Confluence/ Influence – @ 15th Biennial JMGA Conference. A group exhibition at the Brisbane Square Library. Artists from JMGQ chapter: Pippin Blackwell, Ann Chadwick,
Adrianna Collard, Lisa Crispin, Pierina Curties, Julie Day,Dorreen Ferris, Ashleigh Hearne, Pat Holcombe, Kathleen Hunt, Cath Large, Jeanette Lee, Andrew Lowrie, Penny McIntyre, Sher McKain, AK (Anita) Milroy, Kathleen Moorwood, Lyn Mortensen, Jandy Pannell, Sue Preston, Paola Raggo, Karah Sinden, Katie Stormonth, Joan Teo, Barbara Vivash, Leigh Wagner, Margaret Wegener and Vanessa Williams.
In July 2013, JMGQ hosted the fifteenth Biennial conference of the Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia. The conference examined the notion of the participative community, the exchange of knowledge and the value of the collective. Reflecting upon this theme, the Confluence/ Influence JMGQ members exhibition asked participants to acknowledge the influence others have had on the final outcomes of their work.
This work has been influenced by the natural world and its myriad of forms. The seeds have been cast, and much fine detail is apparent in the styling. This appreciation of Australia’s flora, parallels the work of many artists, in particular that of Marian Hoskings, whose studies on motif were an inspiring treatise delivered at a master-class at the Griffith University, Queensland College of the Arts. The work also benefited from another master-class, where technical details delivered by Tim McCreight, metal-smith extraordinaire, gave clues to new uses for materials.
Materials: Fine silver and 24 carat gold. Sterling silver ear posts.
An enamelling master-class focussed on the technique of plique a jour (light of day) by Jill Parnell and conversations with Dr Mary White, palaeo-botanist (and author of “Earth Alive”) gave rise to this work, the greens and blues reminiscent of a living breathing earth. A Gaian hypothesis suggests that organisms co-evolve with their environment – and certainly the process of making mirrors this, with organisms (us) interacting through confluence and/or influence and the evolution of unique artworks. The bezel and ear posts were constructed to suit the glass panels.
Materials: Fine silver, enamel, sterling silver bezel and posts.