4 by 5
Zedi Hair, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia.
4 by 5 showcased a collection of jewellery and objects inspired by Melbourne’s shifting seasons, overlayed with the city’s obsession with all things black.
Melbourne life is defined by its seasonality and unpredictable weather which famously rearranges itself on a daily basis. Likewise, Melbournian fashion is as diverse and changeable as the city’s turbulent weather cycles. And yet, one single unifying element ties our city’s aesthetic together. Above and beyond passing trends and disparate subcultures is a ubiquitous love for one particular hue – black. Far from encouraging conformity, this city’s penchant for black is the foundation block for a style culture that celebrates individuality and adores quirkiness.
Taking inspiration from the immediacy of the seasons that we experience daily, tinted with shades of black, this group exhibition presents our portrait of this unique city.
This collection seeks to evoke the seasons of Melbourne by exploring the lifecycle of the plant world. Although the built environment of our urban landscape changes very little as we move through the seasons, it is through our city’s flora that we witness the colours and textures of the city transforming.
The cycle begins with the awakening of spring: seeds germinate and cells divide; new life emerges and new growth sprouts from the earth, rich with energy and budding potential.
Next is the flourish of summer: plants stand strong and tall, abloom, and rich with colour and pattern. Perfume and nectar entice the insect world to weave their magic with the pollen.
Following is the harvest of Autumn: As the cool nights bring colour to the leaves, the plant world begins to quieten. Spent blooms evolve into ripening fruit and energy becomes focused on nurturing the seeds growing within.
And finally, the repose of winter: As the days shorten and the wind cools, the natural world releases a collective exhalation. Empty vessels sway gracefully on bare trees as pods open to release their seeds back to the earth, awaiting warmer days to begin the cycle anew.
Bini Gallery, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia
E|merge holds multiple meanings. For ten new NMIT graduates (Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology- Jewellery), it explores the emergence of individual jewellers, coupled with the merging of a group which is stronger than the sum of its parts. The individual nurtures the group and in return, the group brings strength to the individuals.
At an artistic level, E|merge explores the practice of combining materials to create objects which are greater than their components. Through the artists’ work, the boundaries of the elements are blurred and entirely new creations emerge. From intangible ideas, tangible pieces are made manifest by the maker’s hand.
My current work explores the fusion of different metallic elements and the merging of discrete boundaries into new, solid forms. These pieces arose from an exploration of the inherent qualities of metal and the ways it can be manipulated with heat and pressure. This reveals the fluidity and malleability of metal which contrasts with its density and rigidity.
The simple, wearable design of these pieces encourages a relationship between the wearers’ movements and movement within the objects.