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Into the Archive – Looking back to Look Forward

A series of memories of contemporary jewellery events that I've been in or admired.

Looking back to move forward, today I'm going back in time and revisiting my 2015 solo exhibition It's Always Darkest Just Before Dawn. The project was a yearlong time-based digital and art jewellery project that ran from 1 July 2014 - 30 June 2015. Originally intended to be shown only at Gray Street Workshop in Adelaide, it then travelled back to Melbourne and had a second life as part of Craft Cubed, an initiative of Craft Victoria, and Melbourne jewellery festival Radiant Pavilion. The project was a contemporary multi-disciplinary enquiry that explored the significance of handmade objects at a time when people are engrossed in digital culture and mass-produced products. The collection began with authentic representations, starting with digital (moving/still) documentation of my locale that informed the creation of a collection of handmade contemporary art jewellery.

This project was generously supported by Gray Street Workshop gallery curator, jewellery and object maker Sue Lorraine, Gray Street Workshop and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts.

This was my first time showing at Gray Street Workshop.

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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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