Wilderness jewellery catches the eye in New York

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During a period when New Yorkers are reflective of September 11, its memory and meanings, Tasmanian based jewellery designer, Linda van Niekerk, has been invited to come to New York to present and sell her bold contemporary jewellery at the Museum of Arts and Design’s fund raising event ‘LOOT 2012: MAD About Jewellery’.

This annual event is by invitation only to artists from around the world who are selected ‘for their originality, use of materials, and expert craftsmanship’.

“I will be presenting my work alongside artists whose work just takes my breath away,” says van Niekerk. “I understand that my use of fine Tasmanian timbers, driftwood and tidal stones caught the eye of the curators because it is quite different to the works of the other artists and is seen as very interesting as well as wearable.

The museum’s press release said this about van Niekerk:
Rare Tasmanian wood and tidal stones, ribbons of sterling silver, chunky discs of African amber, and oxidized Turkomen beads are among the materials from which this master artist, born in South Africa, now based in Tasmania, makes striking wearable sculpture.

van Niekerk goes on to say that the curators have also encouraged her to bring some of her more ‘fun’ and colourful works using anodised aluminium to New York.

MAD (the Museum of Arts and Design) is the only American museum to have a gallery dedicated to contemporary and studio art jewellery. LOOT 2012: MAD About Jewellery runs from September 11 – 15, 2012.
If you are in New York – this is a copy of the program.

Necklace - Tribal Slats 2012 / Tasmanian Huon Pine, Tasmanian Sassafras (wood slats: Jon Grant), nylon + sterling silver Image : Peter Whyte

Ring - Forest Light 2010, Sterling silver + Tasmanian Huon Pine (wood turner, Trevor Semmens) Image : Peter Whyte

Metallic Jewelry Set

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  • Elizabeth Gradwell says:

    Amazing work!!!!

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