30 January 2009, 10:00 AM
01 March 2009, 03:00 PM
|Where||Heathcote Museum & Gallery|
|Contact Name||Haylie Clark|
|Contact Phone||(08) 9364 5666|
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City of Melville residents and visitors have a chance to explore the creations of three contemporary jewellery artists exhibiting at Heathcote Museum and Gallery for the first time from Friday, 30 January to Sunday, 1 March.
As part of the exhibition, titled Precious Makers, Carolyn Gorman (Fremantle), Carrie McDowell (Greenmount) and Brenda Ridgewell (Shelley) will each present a series of unique jewellery pieces alongside related limited edition works.
Carrie and Carolyn both studied at Curtin University of Technology, where Brenda is coordinator of the jewellery department. Carrie said Brenda worked mainly with sterling silver, while she and Carolyn used other materials, such as acrylic and fabric. “My work often focuses on turning a non-precious material into something wearable and giving it preciousness,” she said. “In creating the jewellery for this exhibition, we all hope to increase its scope, making it accessible to more people.”
The premise for the show is borrowed from the fashion world where exclusive ‘haute couture’ pieces form the inspiration for more accessible production-based pieces. Hung in a gallery, the works are to be enjoyed both on and off the body.
The three women are united in their belief that contemporary jewellery pieces are not only stylish and unique conversation pieces, but works with artistic integrity. They also feel the closeness of a piece of jewellery provides an intimate way for a person to engage with art, as well as adorning the wearer with an artwork that distinguishes them and expresses individuality.
Acting Curator Gina Capes said that the jewellery exhibition was a wonderful way to kick-start the 2009 Heathcote exhibition program, which would be showcasing a diverse range of contemporary exhibitions throughout the year. “Precious Makers follows on from the highly successful Link jewellery exhibition of 2008; this time focusing on the works of three very talented local jewellers,” she said. “Visitors can expect unique and exquisite works of a very high technical and professional standard.”
Heathcote Museum and Gallery is located at Swan House, Duncraig Road, Applecross. Open hours are 10:00am to 3:00pm, Tuesday to Friday, and 11:00am to 3:00pm on weekends. Phone 9364 5666 for more information.