Please join us for the opening of our November exhibitions from two interstate artists Jane Bowden (Adelaide) and Melissa Cameron Melbourne), come and give them a warm Sydney welcome!
November 5, 6 - 8pm
Exhibition running until November 26
m1 Jane Bowden 'Wrapped'
Bowden’s exquisitely handcrafted exhibition pieces are based on the process of applying textile techniques to metal. Woven forms such as bracelets, necklaces and rings are created with volume and density through the weaving and twining of fine wire. The incorporation of materials such as seeds and gemstones add an organic feel to the pieces, while the inclusion of stark geometric sterling silver squares, ellipses and rectangles add strength to the simplicity of each piece.
Bowden is a founding member of Zu design – jewellery + objects, a contemporary jewellery gallery, workshop and retail space in Adelaide that represents over 60 Australian jewellers. Her works are exhibited both nationally and internationally and have been featured in 1000 Rings and 1000 Wedding Rings and The Compendium Finale of Contemporary Jewellery Makers, 2008. Wrapped is Bowden’s first solo exhibition in Sydney.
m2 Melissa Cameron 'Iteration'
Geometry is the inspiration for Cameron’s hand sawn work, from the regular rhythmic patterns of architecture to the seemingly random fractals in nature. Her background in interior architecture founds her interest in built space, informing her jewellery with ordered layers and patterns that take audiences on a journey though structures.
Cameron works with sheet material, often sandblasted and blackened steel or a recycled material chosen predominantly for its existing appearance, such as porcelain, bamboo platters, antique silver cigarette cases or painted tin. The use of such irregular and patterned materials means that each piece requires careful and meticulous hand sawing.
The work is always cut to a precise plan which is conceived in AutoCad using the tools of Euclidean geometry; translation, rotation and reflection. Once sawn the shapes are strung together, achieving three-dimensions through the tension of the steel cable that connects the layers. When deliberately slackened the steel cable allows layers of pattern to move, making it seem as if Cameron’s conscientiously crafted piece has come alive.
Cameron holds a Master of Fine Arts at Monash University in addition to a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Architecture and has several years experience in interior, signage and industrial design. This is Cameron’s first solo exhibition in Sydney.
- Keep an eye out for interviews with our exhibiting artists on our blog: www.metalabgallery.blogspot.com
- Metalab Silversmithing Class Gift Vouchers now available, 2010 timetable launched in early December. Corporate classes for small group are also offered.