Last night I attended the opening of Barndi Mara Jewellery Exhibiton here in Geraldton which features a beautiful range of polymer and silver clay jewellery.
Rachel McKenzie originally initiated the project with a group of indigenous women in Mullewa, Western Australia. The 4 women involved were Debra Maher, Susan Merry, Wendy Jakamarra, and Barbara Comeagain.
The artists reflected on Tallering Peak which is a significant landmark in the area and features heavily in their stories and memories.
They first created their paintings and then, with the guidance and assistance of Rachel, created polymer clay canes to mimic their art. This was then turned into finished pieces of jewellery by Rachel, Janine Crudeli and myself.
The exhibition opened last night and was an outstanding success. These pieces hold great significance and to see them all together was quite breathtaking.
Huge congratulations to the amazing Rachel and the wonderful ladies involved in the project...I was incredibly honoured to take a small part in this beautiful story.
|The Story behind the project.|
|The amazing Rachel.|
|These are the 4 paintings: Wendy (top left) Susan (top right) Debra (bottom left) Barbara (bottom right). Unfortunately Barbara couldn't make the exhibition.|
A professional photo shoot was organised showcasing the finished pieces. My little photos don't do them justice I'm afraid.
|This is the incredibly talented Janine Crudeli who was asked to assist in creating finished pieces with the canes the ladies had created.|
|Some of the stunning pieces Rachel created incoporating silver clay and polymer clay.|
Note: I received special permission to take these photographs. Professional photos also feature in my blog and all their info is included underneath each picture.