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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


Justine Austen | Modelled by Andrew Weatherill

Melbourne constructivism. 2011


Dianne Beevers | Modelled by Geoffrey Beevers

Boutonniere (PET). PET Polyethelene version. 2011

    Melissa Cameron | Modelled by Bruce Cooper

Coasting. Cardboard, steel. 2011

      Femi Coppi | Modelled by Daniel Robertson

Rock Jar. Nickel silver, flock, rubber. 2008


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


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


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.


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


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


Stephen Robb | Modelled by Mark Cutajar

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


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.


The artists


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 Ann Davis on January 24, 2012 at 5:51pm

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 4:14pm

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.

Comment by The Justified Sinner on January 24, 2012 at 3:05pm

Edinburgh is cosmopolitan and creative; glasgow is parochial and anti-creative. 

You can be beaten up for wearing natural fibres or bright colours in glasgow. (Not joking.)

Comment by Brigitte Martin on January 24, 2012 at 3:03pm
Dauvit, same question for you: Why in Edinburgh but not in Glasgow?

Anyone else here saying that about their location/state? Why?

PS: it would be great if you wanted to spearhead something similar in Scotland. It is such a fun project, I definitely could see this repeated in other cities/countries easily.
Comment by The Justified Sinner on January 24, 2012 at 2:54pm

Good question, Brigitte! I can imagine a similar project in Edinburgh (probably not glasgow) looking very similar.

Comment by Brigitte Martin on January 24, 2012 at 2:52pm
I keep reading your comments that this show is "so metro" and "so Melbourne". Naturally, sitting in the US myself, I am wondering what this means? What makes this show so 'typical' and if there is something such as 'typical Melbourne style' then how does it differ from 'typical Sidney style'?
Comment by Ann Davis on January 24, 2012 at 2:39pm

This is fun!!!  soooo metro!!!!! Great show!!!

Comment by Sandra Murray on January 23, 2012 at 7:13pm

I love the man jewellery and it looks great on the models!

Comment by Lorena Angulo on January 23, 2012 at 5:43pm

It is fabulous, Melissa. I love it ! ;o)

Comment by Melissa Cameron on January 23, 2012 at 5:31pm

Thanks everyone for your comments. I was so surprised to wake up to an inbox full of comments this morning, and chuffed too. Lorena, our crowd-sourcing ethos meant that each maker was required to bring their own jewels, and their own man.  Oh, and Ben, cheers back to you too ;)


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