Unfold

A solo exhibition by Phoebe Porter investigating the bracelet form using cut and folded titanium sheet metal
19 October – 1 December 2012
Craft Victoria, 31 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Drawing inspiration from process driven design, such as the early works of Dutch designer Emmy Van Leersum, Phoebe Porter has made a series of pieces investigating the bracelet form using cut and folded titanium sheet metal.

The title Unfold has a dual meaning that alludes to both Porter’s technique of folding sheet metal to create jewellery pieces and her attempt to reveal the making process to the audience. Connections and joins in the pieces are clearly expressed, highlighting the methods of construction used in each design. Porter’s making process is revealed to the audience by this expression of construction within the pieces themselves as well as through the inclusion of tooling and video documentation alongside the finished works. She has collaborated with fellow Abbotsford Convent tenant Sal Cooper to produce the video for the exhibition.

“This project seeks to develop the audiences’ understanding of jewellery making and ultimately aims to highlight the real value of material things in our time of mass consumption. It has grown out of my observations about the limited understanding many people have of how things are actually made, as a result of doing much, if not all of their work in a virtual manner.”

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

It has also been generously supported by Howwecreate.org.