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.