Monday, July 12, 2010

Willem Heyneker

One of the Monkey’s favourite jewellers, Willem Heyneker has been a busy artist of late! This beautiful neck piece made from a very old ostrich feather held fast by a shank of gilding metal and sterling silver is just one of Willem’s new collection of tribally inspired adornments. Four feathers were gifted to Willem many years ago by a gypsy friend from the Didicoite tribe in the South of England

Originally the feathers belonged to the Gypsy’s grandmother and now Willem has used them in a new range of designs taking inspiration from the ancient traditions of the tribes of old. Wishing to honour the gift itself and to celebrate the spirit of friendship in which it was given the designs take on a special meaning.

This sculptural exhibition neck piece also features one of the Didicoite feathers and an Emu breastbone dipped and plated with sterling silver and accented with red coral. Sublime!

Willem is also displaying in store the Frame within a Frame series – beautifully hand made framed necklaces made to be worn as a nod to some of the spectacular landscapes of Australian terrain – such as the Bungle Bungles and 80 Mile Beach. When not being worn they are housed in a black frame with velvet surrounds and become a magnificent artpiece for the wall.

But the really really BIG news for Willem – and for WA (he belongs to us!) – is that he has been selected as a finalist in the very prestigious Waterhouse Awards for the stunning Tingles Down My Spine exhibition piece (below) first shown in public by Behind the Monkey last year. It will stand up against national and international entries in the Award finals being held in South Australia on July 16th.

photo credit: Stefan Gossati
Quite Divine!
We wish Willem all the best, we are so excited for him. Well deserved! Be sure to pop into the store soon and check out Willem’s work.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

In the Press - Watch Out!

As seen in this amazing spread in Oyster Magazine and on the shelves at Behind the Monkey!
Watch out for this brand new Triwa stock!


Photography: Elvis Di Fazio  Stylist: Bex Sheers

Sunday, July 4, 2010

The Dream

Jewellery jumping onto the wall? Or Art jumping onto jewellery? Both!

Continuing the wonderfully successful Picasso-esq series by Karen Thompson and this time taking further inspiration from Picasso’s painting The Dream – check out this amazing wall plaque and statement neckpiece. Karen continues to push the series with her innovative hand or laser cut pieces in sterling silver or aluminium/titanium/brass and copper. Sculptured, riveted, layered, collectable and fabulous these pieces are a nod to the great painter and his spectacular works.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Cabinets of Curiosity - Opening Invitation

Cabinets of curiosity first originated in the 16th century and were used to display objects of puzzlement and awe collected by wealthy travellers and noblemen.

Christine Lovitt's exhibition "Cabinets of Curiosity" revisits this concept and comprises a series of customised wooden cabinets filled with collections of found objects and vintage paper shapes.

Christine is a local artist who has been working in the medium of vintage paper and book sculpture for the past two years.  This is her first exhibition.

In Store - Malachi by Alister Yiap

Designer Alister Yiap has got it right!  It’s cold! Wrap up and stay warm with his stunning new scarves – well he calls them that.........but the wonderful beaded multi roulade strands of the Velux scarf would pass also as a beautiful neckpiece..... and one might assume to cosy up, you’ve just casually tossed a sweater around your neck with Alister’s take on the Varsity scarf!  Not so, it’s definitely a scarf.......So cool.  Oh hang on , we mean to say......So warm!

And while we’re on Alister, we have a full selection of his Malachi and Lamina collections in store now, including designs styled with his iconic signature crow.  Do check them out soon will the rest of Australia shortly – he’s about to release his ranges nationally......we predict they will love them just as much as we do!
Malachi Collection
Ikarus Feather Pendant & Signature Crow pendant
Rhodium plated sterling silver set with black diamond mimetics