Community. Engagement. Advocacy. Humor.
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!
Photographs by Marc Morel © 2011
a.l.i. Alexander | Modelled by John Boyland
Tobacco ring. Cast from cigarette tobacco into sterling silver. 2011
Justine Austen | Modelled by Andrew Weatherill
Melbourne constructivism. 2011
Dianne Beevers | Modelled by Geoffrey Beevers
Boutonniere (PET). PET Polyethelene version. 2011
Coasting. Cardboard, steel. 2011
Rock Jar. Nickel silver, flock, rubber. 2008
Ring. Silver. 2011
Cufflinks. Silver. 2011
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Mary Hackett | Modelled by Paul Keller
Spine. Forged mild steel. 2011
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
Jill Hermans | Modelled by Gabriel Anderson
Untitled brooch. Shibuichi. 2011
(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.
Rubber cuff. Recycled bicycle inner tubes, zipper, thread. 2008
Tube neckpiece. Recycled bicycle inner tube, zipper, thread. 2008
(Models left to right)
Armour for the heart. Steel, glass. 2011
Windy day anchor. Lead, iron, 18ct gold. 2011
Lindy McSwan | Modelled by Sean Kelly
A curly one. Sterling silver, found steel. 2011
Lanyard. PVC, sterling silver, heat shrink rubber. 2011
Ring. Sterling silver. 2011
Domino Man-piece. Sterling silver, neoprene rubber. 2011
Untitled. Brass, copper, gilding metal, mild steel, sterling silver. 2011
Conduit - a modular neckpiece system. Glass beads, 925 silver, thread. 2011
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.
QR codes on each model held pertinent artist info
ManJewellery, in its natural habitat
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