Coming up from the south


Coming up from the south

Jewelery works from emerging artists from Australia. Curated by Melissa Cameron.

Location: Australia
Members: 49
Latest Activity: Oct 24, 2014

Sarah Hudson
Melbourne, Victoria
Monash University
I engage with a repetitive approach in making combining repeated elements and a hand coloured palette with subtle design. “When I make, the presence of a quiet and meditative state is given back to my work”.


Necklace Series.
Quietude, 2012.
Porcelain, pigment, silk thread.
Lengths varied, from 80cm.

Vessel Necklace Series
Porcelain, pigment, Japanese beads, silk thread.
Lengths varied, from 76cm.

Necklace in White.
Quietude, 2012.
Porcelain, silk thread.
Length 80cm.

Photographer: Andrew Barcham.


Claire McArdle
Melbourne, Victoria
RMIT University
This attention grabbing jewellery creates a visual voice, which cries out joyously to the many strangers we encounter everyday during city life. Colossal and colourful, these pieces all carry an urge to be connected to others. They create a shared experience for both the wearer and the viewer as they become part of one of the many ‘Public Displays of Attention’.

Public Displays of Attention
mixed media (Mark)
hand dyed silk (Alica and Peter)
Mark: 450 x 250 x 100mm
Alica: 500 x 300 x 50mm & 650 x 450 x 70mm
Peter: 700 x 600 x 110mm
Photographers: John Dennis (Mark), Marc Morel (Alica and Peter)

Leanne Ryan
Perth, Western Australia
Training and Further Education (TAFE) Central, Perth.
The trade bead - a pragmatic adornment. Previously bound by the hundreds in obscurity & anonymity they have been released & individualized to have their own feature role. Their simple but aesthetically satisfying form, now embellishing pieces of adornment that are of a purely indulgent & pleasurable nature.

Fine Silver, Sterling Silver, Raw silk cocoons, Seed pearls.
Approx. W 5.5cm x H 4cm
Photographer: Matt Reed

Sterling Silver, Heishi ‘Vulcanite’ Trade Beads
All approx. H 5.5cm x D 5cm x W 5cm.
Photographer: Leanne Ryan

Sterling Silver, Heishi ‘Vulcanite’ Trade Beads, Raw silk cocoons – cut & edges dyed, silk cord.
Approx. diameter 6cm
Photographer: Matt Reed

All works from the Currency Series

Chloe McColl
Melbourne, Victoria
Monash University
Chloe McColl - Jewellery and Wearable Art (Facebook)
My practice aims to simultaneously question and intensify the viewer’s relationship with discarded consumer products. I hope to provide a new perception of the strange, wondrous and aesthetic forms, which we interact with daily; to offer the viewer ‘new eyes’ for a new discovery of the familiar.

Untitled two
Found plastic and mild steel
70 x 40 x 20 mm
Photographer: Ben Hermans

Cluster of Brooches
Found plastic, sterling silver and mild steel
30 x 70 x 10 mm
Photographer: Chloe McColl

Untitled one
Found plastic, sterling silver and mild steel
85 x 60 x 50 mm
Photographer: Ben Hermans

Jill Hermans
Clifton Creek, Victoria
Monash University
By juxtaposing basic shapes and forms with rich and intricate surface colours and textures I strive to create a balance between simplicity and complexity.

Opal #4
Shibuichi, Brooch pin.
Alloyed, fused, heat coloured.
65 x 80 x 20 mm

Oval #1
Shibuichi, Brooch pin.
Alloyed, fused, heat coloured.
80 x 70 x 10 mm

Square #6
Shibuichi, Brooch pin.
Alloyed, fused, heat coloured.
75 x 75 x 10 mm

Photographer: Gabriel Anderson

Sarah Munday
Perth, Western Australia
Curtin University of Technology, Gemmological Association of Australia
Transparent acrylic plays with light and the imprinted acrylic creates beautiful reflections and refractions, especially in sunlight. My colour palette and pieces are inspired by water and the ocean, especially the play and shimmer of light on and under water. These colours are personal favourites but also reflect the mood of Western Australia's sunny climate and beachside way of life.

