State of Flux + Radiant Pavilion
State of Flux + Radiant Pavilion
State of Flux + Radiant Pavilion
State of Flux + Radiant Pavilion
The Boroughs

State of Flux + Radiant Pavilion

We are very excited to welcome State of Flux to the Boroughs Store.  

Last January Eddy and I took an overseas holiday to Hobart, Tasmania and visited State of Flux Workshop. The contemporary jewellery workshop and gallery in the Salamanca arts precinct.

We talked about community and connectivity via crafts and invited the women of State of Flux workshop to show with us.

After the year that was and the year that is, our idea of locally produced has expanded to reach out to those who’s values and ethos align with us here at the Boroughs.

As it becomes increasingly difficult to travel we have decided host and collaborate with makers, crafts people and artists as much as we can, to bridge these distances with representation. And of course we wanted the women of State of Flux workshop to bring their unique dialogue to Melbourne’s contemporary jewellery community.

Thankfully the festival of contemporary jewellery that is Radiant Pavilion goes on and we are so thrilled to have all the components come together. Over the course of the festival we will introduce each of the jewellers and tell you about their unique practices. In the meantime their work will be visible 24/7 in the Boroughs Store window.

About State of Flux

"As Hobart based State of Flux Workshop, we seek to introduce ourselves to our Melbourne peers and engage in the national and global conversation around contemporary jewellery and objects. We reflect on our natural geographical isolation and the isolation we have all faced in one way or another in recent times. 
In September 2020, we launched our contemporary jewellery and object workshop.  For Radiant Pavilion, we examine the way jewellery and objects can heal and establish new connections, and how the geographical isolation of Tasmania both nurtures us but also disconnects us from the greater cultural diversity of bigger cities. 
Our exhibition is about connectedness, connecting and connectivity in a time and place of isolation.  As humans, our need to connect with each other is strong. Passion and creativity can help bridge this isolation we are all experiencing."

About the artist

Anna Weber 

Anna was born and raised in Tasmania and has always had a passion for design, craft and the built environment. Whilst completing a Bachelor of Design at UTS she undertook a sub-major in Jewellery Design, this sparked a deep-rooted love and appreciation for the art of contemporary jewellery. Anna’s work continues to have a strong connection to her design background and is imbued with architectural aesthetic and geometric lines.

Through her studio work Anna explores the idea of preciousness and what makes jewellery hold value for the wearer. A piece can seem to lack value from a monetary perspective but it is the emotional value and sentiment imprinted onto it that makes it precious to the wearer.

Anna is committed to the use of sustainable practice and it is integral to and informs much of her work. She uses recycled and non-precious metals and explores unconventional and often discarded materials, such as laminate and timber offcuts, with a view to shine a new light on their beauty.

List of works by Anna,

Puzzle Brooch, 2021
Hand-pierced laminate offcuts, brass, silk, stainless steel

Haystack Brooch, 2021
Brass, ceramic paint, stainless steel

Frilled Neck-lace, 2021
Brass, stainless steel mesh, powdercoat, silk

Haystack Necklace, 2021
Brass, ceramic paint, silk

Pickup Sticks Necklace, 2021
Brass, powdercoat, silk

Jane Hodgetts

Using a range of traditional and exploratory jewellery techniques, Jane’s work hints at the passing of time, where positive and negative space play with light and shadow, often asymmetrical and teasing us with the idea of imperfection. Jane hopes that the viewer will pause, consider and engage with the works, whilst considering the passing of time and reflect on ideas of fragility, human connectedness with nature as well as the relationship to self. She wants to consider the role of jewellery in relation to the act of collecting things (that can trigger memory and remind us of time passing) whilst challenging the concepts of what jewellery is. Jane is interested in contrasts and contradictions, the elegant and refined alongside the textured and worn, and in the question ‘Is it old or is it new?’. Her hope is that her jewellery will appear as if it has had its own significant history, as if dug from the ground during an archaeological dig.

Jane holds degrees in Fine Arts from the University of Tasmania and in Teaching from the University of Melbourne. She works as an Art teacher and is a founding member of State of Flux Workshop, in Hobart. Jane was a finalist in the 2019 and 2016 Design Tasmanian Award and has been the recipient of an Arts Tasmania and Regional Arts Tasmanian grant.

