“These gems have life in them: their colors speak, say what words fail of.” -George Eliot
The work explores the materiality of a 2D image by adding an embellished 3D wearable dimension, which is extracted and crafted – or ‘borrowed’ from the photographic image upon which it is mounted.
The images are laminated with a faceted lucite facade, which acts as a beacon for the interplay of light and imparts a sense of intrigue.
Creating a view finder to an inner world, the lucite object creates a microcosm within the macrocosm of the larger image – a ‘Hortus Conclusus’, an enclosed garden of veritable earthly delights!
The Meet the Maker Talk is at the CAA on Saturday 30 June, 3-5pm:
Meet the Maker – From nature to artifice in Art Jewellery
Saturday 30 June, 3-5pm
Donna Brennan will share her approach to developing this multi-disciplinary collection, which embraces both photography and fine art jewellery. Using photographs to chart the development of Hortus Conclusus, which was in part inspired by a visit to the Munich Mineral Fair, she will discuss both sides of her practice with close inspection of the brooches.
This event is free and informal. Talk begins at 3pm.
For COLLECT ‘Open’ the materiality of a 2D image has been explored by adding an embellished 3D dimension which has been extracted and crafted – or ‘borrowed’ from the photographic image upon which it is mounted, crafting a narrative from image to object. Alluding to ‘Shakkei, which means ‘borrowed landscape’ – the concept is based on the Asian art of landscaping which borrows an existing background landscape into the design of a garden with an emphasis on natural features & rocks. The images are laminated with a faceted lucite facade, which acts as a beacon for the interplay of light and imparts a sense of intrigue. Acting as a view finder to an inner world, the lucite object creates a microcosm within the macrocosm of the larger image – a ‘Hortus Conclusus’, or enclosed garden of earthly delights!
COLLECT ‘Open’ is a unique opportunity for individual makers to show a new body of work of ambitious and challenging work on the top floor of the Saatchi Gallery. COLLECT is the premier event for international galleries to show museum-quality works and installations which define what innovative craft means in 2018.
22 – 25 February, 2018
Thursday 22 February, 12pm – 7pm
Friday 23 February, 11am – 9pm
Saturday 24 February, 11am – 6pm
Sunday 25 February, 11am – 6pm
Duke of York HQ
London SW3 4RY
DONNA’S UV COLOUR CHANGING CRYSTAL NECKPIECE “CHAIN REACTION” WILL BE ON SHOW AT THE MUSEO FRANZ MAYER IN MEXICO CITY FROM AUGUST 5 – OCTOBER 2, 2016. IT FORMS PART OF THE PERMANENT COLLECTION OF THE STEDELIJK MUSEUM IN THE NETHERLANDS AS PART OF THE CHP… ? JEWELRY COLLECTION ESTABLISHED BY GIJS BAKKER, CO-FOUNDER OF DROOG. THE EXHIBITION IS CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF THE COLLECTION AND INCLUDES WORK BY DESIGN LUMINARIES MARC NEWSON AND MARCEL WANDERS.
Established in 1996 by co-founder Gijs Bakker as Chi ha paura….? (Who’s afraid of…?), the label aims to show that jewelry design evolves just like any other design discipline and that a good piece of jewelry is more than a decorative accessory. In the last two decades, chp…? has initiated seven projects based on themes as What’s Luxury?, Rituals and Global Identity. This resulted in more than 120 designs by over 50 designers, including Marc Newson, Ron Arad, Konstantin Grcic, Marcel Wanders, Campana Brothers, Formafantasma and many more.
August 5 – October 2, 2016
Museo Franz Mayer, Mexico City
MAKING HER DEBUT AT GOLDSMITHS’ FAIR IN LONDON LAST YEAR, DONNA WILL BE EXHIBITING THERE AGAIN FROM SEPTEMBER 27TH THROUGH TO 2ND OCTOBER.
27 September – 9 October 2016
London EC2V 6BN
AWARD WINNING FINE ART JEWELER DONNA BRENNAN IS MAKING HER DEBUT AT NY NOW. LAUNCHING HER ‘COCKTAIL’ COLLECTION OF CLUSTERED DIAMONDS AND GEMSTONES HEWN FROM 18CT GOLD FOR THE 1ST TIME IN NYC, THE RINGS ALREADY HAVE A LOYAL FOLLOWING AMONGST WOMEN WHO BLAZE A TRAIL – AND NEVER FOLLOW!
THE COLLECTION FEATURES SINUOUS ORGANIC FORMS WHICH WRITHE AND TWIST WITH A PERFECTLY IMPERFECT ASSEMBLAGE OF PRECIOUS AND SEMI-PRECIOUS STONES. SHE PLAYS WITH THE TRADITIONAL LANGUAGE OF JEWELRY, RE-CONFIGURING IT IN A CONTEMPORARY CONTEXT. TRADITION WITH A TWIST!
August 20 – 24, 2016
New York, NY