Nicole Polentas ‘Reinventing a Sense of Place. Crete and the Jewellery Object’ @ RMIT School of Art Gallery

17 04 2015

Regular readers will know of my bold parochial support of the beautiful souls I studied my RMIT degree with … and it’s with immense pleasure I visited one of our number’s PhD exhibition today.

Nicole Polentas has studied with passion and intense commitment for just over ten years now, and it is beyond incredible to see selected pieces from over the years in one place: ‘Reinventing a Sense of Place. Crete and the Jewellery Object‘.

exhibition installation

exhibition installation

It was unexpected, but I confess I was a little emotional walking through the exhibition. I remembered the first time Nicole experimented with her now-signature text ribbons; there are only a few moments when you can say you were there to witness the start of something beautiful.

The pieces are without question extraordinary; the exhibition design gorgeous and perfect.

exhibition installation

exhibition installation

I completely adore the constructs that underpin the front-facing elements … clean lines and beautifully executed. And her exploration of more colouring in her work is promising and brings an extra dimension; I especially like the pinks and greens. The materials listing is interesting in that it includes ‘Greek coffee’ and I wondered where it was used, perhaps in the resin components?

exhibition installation

exhibition installation

The work is personal; the stories close to the surface; her sharing generous and genuine; her intent clear.

I must admit to perhaps being too close to Nicole and her work to give an objective reading of the exhibition [though in reality, I rarely give objective do I(!)]. I think that knowing the artist means I see more layers in the work than a new observer may (maybe) and am too connected to be able to offer anything other than superlatives.

exhibition installation

exhibition installation

I do hope that in time her exegesis will be available for public reading.

I offer Nicole my warmest heartfelt congratulations and look forward to seeing her continued explorations and shows!

Reinventing a Sense of Place. Crete and the Jewellery Object‘ was a one-night-and-day only (examination) exhibition.

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In the beginning…

3 04 2015

I’ve previously written about the first project in which I made the woven silver-paper element I’ve been working with for years now.

Recently, inspired by my strong connection to Emma Fielden’s work, I’ve revisited the visual diary and research from that project … and started perhaps to toy with new ideas.

This is my first working example of the weaving, from way back in 2004 … I tried to figure it out in paper first, then a (I now think rather terribly awful!) attempt in cloisonné wire.

first weaving play; image not to be reproduced without express permission

first weaving play; image not to be reproduced without express permission

Humble beginnings.

My lecturer at the time was especially taken with the paper weaving …. what do you think?





Hoorah: 6 years

1 03 2015

Today is my sixth anniversary … six years since I started writing this blog.

The first anniversary called for paper (traditional) or clocks (modern).
The second anniversary called for cotton (traditional) or china (modern).
The third anniversary called for leather (traditional) or crystal (modern).
The fourth anniversary called for fruit or flowers (traditional) or appliances (modern).
The fifth anniversary called for wood (traditional) or silverware (modern).
This sixth anniversary calls for iron (traditional) or wood (modern).

Perhaps to celebrate, an image of the only piece I made during my RMIT degree that included a wood element : Ring for Priest, Martin, 1522.

J#4: ring for priest

J#4: ring for priest

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Art Jewellery Challenge, day 4

24 01 2015

Facebook Art Jewellery Challenge was started by Donna Greenberg in the hope of capturing a diversity of what is happening around the world of art jewellery. I was nominated by Claire O’Halloran (thank you lovely!) so for 5 days I will show some of my jewellery and each day I will also nominate another artist to show us their jewellery.
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Day Four : Exhibit #5, Quilted Fragment (2006) ; “The motif used in these fragments is strikingly similar to that in Exhibit #1.  As such, the two groups together have been used to derive a possible detail of the extended pattern.  The black colouring of the textile is most unusual for this region, with most work done in white or brightly colour fabric.  As such, these fragments are somewhat of a rarity.”; another piece from my third year jewellery collection
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Today I nominate Marina Antoniou Jewellery, to show us one of her beautiful creations and nominate an inspiring jeweller every day for five days. ‪#‎ArtJewelleryChallenge‬

image not to be reproduced without permission

image not to be reproduced without permission

20Feb13 : RMIT Year 3, Semester 2, Jewellery
19Jun12 : My piece for ‘The Year was 2006
11Mar13 : RMIT Year 3, Semester 2, Jewellery, continued
01May13 : RMIT Year 3, Semester 2, Jewellery, even more
08Jul13 : Quilt detail
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Art Jewellery Challenge, day 3

23 01 2015

Facebook Art Jewellery Challenge was started by Donna Greenberg in the hope of capturing a diversity of what is happening around the world of art jewellery. I was nominated by Claire O’Halloran (thank you lovely!) so for 5 days I will show some of my jewellery and each day I will also nominate another artist to show us their jewellery.
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Day Three : Avebury, Wiltshire, England (2006) ; one of four objects made for my third-year silversmithing project
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Today I nominate Suzi Zutic, to show us one of her beautiful creations and nominate an inspiring jeweller every day for five days. ‪#‎ArtJewelleryChallenge‬

image not to be reproduced without permission

image not to be reproduced without permission

26Feb13 : RMIT Year 3, Semester 2, Silversmithing
18Mar13 : RMIT Year 3, Semester 2, Silversmithing, continued
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Art Jewellery Challenge, day 2

22 01 2015

Facebook Art Jewellery Challenge was started by Donna Greenberg in the hope of capturing a diversity of what is happening around the world of art jewellery. I was nominated by Claire O’Halloran (thank you lovely!) so for 5 days I will show some of my jewellery and each day I will also nominate another artist to show us their jewellery.
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Day Two : Exhibit #2, Quilted Fragment (2006) ; “These fragments show a pattern typical of the area in which they were found.  The home in which these were found had been fire damaged, as evidenced in these textiles.”; this is one of the pieces from my third year jewellery collection
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Today I nominate Kara Breadmore, to show us one of her beautiful creations and nominate an inspiring jeweller every day for five days. ‪#‎ArtJewelleryChallenge‬

image not to be reproduced without permission

image not to be reproduced without permission

20Feb13 : RMIT Year 3, Semester 2, Jewellery
19Jun12 : My piece for ‘The Year was 2006
11Mar13 : RMIT Year 3, Semester 2, Jewellery, continued
01May13 : RMIT Year 3, Semester 2, Jewellery, even more
08Jul13 : Quilt detail
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Art Jewellery Challenge, day 1

21 01 2015

If you’re on Facebook you’re probably already aware of #ArtJewelleryChallenge.

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Facebook Art Jewellery Challenge was started by Donna Greenberg in the hope of capturing a diversity of what is happening around the world of art jewellery. I was nominated by Claire O’Halloran (thank you lovely!) so for 5 days I will show some of my jewellery and each day I will also nominate another artist to show us their jewellery.
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Day One : Gold Brooch, 2005 ; this was made during the second year of my RMIT G&S degree, and this group of four brooches are still among my favourite pieces; they were inspired by the quilts of Provence and the pattern refers to wattle flowers
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Today I nominate Julia Storey, to show us one of her beautiful creations and nominate an inspiring jeweller every day for five days. ‪#‎ArtJewelleryChallenge‬

image not to be reproduced without permission

image not to be reproduced without permission

05Oct09 : My gold brooches
27Jul09 : The 100th post!
18May12 : RMIT Year 2, Semester 2, Jewellery
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