Wednesday, July 13, 2011

New Zealand Jewellery Show 2011

Some quick fire images of my piece before it flew to Wellington for the 2011 Contemporary Jewellery Awards where I am one of four finalist in this section with; Jane Dodd , Matthew McIntyre Wilson, Kvetoslava Flora Sekanova.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Neckware 8, Masterworks

Neckware 8
Group Jewellery Show
Thu, 7 Jul 11 - Sun, 24 Jul 11
Masterworks Gallery Ponsonby

Sarah Walker-Holt, Fiddlesticks, 2011

wood, vintage thread, copper, brass

Embracing my bricolage practice, I have utilised and dissected wooden kitchen utensils and reconfigured them into a single piece of jewellery. By giving the wearer options as to how it can be worn initiates a relationship with the piece. I have not dictated which is the back or the front while at the same time it can be worn either around the neck, by unravelling the cotton, or as a brooch. The brooch pin is not apparent as it is a nut and bolt that is hidden within the two pieces that complete it. The nut and bolt are a motif within my work that once again speaks of bricolage, by taking this mechanism from its everyday context and subjecting it into another where it is not ordinarily understood.

Lucy Pierpoint is also in Neckware 8, demonstrating her desire to transform obsolete technology materials into something precious by unearthing a form of splendour that lies within.

Lucy Pierpoint, Defy Obsolescence ,2011, audio tape, silver plate

Lucy will also be exhibiting her exciting and alluring current exploration with discarded Television sceens at Masterworks. Thu, 28 Jul 11 - Wed, 24 Aug 11

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Brooch of the Month Club 2011

Currently I am pleased to relay that Kristin D'Agostino and her entourage have invited me to participate in the 3rd Annual collaborative BOM project. Having watched the scheme grow over the past 3 years I can see how it has evolved nicely, as I expected Kristen intended, bringing New Zealand Contemporary Jewellery makers together with it’s patrons and admirers, that in turn expose our unique creations to a broader audience.

In Peter Dormer’s and Ralph Turners 1994, Jewelry as Theatre: Radical Departures, they state that,

“We all know that jewelry, like anything else a person chooses to wear, tells us about that persons taste and personality. But jewelry is rarely used by jewelers to make comment about the conventions and taboos surrounding the making or wearing of it”.[1]

They go on to applaud Otto K├╝nzli for, unlike others, addressing this as his context. As New Zealand contemporary jewelers of the 21st century this idea still prevails, purely from the perspective that as a culture the unawareness that is present around contemporary jewellery can be rather exasperating; I find myself consistently resisting the urge to justify to the layman why my art sits on the body.

People generally ask “why wear it?” but I ask “why not wear it?” One of the reasons I create my own pieces is a response to rejecting the “norm” or the “beige-ness” of a society in which I see us consumed. Just because a material object is created for a particular purpose doesn’t mean to say that this is where it should stay, I’m all for appropriating.

Doing something different takes courage and it is with great pleasure that I witness the pieces bravely worn by the wearers, commandeered by BOM, paraded in the wider community. I hope that this project antagonizes perceptions of what is acceptable or overlooked in our everyday, in the same way that fine art is used as a tool to question our awareness. Different isn’t something that should be treated with contempt but something that should be embraced and Kristen’s project definitely encourages this while exposing a great opportunity to constructively critique both the wearing and making of our work and hearten the contemporary jewellery community aspect of the applied arts.

[1] Dormer, P and Turner, R. (1994). Jewelry and dissent: Recent directions. In The New Jewelry: Trends+Traditions (rev.ed) (p178-184). London, England: Thames and Hudson