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Website: http://part-b.crimsoncactus.net
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ManJewellery 2011

ManJewellery was the second in Part B’s series of one-day-only jewellery ‘happenings’.

On the 20th of November 2011, the research jewellery group Part B held an exhibition of jewellery for men, displayed on live models, in a setting where men are often seen to congregate. An inner city bar!

The above, and following photographs document the works as worn on the day.

If you make it to the bottom you'll also see a few shots of the event, and of course, the artists.

Thanks for coming along to see our show!

Part B

  

Photographs by Marc Morel © 2011

 

a.l.i. Alexander | Modelled by John Boyland

Tobacco ring. Cast from cigarette tobacco into sterling silver. 2011

www.alialexander.com.au

   

Justine Austen | Modelled by Andrew Weatherill

Melbourne constructivism. 2011

http://web.me.com/justine.austen

   

Dianne Beevers | Modelled by Geoffrey Beevers

Boutonniere (PET). PET Polyethelene version. 2011

    Melissa Cameron | Modelled by Bruce Cooper

Coasting. Cardboard, steel. 2011

melissacameron.net

      Femi Coppi | Modelled by Daniel Robertson

Rock Jar. Nickel silver, flock, rubber. 2008

www.femicoppi.com

  

Maddy Green (Index Designs) | Modelled by George Nickels

Architecture collection

Ring. Silver. 2011

Cufflinks. Silver. 2011

Artist profile: flickr - indexdesigns1

    

Mary Hackett | Modelled by Paul Keller

Spine. Forged mild steel. 2011

http://nmhmetalworks.com.au

   

Beka Hannah | Modelled by Tim Dubois

Bones of my enemies. Copper, brass, glass, porcelain teeth, bones. 2011

On a wing & a prayer. Copper, brass, glass, praying mantis. 2011

www.oneclockworkrabbit.com

   

Jill Hermans | Modelled by Gabriel Anderson

Untitled brooch. Shibuichi. 2011

www.jillhermans.com

  

Gillian Hillman | Modelled by Lewis Rattray, Sam Gipson, Geoffrey Bacon

(Models left to right)

Brooch - Silver, 18ct gold. Brooch - Silver, 18ct gold. Necklace - Silk, silver.

Pendant - Silver, 18ct gold, onyx. Ring - Silver, black sapphires 2.96ct.

Ring - Silver, star diopside. Cufflinks - Silver

Brooch - Silver, tourmaline. Brooch - Silver, pure gold, steel.

Necklace - Oxidised silver. Pendant - Silver, 18ct black spinel.

Ring - Silver, garnet. Ring - Silver, iolite.

*There is an additional brooch visible in the photo that is not listed.

www.gillianhillmandesign.com

    

Tassia Joannides | Modelled by Peter Burke

Rubber cuff. Recycled bicycle inner tubes, zipper, thread. 2008

Tube neckpiece. Recycled bicycle inner tube, zipper, thread. 2008

 

Inari Kiuru | Modelled by Shaun Tan, Marcos Guzman

(Models left to right)

Armour for the heart. Steel, glass. 2011

Windy day anchor. Lead, iron, 18ct gold. 2011

www.inarikiuru.blogspot.com

  

Lindy McSwan | Modelled by Sean Kelly

A curly one. Sterling silver, found steel. 2011

   Karyn Nankivell | Modelled by Duncan McMurtrie

Lanyard. PVC, sterling silver, heat shrink rubber. 2011

Ring. Sterling silver. 2011

  

Belinda Newick | Modelled by Nico Kelly

Domino Man-piece. Sterling silver, neoprene rubber. 2011

www.belindanewick.com.au

  

Stephen Robb | Modelled by Mark Cutajar

Untitled. Brass, copper, gilding metal, mild steel, sterling silver. 2011

stephen-f-a-robb.blogspot.com

 

Christine Scott-Young | Modelled by Marc Morel

Conduit - a modular neckpiece system. Glass beads, 925 silver, thread. 2011

 

Amy Zubick | Modelled by Kurtis Buckley

Black silk tie #2. 100% silk, sterling silver. 2011

 

About Part B

Founded in 2009, the Part B collective meets monthly in galleries in and around Melbourne to discuss jewellery and related art exhibitions. Meeting information is distributed to an email list of local jewellers, comprised of students through to established artists. To date around 40 artists have attended at least one meet. The two happenings held over the last two years have drawn their participants from those attendees, as a minimum of a single attendance is a condition of participation.

These jewellery happenings are designed to challenge jewellers and audiences alike, exploring and deconstructing traditional customs of jewellery display in galleries, and the way that this style of presentation influences the viewer's engagement and interaction with jewellery. To participate in this interrogation, artists must have an attendant understanding of current jewellery concerns, in order to question or provoke them in a meaningful way.

With the current popularity of social media and declining local membership of professional bodies (witness the closing of the local Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia branch), it is interesting that a fledgling group is quietly flourishing, especially given its focus on firsthand experience of exhibited works and face-to-face communication.

  

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ManJewellery | as it happened...

QR codes on each model held pertinent artist info

  

ManJewellery | as it happened...

ManJewellery, in its natural habitat

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Comment by Sophia Georgiopoulou on February 3, 2012 at 3:12pm

Thanks, Dauvit, for sharing! What a ring! Of course she would feel empowered...its medieval aura exudes power...One dynamic piece of jewellery is enough to change one's unobtrusive appearance!

Comment by Melissa Cameron on January 30, 2012 at 2:38am

Whoa Mr Sinner, I can feel the power of that one just by looking at it! And that's the point of ManJewellery too, getting everyone to notice - themselves and others, by the simple act of donning a jewel.

