In what may be a first, I’ve managed to actually visit an exhibition in its first few days. I know; it is excellent.
It’s a lovely bright space; I like this better than the previous venue for its light and the partitions/walls make the experience less daunting or visually overwhelming.
First impressions include:
- more variety of materials
- less high-polish (that’s a good thing in my personal opinion)
- more lyrical pieces
- not as much enamel this year
- … and of course the high quality construction is still a constant of NMIT graduates.
- and most especially gorgeous, a few examples of opals as a gem of choice. Perhaps this has had something to do with last year’s Part B exhibition ‘Oh Opal!‘ and Kim Victoria’s recent collections.
Participating makers are (alphabetical by surname):
- Sally Balfour, Zoe Beman, Jeremy Bryant
- Samantha Carr, Linda Clark, Tom Corbett
- Adrian Dyson
- Sarah Gibson, Anna Maidment Gray
- Arlia Hassell, Imogen Hobbs, Verity J Hollingworth, Sian E. Horrocks
- Yu Ishito [site]
- Takako Kajiya [site], Michael W Kilner, Jana King
- Willem Asher Payten, Kim Bach Pham [blog]
- Claire Renehan, Meegan Roberts, Marie Rose
- Beth Sayer, Gabrielle Sharp, Carmel Sheehy, Lizzie Slattery
- Dale Williams
- Sally Zurbo
Collections I most connected with include:
- Jeremy Bryant’s bold opal pieces
- Sarah Gibson’s geometric pieces, some with synthetic opals used to amazing effect
- Sally Zurbo’s earrings using choum iybsa, the shapes are lovely
- Yu Ishito’s whimsical enamel pieces are beautifully displayed
- Adrian Dyson’s amazing objects
Photos of some of these works are below … click on the ‘read more’.
‘33 Carat‘ is at Red Gallery until 23rd November 2013.
2012 ‘Kaleidoscope‘ @ Northcote Town Hall
2011 ‘Auteur‘ @ Northcote Town Hall
2010 ‘Forge‘ @ Northcote Town Hall
2009 ‘Mint‘ @ Northcote Town Hall
Update (11th November): I thought it may be interesting to republish the comment I wrote on this post today (for the super-lazy, who don’t want to click the ‘comments’ link .. you know, I like being helpful!):
“To add to my post, this year I felt something that I’ve had trouble putting into words; but I’ll try here (comments are more forgiving I think).
I think there was a genuine sense of individuality and personality and personal expression … in that it felt like I could feel something of the maker in the works, that I could sense a little of who they are … not that it’s not been there in previous years, but it seemed very evident to me this year. This is a wonderful thing, walking away feeling like you’ve ‘met’ the makers to a degree … I’m not sure if any of that makes sense … see what I mean about finding it difficult to put into words.”
Photographs of individual collections: