Have you been into the brand spanking new Pieces of Eight gallery yet?
We're into our 3rd week of being open, situated in the rapidly developing Russell Pl, Melbourne, (btw Lt. Collins and Burke St). I say 'we' as i am currently both stocked and working in the gallery a couple of days a week.
Gallery owner and director Melanie Katsalidis has fulfilled her vision of taking Pieces of Eight to the city and has done so with no holds barred. A jeweller herself, Melanie has an amazing eye for design as well as a heart for the whimsical and poetic, which in combination, brings to the CBD a contemporary jewellery gallery with an incredibly diverse, inspirational and fresh collection of work from Australia and afar.
Its a very exciting new addition to Melbourne's CBD contemporary jewellery community, though it's by no means new in the greater sense as it is now in it's 5th year of operation since opening it's doors in North Fitzroy. The original gallery is now closed to the public but still operates as a jewellery studio for 6 contemporary jewellers.
With a newly updated website, you can take a look at the current stable of makers, over 50 of them, as well as read up a little on the gallery and it's philosophy
This was a rather unexpected and pleasant surprise. I did the interview for URBIS a couple of months ago after winning Realise Your Dream and then promptly forgot about it. Only when i recently received an email from a shop in NZ interested in stocking my work after they'd ready this article did i realise that the interview must have been published. It took a little while for the mag to land on our shores, but today, after a last minute ditch at Christmas shopping, i popped into our local news agency, and there it was! YAY!