The KHT is proud to present Blak Jewellery – Finding Past Linking Present, a contemporary jewellery design exhibition by 11 Victorian First Nations Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participants from the inaugural year of the KHT’s Blak Design program.
KHT’s Blak Design Program is a ground-breaking four-year program to support First Nations cultural innovation within the Victorian design sector and provide a platform for nurturing sustainable, First Nations design practices. In the first year, the participants undertook intensive hands-on workshops, learning and refining their jewellery making skills at RMIT jewellery studios under the guidance of jewellers Blanche Tilden and Laura Deakin. They have also participated in professional development workshops with creative industry leaders in business, design and marketing.
In this exhibition, the participants present bespoke crafted contemporary jewellery pieces anchored by connections to culture, Country and family.
Participating First Nations artists: Ange Jeffery (Wiradjuri), Aunty Beverley Meldrum (Wirangu, Kokatha), Cassie Leatham (Taungurung), Hollie Johnson (Gunaikurnai, Monero Ngarigo), Isobel Morphy-Walsh (Taun Wurrung), Jenna Lee (Larrakia, Wardaman and Karajarri), Kait James (Wadawurrung), Lisa Waup (Gunditjmara and Torres Strait Islander), Sandy Hodge (Lardil), Sharn Geary (Bundjalung) and Aunty Suzanne Connelly-Klidomitis (Wiradjuri).
Lisa Waup (Gunditjmara and Torres Strait Islander)
Our Way - neckpiece 2021
Reflective Aluminium, Oxidised Sterling Silver, Sprung Steel, Rubber, Adhesive
Collection of the Artist
Image courtesy of Koorie Heritage Trust
Photographer Fred Kroh