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Handshake @ Objectspace – 15 June 2013 – 20 July 2013

It has been such a pleasure to collaborate with Judy on this show!

Handshake

15 June 2013 – 20 July 2013

The Handshake exhibition is the culmination of the Handshake mentoring project that began in 2011 involving twelve, then emerging, New Zealand-based jewellers. The project initiated by jeweller, teacher, and jewellery activist Peter Deckers, has provided the mentees with the opportunity to work with an internationally renowned artist or jeweller of their choice, as a mentor.
The role of the mentor was to assist the mentee with establishing an ongoing practice that would extend beyond the duration of the project and provide professional support and advice during the process of them developing works for a series of Handshake exhibitions staged in Australia, New Zealand and Germany. While earlier exhibitions  focussed on the mentees, the Handshake exhibition at Objectspace presents works by all the participants and highlights the collaborative process and unique qualities of the relationships between the pairs.
The Handshake website (http://handshakejewellery.com) records the progress of the Handshake participants via blogs that chart the development and exchange of ideas which occurred through a mixture of email, Skype, and studio visits. A recently published book
HANDSHAKE – 12 contemporary jewellers meet their hero collects text and images from participants and features an essay from leading international jewellery commentator Benjamin Lignel. The book is available for purchase at Objectspace.
In the final phase of this Handshake project each of the current mentees has been given the opportunity to select a new recent graduate, whom they will mentor for of a year,expanding on the ever increasing circle of learning and contributing to the dynamic flow of shared experiences. These graduating mentees- soon- to- be- mentors are the most valuable jewellery resources generated by Handshake. 
Participants in Handshake are as follows:
Becky Bliss / Fabrizio Tridenti
Neke Moa / Karl Fritsch
Gillian Deery / Estela Sáez Vilanova
Sam Kelly / Octavia Cook
Jhana Millers / Suska Mackert
Jessica Winchcombe / Warwick Freeman
Nadene Carr / Lucy Sarneel
Sarah Read / Iris Eichenberg
Lynsay Raine / Andrea Wagner
Kristin D’Agostino / Judy Darragh
Debbie Adamson / Hanna Hedman
Sharon Fitness / Lisa Walker

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High Five – Schmuck 2013 in Review

It has been about 30 hours since my 30 hour trip home from Munich.  I am happy to announce that I did not have a baby on the plane, even though the rumor of lifetime free flights was tempting.   I am nearly back to normal, although I did question my ability to operate heavy machinery as I got behind the wheel of the car today…..
There is so much to reflect on and share.  I will try to post everything I saw over the next few weeks.  So let’s start with the highlight and work our way from there…..
SCHMUCK 2013.
It was an amazing experience to see my my work at the show.  This is a mobile photo and doesn’t show the brooches that well, but it also glosses over how gigantic I am.  And it does show the shadows off quite nicely.
High 5 - brooches at SCHMUCK 2013

High 5 – brooches at SCHMUCK 2013
Thank you to Creative New Zealand who made this trip possible!  Hurray.

Handshake goes to Schmuck

I have just returned from Schmuck-tastic-ness that was Munich 2013.I am still reeling from the event and in a happy jewellery daze.My camera has been  momentarily kidnapped for the weekend, so snippets will have to suffice.

Here is the handshake install at the Messe Handwerk hall – in this image my work was on grey _ fifth from the left.  I think that the aim of explaining the project, not just the work came through in this install.

(photos courtesy of Jhana Miller)

New Zealand talent recognised in Germany

From the Objectspace newsletter…..
In March, the work of a number of New Zealanders will be represented in exhibitions at the annual international shows Talentè and Schmuck. Fatemeh Aghahasan, Tamsin Fraser, Briar Mark, Hayden Maunsell, Kristin D’Agostino, Karl Fritsch, Lisa Walker are just some of those who will have their work on  display.   
Whereas Talentè showcases craft and design, the focus of Schmuck is on contemporary jewellery. As part of Schmuck, jeweller Warwick Freeman has been invited to present a survey exhibition including works from the 1980s to 2013.
This year the spotlight is also on the work of 12 emerging contemporary jewellers. Facilitated by Peter Deckers, Handshake is a mentoring project, supported by Creative New Zealand,  that culminates in an exhibition. Handshake will be staged at Objectspace.
We wish all the exhibitors the very best!

engaging contemporary jewellery via Artfind blog

*image is of Woven Box neckpiece, 2012 by HANDSHAKE participant Gillian Deery

Artfind has a nice update on contemporary jewellery project in NZ.  It is even cooler that the Overview got a mention as well as Retrospect and Handshake.  3 out of 4 is not bad!

“One area in New Zealand’s creative landscape that I feel is extremely engaging, consistantly interesting and progressive, is the contemporary jewellery scene. We have some wonderfully talented makers producing jewellery at an international level, and there is as a strong sense of community with a number of great support iniatives around too. Check out a few interesting projects below:” read more