Jewellery has adorned the human body since time immemorial. It has fascinated us, bewitched us, caused murder and mayhem. We have coveted it. Over the ages jewellery has had many purposes beyond just ornament; as talismans, symbols of faith, tokens of love and esteem, trade guarantees and denoting status and authority.
Join us for a day of conversations about contemporary craft, jewellery and object making on Sunday 24 March 2019 at the City of Joondalup, and for workshops delivered by Claire Townsend and Sarah Elson, on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 March respectively. (Registrations open from 4 February 2019.)
We are delighted to partner with the City of Joondalup in the presentation of a public program to complement the JMGA-WA (Jewellers & Metalsmiths Group of Australia, WA) exhibition ‘ADORN‘ to be held at Joondalup Art Gallery 18 March-12 April 2019.
It has been a pleasure to connect with this group of makers over the last few months and to explore their motivations, plans and challenges, in preparation for this program.
DRIVEN TO ADORN – a forum for craft conversations
Pitching at the right level
Eminent jeweller and gallerist Katherine Kalaf will make a special presentation at the ADORN forum about her experience representing international and Australian jewellers and makers in her Cottesloe gallery, as well an insight into her incredible archive.
6X6: Six Slides for Six Minutes,
followed by a conversation about craft futures in WA.
Six contemporary jewellers and smiths will regale us with a snapshot of a particular area of their practice, prior to a panel discussion about future directions for the craft sector in WA.
Melissa Cameron recently returned to Perth after six years in Seattle. Melissa will share with us what she’s been up to and what she’s learnt on the other side of the pond.
Sarah Elson is this year’s recipient of the City of Joondalup Inside-Out Billboard Commission and a member of Art Collective WA. You may have seen her work in the City’s Community Invitation Art Award last year? After over 20 years teaching at Curtin, she’s embarking on a new stage in her career.
Bethamy Linton has generations of silversmithing in her blood. Bethamy provides insights into the historical progress of silverware and new ways of meeting the market.
Claire Townsend has over 20 years teaching experience and was instrumental in setting up Contemporary Metal with Philip Noakes. Claire is passionate about training and support for contemporary jewellers.
Alister Yiap works across a variety of design, art and making disciplines, from jewellery to sculpture. Alister is a well known face in the fashion and design world of WA; he balances award-winning creative work with ongoing teaching work at North Met TAFE.
Bracelet: Carlier Makigawa, sterling silver, 2003.
Neckpiece: Gillian Rainer, sterling silver, 2003.
Ring: Katherine Kalaf, 18ct yellow gold, amethyst and topaz, 2003.