Find­ing jew­els from the land

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Louise Alling­ham

A ex­hi­bi­tion dis­play­ing unique pieces cre­ated in the Pil­bara by con­tem­po­rary jew­ellers will open in Perth to­mor­row.

The Worn Land: Four Con­tem­po­rary Jew­ellers in the Pil­bara ex­hi­bi­tion will be open for pub­lic view­ing at The Goods Shed in Clare­mont un­til Novem­ber 16.

Worn Land ex­hi­bi­tion cu­ra­tor and FORM re­gional man­ager Mol­lie He­witt said the ex­hi­bi­tion would dis­play con­tem­po­rary jewellery from four jew­ellers, none of whom had been to the Pil­bara be­fore.

“(The jew­ellers) have re­sponded to (the Pil­bara) land­scape through the cre­ation of works that are very tex­tu­ral, im­mer­sive and sen­sual,” she said.

“It’s about their bod­ies and our bod­ies be­ing in such a highly dra­matic land­scape like the Pil­bara.”

Through­out 2014, Mel­bourne based artists Yuko Fu­jita, Nicky Hep­burn, Pen­nie Jagiello and Natalia Milosz-Piekarska un­der­took a se­ries of res­i­den­cies in which they hosted work­shops for the com­mu­nity and cre­ated con­tem­po­rary jewellery in­spired by the land­scape.

Ms He­witt trav­elled to the Pil­bara with the jew­ellers and watched as they cre­ated unique pieces from the land.

“I was there while they were wan­der­ing through the Pil­bara and pick­ing up amaz­ing bits of shells or de­bris or crazy bits of metal that they found,” she said.

“They made these amaz­ingly beau­ti­ful ob­jects out of them — re­ally del­i­cate, in­tri­cate ob­jects out of what you’d nor­mally just walk straight past.”

Jagiello used ex­clu­sively what she had found on the land­scape to make her pieces which will be ex­hib­ited in Worn Land.

“She’s made these in­cred­i­bly, beau­ti­fully and del­i­cate and stun­ning art­works out of what is es­sen­tially lit­ter­ing the ground,” Ms He­witt said. “(She’s) kind of re­ally trans­form­ing these ma­te­ri­als that other­wise would do great dam­age to the land­scape into these re­ally beau­ti­ful trib­utes to the beauty of the land­scape.”

Ms He­witt said that the four artists’ com­mon knack and pas­sion for us­ing re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als in their work was the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind the project.

“The rea­son that we got them up there in the first place was to run work­shops with the com­mu­nity,” she said.

“What we wanted to do was give peo­ple the skills to make art­work out of ev­ery­day ob­jects with a min­i­mal amount of tools.”

“That’s why we chose those jew­ellers in par­tic­u­lar be­cause they all like to use found and re­pur­posed ma­te­ri­als in what then be­comes pre­cious con­tem­po­rary jewellery.”

Worn Land will tour to the Port Hed­land Court­house Gallery next Fe­bru­ary.

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Pic­ture: Bew­ley Shay­lor

Jeweller Pen­nie Jagiello finds ob­jects to use in her pieces on nat­u­ral salt flats in Kar­ratha.

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