In the midst of exhibition-preparation-madness, I was invited to attend an intimate supper with renown Melbourne-based jeweller and taxidermist Julia deVille to celebrate the launch of her own exhibition, Can the voices of the living be heard by the dead. The presentation was hosted by iconic Melbourne jewellery gallery e.g.etal and comprised of a 60 piece collection of engagement and cocktail rings, necklaces and bracelets composed of multiple clusters of classic claw-held precious stones.
Works featured asymmetrical arrangements of diamonds (white, cognac & black), sapphires, emeralds and rubies combined with larger cushion cut lemon quartz, London blue topaz and garnets – to name a few – set in 18 carat gold draw upon motifs from Renaissance, Baroque and Victorian jewellery tradition.
Julia’s work is informed by the acceptance of death expressed in Memento Mori jewellery of the 15th to 18th centuries as well as Victorian Mourning jewellery. At the supper, Julia explained that it was her intention for the pieces in the collection to become heirlooms, passed down from generation to generation – a communion between the living and the dead.
It was an honour and a pleasure to be asked to attend the event, not only to have the opportunity to preview the show but to also have the opportunity to meet with a long admired and respected icon of mine.
Event images by Megan Harding Photography
As a student jeweller, the novelty of getting to have supper after hours at e.g.etal was probably something I enjoyed more than any other of the attendees that evening. Known for it’s passionate commitment to promoting locally designed and handmade jewellery, the gallery represents over 60 Australian and New Zealand artists and designers. e.g.etal seeks to promote the essence of contemporary jewellery: a practice defined by considered research, conceptual ingenuity and intrepid technical diligence. The gallery has been at the forefront of establishing Melbourne as the contemporary jewellery capital of Australia, and one of the most vibrant jewellery communities in the world.
Although the presentation Can the voices of the living be heard by the dead is now closed, many of the works have been entered into e.g.etal’s normal retail space and can be viewed during normal opening hours.
My 2013 graduating jewellery class is proud to invite you to the Whitehorse Jewellery Silent Auction, to be held at New Guernica on Wednesday the 5th of June.
I have designed and hand-crafted three new pieces especially for the event, which I believe are my strongest works to date. They will be exclusively available to bid on at the event.
Also available to bid on are pieces that have been kindly donated from a selection of talented local contemporary jewellers, as well as pieces hand-crafted by the other graduating students. With reserve prices starting from just $50, it is a fantastic opportunity to secure a piece of beautiful contemporary jewellery for an amazing price and support the local emerging art and design community.
All funds raised at the event will go towards our graduate exhibition in November.
Viewing and bidding starts at 6:00pm.
Winners announced from 7:30pm.
Organised by jewellers, for jewellers, the Melbourne Metal Collective was launched in 2011. The collective is comprised of seven local designers – Henson, Young Hunting, Estelle Dévé, Hamish Munro and new to the MMC in 2012 – O.T.T by Lia T, Alexandra Blak and Maripossa.
All seven designers have developed their very own strong identities, and are carried by leading boutiques in Australia and abroad. While their aesthetics are very different (some work with neon latex, others with Perspex, others with silver and gold) there is somehow a harmony of their personal aesthetics when observing their work as a collective.
The designer’s most recent works are currently featured in a temporary space in Melbourne’s timeless Curtin House. For two weeks only, their pop up store: CAVE will be acting as cave of wonders, filled with intriguing jewellery, one-offs and other curiosities which have inspired their collections.
CAVE will be open daily from 12 to 9pm until the 25th of March.
Penthouse Mouse is a temporary fashion, arts and events space that affords emerging designers and artists the opportunity to showcase their current work during the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival (LMFF). More than just a shopping location, Penthouse Mouse brings together installation artworks, parties, live photo shoots and other random happenings in a collaborative, freeform and innovative format.
On March 13th and 14th PHM will play host to the False Economy Department Store, specifically for the perusal and shopping of coveted AW collections from a plethora of local talent. Resisting the urge to freshen up your wardrobe may fail but if you must be distracted, grab a coffee from Cafe Lavazza or quench your thirst with a Coopers62 beer and wander the venue to enjoy art installations from the likes of Kirsty Hulm, Kristen McIver and many more.