This Group exhibition showcases some of Durban’s contemporary jewellers, all of whom studied at the Durban University of Technology or former Technikon Natal and still call Durban their home. Each has a distinctive style with different narratives that underpin their work.
Chris de Beer
Marlene de Beer
My work is based on and inspired by the use of found objects from popular culture sourced within public space. A major aspect of the work consists of the appropriation of found objects. The work is assembled in an improvised type of bricolage. Bricolage defined is the process whereby work is created using any means possible. The work engages within a public space attempting to establish a dialogue between object, the body and environment.
My traditional craft background, specifically weaving with grass, forms the basis of my fine woven jewellery. Inspiration can be found anywhere and everywhere – in buildings, in stones, in contrasts, in the clothes I wear. Each hand-made piece I create is a unique variation adapted from a traditional woven pattern incorporating fine jewellery skills. I have used something from my culture that will stand as a proudly South African brand.
Growing up along the Durban coastline has played a major role in my jewellery design aesthetic. My organic ranges focus on the ocean and the connection I share with it. I find beauty in natural elements and the abundance and diversity of life in the ocean, from a tiny barnacle that clings to a rock against a raging sea to the vast majestic beauty and fragility of a coral reef. I experiment with organic matter that I collect along the coasts of my home country, transforming these finds into metal jewellery that holds personal narratives relating to my life. My collections are a reminder that everything is interconnected; humans and nature are part of the same unit.
I am intrigued by the way an item of jewellery can so easily become valuable or invaluable to someone because of the sentimentality that they attached to it. As a maker of jewellery, this is often a part of the jewel’s cycle that I have no control over.
As a result, my work is an exploration around the idea of making a jewel that could easily become memento jewellery. I have chosen to use forms that imply they could hold, contain or hide something, thus aligning them to known objects such us memory boxes, treasure chests or safe-places. I wonder if this trigger of association might lead to the jewellery becoming vessels of memory or sentimentality, or if it really is something special between the jewel and its wearer, apart from the maker.
Chris de Beer
I’m a bricoleur with an agenda. In my quest for authenticity I draw on the influences that surround me, using found materials and low-tech processes to produce jewellery and artefacts. I am aware of the tension between the patriarchy and Mother Nature within me, and the artefacts I produce allow me to examine this relationship. My life is my studio.
Marlene de Beer
My current work draws on a recent body of artefacts produced for a PhD in Visual Arts at Stellenbosch University. It explores female subjectivity and maternal abjection in contribution to the conceptualisation of a feminine Imaginary in a masculine dominated culture. I use a combination of materials such as porcelain, semi-precious stones, precious metal and found materials to produce objects and jewellery.
Drawing inspiration from traditional Zulu beadwork, I combine jewellery techniques in silver with glass beads to create contemporary jewellery ranges. My work predominantly involves the use of basic geometric shapes as a frame to develop beaded pattern. Presently I’m experimenting with these basic shapes becoming more three-dimensional and using delicate beads as a pop of colour.
I am a studio-jeweller who spends most of my time making unique pieces for individual clients. When time permits I explore my views on the big contradictions happening in the world around me. One of the ways I do this is by using plastic army-men, a toy that most know well from childhood, having fun dis-arming them creating contrast and exploring life’s paradoxes. I do this within the space of Art and Narrative Jewellery, playing with different metaphors and subject matter.
As a jeweller and luthier my design aesthetic is often based on function, the material I use and create dictating the path of my design. At present I am exploring the traditional art of Mokume’ Gane’, a mixed metal lamination with distinctive layered patterns, in a modern context. Making sculptural constructed pieces, by altering the shape and form of the billet of fused metals, to enhance the organically occurring patterns.
A recurring fascination with the twin elements of shape and texture informs the crafting of my jewellery. The pieces I create range from understated yet sophisticated adornment for everyday wear to bolder statement pieces. Whichever they are, it is my hope that people will wear them for years – that they will be, as I like to think about them, an investment in the contemporary.
I use recognizable figurative imagery to create contemporary art jewellery and objects that are personally meaningful; often exploring childhood and present memories and sentiments within my surrounding. The materials and techniques I use are chosen to develop my conceptual processes and working methods. My aims is to develop my use of figurative imagery in jewellery while still maintaining authenticity and meaning.
