The Box Project challenges a select group of contemporary jewellers/makers to create new work from materials that they have received in the post in a box. Once the work is complete they will send it back for the exhibition.

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May 4 - 25, 2011 (Auckland)
March 15 - May 1, 2011 (Wellington)
November 18- 30, 2010 (Sydney)

Masterworks Gallery, 77 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland
The See Here, 12 Constable Street, Newtown, Wellington
Gaffa Gallery, 281 Clarence Street, Sydney CBD

Artists Involved?
Diane Appleby, Zoe Brand, Melissa Cameron, Zara Collins, Kristin D'Agostino, Sharon Fitness, Liana Kabel, Peta Kruger, Bridie Lander, Jasmine Matus, Carrie McDowell, Sunggee Min, Jessica Page, Alice Potter, Sonya Scott, Lauren Simeoni, Sondi, Melinda Young.

Project based exhibition of contemporary jewellery and objects

Exhibition concept and curator? Jasmine Matus.

17th November 2010

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FEATURE ARTIST - Zoe Brand, Sydney, Australia.

Zoe Brand and her famous blackboard brooches.

Zoe Brand currently holds the position of manager of Keeper Gallery and retail space at Gaffa Gallery an Artist Run Initiative in Sydney. She is also a maker of contemporary jewellery and objects and a freelance arts curator. Zoe studied the Advanced Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design at the Design Centre, Enmore and graduated in 2008.

”I’d like to tell you a bit about myself. I’m about average height, I wear glasses and like to drink beer. Now you may ask, what has this got to do with my work? I would have to admit that this is an excellent question to pose. With my arms flailing around in the air and in an excitable tone I would reply to you, “Everything!! It has everything to do with my work!” I would then calm down and sink into a deep discussion about why it is that I decided to make Jewellery out of books pertaining to Jewellery or why in fact that I’m drawn to the aesthetic of certain architecture. Words such as, humor, simplicity, structure would be bandied about and much laughter would ensue, I would suggest that perhaps we might go for a beer and continue our conversation. After ordering a round of Coopers we would begin an intense discussion about the state of the Contemporary Jewellery scene in Australia. Following a few more beers and perhaps a cider we would part ways with the adrenalin pumping through our bodies that only comes with amazing conversation. That would be rather pleasant don’t you think?”

- Zoe Brand

A huge thanks goes out to Zoe for pushing me to pursue The Box Project. You are one special lady!

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25th October 2010

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25th October 2010

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The Box Project opens at gaffa in little under three weeks time, put this date in your diary!

Exhibition opening Thursday 18th November, 2010

6-8pm Keeper Gallery, Gaffa

281 Clarence St, Sydney CBD

11th October 2010


Lets get PROMOTED!!!

I have been working my butt off trying to get as many free listings as possible to advertise The Box Project, here are the first three that have gone live!

Stay tuned for more. Be sure to have a look and share the love!

8th October 2010

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Sneak peak of The Box Project catalogue, a work in progress

29th September 2010


‘When the game is over, the king and the pawn go into the same box’

- Italian proverb

28th September 2010


FEATURE ARTIST - Diane Appleby, Sydney, Australia.

Vessel and stopper, anodised aluminium.

Hallmarks of Diane Appleby’s handmade jewellery are design, colour and craftsmanship. Rubies, diamonds, black pearls, tourmalines and iolites set in burnished silver and planished gold find unique form in Diane’s designs. Cabochon rings of topaz and citrine and bejewelled perfume bottle with silken tassels are some of the individually crafted objects that catch the eye in a collection of Diane’s work.

Diane’s pieces are designed to not only catch the eye, but also to feel delightful to the wearer. ‘I love to play with form and texture. My jewellery, no matter the scale, has a focus on shape and surface texture that feels good to wear.’

A Sydney based jewellery designer and maker of some 20 years standing, Diane has exhibited nationally and internationally. While she supplies jewellery to some of Australia’s premier galleries and outlets, Diane’s preference is to work directly with clients to design and make individual pieces. ‘There is alchemy when I work directly with clients, involving them in the design process. It imbues the piece with a very special meaning.’

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 at the Jewellery and Object Design Department, Sydney Institute of Technology, Design Centre Enmore, and at the College of Fine Art, University of NSW.

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12th September 2010


FEATURE ARTIST - Sharon Fitness, Auckland, New Zealand

15 gold blobs on 2 bits of black line

For many people, the word jewellery conjures up images of gold, diamonds and mass-produced bling. This adorned baggage has led Fitness to explore alternative visual and contextual communication surrounding wearable objects that do not fit the traditional jewellery mould. Fitness creates silicone jewels that encourage play and interaction between the wearer and observer. They offer new possibilities for adorning and viewing jewellery, creating temporal art experiences for random audiences.

Sharon Fitness is also one of the cogs behind the fabulous Broach of the Month club in New Zealand.

When contemporary jewellery meets book club in the form of a broach.’

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3rd September 2010

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Sadly, The Box Project had lost a few of it’s artists to heavy work loads, exhibitions commissions and residencies (good luck to you guys!). However… we have on board two equally talented and creative new members to the Box Project team.

Sonya Scott from Sydney Australia and Sondi from Sondi’s Studio in Wentworth-Falls in the Blue Mountains.

Welcome to the Project, it’s great to have you both on board.

3rd September 2010

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FEATURE ARTIST - Sunggee Min, Melbourne, Australia.

Sunday Afternoon,925 Silver, Corian, Hobby moss, Silk Thread

Min’s work relates to his earlier studies in Philosophy and Literature as well as to the 
different religions that he has tried to understand and question.
 His creative motivation began with an exploration of relationships in everyday life.
Min likes to see the contrast, harmony and emotions through these relationships and the way that the results are not always what we expect.

Taking photos, getting wild flowers from country, collecting old coins or stamps. Are these our nature to memorise or to have? There is no separate line between before and after because we are living in the world that moves continuously. We tend to memorise or capture the moment especially when we know it won’t last forever, either moments of scenery or objects.

As a jeweller, I capture my moment, which I found so special for me and then I create wearable pieces using my moment of memories or objects that I collected.”

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