Sunday, 11 October 2009

The Crafter's Way 113 - New Works

Here is this week's Messenger column

New Works

This week we have previews of work by three very different artists.

Recent Works in Glass Nick Mount has been one of the leading figures in the Australian studio glass movement for over three decades. Drawing upon ancient Venetian glass traditions Nick produces spectacular contemporary glass art. Nick Mount creates extraordinary sculptural works. The works displayed are part of an ongoing series investigating the scent bottle, a small functional object is dissembled and transformed into towering forms breathtaking in their scale, virtuosity and beauty. There is nothing minimalistic in this medium, Nick’s combines technical excellence with conceptual sophistication to transform craft into art. Go visit this exhibition and experience a sumptuous explosion of colour.

Coquettish Threads by Katie Pye is the second exhibiton. Katie Pye, is a Brisbane-based leading Australian fashion designer. Katie has created a series of beautiful hand embroidered silk jackets, which recall art of the Oriental. Straddling the boundaries between art, fashion and performance Pyre’s designs constantly challenge the conventions of fashion. This exhibition features a jacket that is simultaneously exuberant, laden with symbolism, and fabulous to wear.

Both of these exhibitions continue until 7 November 2009 at Artisan, 381 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley. Ph: (07) 3215 0800 Email

The last artist to be featured is Amanda Heelan. Amanda, based in Brisbane has just launched her new jewellery collection, Armour. Armour features a carefully selected palette of semi precious stones, crystal, glass and pearls, hand beaded into unique neckpieces, earrings, brooches and rings. Amanda has a multi layered background of Malay-Indian and Irish. In the past it was believed that hand beading provided protection against hidden forces, in a similar way that armour is traditionally a protective covering used to prevent injury. This latest collection explores this through creation of wearable classics. See Amanda Heelan’s designs at (m)art @ artisan 381 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley.
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Ellen said...

What a gorgeous jacket.

Jackie said...

Must pop in and have a look. You have whetted my interest.