LINK - new directions by ten contemporary jewellers

Helena Bogucki, Claire Brooks, Kim Christian, Carolyn Gorman, Jessica Jubb, Nicole Lance, Carrie McDowell, Claire Moody, Leah Tarlo and Fern Vallesi

11 July to 10 August 2008

A year in the making, 10 female Western Australian jewelers are showcasing new contemporary jewellery works. All come from diverse backgrounds. Some are trained, others self-taught and one is a fourth generation silversmith.  This body of work represents the participants involvement in the FORM Contemporary Craft and Design initiative Designing Futures Contemporary Wearables Cluster

The opportunity to participate in the Contemporary Wearables Cluster has been important for everyone involved.  It has allowed them to build networks within the industry and begin to build sustainable practices.

This group of jewelers worked under the mentorship of Julie Blyfield, an Adelaide based silversmith currently a full-time partner in the Gray Street Workshop, and Jon Goulder, a contemporary furniture designer currently based in Perth.

Over a series of 5 workshops, the jewelers were immersed in design process, beginning with initial concept and working right through to finished product. The jewelers were encouraged to move out of their comfort zones, experiment with different materials and processes and develop new skills.

This exhibition is a showcase of the end results. 

The process may be complete, but these women will continue to sustain and support each other. They are now connected, they share a common link.