Works

2005 Make the Common Precious – neckpieces

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2005 – Tea tree shaving neckpiece – stained

This series was selected for inclusion into a group exhibition held at Craft Victoria titled ‘Make the Common Precious’ – curated by Kevin Murray.  Kevin subsequently wrote a book Craft Unbound: Make the Common Precious.

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2005 Neckpiece (detail) – stained tea tree shavings

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2005 Neckpiece – tea tree shavings, red paint

My partner had been making tea tree swords from tea tree collected  at friends property in Jamieson, Victoria.  I collected all the shavings and immediately got to work.

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2005 Neckpiece (detail) – tea tree shavings, red paint

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2005 Neckpiece – tea tree shavings

CAZ 1052005 Neckpiece (detail) – tea tree shavings

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2004 Souvenir – neckpieces

CG-032004 Made Elsewhere – woven labels, sterling silver

This series of work was made for a themed exhibition at e.g.etal called Souvenir.  I chose to make a series of neckpieces responding to the fact that there were at the time very few genuine, well crafted souvenirs of Melbourne available.  I had the labels made by Cash’s.

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2004 Not Made in Australia – woven labels, sterling silver

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2004 Not Made in Australia – woven labels, sterling silver

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2004 Made in China – woven labels, sterling silver

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2004 Made in China – woven labels, sterling silver


2003 Jewellery Light Box

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2003 Jewellery Light Box – painted/drilled MDF

This piece was in response to a Jewellery & Metalsmiths Group of Victoria annual members exhibition (not sure what happened to JMGV).  Each member was given a plain MDF box, open one end.  I turned mine into a jewellery light box… very difficult to photograph.

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2003 Jewellery Light Box – painted/drilled MDF

It was placed in its own alcove in First Site Gallery with the lights dimmed and the jewels glowing.  The designs were lifted from a book I have on Victorian jewellery.

2002 Sholto

104-0437_IMG2002 My best work to date!

2000 Imitate

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2000 Imitate – acrylic, stainless steel spring

This is a series of bracelets constructed from 60 identical machine cut 2D acrylic pieces around an expandable stainless steel loop. I attempted to make the first one by hand but could not get the precision that I required. I considered them to be exhibition pieces but also a potential limited production line.

CG-142000 Imitate – acrylic, stainless steel spring

The idea was to create an austere yet playful, beautiful wearable object out of commonplace materials. They are simple objects that speak about the possibilities of repetition, the interconnectedness of 2D and 3D geometry and their own purpose; as objects of desire, contemplation and adornment.

They are also designed to be more than this, they are objects that demand to be picked up, objects that seduce. These bracelets flow in a mesmeric way with the motion of the hand that holds them.  The series was extended with the development of neckpieces constructed out of 120 pieces (sorry can’t find images…slides!)

These bracelets were exhibited at a themed exhibition at Craft Victoria (when it was in Gertrude St) titled ‘Pick Up’.  They also featured in an exhibition at the now closed Quadrivium Gallery in Sydney where Elton John…sorry SIR Elton John bought a set of 4 for his jewellery collection.  Hilarious…just imagine Elton John buying some of your jewels…this is a true story, unfortunately I wasn’t there.  Apparently he obsessively buys and hordes so they will probably never be seen again.

2000 Sew it Seams

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2000 Sew it Seams-dressmaking needles, red glass beads

This piece was designed for a theme exhibition that ran in connection with the Melbourne Fashion Festival in 2000.  The title of the exhibition was ‘Darn it! I forgot to buy a new wardrobe’. My response was to use a tool of the tailor/dressmaker trade, the simple sewing needle and fashion at least 100 of them in to a series of jewellery pieces.

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2000 Sew it Seams-dressmaking needles, red glass beads

Needles are common place materials that are generally relegated to perform a task without any recognition of their significance. Where would we be without needles?  I employed repetition in an attempt to reinforce the concept.  Ironically a bride wanted to buy the neckpiece to wear to her wedding but the possibility of the piece causing injury was far too great.  I have since seen needles used in jewellery, some produced earlier than this piece and others produced after…makes me wonder how many ideas are actually out there.

1998 Family Duels

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1998 The Family Duels – mixed media

This piece is interesting as it was rejected from a group exhibition at e.g.etal I think around 1998-99.  Each artist was given a pearl (I can’t recall if it was a Kailis or Paspaley Pearl).  I had submitted my proposal and it was excepted but they obviously were not prepared for the organic nature of the final result. It was deemed ‘unresolved’.  The concept was quite simple…I asked each family member including nieces and nephews to send me 3 items they deemed precious or had some significant meaning in theirs lives.  I created a container for each family and the item had to fit thru’ the hole in the lid but not fall thru’ the hole in the bottom..this was a method of standardising the size of the collection which included fake pearls, sinkers, lego head, earrings, pills etc.  I strung these all together with the precious pearl (which is no longer included as I had to return it).

At the time it was rejected I was furious but had no choice but to accept the decision. This piece now seems very subtle and mild mannered but was obviously just too ugly for the contemporary jewellery scene in the late 90’s.

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1997 Slide Brooches – original Ilford slide cases and sterling silver

These pieces are a combination of found object and handmade.  The old slide cases came from my dad still with slides in them, sandwiched in between glass.

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1997 Slide Brooches – plastic SPEX slide cases ( a lego product) and anodised aluminium

The scale and flatness inspired me to make them into a series of brooches but rather than replace image with image I decided to use words.  The words relate to image making; photography and film.

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CG-17This series of  brooches won the Award for Jewellery in the 1998 Mornington Peninsula Craft Event.

1995 Tonight Live

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1995 Tonight Live – Hand forged, silver plated copper

This piece is interactive.  You light one match and it subsequently sets the rest alight and the entire piece begins to burn. As the matches burn out they curl up and the result is like that of a dead flower.

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1995 Tonight Live – alight!

The concept was a response to the fickle nature of coin slot entertainment and poker machines that rely on very small bursts of stimulation that are quite addictive.  The allure once again for a quick fix.  CG-09

1995 Tonight Live – dead, burnt flower!

This is an entertainment piece that has a very short life span. Once is not enough. You are left with the feeling of wanting to do it one more time however there is effort in obtaining the result.  Once set up it is just the flick of the match but can you be bothered?

1995 Straw Cutlery

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1995 Straw Cutlery – Anodised aluminium

Each piece is made from tube, no material has been added, material has simply been removed, cut and forged into shape. Selected for ‘Production Reproduction’ an exhibition of jewellery and metalwork held at Gallery 101, Melbourne (now closed). This was my first selected exhibition. They were also selected for Talente ’97, Munich, Germany.

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1995 Straw Cutlery – Anodised aluminium

The form of these pieces was inspired by a simple drinking straw. I have strong childhood memories of drinking through a straw and the experience of the rush of chocolate QUIK that would explode intermittently with every suck.  With each mouthful I would savour the flavour.

The idea for the straw cutlery series was directly informed by this experience and was designed in an attempt to slow the eating process down.  I wanted to force consumers to cut small portions and therefore savour every flavoursome mouthful as I had done as a child.  To subvert the concept of ‘’take-away’ and ‘a quick bite” and return to the ritual of eating and enjoyment of actually tasting the food.

I believe if we forced consumers to eat McDonalds with this cutlery, it would be the recognition of the poor taste and quality that would kill the experience before that of frustration.

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