A gallery visitor blending right in with the installation...

We always enjoy adding to the space. At craft this is particularly lovely as our foliage is able to have a conversation with the ferns sprouting from the walls of the adjacent building. 

We love that Anna Davern and Lucy James inserted their work throughout the building as well!

Unnatural Activities at Craft

Here are some snaps of our latest jewelling adventures on now (until December 1) at Craft (formerly Craft Victoria) in Melbourne. We have installed two exhibitions in Gallery One. 

The first, Unnatural Acts, is a group exhibition which we originally curated for Velvet da Vinci Gallery in San Francisco last year. We are so delighted to bring the show to Australia too - it features the work of an amazing line up of makers: Anna Davern, Caz Guiney, Bridget Kennedy, Peta Kruger, Natalia Milosz-Piekarska, Sim Luttin, Kath Inglis and Mark Vaarwerk. All were sent the same bag of strange fake foliage and fruits/veg and asked to respond to or make something with the contents. The results blew us away, some inspiring, beautiful, thought-provoking and funny work. You can read more about it in earlier posts on this blog. 

The second exhibition Unnatural tendencies features our new work. Continuing our unnatural adventures together, the brief we set ourselves for this incarnation of the exhibition, aside from shared materials and making some collaborative pieces, was to respond to the wonders of Adelaide and Sydney's inner suburbs and the joys of spring! We worked out that this is the seventh unnatural exhibition we have held and this marks the third anniversary of our unnatural exhibitions. It has been a beautiful journey! 

You can read more about both exhibitions and also the stunning exhibitions in Gallery Two by Phoebe Porter and in Gallery Three by Anna Davern and Lucy James here.
Grateful thanks to our opening speakers Zoe Brand and Kevin Murray; Debbie Pryor and all at Craft for their support and these super images taken by Lily Feng


A taste of unnatural tendencies

A taste of some of Lauren and Melinda's new work for the unnatural Tendencies exhibition opening this week at craft in Melbourne. Can you guess whose is whose?


Collaborative work - sneak peek...

Some quick shots at the bench of Simeoni/Young collab earrings and neckpiece for unnatural tendencies.

The collaborative pieces are so fun and energising. We send each other half made neckpieces to complete and, most challenging of all, 'blanks' in our individual 'signature' material and style - which is very different. There is only one chance to get the piece right so lots and lots of thinking, planning, sketching and a few sleepless nights go into these works!

Unnatural Tendencies- Opening Thursday 18 October at Craft 31 Flinders Lane Melbourne.
More sneak peeks to come...


Unnatural update

It's been a while between posts... we have been busy, busy, busy making for our next unnatural adventure and Lauren, being the amazing superwoman that she is, has also been busy studying for a teaching degree.

So, let's get up to date on our unnatural activities!

Our next exhibition opens on 18 October at craft (formerly Craft Victoria) in Melbourne. We are delighted to be showing with this iconic organisation and super excited to be presenting not one but TWO unnatural exhibitions in gallery one under the banner unnatural Activities.

unnatural Acts the exhibition that we originally curated for Velvet da Vinci in San Francisco featuring the wonderful work of Anna Davern, Caz Guiney, Kath Inglis, Bridget Kennedy, Peta Kruger, Sim Luttin, Natalia Milosz-Piekarska and Mark Vaarwerk will have its Australian debut alongside a new, spring-fresh incarnation of unnatural Tendencies by Lauren and myself.

While we are in Melbourne we will be presenting two public programs. An afternoon conversation and show and tell about the nature of making at craft (with presenters including many of our fabulous unnatural collaborators) on Saturday 20 October and an unnatural jewellery workshop hosted by our friends at the wonderful Northcity4 on Sunday 21 October.