Maryke du Plessis has been producing handcrafted jewellery since 2010. Maryke obtained her degree in Graphic Design at NWU but moved on to fulfill her dream in jewellery design and manufacturing at Liz Loubser Jewellers.
She also spent a few years in London, England under the leadership of skilled fine jeweller Ming Lampson, and received her certificate in gemmology at the Gemmological Association of Great Britain. Upon her return to South Africa she moved to Heidelberg with her husband and started her own business called Moonraker Design Jewellery, specializing in engagement rings and custom designed jewellery.
Nadrie Botha was born in Springs, Johannesburg in 1984. She grew up in Piet Retief, a small town in Mpumalanga and her love for the arts
became evident at a young age. Nadrie excelled in music and art as school subjects, receiving acknowledgment for her achievements on a regular basis.
Nadrie was accepted into the North West University’s prestigious music programme in 2003, but after her first year of study it became clear that her calling lay with the visual arts instead. She enrolled for a BA Graphic Design degree, which she obtained in 2007, and was a finalist at the Loerie Awards for her student work. Nadrie’s passion for art lead her to become a teacher, allowing her to share her expertise with high school students at Wendywood High School. Nadrie continues her art where she explores themes of humanity and current social issues.
Joalet Reyneke found her artistic voice in photography in 2012. Although growing up in a home where documenting e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g was normal practice, it was only after university that she found a way to express her perceptions of life. Portrait photography for her is half documenting the way she sees the world and the other half is being creative in telling someone’s story. Discovering that creating art and the process of being artistic manages to expose us to ourselves in the most interesting ways, she built her photography business - creating images that are romantic, spontaneous and artistic.
A solo show of new work by Geraldine Fenn.
Widely regarded as one of the best contemporary jewellers in South Africa today, Geraldine Fenn is having her first solo show at Tinsel Gallery. Although she has participated in many of our group shows, she hasn’t exhibited on her own until now.
For this show - Non-Compliance - Geraldine has taken a departure from her usual very figurative pieces to create a highly original body of work that breaks a lot of traditional jewellery-making rules. The pieces in the collection, mainly rings, are very sculptural with a strong haptic quality, and are constructed in quite a rough way. From a design point of view, the pieces are a nod to some of the great jewellery design eras, such as Art Deco, but are rendered in an idiosyncratic brutalist style. The roughness of the crafting process is nicely counterbalanced by the delicacy of the precious stones and metals used - she has successfully managed to produce a highly wearable collection of jewels that are far from ordinary.
A solo show of new work by Frieda Lühl.
Based in Windhoek, Namibia, Frieda is one of our most exciting contemporary jewellers: traditionally trained in Germany she has impeccable technical skill, and her childhood in the Namibian desert informs her work with a love of nature and an interest in combining unusual materials.
For this exhibition Frieda has made a departure from her usual, non-figurative work, to produce a collection inspired by the old German tradition of Scherenschnitte - cut-out silhouettes. Using Namibian women with elaborate hairdo’s as her subjects, she has translated this technique of portraiture into metal to produce an engaging series of jewellery pieces.
Opening: Saturday 25 March 2017, 10am – 3pm
Runs until: Friday 14 April 2017
Tinsel Gallery: 11 Cecilia Avenue, Risidale (011) 782 4051
Tinsel Gallery is very excited to present this year’s group show, which will comprise a collection of contemporary jewellery as well as fine art in response to the theme “portrait”. All the artists have responded to the theme in different and interesting ways, which will make for a wide variety of work and a great show.
Carine Ackerman; Jan Bekker; Conrad Botes; Errico Cassar; Geraldine Fenn; Joani Groenewald; Marita Johnson; Alisa Knoblaugh; Carla Kruger; Kathlyn Lange; Eric Loubser; Liz Loubser; Frieda Luhl; Anne Manaczynski; Inge Marais; Meagan Meredith; Sylvia Mckeown; Nina Newman; Rachelle Poon; Anine Roos; Nicky Savage; Shelagh Scholes; Mariet Schwalb; Emily Stainer; Carine Terreblanche; Mariette Theron; Gela Tolken; Karien van Langelaar; Frank van Reenen; Hermien van Staden; Nanette Veldsman; Samantha Vincent; Gina Waldman; Erika Wessels
Tinsel presents an exhibition of original paintings by fine artist Shelagh Scholes, with objects and jewellery inspired by them made by fine artist Emily Stainer and contemporary jeweller Geraldine Fenn. The pieces on show explore the narratives of victorians in Africa: the fragility of the foreigners in the harsh and dangerous landscape. Using a variety of media, Scholes, Stainer and Fenn have produced a collective body of work that is visually engaging, humorous, and beautifully crafted. These one-of-a-kind pieces draw on a rich diversity of art historical themes, and the show really is a must-see.
