Natalia Milosz-Piekarska ‘Immortal Morsels’ @ Pieces of Eight

26 05 2014

Natalia continues her exploration of the contemporary representation of ancient amulets in Immortal Morsels‘ at Pieces of Eight.

photograph taken with permission

photograph taken with permission

Exhibition media: “Throughout time and across cultures, folk have made use of an endless repository of enigmatic edibles, administering and worshiping them with the belief that they may house magical and medicinal properties. They have been used to heal, protect and alter our physical and mental states.
Whether flora or fauna, garnered from land or sea, some ingredients take on such divine eminence that the question could be asked, are they food of the gods, or are they gods in themselves?

The white paper landscape is evocative and whimsical … almost like a children’s book illustration. I initially wondered whether colour may have been more vibrant; though of course that would surely have overwhelmed the smaller delicate jewellery pieces.

photograph taken with gallery permission

photograph taken with gallery permission

The vitrine shows the smaller jewellery, and the window housed the large-scale and very colourful neckpieces.

Natalia has also decorated the high front windows – they look like marine flora!

photograph taken with gallery permission

photograph taken with gallery permission

Also see the Pieces of Eight blog with photographs of the opening night.
And read an interview with Natalia on Craft blog.
Make sure you visit Natalia’s website and tumblr.

Natalia Milosz-Piekarska ‘Immortal Morsels‘ is at Pieces of Eight until 21st June 2014.

17th September 2010: Karla Way and Natalia Milosz-Piekarska ‘Bad Beasts Do Not Harm Me‘ @ Craft Victoria

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Belinda Esperson ‘Raw Detail’ @ Pieces of Eight

21 10 2013

It was a strange coincidence to visit this beautiful exhibition on the day after the beginnings of the worst bushfires in NSW for a decade or so… the colourings of Belinda Esperson’s ‘Raw Detail’ ghostly display immediately connected in my mind to the devastation after a bushfire – the white ash, the blackened edges…

That’s in no way meant to take away from the beautiful work – it’s just the way my mind was working today.

photograph taken with gallery permission

photograph taken with gallery permission

Gum nuts are my favourite Australian flora, and are used to exceptional effect here. Sometimes the pieces were so camouflaged and hidden that the only way to find them in the vitrine was to use the identifying item-number near the ledge as a location pointer. I liked this aspect; I became a little more engaged with them, and the viewing became more like a kind of bush treasure-hunting.

Even prior to reading the exhibition media description, the inspiration and importance of the bush to Belinda’s practice was clear.

Exhibition media: “Raw Detail shows Belinda Esperson’s work in the context of its inspiration – the stark beauty of the dry Australian bush. Her jewellery captures the essence of the bush: the detail, fragments, tones, forms and textures and a sense of weathering integral to this environment, without replicating specific objects.

This exhibition has been inspired by two recent experiences: a camping trip to the outback of the dry tropics of Cape York Peninsula and the photographic exhibition Aftermath by John Gollings at the McClelland Gallery near Melbourne, depicting graphic aerial images of the devastated landscape left by the Black Saturday fires of 2009.

I hadn’t read the above before writing my introduction text to this post; I now understand why the connection was so immediate for me, and in a way it’s a relief that my interpretation wasn’t out of line.

exhibition media; click on image for original source

exhibition media; click on image for original source

Lately I’ve found myself tending towards delicate jewellery, those with a light touch … and so I was most attracted to the little forged and wrapped rings.

The neckpieces are quite lovely and displayed with impact in the windows of the gallery (unfortunately I found it difficult to get a good photograph due to reflections and such).

See the Pieces of Eight site and blog for more images of the work.
The exhibition also been written about by HandMadeLife.

Raw Detail‘ is at Pieces of Eight until 9th November 2013.

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.

Kim Victoria Wearne ‘Volcanic Opulence’ @ Pieces of Eight

4 10 2012

Another lovely jewellery exhibition at Pieces of Eight… Kim Victoria Wearne‘s Volcanic Opulence‘.

