This year's winter exhibition, Generic Ethnic, at Arbor in Brunswick is a pearler. It is currently on until Sunday 30th August, and there are truly some gorgeous and very wearable works on display and for sale, by some very talented Australian jewellers.
If you happen to make it down there, I encourage you to read the artist statements that accompany the works, it is full of some great information about many traditional and ancient jewellery making techniques.
Here's the lowdown on the pieces I contributed to the show:
"For this exhibition, I was interested in exploring ancient metal beadwork across the many cultures which are considered to have an ethnic aesthetic. From the earliest periods such as the Bronze Age, to the ancient civilisations such as Egyptian, Roman & Byzantine eras to name a few, metal beadwork has been prevalent, and in most cases the predominant basis for jewellery items. For these cultures, the significance of the beads often outweigh the details of their design, they may represent social status, were used as currency, or used to commemorate a milestone. For each of my pieces, I have streamlined a small selection of forms to keep a minimal aesthetic, so that the bead itself becomes the main focus."
All of the necklaces displayed are for sale, so if any take your fancy, forward any inquiries to Arbor