15th May – 15th June 2013
Drawn from the colours of the ocean, Diane has created an evocative collection of pendants and rings for this exhibition.
Hallmarks of Diane Appleby’s handmade jewellery are design, colour and craftsmanship. Stones such as rubies, diamonds, black pearls, tourmalines and iolites set into burnished silver and planished gold find unique form in Diane’s designs. Rings with richly coloured cabochon cut and bright faceted stones and bejewelled perfume bottles with silken tassels are some of the individually crafted objects that catch the eye in a collection of Diane’s work.
Diane’s jewellery is designed to not only catch the eye, but to also feel delightful to the wearer. ‘I love to play with colour, form and texture. My jewellery, no matter the scale, has a focus on shape and surface texture that feels good to wear. I choose materials for their unique characters, such as stones for their luminosity, metals to encapsulate strength, and silks for their sheen and rippling texture. I enjoy combining interesting materials in my designs, creating pieces with a precious presence. I find the satisfaction of bringing a concept to life from a drawing to a fully resolved piece of jewellery or object, both for a collection for an exhibition or for a client, extremely exciting.’
Diane completed her Master of Art in Gold and Silversmithing at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 2003. As well as making jewellery for individual clients, shops and galleries, Diane has taught in the Jewellery and Object Design Department, Sydney Institute of Technology, Design Centre Enmore, and at the College of Fine Art, University of NSW.