The pieces here are mostly precious metals and stones … and eminently desirable!

photograph taken with gallery permission

I’ve been reading Kim’s blog for some time now, and particularly like her approach to rings – her chosen shapes and textures.

Given my recent experience with opals – the ‘dag’ of the jewellery world – I feel even better placed than before to appreciate the opal rings in this exhibition … they’re a wonderful modern (sorry, I don’t usually like that word) take on the stone and I think they’re beautiful.

photograph taken with gallery permission

Exhibition media: “I am exploring the idea of the volcano: not as a destructive force, but rather as a romanticized metaphor for potential. The volcano is a beautiful and mysterious geographical mass that is eventually unable to contain its glittering and molten interior. It explodes and projects forth a resplendent shower of passionate, fiery beauty that overwhelms all in its path.

Kim has also shared some images of the work in this exhibition on her blog – it’s worth your time to have a look!

Kim Victoria Wearne’s ‘Volcanic Opulence‘ is at Pieces of Eight until 6th October 2012.

Peta Kruger ‘This Fool’s Gold’ @ Pieces of Eight

28 09 2012

I first developed a bit of a jewellery-crush on Peta Kruger‘s work on a Sydney trip a few years ago.
Her current exhibition ‘This Fool’s Gold‘ is in the windows of Pieces of Eight.
It’s totally gorgeous – playful and colourful and joyous.

photograph taken with gallery permission

If only I’d got to the exhibition sooner, perhaps I could have taken home the absolutely adorable painted container in the top-middle of the above image.

Exhibition media: “Her new work, created exclusively for this exhibition, comprises entirely of painted brass works, demonstrating a continued link between her practice as an illustrator and jeweller. These wearable works are lively, and informed by her much loved jewellery collection from childhood.

photograph taken with gallery permission

The central neckpiece is fabulous. For me, the neckpieces and painted objects were the standouts.

And painted cut crystal/glassware – why didn’t I think of that! Genius. Love it.

Make sure you spend a little time looking at her website, so much to like.

Peta Kruger’s ‘This Fool’s Gold‘ is at Pieces of Eight until 6th October 2012.

Why so sad?

1 09 2012

Today is the last day for David Neale’s Love Letters‘ at Pieces of Eight … and I’m not going to make it. That’s why I’m sad. Very sad. Seriously.

I greatly admire David’s work – his approach, his humour, his interest in traditional making, how restrictions have inspired him to create adaptations, and his writings.

So I’m incredibly sad I cannot get along to see his ‘Love Letters‘ exhibition in its collected glory. His writing about the exhibition (below) is touching and I completely understand it… and I want to go (*stamping feet*).

Thankfully David has been generously sharing images and posts about his work on his blog – how ridiculously adorable is the pea-pod pendant?! I hope he shares more of the pieces in the exhibition, so I can vicariously pretend I actually saw it in person… pretty please David…

exhibition media; click on image for original source


Exhibition media: “David Neale explores the idea of jewellery as a conveyor of love. With love being so lofty, and jewellery being so material, Neale tries to navigate pitfalls common jewellery such as superficiality, bombast, vanity, and the design challenge that jewellery needs to be partly “empty” to allow givers and wearers to bestow their own meaning to it.

A good question for the goldsmith is:

What does jewellery do?

It is very often sent as gift to say “I love you”- like a three-dimensional love letter.
So the next question for the goldsmith is one of design;

How can I make jewellery that is ready for this mission?

True, this will come down to typical decisions about materials and shapes and ergonomics, but in this quest the goldsmith must seek, above all, to imbue the attributes of generosity and dignity, eloquence and concision- and perhaps most elusively; some sort of draught; a capacity to carry love’s message, without forgetting it, without talking over the top of it, not crushing it- but holding and delivering it at the same time- for as long as possible.

David Neale 2012


‘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]).


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.