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.

12th July 2010

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FEATURE ARTIST - Zara Collins, Sydney, Australia

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The flotsam and jetsam of Asian flea markets, op shops and grocery aisles is what inspires Collins. She sees potential in the everyday and ephemeral – colours, textures, patterns and patina which provide the basis for works both lasting & unique.

 Everyday treasures scoured from the Asian marketplace continually suggest new forms and functions. These ‘finds’ motivate her to experiment with different techniques & materials. The notion of transformation underpins not only Collins practice but also her pieces and is particularly evident in her current focus on contemporary jewellery. Here Collins has tried to communicate the grace of the commonplace – embedding Asian newspaper into resin bangles, transforming silver dipped chopstick ends into drop earrings, and giving the generic Chinese chopstick new life as bracelets, pendants and neckpieces.

 This body of work uses the ‘everyday’ utilitarian object as a starting point for reinvention, appropriation and reinterpretation.

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