Comment by The Justified Sinner on January 30, 2012 at 2:33am

Sophia, it is not ALL bad. I must have been in a bleak mood that day... I have to tell about a customer of mine who commissioned a fantastical amethyst ring from me:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/the_justified_sinner/5682467695/

She is physically very small and also happens to be one of the movers and shakers in the United Nations. She was fed up with going to meetings with the heads of the world's armed forces and not having them notice her and asked me to make her a ring which would empower her a bit. That ring is the result. She told me that when she wore it with a purple velvet suit, they paid attention!

When I have meetings with the externals who deal with our validation and assessment, I always wear something bold of my own. I think this creates the right impression for an educational establishment!

Comment by Sophia Georgiopoulou on January 29, 2012 at 9:00pm

Loved the show and the jewelry! In Greece it is still highly unusual for men to wear jewelry. What Dauvit says about fear of individuality and color spreading to the corporate world and influencing the way women dress is so true. I made a client of mine a beautiful-even if I say so myself- ring (understated and chic) which she can only wear of Fridays when the blue/black no-jewelry dress code becomes more casual! Insane...

Comment by Giardinoblu on January 29, 2012 at 5:23am
Men should learn wear more jewelry ** make them attractive!!!;) I really love this show *fun and expressive shot^
I would love that even in Italy it was not strange for a man wearing a necklace!

Comment by Rameen Ahmed on January 25, 2012 at 6:21pm

Loved the designs and photos.  Now loving the commentary!!

Comment by The Justified Sinner on January 25, 2012 at 2:32am

Ann, I don't think that it is off-message. I do like wearing bright colours and have a real Renaissance leaning in terms of colour and jewellery. I can get away with it because I look quite fierce with my beard and tattoos and always wear at least one of my own pieces.

A friend of mine used to work for Arthur Anderson Associates and therefore had the money to indulge in hand-made suits. He had one made in bottle green wool with a fine, dark red stripe in it and wore it to work. He was sent home, docked a day's pay and told "At Arthur Anderson, we wear dark blue or dark grey suits". The most infuriating thing about this was that the person who sent him home was wearing a £100 Marks and Spencer suit. There is a corporate fear of colour and individuality - which on some levels, I can understand - but this has spread out into the workplace and is affecting women in the corporate environment too.

Unfortunately, I see this getting worse to the point that the colourful is marginalised. In glasgow, this occurs through violence. However it happens, a cycle of de-colouring sets in as people become Chromophobic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DSEdBGY2gpyQ

It is no surprise that the evil corporate war machine steals colour in this film!

Comment by Ann Davis on January 25, 2012 at 12:57am

Oh and just as a side comment, the gay community thrives in DC -our good luck...there are even night clubs with cross dressers....fantastic!!! fun stuff.......But it's like black and white here, really divided:)))) I welcome any man who will wear a piece of studio jewelry....it's like wearing a pink shirt to the State Dept...an in your face comment...I challenged my hubby, he did it, now loves bright colors...I've made him cufflinks...what next!! hahahha Think of the Elizabethan times when men went around as 'popinjays' hahahahha...owwwhhh and in tights!!!! and the kicker was that all that finery and jewelry on portraits was often rented...same in the renaissance in Italy.....Today guys need to own it!!!!!!...Are we off Topic????

Comment by Ann Davis on January 24, 2012 at 6:51pm

Well, I'm in DC, and most men chose to only wear a wedding ring and a watch. Some men cringe at using 'product' in their hair...might be to feminine. But the newer generation of metro men, dare to wear product and a little bling, I love it! And this show had just regular looking guys as models, pushing what I think is the "I'm not gay, I don't wear girl stuff" a little further.

Comment by Melissa Cameron on January 24, 2012 at 5:14pm

In Melbourne this show happened as it did, though given that I'm from Perth originally (another, albeit smaller, capital city in Australia - we gave you Heath Ledger) I don't see any obstacles to something similar happening there. Though like the Glasgow/Edinburgh divide, it would have had a different outcome on the day.

I think Perth would have more people asking questions of the models than we had in Melbourne, as the folk around here are more used to artists making a scene, so were quite unperturbed about it. Having said that, the sheer volume of practicing jewellers at hand in Melbourne is unique to Australian cities.

 

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A modern metalsmith/metal artist can be found working in traditional metals as well as in nontraditional materials. The designs can range from the classic to the extravagant, and the techniques can either be centuries old or decidedly current.

The wide range of expression preferences, design options, materials, and processes has lead within our field to unfavorable misconceptions, misunderstandings and in some cases even outright disdain between artists. Can the metal and jewelry field overcome its division and send out a much-needed signal?

We appreciate and respect our historical past and acknowledge that current materials have a rightful place in jewelry/object making!

Arriving at this message is the goal of this traveling exhibition opening at the SNAG conference in Boston 2015, Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, CA - Aug 19 - Sept 20, 2015, Equinox Gallery, San Antonio, TX - Oct 16 - Nov 15, 2015, Baltimore Jewelry Center, Baltimore, MD - Dec 11, 2015 - Jan 08, 2016, Brooklyn Metal Works, Brooklyn, NY - Feb 5 - Mar 4, 2016.

DETAILS on exhibition premise, call for artists, submission guidelines.....

Rachel and Brigitte will be appearing on the wonderful Jay Whaley Metalsmith Benchtalk Radio Show, talking about the Co:Operation Garnish project, how they came up with the idea, what the project is about and the plans moving forward.

The radio show will be LIVE on air September 25, 2014 @ 6PM EST / 3 PM Pacific.

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Listeners can call in during the show via phone, skype, or directly connect via the blog talk website.

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