Whitehorse Jewellery / Box Hill graduates ‘Allegory’ @ No Vacancy

14 11 2013

I do like graduate exhibition season; though would prefer it if Melbourne’s weather could sort itself out – I mean honestly, where’s the sunshine?!

Allegory‘ is the graduate exhibition of the students from Box Hill Tafe Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology (Jewellery); as a group they go by the title of Whitehorse Jewellery.



My initial impressions:

  • muted / restricted colour palette (with the exception of Megan Greenwood)
  • lots of silver
  • quite a bit of metal-smithing (a good thing) and especially copper
  • perhaps casting was a focus during their course?
  • No Vacancy gallery is a pretty big space to fill!

The accompanying (free) book is well produced. And I noticed this in the NMIT book too, that graduates are publishing contact details (email, site, facebook); while I’m sure this isn’t the first year this has been done, it’s worth giving it a mention and acknowledging that this is a good thing to do.

While talking about the book, it always makes me a little sad that the deadlines for photography and printing usually mean that the most complex and accomplished pieces are not able to make it into the booklet … this is by no means a criticism (I’ve had this happen to me too) and I can’t think of a solution, it’s just a little bit of a shame in terms of a representative keepsake.



Participating makers are (alphabetical by surname):

  • Man Chaing
  • Helen Diprose
  • Megan Greenwood [facebook]
  • Melanie Hilder [facebook]
  • Samantha Lee [site]
  • Tanya Louey
  • Alicia Hannah Naomi [site; blog]
  • Helen Paterson
  • Georgia Pignolet
  • Jesse Thomas

Many of the students contributed work to Lord Coconut’s recent ‘Melbourne Cufflink’ exhibition and prize.

Megan Greenwood's work

Megan Greenwood’s work

I especially liked Megan Greenwood’s object (right in the image above); and the raindrops neckpiece by Helen Diprose. My gallery-visiting-friend very much admired the work of Alicia Hannah Naomi [check out how much she loved them in her post]; I also like the rings that looked like they were from out-of-space minerals (maybe made by electro-forming or casting?). I also got a huge kick out of the artist statement for Jesse Thomas, especially the last sentence: “He blames Star Wars for this”.

Allegory‘ is at No Vacancy Gallery until 17th November 2013.

2011 silverspun‘ @ £1000 bend

2009 Peep Show‘ @ Self Preservation



2 responses

14 11 2013

Thanks for the link – great to see you today. I loved the “out of space mineral” rings too – pity they weren’t in the catalogue, am very curious about them…

15 11 2013

Thanks so much for visiting and writing your thoughts on our exhibition Karen! My Acicular rings are cast in solid silver and were constructed from an arrangement of hand-carved wax and organic material. x

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