Outputs of nine-year research project on show at Slee Gallery

The outputs of a research project conducted over the last nine years by the Creative Jewellery Design and Metal Techniques division of the Visual Arts Department, can now be viewed at the Slee Gallery in Dorp Street, Stellenbosch.

The group exhibition, Platinum-juwelierskuns – BACK TO THE FUTURE – Platinum Art Jewellery, was opened on 6 March at 18:30 by Dr Elizabeth Gunter, Chair of this Department at Stellenbosch University (SU).

One of the platinum works on display at the BACK TO THE FUTURE exhibition at the Slee Gallery.

One of the platinum works on display at the BACK TO THE FUTURE exhibition at the Slee Gallery.

The exhibition will run from 6 to 16 March 2014 and will coincide with the 2014 Woordfees in Stellenbosch.

BACK TO THE FUTURE showcases more than 60 pieces of platinum jewellery created since 2007 by selected graduates from SU. The division compiled the platinum collection on display during a nine-year research project in partnership with Anglo Platinum and the National Research Foundation (NRF, specifically THRIP – Technology and Human Resources for Industry Programme).

The exhibition does not only celebrate the project, but also the 50th anniversary of the Department.

“Since platinum possesses unique metal-working properties, it poses particular manufacturing challenges. The core focus of the Anglo Platinum/NRF research project was thus innovative design solutions for the production of contemporary platinum jewellery,” explains Ms Carine Terreblanche, Coordinator of the Jewellery Design division.

“Experimental applications and designs were encouraged, often by means of combining new technologies with traditional goldsmithing methods such as die pressing/forming, fly pressing, smithing, texture rolling, and chase and  repoussage. Throughout the course of the research project, students strove to find an artistic balance between boundary‐pushing creativity, aesthetics, practical viability and the detailed briefs given to them.”

As the title implies, BACK TO THE FUTURE is an exhibition where the daringly progressive and conceptual meets traditional craft and technique in pieces that are both wearable and sculptural – and for sale.

The Slee Gallery is open from 10:00 to 16:00, Monday to Friday, and on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 to 14:00. No entrance fee will be charged.