List of works by Jane, 

Silence brooch, 2021
Sterling silver and copper bi-metal, oxide, stainless steel
All the beauty earrings, 2021
Oxidised copper, 24ct gold-filled wire
The mountain earrings, 2021
Brass, sterling silver, enamel paint
Breathe necklace, 2021
Oxidised sterling silver, brass, enamel paint

Protection (shield) necklace, 2021
Oxidised copper, brass, sterling silver, enamel paint
Ancient necklace, 2021
Oxidised sterling silver and copper bi-metal, oxidised copper, silk thread

Fragility necklace, 2021
Oxidised sterling silver and copper bi-metal, oxidised copper, silk thread


Emma Bugg

Compelled by curiosity, Emma Bugg’s practice investigates the way jewellery can tell stories through materials and continually investigates innovative ways technology can add to the experience of jewellery.

Over the past eleven years Emma has worked with concrete. She has a vivid memory of walking along Swanston Street. With heightened senses in new surroundings, she was struck by the observation that concrete and asphalt had covered the earth’s surface. It was everywhere but its ubiquity made it somehow invisible. The contrast was apparent compared to Emma’s home town of Hobart, Tasmania, where wilderness is closer. From this experience, Emma began exploring ways to use concrete in jewellery, recontextualizing it by framing it on the body.

Parallel to material exploration is the ongoing investigation of ways technology can be embedded in jewellery to add a deeper level of connection and engagement with a piece. Compelled by a curiosity for secret codes, Emma’s practice looks at how jewellery can tell stories through materials, and continually investigates innovative ways technology can add to the experience of jewellery.

Graduating from UTAS in 2002 with a BFA, Emma returned to study a Diploma in Art and Design (Jewellery Design) at TAFE in 2010. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and her work is held in the MONA collection

List of works by Emma,

Lucky Rabbit necklace, 2021
Brass, concrete, Tasmanian abalone shell, horse hair, glass, iron, leather, data
The Lucky Rabbit Project is the latest iteration of Bugg’s response to embedding hidden codes in jeweller, bringing an interactive element to the work and leading the viewer to an experience to activate pattern recognition.
Interactive content is activated by scanning back of the rabbit with an NFC enabled mobile device
*As the piece can’t be accessed directly, you can interact via Instagram @luckyrabbitproject #luckyrabbitproject
Brickworks necklace, 2020
Concrete, brick, leather, brass, iron
Endoskeleton earrings, 2021
Sterling silver, Tasmanian basalt, Granite from Tasmanian east coast, brass, internal structure of steel mesh
Tube ring, 2021
Brass, concrete, pigment
Slab brooch (yellow) 2021
Concrete, iron, steel, stainless steel, brass, Tasmanian basalt, paint
Slab brooch (blue), 2021
Concrete, iron, steel, stainless steel, brass, brass filings, paint
Slab brooch (red), 2021
Concrete, iron, steel, stainless steel, brass, Tasmanian basalt, paint

Gabbee Stolp

 Gabbee is a Tasmanian-born artist, based in nipaluna/Hobart. Gabbee’s artistic practice exists across several mediums, with a primary focus on object-making, textiles and contemporary jewellery. Her works explore human inter-connectedness with nature, evoking both biological and metaphysical themes and examining the current geological epoch, dubbed the Anthropocene, during which time human impacts on the environment have become indelible.

The thoughtful use of natural and sustainable materials is integral to Gabbee’s practice, as is a focus on the processes involved in making. Gabbee constructs pieces predominately through the act of sewing, a gesture she considers to be both nurturing and restorative. With this gesture she aims to remind the wearer of the strength and the value of human tenderness and the depth and vulnerability of our more-than-human world.

In 2016 Gabbee completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (First Class Honours) at RMIT University, where her major studio area was Object Based Practice/Gold and Silversmithing. In 2017 Gabbee was a recipient of the Maggie Fairweather studio residency at RMIT and a finalist in the Victorian Craft Awards. Gabbee relocated back to Tasmania in 2018 and was a recipient of a Contemporary Art Tasmania studio residency in 2019. Gabbee is a finalist in the 2021 Women’s Art Prize Tasmania and is a founding member of State of Flux Workshop in Hobart.

List of works by Gabbee,

Herring (brooch), 2021
Leather, cotton thread, onyx, steel

Rollmop (brooch), 2021
Leather, cotton thread, carnelian, steel

Hollandse Nieuwe (brooch), 2021
Leather cotton thread, garnet, steel

Soft Chains (necklace), 2021
Leather, cotton thread

Soft Shelled (collar), 2021
Found shells, leather, cotton thread

Soft Shelled (necklace), 2020
Found shells, leather, velvet, cotton thread