RMIT Year 3, Semester 2, Jewellery

20 02 2013

The final semester of our Bachelor of Art (Fine Art) in Gold and Silversmithing at RMIT had only two projects, one each for jewellery and silversmithing, and the objectives of these were for each student to pursue our own investigation.

My jewellery project continued on from my favourite project from second year, Gold.

Third year, second semester, Jewellery: Quilted Fragments

To quote the text I wrote in the booklet made to accompany the collection:
Hand-worked textiles are treasures of special significance: the labour involved, the care invested, the importance and preciousness imparted to the cloth, the creative expression traditionally associated with women, and the personal stories each cloth signifies.
Sadly the inherent fragility of textiles, and the need for our ancestors to re-use and recycle cloth fragments until they were threadbare, often means that this aspect of the past is rarely illuminated.  Museums gather and shelter many artefacts from the ages, but rarely textiles.
To date I have produced two small groups of wearable objects that ‘metallise fabric fragments’ – Gold Brooches and Quilted Fragments – translating textile memories into more permanent artefact, capturing their delicacy and preciousness.
The inspiration for both groups is seventeenth and eighteenth century quilting work of Provençe.  Citing the traditional use of local floral motifs, the first group features Wattle and the second False Sarsparilla: blooms of personal importance from my own childhood.  The focus is the metal fragment; the ‘frayed’ edges from the manufacturing process is exploited to strengthen the textile connection.  The second group explores the fragmentary nature further by presenting the pieces as a museum historian may attempt to connect them in a search for an overall pattern.

booklet, front page

booklet, front page

booklet, pages 1 and 2

booklet, pages 1 and 2

booklet, page 3 and 4

booklet, page 3 and 4

booklet, pages 5 and 6

booklet, pages 5 and 6

I’ll write more about the pieces shortly. In the meantime, I’ll hide some more photographs below (if I publish them in the main body of this post, your computron device may implode!).

… last post in this series: RMIT Year 3, Semester 2, Silversmithing update
… see more projects from RMIT Year 3 here

booklet, pages 7 and 8

booklet, centre pages, 7 and 8

booklet, pages 9 and 10

booklet, pages 9 and 10

booklet, page 11 and 12

booklet, page 11 and 12

booklet, pages 13 and 14

booklet, pages 13 and 14

booklet, back cover

booklet, back cover


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