Some background on the artists:
Shelagh Scholes graduated from Wits in 1970 with a Fine Arts degree, which she followed up with an Honours in Art History. She spent her professional career as a teacher, and since retiring has devoted her time to her own work, exploring a personal and fantastic vision of Victorian Africa. Her influences are many, and include comics such as Tintin, outsider art, and colonial landscape painting.
Emily Stainer also studied Fine Art at Wits, graduating with a Masters degree (with distinction) in 2003. She then went on to get a Masters degree in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London in 2006, and had several successful solo and group shows both locally (at the Goodman Gallery and Standard Bank Gallery) and abroad (at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool). After spending the last seven years living in Jakarta, Indonesia, Emily is now back in Johannesburg and re-focusing her energies on making art. She has many artistic influences, ranging from Lover’s Eye miniatures to toy theatres, anatomical models and automata.
Geraldine Fenn studied Archaeology and Classical History at Wits (1996) before going to Durban to study Jewellery Design. She returned to Wits in 1999 and ended up with a Masters degree in Fine Arts in 2005. Since then she has been actively involved in the contemporary jewellery scene through her gallery Tinsel, and has participated in and organised many exhibitions. She is inspired by many things, including Victorian jewellery, memento mori and netsuke.
by Anna Raimondo and Keri Muller
Jewellery can be perceived as a personal totem for the wearer, consciously or un-consciously. Just as Totem poles hold a resonance for a place, jewellery historically resonated with a specific place - a human connection with the earth and where the materials came from. As societies developed and trade grew, jewellery and the decorative arts became a symbol of wealth and lost its very personal connection to a place.
Through our collaborative work, we have tried to explore the concept of the modern day totem in our many faceted daily lives. What is the significance of these stones, where do they come from and do our choices in adornment, for ourselves and our homes, carry an unconscious significance?
ABOUT ANNA RAIMONDO:
Anna studied BA Jewellery Design and Gemmology at Stellenbosch University. She then won a scholarship to study luxury design at the Richemont Group’s Creative Academy in Milan, Italy. The course included an internship at Chloé, the renowned French fashion house.
After spending some time travelling and working in the UK and Australia, Anna returned to Cape Town to start SMITH in 2010. While building the SMITH brand, she worked for Elle Decoration Magazine and a Cape Town store promoting South African design. This allowed her to gain invaluable experience in the retail, fashion, homeware and styling fields.
Anna’s designs are inspired by her travels, the people she meets and the natural world around her. Each piece is made by hand, which ensures that no two items are the same. Anna’s jewels are made out of gold plated brass, rose gold plated copper, bronze, sterling silver, oxidised silver, yellow/white gold, platinum, semi/precious stones and other non-precious materials.
ABOUT KERI MULLER
Keri is primarily an artist that works in a wide range of mediums. She started her business ‘Simple Intrigue’ in 2010 as a home for her diverse range of products and art pieces. Her most well known work is with salvaged books from recycling, exploring the reuse of these dumped items and giving them the chance to tell another story. Her work extends into commissioned projects that include building installations for events, shop windows and film sets, all working with various mediums. Drawing, illustration, site-specific land art and origami all add to her portfolio. Her work is sold locally and abroad under the brand name ‘Simple Intrigue’.
The natural world has always been Keri’s greatest source of inspiration and nourishment. This has led to many temporary (and private) outdoor installations and an ongoing fascination with the various talismans the earth turns up – from birds nests to crystals to leaves, shells and battered bits of plastic. It’s this personal connection with nature that is being explored through her series of totems and objects incorporating significant semi-precious stones.
