Handshake 4

WELCOME TO HANDSHAKE 4 NEWS

Check out this short video with Kim Whalen and Kylie Sinkovich talking about their work at their LEANINGS exhibition,  Pah Homestead, Auckland (Nov 2017)

(January 2017)  Ruudt Peters (international renowed artist and educator from the Netherlands) made the selection of 12 mentees and mentors for HANDSHAKE 4, with exhibitions lined up at Pah Homestead, Auckland, October 2017; Toi Poneke, Wellington during the International Festival of The Arts, March 2018; Corban Estate Arts Centre during Auckland Art Week, October 2018 and an on-line exhibition on the HS4Handshake website (under construction).

Vivien Atkinson           mentored by          Ben Lignel (FR)

Mandy Flood               mentored by          Volker Atrops (DE)

Nik Hanton                  mentored by          Vincent Pontillo-Verrastro (US)

Brendon Monson         mentored by          Aaron Decker (US)

Jennifer Laracy           mentored by          Judy Darragh (NZ)

Caroline Thomas        mentored by        Nicolas Cheng (HKG/SW)

Kylie Sinkovich           mentored by          Ben Lignel (FR)

Katie Pascoe              mentored by          Francis Upritchard (NZ)

Nadine Smith             mentored by          Regan Gentry (NZ)

Sandra Schmid          mentored by          Tanel Veenre (ES)

Kim Whalen               mentored by          Beatrice Brovia (IT/SW)

Keri-Mei Zagrobelna mentored by          Jasmin Matzakow (DE)

Polarity and/both

Polarity suggests opposite ends, black and white, contrast, extremes, a certainty of one or the other.  What I am interested in, is something less sure, the vaguely illuminating space in-between.   Somewhere intuition, conflicted states and dissonance lie.   Highs and...

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Seeing self, observing others

Reflective materials interrupt spatial perceptions and redirect the viewer from not just seeing the object but places their own body in space in relation to that object. In Mirror Affect (2016), Christina Albu explores artworks with mirroring or reflective...

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Volkers email

Simply this is a copy of Volkers last email. We have got a great grove going on. We speak at the opposite ends of the day about all things, from football, the heat, the cold and the devil called 'schmuck'. Volker wanted an image and so I sent this one really quickly....

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Intersection / Polarity

A different kind of Polarity... It's not news that there's a considerable overlap and intersection between different art practices. Maybe one of the least expected intersections could be the relationship between hip-hop and traditional art movements such as the...

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On another planet

Fueled by a bowl of porridge and a walk on the skyline my mind was sure to wander.  You wondered about that cow picture didn't you?!  Walking lets my imagination roam free and is a necessary part of my process. What my hands and mind have been up to lately: Lots of...

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Through a Glass Darkly

Photograph - http://antlersandstone.com/product/large-grey-french-heavily-foxed-mirror/ Quotation - 'Discovering Cook's Collections', ed. Michelle Hetherington and Howard Morphy I'm working on two exhibitions at the moment, the final HS4 show 'Polarity' at Corban...

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Thoughts on Polarity

  Twelve artists drawn together for our desire and vision to use our hands and minds to make jewellery and objects.  Handshake provides the platform to spring forward. Sometimes we dip, and others we dive into unknown territory to make pieces that reveal something of...

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Kauri Taonga

So while everything putrefies, wars waging, beauties forms are eternal. I seek to honour the ephemeral by exalting it’s neglected, life giving roots, as well as its ephemeral shells. I carry this vessel, inside here watching, eyes that commit, tenacious bleeding heart...

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Polarity

Contrary- perversely inclined to disagree or do the opposite of what is expected or desired. It seems the title of ‘Polarity’ has exposed words that I use to hear. I really wasn’t a rebellious child but I now live in New Zealand when others don’t. I see a beauty in...

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Hemispherical Polarity

For the upcoming and final (how did that come around so quickly?) HS4 show at Corban Art Centre, we have decided on the title 'Polarity'. We were asked to write a few words to illuminate our various responses to this title and this was my response: "I’m approaching...

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Back to the grindstone…

Blog 25  June 25th, 2018 Some of the unresolved experiments and ideas Literally - I’m really needing to use the space between the end of the last HandShake show and the next to get on with some work long delayed by the frenetic activity of the first half of the year. ...

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Mirror Mirror

At the beginning of the year, I found two objects that have formed my line of inquiry this year.  One was a shattered car rear vision mirror and the other was a disco ball.  The glitter, the glam, the shatter.   There is something in these objects that appeal to me,...

