Thank you to everyone who attended the Art Jewellery Network Jewellery Talks. This was is a lovely opportunity to meet and network with jewellers based in Ireland as well as get an insight into the practice of emerging and established makers. As part of the event everyone brought a piece of their favourite contemporary jewellery for the ‘Schmucktisch’. This provided a lovely chance to discover and discuss techniques, materials and inspiration.
We’ve had fantastic feedback from the public about our ‘Home’ Exhibition and it has been a real pleasure to work in partnership with convoi exceptionnel to created this exchange project.
The exhibition showcases the work of 9 Irish Art Jewellers alongside 9 Finnish Art Jewellers. Each jeweller has made a piece based on the theme of ‘Home’, the work was exhibited in Taidebunkkeri, Imatra,Finland; 4th to 30th August and in Belfast, Ireland; 1st to 31st October 2015.
The images below give an insight into each of the participants and the pieces they created. Click on each of the images and scroll down for descriptions/details of the makers.
Some photos of our opening night on Thursday. With special thanks to Rachel Dickson, (Course Director of Contemporary Applied Arts at the Belfast School of Art) for officially opening the exhibition. We will feature some more information on each of the jewellers involved during the month of the exhibition.
This is an art jewellery exchange exhibition between Convoi Exceptionnel (Finland) and Art Jewellery Network (Ireland).
The project explores the theme of ‘Home’. What makes you feel like home? Is home for you a place, a state of mind, a memory? How does nationality effect these feelings? Every answer is different – the exhibition will present 18 point of views by the means of jewellery art.
This exhibition showcases the work of 9 Irish Art Jewellers alongside 9 Finnish Art Jewellers. Each jeweller has made a piece based on the theme of ‘Home’, the work was exhibited in Taidebunkkeri, Finland 4th to 30th August and is now opening in Belfast, Ireland 1st to 31st of October 2015.
A big thank you to all the lovely people who came along to our Jewellery Artist Talk on 20th August at Space CRAFT.
A number of the jewellers who are taking part in our ‘Home’ exhibition came along to our artists talks to present an insight into their personal practice and the inspiration behind their piece for the exhibition.
There was a great turn out for this event with a diverse mixture of people from the general public as well as jewellers. The feedback seemed to convey that it was insightful to hear the jewellers talk about the process and concept behind their work. Presenting conceptual jewellery to the general public is a challenge in every project that we do. We hope that this event helped to provide an engaging insight into our exhibition. There are many interesting debates on the identity of art jewellery which makes this such an fascinating field to work in.
About the ‘Home’ Exchange Exhibition:
The exhibition showcases the work of 9 Irish Art Jewellers alongside 9 Finnish Art Jewellers. Each maker has made a piece based on the theme of ‘Home’. The work is currently on exhibition in Taidebunkkeri, Finland, 4th to 30th August and will be on show in Space CRAFT, Belfast, 1st to 31st October 2015.
With the refugee crisis in Mediterranean constantly in the news, the concept of ‘Home’ is a topical one. Is it something you take for granted? Is home for you a place, a state of mind, a memory? How does nationality affect this? Every answer is different – the exhibition will present 18 points of view through jewellery.
convoi exceptionnel & Art Jewellery Network proudly present:
Pohdintoja kodista & kansallisuudesta – Thoughts about home & nationality
Exhibition runs: 4/8/15 – 30/8/15
Mikä tekee kodista kodin? Onko koti paikka, mielentila, muisto? Miten kansallisuus vaikuttaa? Jokainen vastaus on erilainen – näyttely esittelee 18 näkökulmaa korutaiteen keinoin.
What makes you feel like home? Is home for you a place, a state of mind, a memory? How does the nationality effect? Every answer is different – the exhibition will present 18 point of views by the means of jewellery art.
AVAJAISET 4.8.2015 klo 18, Tervetuloa!! / OPENING 4.8.2015 at 18:00, Welcome!!
Taiteilijat / Artists:
HEATHER DORNAN WILSON
LOTUS DE WIT
The last ever Orpheus Jewellery & Silversmithing Graduates.
Sadly, despite the #SaveTheOrpheus Campaign the lovely 1932 building by Samuel Stevenson will be demolished soon. This made for quite a nostalgic visit to the degree show this year. It is truly a pity that yet another historic building will be destroyed in Belfast despite much public objection. We wish this years graduates all the best in their new adventures and best of luck to the current jewellery department with their big move.
Below is a little insight into Jewellery and Silversmithing graduates. A very varied range of materials and influences were represented with a mixture of object based work, conceptual jewellery as well as wearable pieces.
Project Linlon is on show in R-Space Gallery, Lisburn from 21st March to 18th April 2015.
This weekend I had the pleasure of attending an artist talk and workshop by Nora Fok as part of her exhibition at R-Space Gallery. It was lovely to get a chance to chat to Nora about her work, I haven’t met many artists who are as generous in sharing their knowledge. A lot of her techniques have taken years of research to bring together and this passion really comes across when you see her research collections. Carefully collected in handmade boxes these collections consist of beautiful natural/found and recycled materials. Seed heads carefully dissected and preserved show the visual link to the forms found in her work.
Through the talk we were given some background about Nora. Growing up in Hong Kong she left school early to work in a factory and attended evening classes to finish her secondary education. She initially studied and worked as graphic designer in Hong Kong before moving to England. In 1978 she went on to take a three year course in wood, metal, ceramics and plastics at Brighton Polytechnic. During her studies she specialised in lost wax casting and described how she found manipulating wax much easier than metal. Here she was introduced to unusual materials and free thinking opening up a way to contemporary jewellery. I love the dedication and patience Nora clearly has for her work. This is especially evident in her ‘Cloud Nylon’ neckpiece which took two years to complete. Nora mentioned that she would knit until her finger bled resulting in being forced to take a break to give them time to heal. She also described how nerve wrecking the dying process was which was done after the piece was completed, if this went wrong it would take three days to knit just one inch.
The exhibition showcases the results of her ‘Linlon’ project. The Linlon project was a collaboration between Nora, the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum and McConville’s Mill & Museum Dromore, County Down. Nora developed “linlon”, a linen and nylon mixed mono filament thread. As part of her research she grew her own flax from local seed and studied the various processing techniques before combining it with nylon. Using ‘linlon’ in combination with flax seeds, Galway linen, stems, beads, pearls and other synthetic polymers she created a number of bangles, earrings, and neckpieces. Images 1-4 below show some of these pieces currently in the exhibition.
Posted by Lotus de Wit
An art jewellery exchange exhibition between Convoi Exceptionnel (Finland) and Art Jewellery Network (Ireland).
We have been working together with the amazing Convoi Eceptionnel to create an international exchange exhibition project for art jewellers based in Ireland and Finland. 12 jewellery artists from each country will be selected to exhibit their work in the two countries.
Applications are invited from artists who have studied in, living in, working in or originally from Finland or Ireland. The work of selected artists will be exhibited in Finland during August and during Ireland in October.
For more information click here.
Surgery Gallery Opening
The Surgery Gallery is a new venture by AJN co-founder/jeweller, Robyn Galway. Previously a doctor’s surgery in Belfast these space have been converted to a gallery and studio spaces.
This month we had a little Christmas get together and a last chance to see the Chain Reaction work on display. Thank you to all the lovely jewellers who took part in this project!
Thank you to all the lovely people who sent us their art-jewellery-selfies! It was amazing to get such a diverse response from all over the world.
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