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11/07/2013

EXPO ‘Romancing the Stone’ – Pieces of Eight Gallery , Melbourne (AU) – 9 juill.-17 Aout 2013

« Tessa Blazey: Romancing the Stone » - Pieces of Eight Gallery (Melbourne, Australia)

"Tessa Blazey: Romancing the Stone" - Pieces of Eight Gallery (Melbourne, Australia) 09-Jul-2013 - 17-Aug-2013 website: www.piecesofeight.com.au

‘Romancing the Stone’ is an exhibition exploring Melbourne jeweller Tessa Blazey’s ongoing love affair with minerals and gemstones. As she explains, “I am continually captivated by the exquisite geometry of mineral specimens. When I look at these crystalline forms I experience a shift in scale. Like Alice, I am transported down the rabbit hole into their miniature world. I imagine myself immersed in a diamondiferous landscape glinting beauty”.

In this exhibition Blazey explores the geometric structures and landscapes of crystal and mineral specimens through mimicry and transformation. Utilizing raw curiously cut and mounted stones she frames each piece to mimic the stone that inspired it. To individualise each piece within the context of its miniature wonderland, Blazey has personified each piece by naming them after an iconic heroine.

 Tessa Blazey Ring: Luna 18ct white gold, 0.57ct Ceylon blue sapphireTessa Blazey Ring: Luna 18ct white gold, 0.57ct Ceylon blue sapphire

Tessa Blazey Earrings: Uhura 9ct yellow gold, oxidised sterling silver, cast fluorite
 Tessa Blazey Earrings: Uhura 9ct yellow gold, oxidised sterling silver, cast fluorite
Tessa Blazey
Tessa Blazey ‘Nyx’ Ring: 18ct yellow gold, trilliant cut parti coloured sapphire

Tessa Blazey Ring: Lady Godiva 18ct yellow gold, 1.58ct rough octahedral diamond (right)

Tessa Blazey Ring: Lady Godiva 18ct yellow gold, 1.58ct rough octahedral diamond (right)

 

Pieces of Eight Gallery
28 Russell Place
VIC 3000 – Melbourne
Australia
Telephone: +613 9497 8121

website: www.piecesofeight.com.au

22/02/2013

EXPO ‘Prince Charming and The Palace of Happiness’ – Pieces of Eight, Melbourne (AU) – 12 Fevr.-24 mars 2013

Prince Charming and The Palace of Happiness

An exhibition by artists Tabea Reulecke, Maarja Niinemägi and Teresa Lane

  Prince Charming and the Palace of Happiness    Artists: Tabea Reulecke, Maarja Niinemägi, Teresa Lane  Management: Melanie Katsalidis  Place: Pieces of Eight Gallery  (Melbourne, Australia)  12-Feb-2013 - 24-Mar-2013    website: www.piecesofeight.com.au  mail: marketing@piecesofeight.com.au

« Love, loyalty, possession and desire have been expressed and signified in jewellery objects for thousands of years. What ARE our societal beliefs on romantic love here and now? What jewellery do we wear to signify our ‘romantic’” status – to promise ourselves to someone, to hold another in thought upon our body, to lure a mate or to outwardly express our inward, and often, private erotic desires? What jewellery do we imagine as women, as sensual beings, lovers with bodies, minds, hearts and desires, fears and acceptance? »

Jewellery artists Tabea Reulecke (DEU), Maarja Niinemägi (EST) and Teresa Lane (AUS) present Prince Charming and the Palace of Happiness, bringing together the subjective lenses of three women of different cultural backgrounds to convey reflections, representations and imaginings of romantic love in jewellery and objects. The exhibition draws upon historic and mythological archetypes, gently interrogating contemporary notions of Eros while teasing out the knots of foreplay and lustily engaging in femininity, fetish, sirens, sweat and sweet memories of those that have touched us.

Dreaming of love......... ;-)brooches by Tabea Reulecke -  These enamelled copper brooches with oxidised silver fittings titled 'Lost in Translation', 'Three Horny Rabbits' and 'In the Middle of Nowhere'. Dreaming of love………  brooches by Tabea Reulecke -  These enamelled copper brooches with oxidised silver fittings titled ‘Lost in Translation’, ‘Three Horny Rabbits’ and ‘In the Middle of Nowhere’.