For her first solo show at Tinsel Gallery, Liz Loubser brings together some of the familiar shapes, colours and motifs that have defined her jewellery since the beginning of her career. Inspired by the graphic properties of ancient rock engravings and the colours and textures of the veld, Liz’s work references the primal urge to make a physical mark or imprint on the world. This exhibition presents some exciting new work from one of the country’s best and most prolific contemporary jewellers.
by Eric Loubser, Nicky Levenberg and Ella Buter
For Tinsel Gallery’s first big show of the year, we’re bringing together 3 very talented designers who are highly regarded in their respective fields: Nicky Levenberg of Aureum Design is a young artist and textile designer, fresh from studying at Central St Martins college in London, who is making waves in the local textile industry; Ella Buter of Superella is an icon of the local fashion industry, with many great shows under her belt and a lovely little shop of her own; Eric Loubser is one of our best young contemporary jewellers, making unconventional but highly desirable pieces. Working with their different tools and mediums, Eric (Rock), Nicky (Paper) and Ella (Scissors) will each produce their own collections for the show as well as collaborating on some truly unique pieces. The colour palette and direction of the designs for the show take their cue from some of Nicky’s beautiful geometric paintings.
Tinsel’s annual group show this November promises to be a really interesting one: this time we’ve invited a small selection of the country’s most exciting contemporary jewellers to respond to the idea of FIX. They are free to interpret the brief as they choose, and make any kind of jewellery – the only real requirement is that the piece is an original work designed specifically for this show. We are expecting to receive some thought-provoking work that pushes the boundaries of contemporary jewellery, and exposes our audience to something truly original and different. Please join us!
Opening: Saturday 14 November 2015, 10am – 4pm
Runs until: Friday 4 December 2015
Tinsel is pleased to announce that we will be hosting the 4th edition of Precious Obsession, an initiative for promoting local contemporary jewellery that was started earlier this year by young Stellenbosch graduates Carla Kruger, Phoebe du Preez and Anna Rosholt.
The exhibition will feature the work of 14 bright talents in South Africa’s jewellery scene, some of them more established and others freshly graduated, in response to the theme of “Popularity vs Originality”. This is a particularly relevant issue for young designers these days to get to grips with: do you make derivative work (like what you might find on Pinterest) that will have popular appeal and be easier to sell, or do you make more authentic, original work that is more interesting but might not earn you a living?
Since Tinsel has always been passionate about getting good local contemporary jewellery out there, and growing our audience for this type of work, we are excited about the potential that an exhibition such as this has for exposing people to more challenging and thought-provoking jewellery.
Please join us for the opening of the show on Saturday the 10th of October.
By Joani Groenewald
Tinsel Gallery is proud to present this solo show of contemporary jewellery by Joani Groenewald, featuring work created as part of her Master’s degree in Fine Art at Stellenbosch University.
Here is some information about the work:
In this research project Joani Groenewald studies memory, specifically the unstable and fragmented nature of memory. She revisits a specific childhood memory and recreates it visually through the creation of jewellery pieces and objects. The memory is from 1990, she is four years old. The memory becomes a story for the viewer and the jewellery objects become a visual interpretation that contains traces of moments in the memory. The memory seems to be that of an ordinary day in the life of a child, but there is something uncomfortable within the memory. In the detail the complex cultural, socio, economic and political circumstances is visible and brought to the foreground. The question of time, place, reality and truth are ideas that the viewer is confronted with. The beauty of the objects enhances the tension between the pure, impure, clean and stained. The stained and worn material research signifies the unraveling of memories. Her jewellery objects are sensitive and seductive: they deceive the viewer, just as memories do.
Here is some information about the artist:
Joani Groenewald was born in Port Elizabeth in 1986. She graduated with a Bachelor in Visual Art (Creative Jewellery- and Metal Design) degree from Stellenbosch University in 2009. She enrolled in the graduate training programme in 2010 where she worked as an apprentice goldsmith for two years, after which she qualified as a goldsmith. In March 2015 she successfully completed her Masters in Visual Arts degree at Stellenbosch University, achieving a distinction. Currently Joani is lecturing undergraduate students in the Creative Jewellery and Metal Design division at Stellenbosch University’s Visual Arts Department. Joani views contemporary jewellery as a medium through which one can critically reflect upon our social and political environments. Her research interests are memory studies specifically in relation to a South African context. Joani continues to make art that feeds to and from these research interests. Her art questions the stability of memory and narrative while also challenging the traditional function of jewellery.
by Erika Wessels
After completing her studies in jewellery design at UJ and gaining some valuable work experience in the industry in Jo’burg, Erika left for Cape Town a couple of years ago to start her own studio and she’s never looked back. She is a prolific producer of some very innovative and wearable jewellery, and made a splash as an Emerging Creative at Design Indaba Expo 2014.
