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ODE TO CRAFT - PIECES OF FATE


This pendant is intended to be a protector of ‘craft’. It represents what is good about the handmade object; its uniqueness, quality and mark of the maker. As I was making this piece, I reflected on how privileged I am to have the time to invest in making distinctive objects that would never otherwise been thought of, let alone made.

As I often work intuitively, I frequently reflect on how the object came to be. I believe that particular jewellery objects are fated to exist; they are born at a particular time for a specific reason. It is also amazing to me how many times certain pieces seem to have the ability to create moments of serendipity; they connect with an individual as though it were ‘meant to be’, as though the two were destined to coexist. It could be as simple as finding a plastic ring discovered on a beach or receiving a diamond-encrusted ring.

Jewellery, by its very nature and because of its relationship to the body, has the potential to be ‘discovered’, personalised, and therefore become for that individual an object of providence. As intimate objects, jewellery not only has the power to convey meaning, it also invites the possessor to transfer meaning. This is often due to timing, circumstance or how the object is acquired - from where it has come or from whom. With this in mind, I hope Ode to Craft moves you by suggesting notions of beauty, nostalgia and passing time, while also symbolically acting as a talisman or amulet that protects craft and the handmade.

This piece was made for the exhibition Pieces of Fate at Pieces of Eight Gallery, 2011.

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I respectfully acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation, the traditional custodians of the land on which I create and exhibit art. I pay my respects to Elders past and present, as well as to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the wider Melbourne community and beyond. Indigenous sovereignty has never been ceded. I acknowledge that I work and live on country on which Members and Elders of The Wurundjeri people and their forebears have been custodians for many centuries and on which Aboriginal People have performed age-old ceremonies of celebration, initiation and renewal. I acknowledge their living culture and their unique role in the life of this region.

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