Today I wanted to introduce our next exhibition ‘Six jewellers six ways’.
The show also happens to be part of the national jewellers and metalsmiths conference held in Brisbane this year. The show opens on 11th July 6-8pm.
As the title suggests the Six jewellers are Anna Varendorff, Julie Smeros, Jane Bowring, Bibi Locke, Danielle Boal and me! Most of which you might already know from their time in the workshop, working along side me on production work. The Six ways refer to experiments/techniques/habits and ways we like to create work.
The first jeweller I would like to introduce is Danielle Boal. I first met Danielle when she did work experience for Adele Arkell (jeweller buddy) and I back in the London Storage, Teneriffe studio days. After heading to Melbourne to study Gold and Silversmithing at RMIT, Danielle deferred for a few years to do a stint in London working at a commercial jewellers and travelling Europe. She returned to Brisbane and coming across the Ari Jewellery store front found her way back to the bench. Deciding to finally complete her degree at RMIT, Danielle again relocated to Melbourne and has since continued the plight of a maker at her southbank studio.
This is what Danielle has to say about her work in the show and the inspiration behind the work
‘I was in my studio rearranging. I started by stacking a few boxes, trying to create a bit of order in the chaotic mess. My attention was diverted though, when I found one of the boxes was staring at me. It had eyes and a mouth and even looked a bit surprised. In reality the boxes ‘eyes and mouth’ were just standard holes that all boxes have punched into the side to aid carrying. I thought it was funny how such simple shapes can so quickly be interpreted as a human face. And so the pondering led to googling… not surprisingly, many people have noted this, and there is a rather large family of box faces, and faces in all sorts of objects. It has even been neatly classified. Pareidolia -”The imagined perception of a pattern or meaning where it does not actually exist, as in considering the moon to have human features”. (collins dictionary) Intriguing! Well I thought so, as I stopped my cleaning of the studio, I now saw the order in it and began devising a collection of pendants instead’.
glazed ceramic, brass, cotton, polyester