An intimate collection of jewellery pieces delving into childhood memory, by Wendy Parker
Wendy Parker’s interior and landscape design for Peter Stutchbury’s Garden House
As a jewellery artist, designer and lecturer, Wendy Parker researches experimental media and processes for object making at the College of Fine Arts, UNSW. Her highly crafted precious objects and designs display a subtle application of experimental processes and elements alongside more intimate handcrafted techniques.
Recent work from The Kept Object series features intrinsically delicate jewellery pieces resonant of early memories by the water. Talismanic forms shaped from mother-of-pearl sit suspended in a lace-like hollow casing, granting a glimpse of illusive treasure through its transparency. This air of secrecy, almost ritualistic in nature, is present in Parker’s exquisitely crafted precious objects and designs, which offer a balance of clarity and enigma.
Traces of Parker’s long-term professional interest in the making, materiality and meaning of Asian jewellery is evident in her body of work and academic pursuits. As a founding member of The Asian Arts Society of Australia (TAASA), her interest in Asian jewellery has led to projects including Ritual Jewellery of Bali.
Parker also collaborates with Peter Stutchbury, one of Australia’s leading architects, designing and making jewels for the body, the building and table; she designed the landscape and interior design elements of Stutchbury’s Garden House, winner of a 2008 Architecture Award, AIA NSW.