Tabea Reulecke  Brooch: Copulation Museum: Lost In Translation  Enamel, copper, oxidised sterling silver Tabea Reulecke  Brooch: Copulation Museum: Lost In Translation  Enamel, copper, oxidised sterling silver

      Tabea Reulecke  Neckpiece: Copulation Museum: Three Horny Rabbits  Enamel, copper, oxidised sterling silverTabea Reulecke  Neckpiece: Copulation Museum: Three Horny Rabbits  Enamel, copper, oxidised sterling silver Teresa Lane, 'Me' Neckpiece via Pieces of Eight Gallery. Teresa Lane, ‘Me’ Neckpiece  Stone, silver, small German figurine Dreaming of love...  Pink/red 'Palaces of Happiness', hand cut stone necklace by Melbournian Teresa Lane. Pink/red ‘Palaces of Happiness’, hand cut stone necklace by Melbournian Teresa Lane.
Maarja Niinemägi  Brooch: Läbi tulpide (In the Tulips)  Stone tile, sterling silver, 14ct yellow goldMaarja Niinemägi  Brooch: Läbi tulpide (In the Tulips)  Stone tile, sterling silver, 14ct yellow gold

 

Pieces of Eight Gallery
28 Russell Place,
Melbourne 3000 AUSTRALIA
www.piecesofeight.com.au
mail: marketing@piecesofeight.com.au

30/09/2012

EXPO ‘Peta Kruger: This Fool’s Gold’ – Pieces of Eight Gallery, Melbourne (AU) – 4 Sept.-6 Oct. 2012

Peta Kruger: This Fool’s Gold  – Pieces of Eight Gallery  (Melbourne, Australia)  04-Sep-2012 – 06-Oct-2012

This spring, Adelaide based jeweller Peta Kruger installs This Fool’s Gold, her new solo exhibition at Pieces of Eight Gallery. Her new work, created exclusively for this exhibition, comprises entirely of painted brass works, demonstrating a continued link between her practice as an illustrator and jeweller. These wearable works are lively, and informed by her much loved jewellery collection from childhood. Working with the large dimensions of the façade, Kruger has also created over scaled interpretations of her work, painted on board.
This exhibition follows her recent mentorship with German jeweller Karl Fritsch and is her first solo exhibition in Melbourne.
The jewellery collection that I grew up treasuring included plated orchid souvenirs, Disney charms, leather gum leaves, ‘tiger eye’ and painted plastics. It was by observing and interacting with these pieces that I came to understand the basics of object construction. There was very little materially precious jewellery; colour and shape was what I valued most.
Brass is a material that can be used to learn the basics of jewellery making, and I take great comfort and pleasure in continuing to work with it. It allows me to cut, bend and stick parts together in a playful and spontaneous way, slowly discovering a collection of shapes and patterns with which I am happy.” Peta Kruger, June 2012.

Peta Kruger: This Fool’s Gold  Place: Pieces of Eight Gallery  (Melbourne, Australia)  04-Sep-2012 - 06-Oct-2012

Peta Kruger  Brooch: This Fool’s Gold,  Brass, silver, paintPeta Kruger  Brooch: This Fool’s Gold,  Brass, silver, paint

Peta Kruger  Neckpiece: This Fool’s Gold  Brass, silk cord, paintPeta Kruger  Neckpiece: This Fool’s Gold  Brass, silk cord, paint

 

 

Pieces of Eight Gallery
28 Russell Place
VIC 3000 – Melbourne
Australia
Telephone: +613 9497 8121
website: www.piecesofeight.com.au
mail: marketing@piecesofeight.com.au

19/03/2012

EXPO « Cosmic Artefacts » – Pieces of Eight Gallery, Melbourne (AU) – 6 Mars-7 Avr. 2012

Cosmic Artefacts

An exhibition by Alexi Freeman and Tessa Blazey
March 6 – April 7, 2012
Pieces of Eight Gallery

Pieces of Eight Gallery presents fashion designer Alexi Freeman and represented jeweller Tessa Blazey, collaborating on a major window installation that includes finished works and relics from their Autumn Winter 2012 ROCK STAR and Spring Summer 2012/2013 collaborations.

The installation features their AW12 Interstellar Gown, an elaborate metal gown featuring thousands of tiny gold rings embellished into a geometric formation – fit for a sci-fi goddess to traverse the celestial sphere.