Drift (brooch)
Acrylic, sterling silver, driftwood
30 x 67 x 9 mm
Photographer: Brenda Ridgewell

Acrylic, Sterling Silver
80 x 10mm
Photographer: Sarah Munday

Il Mare (pendant)
Acrylic, Sterling Silver
50 x 55 x 25 mm
Photographer: Brenda Ridgewell

Justin Siow
Melbourne, Victoria
North Melbourne Institute of Technology (NMIT)
Striving towards a sustainable practice I have started designing my works so that materials are used in the most efficient way creating the least amount of waste. Looking to origami for inspiration I start each piece with a rectangular sheet of metal in which a template is hand-cut and folded to form the finished piece. Much of my work is inspired by nature, and through using this design technique I hope to minimise my environmental impact.

Chrysolopus spectabilis (brooch)
100% recycled 925 silver, 100% recycled 375 gold, titanium, boulder opal, stainless steel
110 × 30 ×10 mm

Allomyrina dichotoma (object)
Year: 2012
Materials: Copper, hand cut and folded from one single rectangular sheet of copper
100 × 90 × 30 mm

Robert the Lobster, Eric the Hermit Crab, Akira the Blue Swimmer Crab (stick pins)
Crustacea series, 2011
Titanium, shell, stainless steel, 100% recycled 925 silver, PVC rubber
Lobster: 20 × 70 × 10 mm Hermit Crab: 30 × 70 × 20 mm Blue Swimmer Crab: 40 × 70 × 10 mm

Photographer: Justin Siow

Danae Natsis
Born Athens, Greece, lives Sydney, New South Wales
Design Centre Enmore
The inspiration for Danae’s recent work stems from a contemplation of time, the ways in which we use it, the choices we make and the twists and turns of the paths that we take. She relates this to her own journey from a child obsessed with constant art projects, to jewellery and object design via video art, film and television, and arts administration. Each of the three neckpieces consists of multiple components connected by magnets. The pieces can be reconfigured in infinite ways & interact in a kinetic & sculptural manner on & off the body.

Time is Life (pink/gold)
anodised niobium, 925 silver, rare earth magnets
Lathed, bent, anodised, cast.
Dimensions variable
Photographer: Danae Natsis

Time is Life (green/pink, dis-assembled)
anodised niobium, 925 silver, rare earth magnets
Lathed, bent, anodised, cast.
Dimensions variable.
Photographer: Danae Natsis

Time is Life (pink/gold - detail)
anodised niobium, 925 silver, rare earth magnets
Lathed, bent, anodised, cast.
Dimensions variable

Photographer: Lucas Graham Danae Natsis

Sarah Carlson
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Australian National University School of Art
I endeavour to capture the alluring poetic and aesthetic characteristics of the Correa. Celebrating the natural wonder of the Correa, my work consists of hundreds of small, dense and upright elliptical leaves and Correa bells that display subtle movement when worn, but are fixed in gold, silver and copper, preserving both form and expression.

Correa Collar
November 2011
Copper, 18ct Yellow Gold, Sterling Silver
100 x 100 x 550 mm
Photographer: Angela Bakker

Correa Bells
September 2011
Copper, Stainless Steel
50 x 20 x 700 mm
Photographer: Angela Bakker

Correa Brooches
September 2011
Sterling Silver, Stainless Steel
50 x 70 x 20 mm

All works from the series Correa Celebration
Photographer: Angela Bakker

Amy Zubick
Born in Canada, now lives Melbourne, Victoria
University of Western Ontario, Monash University
I cannot deny myself the pleasure of being casual with affluence during a time when it is least appropriate. This work is very playful with very serious materials.

