Have you ever come across a piece of jewellery, and thought to yourself, this must have been made for me… And there it was, just sitting there, quite simply, waiting to be found.
Pieces of Eight Gallery presents Pieces of Fate, a group exhibition of exquisite handcrafted pendants. Drawing inspiration from Professor Robert Baines, who coined the term, the exhibition includes works from 37 of the gallery’s represented artists who broadly explore the idea of an objects fate. Within the pendants various manifestations lay inherent intentions, purposes and appeal; an unquestionable right to exist. What then becomes its destiny?
Historically, pendants have provided all kinds of meaning and perceived powers for the wearer. Pieces of Fate explores how the modern day pendant can tell a story, possess magical powers or provide particular protection to an individual. It playfully engages with conversations about how materials, symbols and personal concepts give power or inscribe meaning to a piece of jewellery, and consequently how this may cause it to potentially determine its wearer.
With the making of each pendant, the artist was asked to record who or what the pendant may be for. This confidential text travels with the piece as a secret exchange between the creator and wearer of the pendant. As Kevin Murray states in his essay about the exhibition, « These incantations represent an important step forward in the restoration of jewellery power. They’re more than reflections on the personal inspiration of the jeweller. They also anticipate how the pendants will be experienced by the wearer. »
Bridget Bodenham — Cesar Cueva — Cinnamon Lee — Craig Spark — David Parker — Djurdjica Kesic — Dougal Haslem – Elfrun Lach — Jin-Ah Jo — Justine Austen — Karla Way — Katie Jacobs, — Katrina Freene — Katrina Tyler — Krista McRae — Lucy Folk — Marcus Foley — Mark Edgoose — Melinda Young — Meredith Turnbull — Nadja Soloviev — Natalia Milosz-Piekarska — Nicky Hepburn — Nina Oikawa — Nina Ellis — Pennie Jagiello — Peta Kruger — Raymond de Zwart — Shimara Carlow — Sian Edwards — Sim Luttin — Steffi Kalina — Tamara Dixon — Teresa Lane — Tessa Blazey — Tim Fleming — Zoe Crowder
From left: Meredith Turnbull, Nadja Soloviev, Tim Fleming, Marcus Foley, Mark Edgoose
Katrina Freene, Zoe Crowder, Lucy Folk, Craig Sparks, David Parker
From left: Tessa Blazey “Geo neckpiece”– Bridget Bodenham “In Spirit” — Teresa Lane “The weight of a large bird falling”
From left: Katie Jacobs “Memento mori” — Shimara Carlow “Yin and Yang” — Djurdjica Kesic “An amulet for a traveller” – Sim Luttin “Ode to Craft”
From left: Justine Austen “Beauty and the Beast” — Steffi Kalina “Time Piece” — Dougal Haslem “The Crossing”
From left: Elfrun Lach “Universal Amulet” — Jin-Ah Jo “For the monkey, rat and dragon” – Natalia Milosz-Piekarska “Instrument” of Divination”
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