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Serial Exchange features the work of seven jeweller/artists from two Australian States. Each artist has selected a one metre square ‘site’ as the inspiration for artworks made individually and collaboratively.  The sites vary from gritty street detail of inner city Melbourne to rocky foreshores of Bruny island, Tasmania. The exchange of sketches, photos and words, accompanied by the developing artwork and potential materials, takes place via a postal service. This process recognises the distance between the ‘makers’ and leaves a physical legacy of the exchange over time as well as creating a sense of occasion about the exchange itself.

About the Artists

Susan Buchanan observes we barely register the markers of our everyday landscape. Elements of this familiar language, particularly that of safety and shadows, are re-imagined in forms that invoke the provisional and peripheral, and re-contextualise these elements found in the spaces we move through to objects on the space of the body. Susan is a Melbourne-based artist with a cross disciplinary practice focused on contemporary jewellery, painting and installation work. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) in 2014 and was awarded the Maggie Fairweather Residency for 2015.  http://www.superpleased.com

Sophie Carnell creates sculptural works in a variety of media, from precious metals to glass, ranging in scale from small wearable pieces to installations. Her work explores relationships to landscape, place and inter-connections with our environment. Sophie completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (UTAS) in 2010 and study in jewellery techniques through Adult Education. She was a finalist and highly commended in the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize (2014) and a finalist in the aRtECYCLE Art prize (Melbourne 2012). Sophie has exhibited in a number of group exhibitions within Tasmania as well as participating in award exhibitions interstate. http://www.sophiecarnell.com

Katie Collins centres her practice in the making of objects that activate. The functionality her objects is often ambiguous as they await to be opened, unfurled, curated or discovered before they reveal themselves as being wearable. Katie completed a Bachelor of Fine Art at RMIT (Honours) in 2014. She has been awarded the Galerie Marzee International Graduate Prize, Koodak Award for Top Honours student and was a finalist in the DIA GOTYA Awards. Katie has participated in a number of group exhibitions in Melbourne and The Galerie Marzee Graduate Exhibition in the Netherlands in 2014. http://katiecollins.com.au

In her artwork Janine Combes explores repeating forms and textures informed by the natural world but conceptualised to become glimpses of objects, plants or creatures half recognised or remembered. Janine studied jewellery design at TAFE Tasmania and has completed two Contemporary Jewellery courses at the University of Tasmania (2012 and 2013). In 2014 Janine undertook an intensive course at Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School in Florence, Italy.  Janine received an Arts Tasmania Individual Artists Grant in 2015. She has participated in a number of group exhibitions across Tasmania as well as holding a solo exhibition in 2014 at Handmark Gallery in Hobart. http://janinecombes.com

Eli Giannini is a Melbourne architect, designer and critic. She has promoted architecture, art and design through her writing, exhibitions, conference presentations and as member of design competitions juries. In 2014 Eli completed a Bachelor of Fine Art at RMIT and has since reviewed the following shows at Gallery Funaki: ‘2 minds 4 hands’, ‘Escapade’, ‘Armillaria’ and the 2014 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery. Eli has gained a number of commissions and awards including: Gold Fever (Ballarat), 2nd prize Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition and Award for ‘Sure2Grow’and 1st prize Future Melbourne for ‘Signs of Love’(all with Sue Buchanan). http://www.superpleased.com

Sarah Jones is interested in the intersection of design and visual arts. Central to her enquiry is the study of the materiality and sensory experience of place and how this can be interpreted, reframed and contextualised through the jewellery object. Sarah completed a Bachelor of Fine Art at RMIT in 2014 specialising in gold and silversmithing. She has been the recipient of a number of awards from 1995-2000 including: an Australia Council New Work Grant and an Arts Victoria Art Development Grant (both with Brett Jones). Sarah has exhibited as part of group exhibitions in Melbourne at RMIT and 45 Downstairs. http://klimt02.net/jewellers/sarah-jones

Alex Parish trained as a goldsmith in Germany in the 1990’s before moving to Tasmania. She uses traditional goldsmithing techniques and applies them in a contemporary way, creating simple forms full of colour and fun. Her work often highlights the rawness of the object. Alex studied printmaking at the University of Tasmania and has also undertaken a Contemporary Jewellery Master class with Karl Fritsch and Lisa Walker at UTAS in 2012. She has participated in a number of group exhibitions within Tasmania and her work was selected to be part of the Contemporary Wearables Exhibition 2013 (Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery). http://www.alexparish.com.au

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