Sydney visit, part #1, Gaffa Gallery

20 09 2010

Well, didn’t I have a fabulous time in Sydney! Oh my, yes I did.

I didn’t have as much time on the Saturday as I had hoped. For when galleries only open at 11am, and one is flying back to Melbourne at 4pm for a much-anticipated dinner-date, there is not a lot of time to get around. So sadly the Powerhouse was dropped from the itinerary (very sad) and anywhere outside the city/Darlinghurst/Surrey Hills area was not a chance.

Luckily I had time Friday afternoon (after the not-so-awesome conference that day), so visited the lovely super-passionate-about-jewellery-and-her-gallery Zoe Brand at Gaffa Gallery.

Gaffa Gallery 1: Girls around the World

Exhibition media: “The Ten More Girls collective is an internationally faceted group of female artists who believe that they can make the world go round by creating beautiful unique jewellery & objects. For the third year in a row they are uniting to hold an annual exhibition of contemporary wearable art. … This year’s theme, Girls Around the World reflects the group’s interest in diverse cultures, their love of travel and issues such as globalization, international politics, the environment & human rights.

installation; photograph taken with gallery permission

I like the idea that these ten makers, who studied together, have created their third joint exhibition. It’s something I think many groups of students hold as a possibility of doing after they graduate, but rarely is it seen to be followed through with this many participants so well.

My favourite pieces include the map neckpiece by Jasmine Matus and the little-house ‘Daily Walk‘ neckpiece by A Mi Kim.

installation; photograph taken with gallery permission

installation; photograph taken with gallery permission

Gaffa Gallery 3: Donna Page ‘Felicity, Passion & Rapture’

I initially liked this three-part exhibition: the white satin reminding me of the soft folds only possessed by women, and the delicate text embroidery on the thin handkerchiefs. I am a big fan of hand worked embroidery, so was disappointed to realise that this was in fact machine-made embroidery … it took a little bit of the specialness away for me.

installation; photograph taken with gallery permission

Gaffa Gallery; Keeper Gallery: Duke Frost ‘Up Down Charm Strange Truth Beauty

Exhibition media: “Recently, Duke Frost has begun an obsession with Quantum Physics. He enjoys quark particles as they come in six flavours: up, down, charm, strange, top (truth) and bottom (beauty). He also makes a habit of collecting words, taking long romantic strolls in the park and offering elderly passengers his seat on the train.

installation; photograph taken with gallery permission

Duke Frost is an alter-ego of a prolific maker, and I understand the group of work was conceived and made within a matter of days. Very funny quotes typed on plywood – genius!


The above shows are at Gaffa Gallery until 21st September 2010.

Finally, what a great space Gaffa is. If I was in Sydney, I’d love a studio space here. If you’re in Sydney, make sure you visit if you haven’t already.

Update (22nd September): oops, I completely omitted the links to the jewellers I mentioned: Jasmine Matus and A Mi Kami. Both makers have mentioned my post on their blogs (thank you!) and I have also added them to my links page.



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