A marriage between artisanal workmanship and technology, their latest collaboration for SS12/13 is meticulously constructed from intricately cut acrylic in vivid fluoro orange. This dress has also inspired a suite of jewellery pieces that will be installed concurrently at editionx.com.au from March 6.EXPO

Alexi Freeman & Tessa Blazey  – Body piece:  Relic – Acrylic

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Alexi Freeman & Tessa Blazey  – Necklace: Intricate Relic – Acrylic – Relic SS12/13 Edition of 10

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Alexi Freeman & Tessa Blazey Relic Chain Earrings

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Pieces of Eight Gallery
28 Russell Place
VIC 3000 – Melbourne
Australia
Telephone: +613 9497 8121

website: www.piecesofeight.com.au
mail: marketing@piecesofeight.com.au

15/10/2011

EXPO ‘Robert Baines: Frisches Fleisch – Fresh Meat’ – Pieces of Eight Gallery, Melbourne (AU) – 4 Oct.-13 Nov. 2011

Robert Baines: Frisches Fleisch – Fresh Meat

Pieces of Eight Gallery proudly presents an exhibition of new work by Robert Baines, Frisches Fleisch : Fresh Meat. Baines is one of Australia’s most highly regarded and internationally recognised jewellers and goldsmiths. His exhibition at Pieces of Eight Gallery sees Baines create a commentary on what he views to be the endangerment of the original idea and the practice of plagiarism in contemporary jewellery. Utilising the technique of casting, something not typically seen in his work, he furthers his case and punctuates his argument by the frequent inclusion in many of the pieces of the Rothschild Red Giraffe, itself an endangered species.


Robert Baines is Professor of Art and Gold and Silversmithing at RMIT School of Art and postgraduate coordinator of Gold & Silversmithing. He is an internationally respected goldsmith, researcher, academic and author. He is the winner of the most significant awards in his field, namely The Bayerischer Staatspreis 2005 and the Friedrich Becker Preis 2008. His most recent books published are Bracelet’Java-la-Grande’ (Palgrave Macmillan 2006) and More Amazing Schmuck Stories by Robert Baines (Australia Scholarly Publishing 2009).

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Robert Baines – brooch: Frisches Fleisch, One Giraffe 2011 – Bronze, paint

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Robert Baines – brooch: Frisches Fleisch, One Giraffe 2011 – Silver, paint

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Robert Baines  - brooch: Frisches Fleisch, Two Kangaroos 2011 – Silver oxidised, paint
 

Pieces of Eight Gallery
28 Russell Place
VIC 3000 – Melbourne
Australia
Telephone: +613 9497 8121
website: www.piecesofeight.com.au
mail: marketing@piecesofeight.com.au

13/06/2011

EXPO ‘Pieces of Fate’ – Pieces of Eight Gallery, Melbourne (AU) – 24 Mai-2 Juill. 2011

 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.

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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. »

 

Participating artists
Bridget Bodenham — Cesar Cueva — Cinnamon Lee — Craig Spark — David Parker — Djurdjica Kesic — Dougal Haslem –  Elfrun LachJin-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 JagielloPeta Kruger — Raymond de Zwart — Shimara Carlow — Sian Edwards — Sim Luttin — Steffi Kalina — Tamara Dixon — Teresa Lane — Tessa Blazey — Tim Fleming — Zoe Crowder

 Meredith Turnbull, Nadja Soloviev, Tim Fleming, Marcus Foley, Mark Edgoose From left:  Meredith Turnbull, Nadja Soloviev, Tim Fleming, Marcus Foley, Mark Edgoose

EXPO 'Pieces of Fate' - Pieces of Eight Gallery, Melbourne (AU) - 24 Mai-2 Juill. 2011 dans Australie (AU) blank fate_main_large dans Cinnamon LEE (AU)Katrina Freene, Zoe Crowder, Lucy Folk, Craig Sparks, David Parker

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From left: Tessa Blazey “Geo neckpiece”– Bridget Bodenham “In Spirit” — Teresa Lane “The weight of a large bird falling”

fate_large3 dans Elfrun LACH (DE)
From left: Katie Jacobs “Memento mori” — Shimara Carlow “Yin and Yang” — Djurdjica Kesic “An amulet for a traveller” – Sim Luttin “Ode to Craft”

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From left: Justine Austen “Beauty and the Beast” — Steffi Kalina “Time Piece” — Dougal Haslem “The Crossing”

fate_large6 dans Gal. Pieces of Eight (AU)
From left:  Elfrun Lach “Universal Amulet” — Jin-Ah Jo “For the monkey, rat and dragon” –  Natalia Milosz-Piekarska “Instrument” of Divination” 

