APPARENT MOTION EXHIBITION
Apparent Motion is the inaugural exhibition curated by Lord Coconut, Melbourne’s newest handcrafted contemporary jewellery gallery and store.
The in-store exhibition is part of the 2011 State of Design Festival Look.Stop.Shop program. This program is an experimental showcase of installations and window-displays throughout 29 design-minded businesses within the Melbourne CBD. Each business was asked to address the Festival theme ‘design that moves’.
Lord Coconut asked his jewellers, artisans and designers to address the exhibition theme ‘Apparent Motion’. They have been challenged to create jewellery pieces for men which explores the concept of ‘kinetic movement’ and asked to address:
- Can kinetic jewellery be designed for men?
- How will men wear this jewellery?
- Will men wear the jewellery?
- How far can jewellers push what is acceptable for men?
Eight jewellers met this challenge and created twenty eight unique pieces of wearable art. The jewellers involved are: Beth Croce, Cath Da Costa, Tamara Hain (My Friend Romeo), Deeana Michela, David Parker, Ellen Pittman and Justin Siow.
Justin Siow created a series of recycled sterling silver karma sutra thaumatrope rings. Thaumatrope is an optical toy that uses the persistence of vision to merge two separate images into one. He says “childish in their ways, do adult men, or ‘boys and their toys’, ever grow old or do they just move from one past-time to another?”
My Friend Romeo (Tamara Hain) was inspired by the appeal, illusion, and movement of traditional shadow puppets and jointed dolls when creating her oxidised sterling silver animal lapel pins. Tamara says “with their simple movements and relationships with a past, before technology gave us high expectations and short attentions spans, the use of low tech motion and a touch of nostalgia leads to the question of how far we have actually moved forward in our fast moving times”.
The Exhibition opens on Saturday 16th July from 3 to 5pm and continues until the end of the State of Design Festival on Sunday 31st July.
Lord Coconut the store can be found on Level 4, Carlow House, Flinders Lane. This hidden treasure is the only retail store in Melbourne specialising in handcrafted contemporary jewellery, cufflinks, and art for men. The store features works by over 20 Melbourne jewellers, designers, and artisans.
Mark Boldiston and various designers involved in the exhibition are available for interviews. The store is also available for photo shoots upon request.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday 11am – 6pm, Saturday 11am – 3pm. Sunday, by appointment.
Lord Coconut is a successful recipient of the City of Melbourne Small Business Grants program.