26th June – 13th July 2019
Women’s Work explores the changing roles of women in craft and society, commenting on the perception of what women do versus what we are actually capable of. By combining the traditionally masculine craft of silversmithing with hand stitching, this exhibition endeavours to challenge the entrenched gender roles within craft and society while paying homage to those before.
Having been trained in traditional silversmithing, object design, and contemporary art jewellery, my practice is quite eclectic. My work ranges from simple, subtle, aesthetically motivated forms, to conceptually driven statements on society, all made by hand using traditional craft skills. Being heavily influenced by street art and popular culture, there is often a cheeky nature that sneaks into my work, with many pieces boasting a hint of interactivity, to further engage the viewer beyond wearability or utility.
After completing a music degree and travelling the world, Gretal gave into her ever-present passion for making and enrolled in Jewellery and Object Design at Design Centre, Enmore in Sydney. Not wanting to commit to a 2 year course she only payed for the first 6 months. 4 years later she emerged with an Advanced Diploma, 1 year residency and multiple graduate awards. Not yet sick of study Gretal decided to further her education by completing her Masters of Jewellery, Silversmithing, and Related Products at Birmingham City University’s School of Jewellery in the UK. Upon her return to Australia Gretal was accepted into the Associate Program at JamFactory in Adelaide, working out of the Jewellery and Metal Studio where she has had the time and space to develop work for several local and international exhibitions.