Katie Collins

Published: 29.02.2016


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Katie Collins is a maker of jewellery and objects, based in Melbourne, Australia. A graduate from RMIT University with a BA in Fine Art, where she specialised in Gold and Silversmithing. Her work has been selected of Itami International Craft Exhibition, Japan and Talente, Munich. In 2014, she was a recipient of the Marzee International Graduate Prize.


I am intrigued by the forms, mechanisms and movement in tools and machinery. Their tactility, engineering and pared-back functionality are a source of fascination. There is a pleasure in the movement and handling of these objects - the slide, click, and lock - with these tactile impressions creating a sense of delight. They are however sensations we seem to encounter less and less as technology progresses. 

Machine objects have two modes: dormant and active. I am interested in the transformation of the object from one state to the other and in particular, the moments in between.  Within the context of jewellery, my work aims to demonstrate this mechanical dance - the opening, unfurling and reveal - by engaging the wearer in this process of discovery. These machine-like objects must be unpacked and explored before they can be worn. The wearer is invited to examine the action and tactility of the piece, giving it time and attention prior to placement on the body. It is hoped that this interaction will aid in the generation of a relationship between the person and jewellery object. 

My aim is to promote a visual reference in the wearer's mind to everyday machine-like objects, using familiar materials and finishes to serve as a clue to the possibility of movement. I intend for these pieces to be approachable and in seeming somewhat non-precious, shift the value to the interaction.


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Exhibition  06 Sep 2019 - 05 Nov 2019  MasterMakers.
Exhibition  15 Aug 2018 - 15 Sep 2018  Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition 2018.
Exhibition  23 Aug 2016 - 24 Sep 2016  Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition 2016.
Award  11 Mar 2015 - 17 Mar 2015  Talente Competition 2015.

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Book:  New Necklaces: 400+ Contemporary Designs. Nicolas EstradaPromopress:  United Kingdom,  2016