Cape Town jewellery legends Philippa Green and Ida-Elsje are coming to TINSEL…….seriously
Jo’burg fans of this popular pair of contemporary jewellers will be very excited to know that they will be bringing us some of their latest pieces for an exclusive 3-day pop-up event at the Tinsel gallery. Philippa has long been known for her signature perspex bangles and bold big rings in bronze, silver and semi-precious stones; and Ida is celebrated for her collaborations with fashion designers and her oversized earrings. Together they also produce a range called Nunc (formerly Situ), featuring diamonds set into resin. Basically, these guys are all about big statement pieces - nothing dainty or unassuming here.
To see their work, come and join us at the following times:
Thursday 25 June: 5pm to 8pm (Please join us for a wine tasting by Freedom Hill)
Friday 26 June: 10am to 4pm
Saturday 27 June: 10am to 2pm
THREE DAYS ONLY - DON’T MISS IT!
by Geraldine Fenn, Marchand van Tonder, Eric Loubser and Marita Johnson
Tableaux is a show of new work by three of the country’s most innovative contemporary jewellers - Geraldine Fenn, Marchand van Tonder and Eric Loubser – incorporating original painted miniatures by Marita Johnson. The exhibition explores the representation of human faces on an intimate scale, with all three artists interpreting the theme in their own unique style
Opening: Saturday 23 May 2015, 10am to 4pm
Exibition runs until: 12 June 2015
Marchand van Tonder
by Dieter Dill and Katrijn Engelen
Tinsel is proud to present an exceptional collection of jewellery from husband and wife team Dieter Dill and Katrijn Engelen. The pair, based in Germany, are veterans of the contemporary jewellery scene: they have taken part in countless exhibitions and have pieces in several important collections all over the world.
Having met at Stellenbosch in the late seventies – he the head of the jewellery department and she his student and then fellow-lecturer – Dieter and Katrijn have a long and close association with South Africa, although they haven’t exhibited here in a while. Two of a Kind is consequently a highly anticipated show for their local collectors, who have followed their careers with interest over the years.
Although they have been working together for such a long time, and both have a clean and precise German aesthetic, they each have their own strongly-defined style: Dieter is a German-trained master goldsmith with exceptional technical ability whose work is very architectural, infused with a narrative element by the inclusion of tiny human figures; Katrijn’s work is more feminine, and she makes use of archetypal motifs like seed pods and flowers to symbolise hope, new beginnings and a latent life-force.
Opening of the new Tinsel gallery 19 February
Tinsel and the Liz Loubser Gallery, both leaders in the field of contemporary South African jewellery, are pleased to announce their collaboration on a new collection of necklaces by some of the country’s most talented designers. The gallery will be the new home of Tinsel as from January 2015, so we feel that this is the perfect exhibition on which to join forces. Each piece is an original, one-of-a-kind necklace which hasn’t been exhibited before, so this show presents a unique opportunity to see a very varied collection of the highest quality design and workmanship, which has been carefully curated by Liz Loubser, Geraldine Fenn and Eric Loubser. The necklaces on display are made from a variety of different precious and unusual materials, using a wide range of technical skills and design styles. EXHIBITION RUNNING TIME: Saturday 8 November 2014 - 29 November 2014.
Adele Pretorius,Alexandra Hyslop,Amanda Marais,Angela Tolkien,Anine Roos,Anna Raimondo,Anna Manaczynski,Annemiek van Dyk,Ashley Heather,Cailin Els,Cari-Mari Wilsenach,Carien Ackermann,Carien Terreblanche,Carla Kruger,Chris de Beer,Elizabeth van der Merwe,Eric Loubser,Erica du Plessis,Erika Wessels,Errico Cassar,Estelle Lourens,Geraldine Fenn,Heidi Liebenberg,Hermien van Staden,Ida Elsje Olivier,Idane Burger,Inge Marais,Joanie Groenewald,Kallie Esterhuizen,Karien van Langelaar,Kira Levy,Kristen Malan,Linda Cameron-Dow,Liz Loubser,Marchand van Tonder,Mariet van Zyl,Marlene de Beer,Maryke Schutte,Meagan Meredith,Nanette Veldsman,Nic Bladen,Nicola Savage,Nora Kovats,Philippa Green,Rachelle Poon,Ronel Bauermeister,Samantha Vincent,Situ Diamond Jewellery,Siviwe Jali,Songezo Baleni,Therese de Villiers.