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PROCESS

What blooms, dies. Mortality, subject to the processes of nature, is beyond our control. And yet we celebrate life. We exalt a flowers essence - its freshness and singularity- on a literal pedestal, by making its fleetingness exquisitely visible. All too often,...

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Post Process

It has been a while since the last Handshake4 show "Process" so I have plenty of time to reflect on what I think worked and what didn’t work so well. Having a concept of process opened up my making a lot, I didn’t feel the need to having a completely unified series of...

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Hitting the books

  So much spinning around with the final HS4 fast approaching. It is time to revert to the trusted workbook approach. It is a discipline I have let go for too long. However, getting back into it, is meditative and constructive at the same time. It is as much of my...

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Polarities

The magic in life's about polarities- without light there's no shadow. I've been thinking about our up-coming show Polarity and the kind of work I want to make given the nature of the space, the installation plan and the title of the group show. The idea of...

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Extincted

On Saturday night, Dave and I went to this show. Dave had seen a poster and we knew we both admired the artist's work, having seen it adorn the streets of Wellington since we first moved here in 2007. Being the middle-class, middle-aged sticklers for promptness that...

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Love – Passion – Jewellery

A Week of Indulgence “Unpacking the Language of Things” 12/13 April 2018 organised by Sian van Dyk, Curator at The Dowse, Lower Hutt “NO FILTER” 9 - 15 April 2018 organised by Occupational Artists, Wellington On the world scale of events it would be a micro-particle...

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The Language of Things

  Blog 24 April 20th Arrived back from Sydney and got stuck into some gold-leafing for a show some members of Occupation: Artist are putting on for No Filter.  The group decided to support the Dowse who are putting on a fantastic Symposium on April 12-13th.  We put a...

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Artists as Collectors

Great to have Liesbeth den Besten in New Zealand again and to hear her talk about Artists as Collectors.  I was especially interested in the work of one of the artists she spoke about – Hanne Darboven, a German conceptual artist who accumulated a vast collection of...

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London Stock

I've had this project in mind for a while now and think that it might be what I will concentrate on for the next few months. The project is at the very very early stages but it's based on London Stock brick. For more information on London Stock brick, see this link...

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Lines of Intent, Toi Poneke

One of the highlights of the Toi Poneke 'Process' show was the Masterclass with Lauren Kalman.  This was a chance for a master contemporary jeweller to assess our work and offer new insights into our practice.  The critique confirmed my interest in the gestural object...

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‘schmuck’ or not

‘to push it into wearable - no ..... just let it go without thinking about wearability maybe later on if you have really have a want or idea you can go for 'schmuck' again’ Volkers words on crit with Otto Kunzli 14th April 2018. So with words from Volker and crits...

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Community

There is nothing like the coming together of like-minded people who are supportive, engaged and passionate about the same thing you are. The Contemporary Jewellery community in NZ is just such a community.    

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And another thing….

Blog 21 15th March Last week was busy with the installation of the show at Toi Poneke in Wellington. Gabby O’Connor played a large part in directing the alterations or perhaps interventions made to the gallery.  We each ended up with a large painters dropsheet hung on...

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Juggling act

  What I found myself thinking as I juggled Handshake commitments, participated in Occupation Artist performances, went to work as a nurse and then tried to have time for my partner, friends and family and time to myself was that I could be spreading myself a bit...

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Multi-tasking?

Blog 19 February 15th Pile of MDF dust Is it better to claim to be multi-tasking than to admit out loud that I’ve (again) taken on too much?  I did think that the move to working with the MDF would be a quick and easy project but it has not turned out that way at...

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Transitory matter

A duality that in reality is affinity Something so fragile we hold afar but is inordinately near Our co-dependency is echoed in shapes as substances dialogue with each other concerning permeation of deleterious waste We are all transitory matter It is only a matter of...

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The Importance of Preservation

The lessons of preservation, something that I have been forced to focus on these last 6 months, even the last year. One year seems like such an arbitrary number now. One year. One year older. One year living alone in the middle of the bush land of the New Zealand...

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The wrinkle and the gaze

The OED defines the gaze as to look steadily and intently, especially in admiration, surprise, or thought.  In critical theory, the gaze offers comment on the relationship between the observer and the observed. Over time the skin records how we react, our choices,...

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to and fro

  Its been a busy summer with not as many uninterrupted days in the workshop as I would have liked..but still somewhat productive with some other exhibitions on the go and great time spent with the family. I have resumed skype and conversations with Judy and now have...

