Close encounters at Wagga Wagga

A jewellery exhibition featuring designs by final year jewellery students from Charles Sturt University has opened at the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery in NSW. The…
A jewellery exhibition featuring designs by final year jewellery students from Charles Sturt University has opened at the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery in NSW.
The ‘Encounters’ jewellery exhibition, which features pieces by final year Bachelor of Arts (Jewellery) and Masters of Arts Practice (Jewellery Design and Production) students, is the culmination of “an in-depth exploration of topics” ranging from the  historical role of Japanese Geisha and the degradation of the Great Barrier Reef to the visual semiotics of video game culture.
Speaking at the exhibition opening, Sabine Pagan, the jewellery course coordinator at Charles Sturt, said the works on display “allow for one to recollect their own memories or drift away into an imaginative world”.
“The outcome bears testimony to these students’ dedicated approach to learning jewellery practice, in which they have examined the significance of the handmade while embracing new manufacturing technologies.
“They (the students) have come to understand that the emotional significance of their work is possibly its greatest value and that ‘thinking jewellery’ offers both creative and commercial opportunities.”
Visitors to Encounters will find a diverse range of traditional and contemporary materials and technology that have been developed into cohesive series’ of wearable jewellery.
Students exhibiting at Encounters are Andrea Caligiuri, Bernadette Fung, Lisa Littlewood, Jessica Lucas, Trephina Mackay, Rose Murphy, Jessamy Pollock and Melissa Punch.
The exhibition will close on October 21.
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