Becky Bliss, Caroline Thomas, Kelly McDonald, Kristin D’Agostino, Kylie Sinkovich, Lisa Higgins, Mandy Flood, Nik Hanton, Sandra Schmid, Sarah Walker-Holt, Vivien Atkinson.
11 NZ artists from the HANDSHAKE PROJECT challenge the convention of jewellery through sculpture; reinterpreting how it is traditionally made, seen and understood.
The premise for MAKERS of Traditional Change - The Conventional Reformed, is to respond to widely known jewellery traditions. Rendering new opportunities for contemporary wearable art, the artists have been asked to consider the physical, functional and cultural connotations related to traditional jewellery. By reinterpreting these modes, through unconventional materials and concepts, the artists ask the viewer or the wearer, to re-evaluate their preconceived ideas of why objects are worn.
ABOUT THE HANDSHAKE PROJECT
HANDSHAKE is a space where established artists hand over some of their quality knowledge to those asking for a ‘hand’; it is a two-way project that encourages symbiosis and give & take. HANDSHAKE offers two stages: the first stage is with a mentor followed up with a programme with specialised coaches. In the second stage, the mentor becomes their colleague and in some cases their collaborator. This allows the HS artist to develop themselves into independent makers. The series of exhibitions for each project are purpose made to inspire the natural progression of each maker’s work. Therefore no HANDSHAKE exhibition is the same.