Tessa Blazey ‘Romancing the Stone’ @ Pieces of Eight

22 07 2013

Oh please, you must must MUST visit this exhibition! Tessa Blazey’sRomancing the Stone‘ at Pieces of Eight is beyond beautiful.

photograph taken with gallery permission

photograph taken with gallery permission

The exhibition design is completely gorgeous. A number of tableau with pyramidal and octahedron forms, minerals and little people exploring their landscapes – blue, white, black, dark silver, gold, bronze, pale green.

photograph taken with gallery permission

photograph taken with gallery permission

Exhibition media: “In this exhibition Blazey explores the geometric structures and landscapes of crystal and mineral specimens through mimicry and transformation. Utilizing raw curiously cut and mounted stones she frames each piece to mimic the stone that inspired it. To individualise each piece within the context of its miniature wonderland, Blazey has personified each piece by naming them after an iconic heroine.

photograph taken with gallery permission

photograph taken with gallery permission

For more images, see the Pieces of Eight blog.

There were many triangles in this exhibition, which I (unexpectedly) loved and wanted to take home. The rings especially were delightful, with their file marked metal surfaces contrasting to the sheer planes of the cut stones (though the uncut stones were in fact my favourite!).

photograph taken with gallery permission

photograph taken with gallery permission

For more Tessa, see her website and also my review of her previous exhibition.

There’s not a whole lot more I can say about this show – I loved it!

photograph taken with gallery permission

photograph taken with gallery permission

Tessa Blazey ‘Romancing the Stone‘ is at Pieces of Eight until 17th August 2013.





‘Cosmic Artefacts’ @ Pieces of Eight

16 03 2012

What better way to spend a sunny Saturday than wandering the streets of our beautiful city?

My planned route included a saunter past Pieces of Eight to see ‘Cosmic Artefacts’ (part of LMFF12 [link]).

installation

Exhibition media: “Pieces of Eight Gallery presents fashion designer Alexi Freeman and jeweller Tessa Blazey, collaborating on a major window installation and a suite of jewellery pieces that accompany the ALEXI FREEMAN AW12 ROCK STAR collection. The installation features their Interstellar Gown, constructed from approximately 600 metres of gold plated chain and 6000 jump rings meticulously embellished into a galactic flapper formation – fit for a sci-fi goddess to traverse the celestial sphere“.

In the top left is the Intersellar Gown [see their blog story for more information].
In the top right is the Relic Gown [see their blog story for more information and images].
In the bottom left are jewellery pieces in the style of the Interstellar Gown.
In the bottom right are jewellery pieces to match the Relic Gown.

Cosmic Artefacts‘ is at Pieces of Eight until 7th April 2012.





Tessa Blazey ‘Fabrication’ @ Pieces of Eight

2 09 2009

The latest exhibition in the window of Pieces of Eight is ‘Fabrication‘ by Tessa Blazey.

photograph taken with gallery permission

photograph taken with gallery permission

The display is like a little world of its own, with small men adrift in a landscape of enormous crystalline structures.

Most of the rings are square and either black or gold. The necklace elements are triangular or circular. There is a clear geometric theme!

The rings below have a focal point that looks to have been cast from mineral samples, some of which are exhibited alongside. It’s an interesting concept actually, and I particularly like the gold tourmaline crystal ring (pictured in the very bottom left corner in the image above).

photograph taken with gallery permission

photograph taken with gallery permission

Exhibition media states:
In ‘Fabrication’ Tessa Blazey creates intimate sci-fi worlds and geometric wearables through a series of new jewellery pieces for Pieces of Eight Gallery. Exhibited are two collections exploring her concepts of fabrication; the invention of a story or fiction and the process of manufacturing.
The collections are highly sculptural and unified by their common conceptual origins- Blazey’s fascination with mineral specimens, their formal geometries and structures. There is a striking contradiction of scale in the work which is both clever and playful. The ring series uses the process of casting, transforming complex and beautiful mineral specimens into miniature architectural worlds. In contrast to this, her series of bold chains manipulate crystalline structures and geometric forms to monumentalise the language of chain-making
.”

Tessa’s blog has some lovely images of her work; and the Pieces of Eight blog has fantastic photographs of the opening night [post] and a very interesting interview with the artist [post].

Tessa Blazey’s ‘Fabrication‘ is at Pieces of Eight until 12th September 2009.

Update (31st January 2010): Craft Vic blog has a story and some more images of Tessa’s work here.