The Project

MakerWearerMatchmaker is a collaborative jewellery project that will take place during ArtMonth, March 2013.

NSW jewellery artists and members of JMGA-NSW were recently invited to submit a proposal for a small body of jewellery that responds to one of the nine gallery directors or the art within these galleries at 2 Danks Street. Following these submissions, the directors took part in a “matchmaking process” in order to determine which artists they will be working with during the project. Each artist will create a small series of 1-3 works, which the directors will wear throughout the period of ArtMonth. During this time the directors will be required to wear these jewellery items in public at least once a week and have them available for viewing in the galleries when not being worn. Responses to the work from both wearer and viewer relating to the pieces will be featured on this blog, along with images of the works and artist information.  As part of the documentation process, each artist will be given a visual diary to document the making of the work. This diary will be on display in the galleries with the work and viewers and the gallery directors will be able to contribute to the diary. The aim of the project is to create a dialogue between maker, wearer, viewer  in order to challenge the boundaries of contemporary jewellery and increase its profile within the contemporary art community.

MWM draws on aspects of Kristen D’Angostino’s 2008 project Broach of the Month Club which matched 12 emerging contemporary jewellers with 12 “caretakers” who exchanged brooches once a month, for 12 months. It is this aspect of community that this project wishes to emulate, fostering new and unique relationships between maker and wearer and creating conversation surrounding contemporary jewellery.

The project will culminate in a 3-day exhibition at Studio 20/17 from Tuesday 26th – Thursday 28th of March. With a chance for the public to interact with the artists and discuss ideas behind the project at the celebration drinks on Thursday 28th of March from 6pm-8pm.

This project is a JMGA-NSW initiative, coordinated and supported by Studio 20/17 co-director Bridget Kennedy, with assistance from Alexandra Darby.

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