 

 

 

Pieces of Eight Gallery
28 Russell Place
VIC 3000 – Melbourne
Australia
Telephone: +613 9497 8121

website: www.piecesofeight.com.au
mail: marketing@piecesofeight.com.au

24/01/2011

COUP de … ROUGE avec Elfrun LACH

My jewellery results from ongoing research into the historic use, depiction and symbolism of coral in connection with making contemporary artefacts. Coral is one of the oldest materials used for human adornment, and because of its difficulty to obtain, has been simulated throughout history by bone, glass, wood, porcelain and plastic.
The process of simulation, substitution of materials and the combination of precious and found objects is relevant to all my work. By using coral as a metaphor for strength and fragility, growth and decay I want to generate readings concerning human interaction with the environment, and question the ethical use of materials and the nature of the real and the represented.” (Elfrun Lach)

(ACTUAL EXPO : « Corollary« , Craft Victoria, Melbourne (AU) 21 Jan.– 5 March2011)

COUP de ... ROUGE  avec Elfrun LACH dans Allemagne (DE) blank Bangle #1
Elfrun LachBangle #1, 2005 – leather, aluminium flashing, sterling silver (« Correlation » exhib.)

 

Elfrun Lach is born in 1955, Ratingen, Germany – She completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Gold and Silversmithing, RMIT University, 2004, followed by Honours, 2005, and a Master of Art, 2010. Elfrun has exhibited her jewellery since 2001. Highlights include SOFA New York and Chicago, Charon Kransen Arts, New York, 2009; Jewellery Topos, Galerie Marzee, The Netherlands, 2009; and Beyond Metal: Contemporary Australian Jewellery and Holloware (toured to India, Malaysia and Singapore), 2007. Her work is held in private collections in Australia, Canada, Germany, France, USA and Japan

   

 

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Brooches with found branch, wool felt and sandblasted glass beads, 5W x 5.5Hcm. $300 each.
Elfrun LachBrooches with found branch, wool felt and sandblasted glass beads (« Correlation » exhib.)

   

 

lach08 dans COUP DE COEUR

 

lach07 dans Elfrun LACH (DE)

lach02 dans Gal. Charon Kransen (US)
Elfrun Lach – ‘Sprung’ necklace (« Correlation » exhib.)

lach06 dans Gal. Pieces of Eight (AU)
Elfrun Lach‘Corallium Rubrum’ necklace – natural red coral branches, polypropylene, sterling silver, silk cord  2005 (« Correlation » exhib.)

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Elfrun Lach – ‘Untitled Brooch’ – natural twig (Eucalyptus Caesia), cotton thread, stainless steel  (« Correlation » exhib.)

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Elfrun Lach -Corallium Osseus Necklace- Hand built percelain, red coral beads, nylon cord  2005 (« Correlation » exhib.)

Brooch with found branch, wool felt and sandblasted glass beads, 5W x 5.5Hcm. $300.
Elfrun Lach -Brooch with found branch, wool felt and sandblasted glass beads

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Elfrun Lach -ring ‘Annulus parvus’ 2008, bamboo, coral, polymer clay

       

Pieces of Eight is a contemporary jewellery and small object gallery in Melbourne, Australia.
see their exhibitions of Elfrun Lach : « Correlation » (2006)

« Correlation is the result of a continued exploration by gold and silversmith Elfrun Lach into the symbolism, materiality and historical use of coral. The jewellery pieces made for the exhibition come from an investigation into this precious material and these wearable works stand as a metaphor for growth and decay, strength and fragility.
A natural material, coral has been highly prized throughout various cultures and periods, the oldest surviving finds are coral beads and artefacts from Neolithic burial sites dating back to 10,000BC. Red coral in particular has been considered precious by southern European cultures, and sometimes appears in medieval and renaissance paintings being worn or held by the infant Jesus.
Lach creates contemporary offerings and interpretations of coral as well as including some real pieces of different corals in her work. She also has used a variety of other materials like felt, glass beads, wood, silver, porcelain and recycled plastics. By using these materials alongside coral, with all its associations, she offers up new objects of desire.
Considering how humans have now endangered the very existence of coral by dredging the sea floor, Lach’s jewellery pieces elevate humble materials to present a new preciousness in her works which evoke rather than mimic this material. She is currently continuing to explore these themes whilst undertaking a Masters in Fine Arts at RMIT, Melbourne. « 

 

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