A Story - Tie Pin
9k white gold, Australian opal (Lightning Ridge crystal), natural diamonds various grades, natural rough diamonds, natural yellow sapphires, natural orange sapphires.

Untitled Earrings
9k white gold, Australian blue sapphires, Australian pink diamonds.

Untitled Ring
9k white gold, Australian opal (Lightning Ridge crystal), natural emeralds.

Photographer: Alfred Caruana

Kelly Jonasson
Adelaide, South Australia
University of South Australia
In my work I like to use materials that I feel strong connections to, creating forms that have some sense of being alive or leaving evidence of having been 'made by hand'.

Inkling Pendant
July 2012
Porcelain, cotton, new and recycled thread, enamel paint

Kaoru Rogers
Born in Japan, currently lives in Sydney, New South Wales
Enmore Design Centre, Tafe NSW
I am a concept driven maker, perhaps reflecting my past career in advertising. I have a love for minimal but effective, whimsical wearable forms and enjoy exploring different materials, textures, colours and compositions that best express my ideas.

The Mushroom
Pearls, Mushroom, Banana and a Whale
Mild steel, stainless steel, 925 silver, rubber
450 x 160 x 10 mm each
Photographer: Orlando Luminere

King in Us
925 silver, balsa wood, cotton, wool
150 x 30 x 50 mm each
Photographer: Kaoru Rogers

Poseidon's Pearls - pearls that keep you afloat
925 silver, remanium, yoyo balloons, modelling balloons
30 x 25 x 15 mm each (brooch only-not including balloons)
Photographer: Jo Piper

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Thank you for visiting this survey show of jewellery from around Australia, from this inspired group of artists and artisans. Each participant is a recent graduate of one of a variety of tertiary training organisations.

For more information on how the jewellery program at TAFEs in Victoria is currently under threat (and what you might be able to do help), please visit jeweller Mel Miller's blog or the TAFE4All Facebook page.

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Comment by alice simpson on January 26, 2014 at 1:32pm

Wonderful to see what is going on in Australia!

If I were still in New York, I would love Claire McArdle's purple neckpiece, but alas, it's 80 degrees in Southern California!

Terrific selection, Melissa!

Comment by Kimberly Nogueira on December 14, 2013 at 6:26pm

Thank you for a really dynamic assortment of artists, this was so interesting!

Comment by Brigitte Martin on September 13, 2012 at 7:23am


Comment by Melissa Cameron on September 12, 2012 at 11:05pm

Fantastic News!
I just want to congratulate two of our exhibitors, Amy Zubick and Kaoru Rogers for their recent success in the National Contemporary Jewellery Awards in Australia. Of the three prizes awarded at this year's exhibition, two of the prizes have gone to artists listed above, with Amy being awarded the Sturt Artist Residency Award and Kaoru receiving a solo exhibition at Metalab in Sydney. Congratulations to both on their well-deserved acknowledgement.

Comment by Courtney Denise Lipson on September 7, 2012 at 10:49am

Kinda wish I'd placed my pom pom comments here, but instead:

Great exhibit of intriguing work.

Comment by The Justified Sinner on September 1, 2012 at 3:27am

I've joined in on the pom-pom controversy!

Comment by Sophia Georgiopoulou on August 31, 2012 at 7:45pm

Challenging and beautiful work! Thank you for sharing!

Comment by Melissa Cameron on August 31, 2012 at 1:29pm

Stop press!

I have mounted my defense of Claire McArdle and her pom-poms here:

Comment by Melissa Cameron on August 31, 2012 at 10:42am

Thanks everyone! The works speak directly to the diversity of practice amongst local emerging artists, and the standards of their respective institutions. My sincere thanks and congratulations to each of the artists involved!

The richness of ideas-based practices I believe belies the country's size, but, unsurprisingly, not the scale of the jewellery community.

Comment by Tamsin Leighton-Boyce on August 31, 2012 at 2:27am

Some really interesting and beautiful work! 


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