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Location: Melbourne, Australia
Latest Activity: Feb 10, 2016
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
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
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.
ManJewellery | as it happened...
QR codes on each model held pertinent artist info
ManJewellery | as it happened...
ManJewellery, in its natural habitat
This group does not have any discussions yet.
I cannot believe that this was five years ago! Thanks for reminding me.
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!
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:
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!
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...
Loved the designs and photos. Now loving the commentary!!
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.
It is no surprise that the evil corporate war machine steals colour in this film!
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????
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.
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.)
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