Year-long challenge


Contemporary jeweller Christel van der Laan is among 12 artists chosen to collaborate in an exhibition of jewellery pieces.  Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au   d451015
Contemporary jeweller Christel van der Laan is among 12 artists chosen to collaborate in an exhibition of jewellery pieces. Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au d451015

The group produced 12 jewellery pieces over the year on 12 different themes, which will be displayed as part of the A Year in the Making exhibition in Wanneroo.

Van der Laan said art was generally a “solitary occupation” so she welcomed the opportunity to work closely with other jewellers.

“Our aim was to collaborate with each other and push each other to make different work to what we would usually make,” she said.

“It was very meaningful and a very worthwhile thing to do for us.”

Each artist chose a theme for the month that everyone had to create a piece reflecting.

Van der Laan opted for ‘as good as gold’, while other themes included ‘FIFO’, ‘choose your own adventure’, ‘trap’ and ‘identity’.

“It’s extraordinary how very differently these were interpreted,” she said.

“It was very challenging on occasions to come up with ideas in response to other people’s themes.

“It was so exhilarating and so stimulating to finally arrive at a different work.

“It pushed us and that was an exciting part of this exhibition.” A variety of jewellery styles feature in the exhibition using materials such as sterling silver, copper, enamel, wood, gold and plastic.

Project co-ordinator Claire Townsend selected the artists to create the eclectic mix of contemporary pieces.

“I wanted to bring together a diverse group of jewellers to push the boundaries of their normal practice, highlighting the still valid process of the handmade and the underlying narrative and content with contemporary jewellery,” she said.

A Year in the Making will be on at Wanneroo Library and Exhibition Centre until April 16.