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depot gallery I, 20 - 24 december,
2 danks street, waterloo, nsw.
open sunday - thursday 11am - 6pm









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homework t-shirts

order online. homework brooches photographed and printed on t-shirts. bigger than the real thing. washable. more >

more plastic crap just in time for christmas

buy jewellery direct from mark vaarwerk and liana kabel. And at reduced prices! have a drink and some nibbles as well. Proudly brought to you by plastic boy, plastic girl and mini gallery.

saturday 28 november 6-8pm
and sunday 29 november 11am-2pm 2009
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apparat

Showcasing International contemporary jewellery Artists more >

solo show

opening 16th october 2009. workshop bilk. queanbeyan. more >

mark vaarwerk as seen on air

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from the "sustain me" website;
"Intimate Up Cycling
Mark Vaawerk

The recycling of materials to create new design has become a familiar if not rhetorical creative strategy symbolising design for sustainability. Although working loosely within this genre, Vaarwerk's design further challenges our assumptions about material value. By associating the enduring worth of precious metals with discarded plastic products, his jewellery extracts beauty embedded in the abandoned, and elicits the creative potential of waste retransformed. However, the only visible evidence of recycled material appears in Vaarwerk's use of discarded product nomenclature described in the work titles, enhancing the incongruity.

In combination, the reused and virgin materials works appear pristine, yet allude to the value of resources in a more symbolic than quantifiable way; the proximity of the wearable object to our skin serving as an intimate, concatenate reminder of things we desire, venerate and discard. The contrary beauty of these works screens the vulnerability of both the environment and the human condition. Vaarwerk continues to explore and reinvigorate the properties of discarded plastics in ways that represent cradle-to-cradle up cycling on an intimate scale." more >

SUSTAIN ME OPENING

30 JULY 2009
IVAN DOUGHERTY GALLERY
COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS
UNIVERSITY OF NSW
CNR OF SELWYN STREET AND ALBION AVENUE
PADDINGTON
SYDNEY

14/7 metalsmith magazine vol29 no3 2009 p58

review by tracey clement of mark vaarwerk retrospective (metalab 2008)

10/7 COTA pop up store opens!

meet my alter ego (see sydney design entry below)

"Joseph Patrick Healy. Born 1834 Port Huron, Michigan. Died 1907.
Healy’s earliest recorded employment was as a printer’s assistant and subsequently apprentice in the Detroit Free Press printing shop, Detroit. In 1862 a telegraph operator’s role was offered him in the Western Union Offices of Boston, Massachusetts. This position stimulated his curious, stubborn and somewhat thrifty nature, as he became increasingly in charge of the maintenance of the rapidly growing telegraph networks of the company. This was in response mainly to the delays which invariably resulted when contracting with the local overworked machinists and technicians. By 1869 under his influence the company had its own fully equipped telegraph manufacturing facilities. In this Boston factory many developments and refinements to the telegraph system were made and dozens of patents filed. Healy also kept his own private chemical laboratory, within the company’s premises, to undertake analysis of various compounds. This was spurred particularly by the Russian chemist Menedeleev’s recent articles and publications obtained by Healy, roughly and partially translated, through his prior press acquaintances. However, numerous accidents, and a near catastrophic fire in the laboratory in 1871 lead to his prompt dismissal. This incident was followed by a prolonged stint as an itinerant telegrapher."

SYDNEY DESIGN 09. two exhibitions below which you must see.

"ALTER EGO, THE OTHER I

Like to play somebody you couldn’t possibly be in the real world? Create an alternative personality or persona? Become your own alter ego? This exhibition invites designers across various disciplines to create an alter ego as a means to push boundaries, explore ideas and create works that they may never have dared to if they were creating as “themselves”.

Exhibiting designers, artists and jewellers include Melinda Young, Sean O’Connell, Mark Vaarwerk, Lisa Furno, Scott Rosen, Alice Potter, Kelly Robson and Lauren Reid. Curated by Zoe Brand.

14-22 AUGUST, MON-FRI 12noon-6.00pm, SAT 11.00am-6.00pm
GAFFA
1/7 RANDLE STREET, SURRY HILLS" more >

"SUSTAIN ME: CONTEMPORARY DESIGN EXHIBITION

The word “sustainability” is in danger of losing its tangible value and status as a universal catch-cry from chronic over use. Sustain Me explores the conventional and emerging role design and designers play in creating and developing a deeper understanding of sustainability and environmental. Exhibitors include Yoshikazu Hasegawa, David Trubridge, Steven Harrison, Luisa Cevese, Instyle Textiles, Mark Vaarwerk, Andrew Maynard and Julie Paterson.

30 JULY- 22 AUGUST, 10am to 5.00pm (CLOSED SUNDAYS)
IVAN DOUGHERTY GALLERY
COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS
UNIVERSITY OF NSW
CNR OF SELWYN STREET AND ALBION AVENUE
PADDINGTON" more >

NEW SYDNEY "courtesy of the artist" STORE COMING SOON!

"POP-UP CotA!
July sees CotA opening an exciting new Pop-Up store on the top floor of The Strand Arcade, in the heart of Sydney’s CBD.

This is an inspiring development for Sydney’s jewelling community and a wonderful opportunity for jewellery lovers located in the city.

Follow us on our journey, making thoughtful, beautiful and individual hand made jewellery accessible to the people. " more >

my second page, page 2122, flanked by Vada Vada.

my first page, page 2121, flanked by Julie Usel.

14 april 2009 big book arrives

the compendium. this is one half. more >

jewellery article

in peugeot magazine "driven" 03:09 by tracey clement. features jewellers vernon bowden, kirsten haydon, sally marsland, zoe jay veness and mark vaarwerk.

remake.com.ua

I just had to make a mention of this site which i came across (when googling myself!!...) because there were so many things here that i liked. like this Chinese flag knitted out of plastic bags by kate mccgwire and little trees cut into paper bags by yuken teruya.

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NEW page called project

click now this test pattern won't last! (there will be useful material uploaded in PROJECT soon, like my plastics research and stuff) more >

COMPENDIUM

coming soon! Launch date 14 march 2009, munich.

research project begins

the first six months of 2009 will be spent on a project entitled "transforming throwaway plastics: a research project". properties, sources, and additional methods of working with throwaway plastics are some of the topics which will be investigated in the studio.


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

MEMBER!

7/1/09
i am now a member of "kit and caboodle", an online network of contemporary jewellers. more >