Pulling strings to bring people and art together

A STRAND of South Sea pearls valued at $30,000 is the inspiration for a collection of works on display at the Craftwest Gallery in Perth until

August 4.

Pulling Strings is an exhibition of the 39 individual pearls from the strand released and set in the designs of some of Australia’s most innovative jewell-ery designers.

Originally developed for the Melbourne Fashion Festival, the idea was developed by Ali Limb and Emma Goodsir, who run e g etal in Melbourne – a unique exhibition and retail space for contemporary jewellery.

With the support of the South Sea Pearl Consortium, Ms Goodsir asked for submissions from a group of designers they worked with, and this striking collection of works is the result.

“The whole idea was that the strand was reunited once the show was put up,” Ms Goodsir said.

“Some of the ideas are really off-beat, they’re not even jewellery but we all loved them and Chryss from South Sea loved them too.”

The collection of contemporary designs will be exhibited alongside Jennifer Robertson’s textiles, produced on a 32-shaft computerised loom.

The rich earthy tones of her cloth the balance of shapes represent images from nature and the magnified cross sections of Australian plants.

Work by all the artists is available for sale to the public, breaking down some of the common misconceptions about art and design.

The Craftwest Gallery is working towards a fusion of art, design and commercialism that demystifies many of the common misconceptions about art.

Craftwest executive director Linda Dorrington said she expected a lot of commercial interest in the collections.

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