A History of Contemporary Jewellery in New Zealand and Australia: Place and Adornment
248pp. September 2014
A History of Contemporary Jewellery in Australia and New Zealand: Place and Adornment
Author: Skinner, Damian; Murray, Kevin;
A History of Contemporary Jewellery in Australia and New Zealand: Place and Adornment tells the remarkable story of how two countries, far from the jewellery centres of Europe and NorthAmerica, have managed to contribute to an international art form, transforming jewellery from an imitation of European taste into an original expression of place.

In this richly illustrated book, the first comprehensive history of contemporary jewellery in Australasia, authors Damian Skinner and Kevin Murray bring together detailed analysis of objects and historical sources to show how contemporary jewellery offered a way to negotiate relationships between settler and indigenous cultures, to find beauty in humble materials, to appreciate the natural environment, and to test conventions of art, gender and identity.

228 color illustrations

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Published in association with David Bateman Ltd
"While connections in contemporary jewellery practice have been identified from time to time between Australia andNew Zealand, this book is the first to investigate in detail their shared influences and values and evolving expressions of place andidentity. Informative and at times provocative, Place and Adornment provides both a history and a valuable platform for thinking aboutcontemporary jewellery from Australasia in an international forum." —Dr. Grace Cochrane, AM, independent curator, writer, consultant.

"A wonderful contribution to a brilliant field, this book is an unexpected and welcome breakthrough. Packed with information, images and insights, its crucial innovation is to consider contemporary jewellery from Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand, neighbouring countries with very different cultural histories." —Julie Ewington, Head of Australian Art, Queensland Art Gallery
Author: Skinner, Damian; Murray, Kevin;
Damian Skinner is an art historian and curator of Applied Art and Design at theAuckland War Memorial Museum TāmakiPaenga Hira. He was editor of Art JewelryForum (2010 -2012), and has published anumber of books and articles on New Zealandand international contemporary jewellery.He recently edited Contemporary Jewelry inPerspective (Lark Books, 2013).

Kevin Murray is Adjunct Professor, RMITUniversity School of Art. He was Director ofCraft Victoria (2001-2007). The exhibitions ofcontemporary jewellery he curated includeSigns of Change: Jewellery Designed for a BetterWorld (Perth, 2010), Welcome Signs: ContemporaryInterpretations of the Garland (Delhi, 2011),and Joyaviva: Live Jewellery across the Pacific(Australasia and Latin America, 2012–14).