products and posts!

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In Art on
July 3, 2014

Portrayal Exhibition

Portrayal was a group portrait exhibition curated by Suzannah Henty and Miriam Arbus at Brunswick Street Gallery. Below is an excerpt from the exhibition description, and a list of artists who have contributed:

Portrayal, as an exhibition, will seek to situate itself within concepts of our contemporary inclination to examine/or respond to self (and) other’s images without preconceptions (gender, sex, race, religion, politics etc), and with a sense of the image provoking and dictating new contexts for itself.

Thinking about: self-directed/identified gender, post-gender, slippage in supposed categorical definitions (sex, gender, religion), the ability of a portrait to provoke political point, marital redefinitions, high/low aesthetic, Schizoculture.

Artists:
Bec Bigg-Wither
Rian Smit
Marianna Nigra
Greg O’Toole
Savina Hopkins
Ben Guy
Cal Alexander
Daisy Lewis
Joanne Braddy
Aleta Lederwasch
Siobhan O’Brien
Michele Newman
Tony Alston
Luisa Hansal
Justin A.F Perkins

I had the opportunity to exhibit at the gallery, however due to poor timing, I was unable to participate (which is a complete shame since the theme is so relevant to my work!) Hopefully I’ll be exhibiting some artwork soon……(eek!). The below are some of my favourite pieces.

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Spread across three walls are anonymous descriptions which match up to one of the portraits placed in the middle. I thought this was a clever way of depicting the way we see and judge people. How do we make the connection between someone’s life story, values, personality and their outward appearance? Does their expression say something? Their skin colour? Their age or gender?

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These paintings were done with inexpensive materials, appropriating popular images and reinterpreting them with a bit a mock humour to comment on societal issues. Four of the images pictured above can be seen from multiple angles.

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An incredibly loaded artwork which uses bandaids to create the form of a face. This work can be interpreted in many varying ways. My thoughts meandered towards the notion of ‘identity’ and the way it is constantly layered with hurt and happiness – we break and patch ourselves up again.

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A friend’s work, by Siobhan O’Brien (see more of her work and inspiration, here or here) explores gender stereotypes through a few family members. Each photograph has a narrative, and yet grouped together in a way that could create one cohesive story. Personally, I feel like this is successful because of how strongly contextualised the images are – these are, after all, a part of the way in which stereotypes are formed.

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I love the quality of the painting as it plays with both smooth and geometrical textures to capture light and form, but again (similar to the work with the bandaids) adds depth and meaning to the work. The faceted colours could indicate multiple facets of identity – and the naked form leaves no room for us to hide our true selves.

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We went to Hammer&Tong for lunch before this. It was a bit of a disappointment because we went such a long way, for a (dare I say) mediocre meal – even though the food was presented incredibly well! We definitely had to wait in line, it was packed. Seemed like it was a bit over-hyped, or maybe we just didn’t choose quite the right dishes.

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In Art on
February 25, 2014

Zack Seckler’s beautiful photography

When I first came across Zack Seckler’s aerial photographs, I instantly went on a hunt for more, hoping that somewhere in cyberspace there would be a higher resolution image so that I could use it as a wallpaper for all my devices. I fell in love with its etherial quality. If you visit his official website and read his “About” page, you’ll find that his humour reflects just as much in his photographs. He explores the extraordinary in the ordinary, the oddity in banal commodity, the strange in normality. It’s no mystery that his portfolio images are full of fun and irony, but also aesthetically beautiful with a great sense of colour and spacial relationship. What appeals to me the most is its simplicity; clean and even colour, and of course the way you have to sometimes look twice to see what’s really going on in the photo. I’ve always loved artwork that toys a little with the audience’s mind, that plays with perception and teaches us to see outside the box.zs21 zs20 zs19 zs17 zs16 zs15 zs14 zs13 zs12 zs11 zs10 zs9 zs8 zs7 zs6 zs5 zs4 zs3 zs2