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CHAINreaction. New Zealand jewellers from the HANDSHAKE project

Exhibition  /  11 Jan 2018  -  25 Feb 2018
Published: 03.01.2018
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Intro
A collective exhibition gathers object based New Zealand jewellery artists who are selected by HANDSHAKE project, present a body of necklace work in the variety of concepts and forms.

Artist list

Renee Bevan, Becky Bliss, Nadene Carr, Sharon Fitness, Nik Hanton, Jennifer Laracy, Kelly McDonald, Neke Moa, Brendon Monson, Nadine Smith, Caroline Thomas, Raewyn Walsh
‘CHAINreaction’ at ATTA is to build a ‘jewellery-set’ that branches off from the conception of the NECKLACE.
This exhibition was an open call for past and current HANDSHAKE artists who are active with their object based practice. Each set is displayed on a canvas, highlighted by its conceptual idea, its aesthetics and its presentation.

The twelve selected jewellers for ‘CHAINreaction’ all participated in the innovative mentoring and exhibition programme called HANDSHAKE, developed by contemporary award-winning artist and jeweller Peter Deckers. “It is a fine-tuning process. The project relies on the concentrated focus and risk-taking of each mentee, and on the relationship and knowledge of the participating mentors.”

The HANDSHAKE project supports emerging New Zealand jewellery artists, allowing them to develop within two years ideas and artworks for a succession of exhibitions with the assistance of a chosen mentor. The HANDSHAKE recipients are presented with additional opportunities to develop their practices even further through a number of exciting challenges, including curated exhibitions (like the one exhibiting here at ATTA Gallery), masterclasses, collaborations and network opportunities with both national and international exposure. The progressive nature of the programme aims to develop independent makers with an innovative and energetic practice.

In the seven years since its conception, the HANDSHAKE programme has built up a reputation for its focus on development and excellence. It is an alternative to higher education, were the experimental meets the practical paired with expert advice and opportunities.  Each participant has been selected through an open call and selected by internationally renowned experts.
Brendon Monson. Necklace: 3000+layers 2, 2017. Satin, polyester cord.. 30 cm x 20 cm x 2.5 cm. Brendon Monson
Necklace: 3000+layers 2, 2017
Satin, polyester cord.
30 cm x 20 cm x 2.5 cm
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Caroline Thomas. Neckpiece: LEFT/RIGHT, 2017. Acrylic, polypropylene, sterling silver, blackened wire, two-part epoxy, binding wire, cotton & silk cord, cell phone.. 14.8 cm x 21 cm 0.6 cm. Caroline Thomas
Neckpiece: LEFT/RIGHT, 2017
Acrylic, polypropylene, sterling silver, blackened wire, two-part epoxy, binding wire, cotton & silk cord, cell phone.
14.8 cm x 21 cm 0.6 cm
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Becky Bliss. Neckpiece: Paradoxical Pegs, 2017. Ebony, silver, cord.. 14 cm x 2 cm x 0.9 cm. Becky Bliss
Neckpiece: Paradoxical Pegs, 2017
Ebony, silver, cord.
14 cm x 2 cm x 0.9 cm
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Jennifer Laracy. Necklace: Farm Necklace, 2017. Marine plastic, polyester cord, oxidised sterling silver clasp.. 65 cm x 9 cm x 0.6 cm. Jennifer Laracy
Necklace: Farm Necklace, 2017
Marine plastic, polyester cord, oxidised sterling silver clasp.
65 cm x 9 cm x 0.6 cm
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Kelly McDonald. Pendant: Attached to Taputeranga, 2017. cast Shibuichi. 7 cm x 4 cm x 0.2 cm. Kelly McDonald
Pendant: Attached to Taputeranga, 2017
cast Shibuichi
7 cm x 4 cm x 0.2 cm
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Nadine Smith. Brooch: Sea spray, 2017. Ebony from piano, dried seaweed and spray-paint, sterling silver.. 7.5 m x 8 cm x 4.5 cm. Nadine Smith
Brooch: Sea spray, 2017
Ebony from piano, dried seaweed and spray-paint, sterling silver.
7.5 m x 8 cm x 4.5 cm
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Raewyn Walsh. Necklace: Rock Pearls, 2017. resin, polyester cord.. 35 cm x 20 cm x 3.5 cm. Raewyn Walsh
Necklace: Rock Pearls, 2017
resin, polyester cord.
35 cm x 20 cm x 3.5 cm
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Nadene Carr. Necklace: Smashed, 2017. Copper, enamel, textiles.. 14 cm x 14 cm x 8 cm. Nadene Carr
Necklace: Smashed, 2017
Copper, enamel, textiles.
14 cm x 14 cm x 8 cm
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Nik Hanton. Brooch: Charm Spell, 2017. Hardened leather, wood, brass.. 9 cm x 9 cm x 5 cm. Nik Hanton
Brooch: Charm Spell, 2017
Hardened leather, wood, brass.
9 cm x 9 cm x 5 cm
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Neke Moa. Brooch: Tipua - supernatural being, 2017. Tangiwai Pounamu (serpentine), paint, brass, steel.. 15 cm x 10 cm x 1 cm. Neke Moa
Brooch: Tipua - supernatural being, 2017
Tangiwai Pounamu (serpentine), paint, brass, steel.
15 cm x 10 cm x 1 cm
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Sharon Fitness. Installation: Finding Jewelleryness, 2017. 24 cm x 19 cm x 1 cm. 4.24 video loop on 10" Android.. Sharon Fitness
Installation: Finding Jewelleryness, 2017
24 cm x 19 cm x 1 cm
4.24 video loop on 10" Android.
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Renee Bevan. Set: Destination, 2017. Oxidized silver . Left: 4.5cm x 6cm, Right: 6cm. Left: Pendant (It might not actually reach her), Right: Bracelet (Jack & Jacinda).. Renee Bevan
Set: Destination, 2017
Oxidized silver 
Left: 4.5cm x 6cm, Right: 6cm
Left: Pendant (It might not actually reach her), Right: Bracelet (Jack & Jacinda).
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