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Lichenology by Kate Bajic

Exhibition  /  14 Feb 2015  -  15 Mar 2015
Published: 20.02.2015
Kate Bajic. Brooch: Endure, 2015. Silver, oxidized silver. 8 x 7 x 2cm. Kate Bajic
Brooch: Endure, 2015
Silver, oxidized silver
8 x 7 x 2cm
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Intro
Kate’s work has always come from studying natural structures and forms. Drawing on her past inspirations, Kate decided to focus on four specific lichen species as the main theme for new work. This has allowed her to develop a series of pieces illustrating elements of the physical and chemical forms of each lichen, and their functions in the wider environment.

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Kate Bajic
The concept behind the Lichenology exhibition was to provide an insight into the creative journey jeweller Kate Bajic undertook when she embarked on a year long Art & Design Masters in 2013. The exhibition aims to show how Kate’s new body of work has evolved, and to give a glimpse into the extensive research and development which took place in creating the Lichenology brooch collection. This collection portrays physical, chemical and functional aspects of specific lichen species in wearable jewellery. The composition of each piece is designed to demonstrate a particular attribute, such as ‘Mortal’ brooch portraying Letharia Vulpina (Wolf lichen) and it’s a historic use as a poison, or ‘Breathe’ brooch highlighting Cladonia Portentosa (Reindeer lichen) and its chemical compound usnic acid, which is being researched as an anti tumour treatment for lung cancer. Kate’s fascination with lichen species and their chemical compounds grew the more she discovered about them, and juxtaposing the physical forms with the structured compounds added a new dimension to the work.

During her Masters, Kate experimented with a range of techniques to achieve the qualities she desired. These include slip casting porcelain, loom weaving, laser cutting, and traditional jewellery making using precious and base metals. The result of this endeavour is a large body of sample work, which is viewed at the start of the exhibition. This allows the viewer an insight into Kate’s creative process as they travel through the development of the brooches to the resolved eight final pieces on display.
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