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Handshake: The Conventional Reformed

Exhibition  /  01 Oct 2020  -  23 Oct 2020
Published: 21.09.2020
Caroline Thomas. Necklace: Isambard, 2020. Polymer clay, oxidized copper.. 195 x 8 x 8 cm. Caroline Thomas
Necklace: Isambard, 2020
Polymer clay, oxidized copper.
195 x 8 x 8 cm
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Intro
Wearable art challenging our perception of jewellery. Eleven New Zealand artists from the Handshake Project challenge the convention of jewellery through sculpture, reinterpreting how it is traditionally made, seen and understood.

Artist list

Vivien Atkinson, Becky Bliss, Kristin D'Agostino, Mandy Flood, Nik Hanton, Lisa Higgins, Kelly McDonald, Sandra Schmid, Kylie Sinkovich, Caroline Thomas, Sarah Walter-Holt
For Sydney Craft Week 2020, eleven New Zealand artists from the Handshake Project, an initiative that brings together established and early career artists specializing in wearable art, exhibit artwork that connects to the context of jewellery and its traditions. Makers of Traditional Change – the Conventional Reformed marks the Handshake Project's third exhibition at Stanley Street Gallery.

The premise for the exhibition, is to respond to widely known jewellery traditions. Rendering new opportunities for contemporary wearable art, the artists have been asked to consider the physical, functional and cultural connotations related to traditional jewellery. By reinterpreting these modes, through unconventional materials and concepts, the artists ask the viewer or the wearer, to re-evaluate their preconceived ideas of why objects are worn. The Handshake artists uncover the thinking behind their reflective discoveries during their making process. This has been unwrapped in multiple directions, rendering new opportunities for them.

How is Contemporary jewellery today:
Last century saw a revolution in how jewellery was perceived. With this break from tradition, artists shifted all known perimeters and experimented how far its discourse can be pushed. The jewellery craft became a pursuit for ideas and with that the debate of its applied position in craft, art, or design. This century became a time for consolidation through global restrain and social control resulting in a more rudimentary focus on material- and process culture. The revolution from last century unfolded into a slower-paced evolution in how jewellery connects to the body.

About the Handshake Project:
Handshake is a space where established artists hand over some of their quality knowledge to those asking for a ‘hand’, a two-way project that encourages symbiosis and give & take. Handshake offers two stages: the first stage is with a mentor followed up with a program with specialized coaches. In the second stage, the mentor becomes their colleague and in some cases their collaborator. This allows the artist to develop themselves into independent makers. The series of exhibitions for each project are purpose made to inspire the natural progression of each maker’s work, therefore no Handshake exhibition is the same.

This exhibition is a response to the theme Change Makers of the fourth annual of the Sydney Craft Week Festival which is about celebrating creativity and the handmade in all its forms. This festival creates the opportunity for the whole community to engage with craft, experience the benefits of making, and purchase local handmade work.

Opening Hours:
Thursday and Friday, 11 am - 6 pm.
Saturday, 11 am - 5 pm.
Vivien Atkinson. Brooch: Darn 2, 2020. Pre-owned merino cardigan, vintage metal and silk thread, wooden coathanger.. 52 x 84 cm. Vivien Atkinson
Brooch: Darn 2, 2020
Pre-owned merino cardigan, vintage metal and silk thread, wooden coathanger.
52 x 84 cm
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Becky Bliss. Brooch: 1940, 2020. Plaster, resin, paint.. 9 x 9 x 5 cm. Photo by: Becky Bliss. Becky Bliss
Brooch: 1940, 2020
Plaster, resin, paint.
9 x 9 x 5 cm
Photo by: Becky Bliss
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Becky Bliss. Brooch: 1940, 2020. Plaster, resin, paint.. 9 x 9 x 5 cm. Photo by: Becky Bliss. Alternate set view.. Becky Bliss
Brooch: 1940, 2020
Plaster, resin, paint.
9 x 9 x 5 cm
Photo by: Becky Bliss

Alternate set view.

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Kylie Sinkovich. Ring: Open Containment III, 2020. Ring: Mixed woods and fine silver.
. Container: Rewarewa ply, beech veneer, pine ply, acrylic, danish oil.. Container: 27 x 22 x 30 cm. Kylie Sinkovich
Ring: Open Containment III, 2020
Ring: Mixed woods and fine silver.
Container: Rewarewa ply, beech veneer, pine ply, acrylic, danish oil.
Container: 27 x 22 x 30 cm
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Kylie Sinkovich. Ring: Open Containment III, 2020. Ring: Mixed woods and fine silver.
. Container: Rewarewa ply, beech veneer, pine ply, acrylic, danish oil.. Container: 27 x 22 x 30 cm. Ring detail.. Kylie Sinkovich
Ring: Open Containment III, 2020
Ring: Mixed woods and fine silver.
Container: Rewarewa ply, beech veneer, pine ply, acrylic, danish oil.
Container: 27 x 22 x 30 cm

Ring detail.

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Kylie Sinkovich. Ring: Open Containment III, 2020. Ring: Mixed woods and fine silver.
. Container: Rewarewa ply, beech veneer, pine ply, acrylic, danish oil.. Container: 27 x 22 x 30 cm. Alternate view.. Kylie Sinkovich
Ring: Open Containment III, 2020
Ring: Mixed woods and fine silver.
Container: Rewarewa ply, beech veneer, pine ply, acrylic, danish oil.
Container: 27 x 22 x 30 cm

Alternate view.

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Sarah Walker-Holt. Brooch: Sleeve, 2020. Pressed wood, silver, mulberry paper, silver carbon, ink.. 14.5 x 13 x 3.5 cm. Sarah Walker-Holt
Brooch: Sleeve, 2020
Pressed wood, silver, mulberry paper, silver carbon, ink.
14.5 x 13 x 3.5 cm
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Sarah Walter-Holt. Brooch: Bunny, 2020. Brooch, Pressed wood, silver, mulberry paper, silver carbon, ink.. 9.5 x 9 x 4 cm. Sarah Walter-Holt
Brooch: Bunny, 2020
Brooch, Pressed wood, silver, mulberry paper, silver carbon, ink.
9.5 x 9 x 4 cm
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Sarah Walter-Holt. Brooch: Monstera, 2020. Pressed wood, silver, mulberry paper, silver carbon, ink.. 13 x 9 x 4.5 cm. Sarah Walter-Holt
Brooch: Monstera, 2020
Pressed wood, silver, mulberry paper, silver carbon, ink.
13 x 9 x 4.5 cm
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Sarah Walter-Holt. Brooch: Monstera, 2020. Pressed wood, silver, mulberry paper, silver carbon, ink.. 13 x 9 x 4.5 cm. Back view.. Sarah Walter-Holt
Brooch: Monstera, 2020
Pressed wood, silver, mulberry paper, silver carbon, ink.
13 x 9 x 4.5 cm

Back view.

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