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Kaimōhū

The forest said Numb hospitality. I don’t want to talk about it. Still listening to everyone else’s problems. I love you like I don’t love myself. I sing for you tomorrow. Sick of being afraid. Tear my page. You wild peaceful being Nothing or no one will ever compare....

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Handshake 4 – PROCESS

Process at Toi Pōneke Gallery brings together original works by the twelve HS4 jewellers who are currently half-way through their two-year mentorship programme. A unique exhibition design by artist Gabby O'Connor extends the idea of process by including works in...

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Greatness & smallness

There are some inspirations and admirations that stand the test of time. In fact, centuries of time already. I’ve been looking at the work of one of the most impressive creators, inventors, scientists and artists of all time- Leonardo Da Vinci. Such intellect,...

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Human wear

Sitting on stone steps, a casual remark or waiting in airports.  Inspiration arrives in strange places and in unexpected times.  The beginnings of this project began with a conversation while taking a break from the install at Pah Homestead, where I was sitting on...

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Doubt versus Confidence

Doubt can motivate you, so don't be afraid of it. Confidence and doubt are at two ends of the scale, and you need both. They balance each other out.     Barbara Streisand Doubt versus Confidence Halfway through the mentorship program it was time to reflect on the past...

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Beyond boundaries

There are often expectations to push a material to & beyond its boundaries when pursuing a design, form or idea so that is original & unexpected. This usually results in considerable wasted material & failures but is also an invaluable way of making new discoveries...

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Holding on, Letting go

When having to move workshop space the reality of the stuff I keep was more than apparent. There were test pieces going back to 2010, nestled safely in the back of unopened drawers. The ‘you never know when’ classification of storage obviously applied to these wee...

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Mahuru

Mahuru a.k.a September was a very busy month for me indeed.I was honored enough to be funded by Creative New Zealand to be able to travel to Melbourne for Radiant Pavilion which is a bi-annual contemporary jewelry festival and attend the MakingOUT Symposium,...

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Waste not……

At the end of the Pah Homestead show I drove up to Auckland to collect work and ended bringing a load of the planks used for display back as well.  They have been sitting in my studio as no one really wants them.  The contrasting colours are really attractive and have...

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All Change

Packing at Whitereia All change seems to be the theme of late.  I’ve been at Whitereia (the institute where Peter Deckers teaches Jewellery and where I studied and have been mentoring/lecturing) helping with the sorting (30 years accumulation), packing and storing.  A...

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Shards

Rearranging the shards in a broken world A friend recently introduced me to the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, an embracing of the flawed or imperfect. Japanese aesthetics values marks of wear from the use of an object. This can be a rationale for keeping an object...

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What About that Pink Volcano?

In late August, I had gone so wide on technique and making, I was left thinking what have I done?  Perspective had left me. This is where having access to a mentor and being part of the Handshake project came into its own. I contacted Francis, sent her with images and...

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Enamel Crush

About midway through the year, I started experimenting with enamel. Object collection and use is both a reoccurring theme and constraint in my work.  I started finding old enamel dishes, hammering and cutting them up and reapplying the crushed pieces of enamel, firing...

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Musings

Art has its muses and jewellery has its relationships.  Part of what happened in the studio this year was making jewellery with certain women in mind. Helen Clark was Francis' first suggestion.  She was joined by the eclectic mix of Jean Batten, Grace Jones, Francis...

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Nocebo Effect

I haven't been well recently and the idea of a placebo has taken on a new dimension for me while I try and self-heal. As I've been doing further research into the placebo effect I've discovered another effect, the nocebo effect. The nocebo effect is a "detrimental...

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Placebo Effect

For the Handshake 4 'Leanings' show at Pah Homestead, I made a series of work entitled 'Placebo Effect' with the following artist's statement: "The placebo effect is a beneficial outcome from an inert treatment. The individual believes it is functional but it is, in...

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Leanings

  Blog 16  November 4th, 2017 Leanings, Pah Homestead (https://tsbbankwallaceartscentre.org.nz/)   The install, Pah Homestead Only one day to install and the opening in the evening.  There were a lot of nerves as we gathered at 8.00 in the morning, but everything went...

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Radiant Pavilion

Blog 14  September 12th, 2017 Radiant Pavilion, Melbourne Gold leafed steps, graffiti and post-it notes – Sarah Read, Becky Bliss, Vivien Atkinson Binit, Becky Bliss Walking to Ballarat, 24 hours over 7 days, performance, Crossley Street, Melbourne, Vivien Atkinson  ...

