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Exhibition  /  28 Nov 2008  -  11 Jan 2009
Published: 16.12.2008
Jhana Millers. Ring: Detail of installation, 2008. Laser cut jewellery brochures.. Jhana Millers
Ring: Detail of installation, 2008
Laser cut jewellery brochures.
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Intro
Selected work from 2009 graduates in Jewellery design at Whitireia Community Polytechnic in New Zealand.
Teetering on the brink of the future, these sculptural creations playfully manipulate the idea of machines as extensions of our bodies, hinting at the lengths we will go to to preserve our physical being.  From preservation it's a short step to enhancement, even complete replacement of our fragile biological selves with superior mechanical constructions.   The views on what's acceptable are the topic of continuing debate - from the abomination of Frankenstein's monster to the superbly adapted post-humans of science fiction.  As advances in technology are made to sustain life, new dilemmas will be raised.  Tread carefully humanity, the abyss could be closer than you think…
Nadine Smith

A Necessary Luxury – As consumers, how do we choose?
 “To complete the diamond invention, De Beers had to control demand as well as supply, and this required some manipulation of the psyche of the diamond buyer. What was necessary was the creation of a mass mentality in which women would perceive diamonds, not as precious stones that could be bought or sold according to economic conditions or fashions, but as an inseparable part of courtship and married life”.
 
Edward Jay Epstein
Jhana Millers

'After making work for a museum collection I became haunted by the notion that particular pieces of jewellery housed in such institutions, will never be worn. From this I began investigating various ways in which the viewer is permitted to experience such objects and concurrently developed work questioning ideas about the roles and relevance jewellery has in popular culture.
 
My work examines the historic and contemporary role of jewellery to act as a signifier of status and character and the value placed on particular materials and jewellery icons.'
Suni Gibson

Does everybody deserve a medal?
Is mediocrity a fate worse than death?
An egalitarian view holds that each person in society adds value and represents a niche that can be filled by no other.
The ordinary man, the underachiever, the motivationally challenged, the everyday hero...
I salute you.
Tara Brady


Presence and Absence, Longing and Belonging.

Anagram: (Greek anagramma ‘letters written anew’) is a kind of word play, the result of rearranging the letters of a word or phrase to produce a new word or phrase. 
From four unrelated found objects – a costume jewellery brooch, a craft cameo blank, a faceted button and a sand rose - I have combined elements into brooches that still allude to one or more of the original forms. These in turn I have combined into clusters which, somehow, make sense together.
It is fascinating to see the way everyone who comes into contact with the work shares a sense of the relationships between these (inanimate) pieces.
Sarah Reid


Visibility - some possess an overt, 'over-the-top' Asian aesthetic, this amplification of ethnicity demonstrates what most of 'us' contend with daily; preconceived notions of who we are based on our features. Beyond surface appearance - Chinese-ness has much more to do with deeper core values inherent in how we do things, the 'why' shaped by thousands of generations of knowledge and instinct, inherited through upbringing or perhaps genetic memory. My spiritual philosophies and values are the Invisible qualities crucial to my work.

This series is based around the eye of the Dragon, the oldest, most potent of Chinese symbols – asserting and locating myself, identifying as Chinese, the strength of the symbol reinforcing my cultural beliefs.

 The eye is a metaphor for my art practice. Symbolism, ritual and ceremony play a role in the concepts involved in the making and intent behind each piece. Essentially amulets, some use historically common references to evoke protection or blessings; longevity, wisdom, strength or vision. Others simply contain symbolic remnants of things - like chopsticks, to ensure we eat well, or lucky red packets to attract wealth and good fortune. Materials frequently cross traditional boundaries or contradict each other; real gold lies with plastic, and like me, they also contain kiwi components.
 
In keeping with tradition, the completion of each dragon has been marked by ritual eye-dotting or 'Hoi Gong' –  customary practice to awaken and summon its spirit from heaven and bring it to life! 
Spring Rees
Jhana Millers. : Untitled, 2008. Jhana, MillersPataka Installation: DVD projection clip – no sound. Jhana Millers
: Untitled, 2008


Jhana, Millers
Pataka Installation: DVD projection clip – no sound
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Tara Brady. Piece: Break me down easy, 2008. Mixed media. Pataka installation. Tara Brady
Piece: Break me down easy, 2008
Mixed media
Pataka installation
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Tara Brady. Piece: Break me down easy, 2008. Stg silver, brass, fabric, enamel.. Tara Brady
Piece: Break me down easy, 2008
Stg silver, brass, fabric, enamel.
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Suni Gibson. Piece: A Diamond for everyone, 2008. Gold plated stg silver and copper.. Suni Gibson
Piece: A Diamond for everyone, 2008
Gold plated stg silver and copper.
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Suni Gibson. Piece: Black Sizer: A Diamond for everyone' Ring Sizer, 2008. Oxidised stg silver and copper.. Suni Gibson
Piece: Black Sizer: A Diamond for everyone' Ring Sizer, 2008
Oxidised stg silver and copper.
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Nadine Smith. Piece: Untitled, 2008. Stg silver, powder coated dolls, recycled dialysis and computer parts, eyedropper rubber bungs, rimu, spray painted pine base.. Nadine Smith
Piece: Untitled, 2008
Stg silver, powder coated dolls, recycled dialysis and computer parts, eyedropper rubber bungs, rimu, spray painted pine base.
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Nadine Smith. Piece: Pataka instalation, 2008. Stg silver, powder coated dolls, recycled dialysis and computer parts, eyedropper rubber bungs, rimu, spray painted pine base.. Nadine Smith
Piece: Pataka instalation, 2008
Stg silver, powder coated dolls, recycled dialysis and computer parts, eyedropper rubber bungs, rimu, spray painted pine base.
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Spring Rees. Piece: Untitled, 2008. Spring, ReesPiece: 2008. Spring Rees
Piece: Untitled, 2008


Spring, Rees
Piece: 2008

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Piece: Untitled, 2008


Spring, Rees
Piece: 2008

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Sarah Read. Piece: Anagram, 2008. Resin, silver, diamond, glass, copper, brass, gold leaf, carpaint, wool, silk, beads.. Sarah Read
Piece: Anagram, 2008
Resin, silver, diamond, glass, copper, brass, gold leaf, carpaint, wool, silk, beads.
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Sarah Read. Piece: Anagram, 2008. Resin, silver, diamond, glass, copper, brass, gold leaf, carpaint, wool, silk, beads.. Sarah Read
Piece: Anagram, 2008
Resin, silver, diamond, glass, copper, brass, gold leaf, carpaint, wool, silk, beads.
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