Overview / Brooches turn into excitingly modern

“Instruments for Life”, by Melissa Cameron… These helpful little objects could be worn, and utilized in instances of emergency…

RECENTLY I learn that brooches are again in vogue, although the very fact they’d dropped out of vogue apparently handed me by.

Whereas they’ve been widespread with me they haven’t been so widespread for males and Bilk is encouraging extra males to adorn their chests with brooches and pins.

Brooches are maybe the simplest piece of jewelry to have and put on – as a wearer they can assist change your look, as a viewer they may provide you with a clue to what the wearer is pondering. On this enigmatic combine we’ve got the maker – certainly an important participant.

Bilk has assembled a formidable group of jewellers for this exhibition.

Helen Aitken-Kuhnen and her apprentice, Jasmine Watson are exhibiting enamelled items. Helen is revisiting a kind that she made a few years in the past, and the fluid, natural form in gentle, pale colors is as profitable now because it was then. The brooches have a velvet-like smoothness, the colors quietly mixing into lighter and darker shades from the perimeters to the centre. The silver touches give the perimeters definition and spotlight the shape.

Jasmine is utilizing a seemingly conventional technique of defining the enamel colors. A curved silver body is stuffed with enamel. The brooches are timeless.

It’s a deal with to see Eugenie Keefer Bell’s work. 4 “Stardust Brooches” in silver sparkle with tiny items of silver scattered excessive. The glittery floor curves, catching the sunshine. These elegant brooches might simply be worn by a girl or a person.

“Trophy Spouse Barbies”, by Annelies Hofmeyr… They’re enjoyable, however scary on the identical time…

Brooches could be humorous, whimsical and plain enjoyable. Trophy Spouse (Annelies Hofmeyr) is displaying three “Trophy Spouse Barbies”, to whom she has given names. They play on the idea of a trophy, being mounted on a picket defend, and all put on horns. They’re enjoyable, however scary on the identical time.

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Much less in-your-face however simply as whimsical are 4 “Identify Work Badges” by Nick Bastin, that are additionally named. Though primarily based on the frequent form of a reputation tag worn by staff in a wide range of industries, they don’t determine the wearer.

Melissa Cameron has repurposed a number of instruments titled “Instruments for Life”. These helpful little objects could be worn, and utilized in instances of emergency and embrace a “Hex Key”, a “Bottle Opener” and a “Bike Wrench”.

Panjapol Kulpapangkorn, a Thai designer who was just lately awarded Thai Designer of the Yr, 2017, is adapting cigarette lighters for 2 brooches “I gentle you, 2014” and “I gentle, 2017”. I imagine that artists who can create humour out of waste have a particular place on this world.

The exhibition consists of many different well-known Australian jewellers whose work is thrilling, enjoyable and superbly executed. The supplies are numerous and embrace glass, silver, wooden, metal, basalt, PVC and titanium.

Come on guys – get with the energy and purchase a brooch!

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Ian Meikle, editor