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Extracurricular

Blog 13 - August 5th, 2017 Occupation: Artist (https://occupationartist.wordpress.com/), one of the groups I’m privileged to be part of will soon be off to Melbourne for Radiant Pavilion (26th August to September 3rd).  We participated in this contemporary jewellery...

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Avid

Blog 12  -  July 18th, 2017 Fired & Found, Avid, Wellington, July 1 - 15   From the show at Avid. My work in the foreground and Bronwyn Cornish’s wonderful ceramics (Sirenes and Harpies) in the background. On the right is Walnuhutu 1, by Lauren Lysaght (thanks to Avid...

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Clearing the decks

Blog 11 - June 18th, 2017 Clearing the decks. This weekend I realised that I was losing sight of what I was doing and removed all the extraneous bits and pieces from the desk.  What a difference it made – I could suddenly see there were three distinct groups of pieces...

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Blog 10

Blog 10  June 14th, 2017 Punched decoration on vintage Britannia metal teapot. Punches made from silver plate scrap. Tests of punched patterns on thin aluminium. I’ve spent a few days playing with the idea of trying to recreate some of the intricate patterns punched...

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Blog 9

Blog 9  May 15th, 2017 Time in the studio – in fact lots of time in the studio – I’m there five days a week and at school two days and the feeling of pressure is growing. In the research department have gone back to look again at some artists I was introduced to in...

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Questions

Blog 8, April 10th, 2017  Questions After my first conversation with my mentor there was a list of questions that sent me back to reading research. In my last blog I mentioned that I was interested in trying to form some kind of hybrid using pieces of silver plate and...

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Headful and Handful

So with a hiss and a roar the first HS4 Show has left the starting blocks. Our show LEANINGS, currently on show at Pah Homestead in Auckland was truly a curate's egg of an experience. The good parts were many; the company and camaraderie of my fellow Handshakers and...

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Hot off the Bench

When fully immersed in something, the challenge is to see past what you believe the focus to be. I have just gone through the first group show of Handshake 4. What is seen on opening is so much more. The group show is the culmination of thoughts, trials, failures,...

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Symbiosis

Silently a flowers blooms, In silence it falls away; Yet here now, at this moment, at this place,                 The whole of the flower, the whole of                 the world is blooming. This is the talk of the flower, the truth                 Of the blossom; The...

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Blog 7

Blog 7, April 8th, 2017 I have a number of collections but at the moment I’m focusing on two.  I have been working with (and collecting) silver plate since 2013 – its perceived value, meaning and use has changed, particularly during the last half century.  Developing...

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Language

LANGUAGE Working with my mentor Tanel Venre, during the design phase for the exhibition at The National in Christchurch, he asked a question about the language the individual pieces, and the collection as a whole was speaking. Which language has been used and why?...

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MOVING MEDITATION

I cant even beginning to express how important meditation is to my practice. And especially my life. There are so many ways to meditate. Sitting and closing your eyes is only one. One of my favourite ways to meditate is through movement. Almost all my life I have been...

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Whats going on ?

http://artweekauckland.co.nz/events/east/5639574185312256 Sarah Walker-Holt, Lucy Pierpoint, Mandy Flood, Dorothy de Lautour, Caroline Griffth,Eileen Leary, Lisa Higgins, Maca Burnal Tracy Watson, Michelle Wilkinson, Laura Jer, Ingrid van Heusden A varied bunch of...

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Junger and The meadow

One of my daughter's favourite stories is Peter and the Wolf. A central tenant to the story is the dangers of playing in the meadow. Peter is under strict instructions not to leave the safety of the domestic garden however, he cannot resist the temptations of the...

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judge

  I am a multifaceted human being and artist. I am not going to restrict myself to one medium. My identity and individuality are important to me. I will be all encompassed. Without forgiveness given. Try not to misunderstand me. I have the best intentions.      ...

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Time – A four letter word

    'Time is a created thing.To say I don't have time, is like saying I don't want to'  Lao Tzu I always seem to be wanting more time. But in reality it is the quality of time that I am striving for, as I have all the time I can have. It is how I deal with what I have...

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Shoreline Compositions

Shoreline compositions So after a break in the weather and a healing injury, I have been able to return to walking.  A Gorgeous weekend provided the opportunity for beach combing along Makara beach. Our oceans have never more been more colourful or clogged with the...

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