VIRTUALLY YOURS

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I am pleased to announce that – in conjunction with fine Melbourne-based jewellers Julia DeVille and Redivivo – my work will be presented May 5th-15th at Fallow in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, as part of the VIRTUALLY YOURS exhibition.

For more on the presentation, visit The Weekend Edition.

Can the voices of the living be heard by the dead?

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Cocktail Ring by Julia deVille

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.

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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.

ALLEGORY

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Please join me on November 7th for ALLEGORY, the Whitehorse Jewellery Graduation Exhibition and where I’ll be launching my new collection. I’ll be at No Vacancy Gallery, QV Melbourne, from 6pm.

If you can’t make the opening event, the exhibition is open from November 6th – November 17th. Visit the No Vacancy website for opening hours.

Whitehorse Jewellery Silent Auction

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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.

CAVE by Melbourne Metal Collective

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.