For Sydney Craft Week 2020, eleven NZ jewellery artists from the HANDSHAKE project have been selected to exhibit artwork that connects to the context of traditional jewellery.
These artists respond to widely known jewellery traditions; e.g. how and why jewellery exists or is worn.
This can be unwrapped in multiple ways, rendering new opportunities for contemporary jewellery:
• in a physical format; e.g. the solitaire ring, charm bracelet, the eardrop, etc, or
• in a more functional format; like jewellery clasps, stone settings, brooch clasps, etc, or
• within the purpose of jewellery; how jewellery triggers the memory, how jewellery communicates class, wealth, power, status and grief.
During the making process these artists uncover the thinking behind these reflective and deconstructed processes as blog posts on the Handshake Project website.
Each artist statement touches on the attention of their transformation.