Monday, 20 June 2011

Catch up...

I'm a little late to the party with this one, but here's a post from the Pieces of Eight blog from March 29, 2011.

Also, I'm currently in London on a 6 month internship with fashion/costume jeweller Scott Wilson. I was awarded two grants to help fund this stint O.S. Late last year i was one of five creatives to be awarded a British Council, 'Realise Your Dream' travel grant to the UK, and a month ago i was awarded an Ian Potter Cultural Trust grant to assist me in London. So, it's exciting and busy times ahead!

I wont be posting too much up on here while i'm away as i'll be concentrating predominantly on Scott's collections. I am however trying to get a sideline blog up and running that documents my time in london, problem is, so far, i haven't had much time to sit down and do it... but watch this space, i'll get there eventually...

WORKBENCH OF THE WEEK: Natalia Milosz-Piekarska

Natalia's studio, photography by Kim Brockett from Craft Victoria.

Natalia Milosz-Piekarska's
work engages with the animist notion that inanimate objects can be imbued with a spirit, as she explores ideas of totemism, fetishism and the 'spirit' within objects.

Her contemporary jewellery practice revolves around creating whimsical artefacts from stories and mythologies untold. Steeped in fictitious folklore and superstition, these objects do not reference any particular form of belief, but rather the structure of belief itself.

Working from her shared studio Nicholas Building with fellow jeweler and buddy, Karla Way, (though they are about to move two floors up to share with a couple of other jeweler buddies), Natalia likes to think she works in a way not dissimilar to an alchemist. With boxes full of collected materials, paints, beads and bits and pieces, Natalia rummages through her apothecary, cutting, carving, painting, threading, constructing and assembling her spirited works into wearable treasures.

Natalia is also currently coordinating a fundraiser in support of the Red Cross Disaster Relief and Rescue Fund. This is an amazing project she has created, bringing together many very talented jewellers who have donated pieces for an online auction. Check it out and add to your collection whilst supporting a very good cause. You can find it here: Lucky Charm. Making Good Fortune.

Natalia is also about to embark on a 5 month internship in London with fashion jeweler Scott Wilson after winning an 2010 British Council, Realise Your Dream Award. We'll be sad to see her go but what a brilliant opportunity and really, we couldn't think of a more deserving person! Watch this space (or this blog!) for more news about Natalia and her overseas adventures, we know she has a very bright future ahead of her.

Detail of Natalia working on a piece in her studio, Photography by Kim Brockett from Craft Victoria.

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