New website

I recently have updated my website, which you can check out here at leoniewestbrook.com

Besides being much happier with the aesthetics of this website as it is much more simple than before with a focus on the images of my work, I have also included more insight into each series or group of work with a view to adding to and evolving this aspect in any future updates.

I feel this is important as a broader way to communicate the thought that goes into each piece, and in the future I am planning (hoping!) to include some images and short videos regarding the making, as my processes are quite involved and time consuming.

 

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National Contemporary Jewellery Award 2016

I am so happy to have been chosen as a finalist in the 2016 NCJA, which opens this Saturday 13th at Griffith Regional Art Gallery.

Having submitted two entries, my White Rectangle neckpiece (below) was selected. Yay!

Both pieces were made for and shown in the Calendar Girls exhibition at Gray Street Workshop earlier this year.

White Rectangle, Neckpiece, 2016, Leonie Westbrook, Photo Grant Hancock

This piece below, my Yellow Rectangle bangle, was the other piece entered but not selected.

Yellow Rectangle, Bangle, 2016, Leonie Westbrook, Photo Grant Hancock

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Interesting opportunity….

While procrastinating I have come across this opportunity, the COLLIDE International Award.

Reckon it would be a great opportunity for anyone whose arts practice has a science focus. Proposals close May 23rd 2016 (less than 2 weeks).

The successful recipient receives:

  • 15,000 Swiss Francs as an Award.
  • Allowance for two months at CERN, Geneva and one month at FACT, Liverpool.
  • Travel costs and accommodation within a fixed budget for the three months of the artistic residency at CERN and FACT

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Calendar Girls Exhibition…

The year long Calendar Girls project curated by the partners at Gray Street Workshop is nearly coming to a close, with the final jeweller, Leslie Matthews, featured on GSW social media this month.

I was ‘January’, and if you missed it, follow this link  (or refer to my previous post). Calendar Girls – Leonie Westbrook 

I will also post the time lapse videos, prose and images on lonejeweller  at a later date.

To end the project, there is what promises to be an unmissable exhibition showing a handful of works from each of the 12 Calendar Girls participants . I had a sneaky  look at some of the work when I delivered my own to the gallery on the weekend, and can not wait to see it all displayed.

Here is details of the exhibition and opening event on 3rd March 6- 8pm …Calendar Girls invite on lonejeweller

 

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Calendar Girls

For all of January I am being featured as part of  Gray Street Workshops Calendar Girls project. Follow the link below to see my first time lapse video, images and some writing. GSW will post more during the month.

Calendar Girls – Leonie Westbrook 

In GSW own words…. ‘Calendar Girls is a year-long project celebrating the practices of 12 talented alumni and current tenants of Gray Street Workshop that have contributed to its rich history. The project culminates in The Calendar Girls exhibition held in our gallery during the 2016 Adelaide Festival.’

This was such an interesting project to be part of, we were given a time lapse camera for a month each plus a number of questions to respond to in relation to the theme To capture an often over looked aspect of the making process; the detail and intimacy of time.

In some ways it was quite confronting, it being rare for me to share my making head/space with others and in such a close proximity. Surprisingly, I revelled in writing in response to the questions asked by GSW, yet I found beginning the shooting of the time lapse caused anxiety, followed by some doubt and questioning of my processes, which was totally unexpected as I had been looking forward to this . So turns out this project was as much an insight into my practice for me as it is for anyone else.

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Just a few….

In the last post I promised individual images of the latest work recently sent to Studio Ingot in Melbourne, so here are a few of the pieces.

I chose to post these as you can see how the use of colour works with the dark grey of the metal, and also how the light changes the hue to different shades as each shape folds out at a different angle.

The first one below I particularly enjoyed making and did contemplate keeping for myself.Unfolding and Unfolding pendant, Leonie Westbrook, 2015Fold Out circular pendant, orange. Leonie Westbrook 2015Fold Out circular pendant, yellow. Leonie Westbrook 2015Fold Out circular pendant, blue. Leonie Westbrook 2015Fold Out circular pendant, dark orange. Leonie Westbrook 2015

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Studio Ingot window display…

I recently sent some new work to Studio Ingot in Melbourne, and was very pleased to receive an email with this image of the new work in the process of being arranged in their front window. Individual images of all the work will be in a future post.

Leonie Westbrook at Studio Ingot window display December 2015

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