Marina Antoniou

Archives

Day One
17 October 2013

I’m thrilled to invite you all to the opening of my first solo exhibition, Day One, launching this November at Courtesy of the Artist in Surry Hills, Sydney.

Day One presents a collection of handcrafted jewels inspired by the symbols, forms, materials and techniques used by master craftsman to create the earliest examples of jewelled adornment.

This collection of jewels draws intrigue from the archaeological sites of Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece for inspiration.

Like those recovered from Egyptian graves, small disc ostrich shell beads that were shaped, drilled and strung together by ancient craftsman have been seamlessly intertwined into this collection.

Turquoise was a highly coveted gemstone believed by the Egyptians to have supernatural powers and features throughout Day One in a series of delicate yellow gold and silver rings. Striking red and soft peach hues of naturally sourced coral, hand cut sapphires and tourmalines have also been used to embody the colours of carnelian, red jasper and inlaid glass applied by these early artisans.

The lavishly ornate designs referencing elements of nature were frequent in the works of the Ancient Greeks and also feature as a source of inspiration. Leaf, olive and fruit motifs found in the gold wreathes of this period are a recurring presence in this collection.

Rather than replicating specific artifacts, Day One transcends the ages and blurs the boundaries of traditional jewellery design. It not only presents a reflection of the past – the beginning – but more importantly presents a reflection of the early development of my skills as a designer and maker.

An exciting video collaboration with Artisan Magazine showcasing my creative processes will also be revealed in the gallery on opening night.

Day One launches on November 7th 2013 between 6pm – 8pm at Courtesy of the Artist, 10b Fitzroy Place Surry Hills. The exhibition runs until November 30th 2013. Visit www.courtesyoftheartist.com for more details.

Welcome
15 October 2013

Welcome to www.marinaantoniou.com. It’s been months in the making, but we did it!

I’ll begin by saying thank you to everyone involved in helping me get my website up and running. Firstly a huge thank you to Toko Concept Design for the design and development of my brand identity and website.

A very big thank you also goes out to Artisan Magazine for the images of my studio which you can see throughout the site.

Finally, thank you to the Australia Council for the Arts. Twelve months ago I received an Artstart Grant from the Australia Council for the Arts to assist with the professional development of my practice. The grant has allowed me to get this website up and running and it would not have been possible without their help.

Over the next few weeks I will begin to add new images of work to both the Collections and Bespoke galleries of the website, so please do come back. For those of you who would like to take a look behind the scenes, step into my studio and follow me on Instagram and FacebookHere’s to an exciting few weeks ahead!

Close
Day One
17 October 2013

I’m thrilled to invite you all to the opening of my first solo exhibition, Day One, launching this November at Courtesy of the Artist in Surry Hills, Sydney.

Day One presents a collection of handcrafted jewels inspired by the symbols, forms, materials and techniques used by master craftsman to create the earliest examples of jewelled adornment.

This collection of jewels draws intrigue from the archaeological sites of Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece for inspiration.

Like those recovered from Egyptian graves, small disc ostrich shell beads that were shaped, drilled and strung together by ancient craftsman have been seamlessly intertwined into this collection.

Turquoise was a highly coveted gemstone believed by the Egyptians to have supernatural powers and features throughout Day One in a series of delicate yellow gold and silver rings. Striking red and soft peach hues of naturally sourced coral, hand cut sapphires and tourmalines have also been used to embody the colours of carnelian, red jasper and inlaid glass applied by these early artisans.

The lavishly ornate designs referencing elements of nature were frequent in the works of the Ancient Greeks and also feature as a source of inspiration. Leaf, olive and fruit motifs found in the gold wreathes of this period are a recurring presence in this collection.

Rather than replicating specific artifacts, Day One transcends the ages and blurs the boundaries of traditional jewellery design. It not only presents a reflection of the past – the beginning – but more importantly presents a reflection of the early development of my skills as a designer and maker.

An exciting video collaboration with Artisan Magazine showcasing my creative processes will also be revealed in the gallery on opening night.

Day One launches on November 7th 2013 between 6pm – 8pm at Courtesy of the Artist, 10b Fitzroy Place Surry Hills. The exhibition runs until November 30th 2013. Visit www.courtesyoftheartist.com for more details.

Welcome
15 October 2013

Welcome to www.marinaantoniou.com. It’s been months in the making, but we did it!

I’ll begin by saying thank you to everyone involved in helping me get my website up and running. Firstly a huge thank you to Toko Concept Design for the design and development of my brand identity and website.

A very big thank you also goes out to Artisan Magazine for the images of my studio which you can see throughout the site.

Finally, thank you to the Australia Council for the Arts. Twelve months ago I received an Artstart Grant from the Australia Council for the Arts to assist with the professional development of my practice. The grant has allowed me to get this website up and running and it would not have been possible without their help.

Over the next few weeks I will begin to add new images of work to both the Collections and Bespoke galleries of the website, so please do come back. For those of you who would like to take a look behind the scenes, step into my studio and follow me on Instagram and FacebookHere’s to an exciting few weeks ahead!