maker | jeweller | teacher
STUDIO GLEANED JEWELLERY
Studio Gleaned is the contemporary jewellery collection designed and made by Kes Harper.
Playing on the historical meaning of 'gleaned', steel tins discarded from everyday use are rescued and reused. Cutting, shaping and rivetting the steel into a sustainable jewellery range gives new life to this 'scrap metal'.
Colour, words and patterns on olive oil, biscuit or tea tins can suggest exotic locations and lives - olive trees, flora & fauna, beautiful women or landscapes. To a jeweller's eye, these become decorative metal vignettes with which to create earrings and necklaces.
In her making, Kes gently turns our attention to upcycling, reuse and gleaning, in a beautiful and unique way. Her jewellery captures small 'windows' of colourful tin in frames of sterling silver - satin or oxidised - each wrapped in stories of their provenance.
Gleaned jewellery is elegant, contemporary and industrial in style. Earrings embrace silver fittings as part of their design. Lariat necklaces forgo traditional fastenings for a large decorative ring on one end through which the wearer can slide the chain, customising their necklace when worn.
See for yourself at her gallery shop...
To view and purchase pieces from her current collection CLICK HERE
STUDIO GLEANED in WOLLOMBI NSW
Studio Gleaned is located in historic Wollombi NSW. This cool little artspace opened its doors early 2019 in one of the town's oldest buildings.
The restored timber studio is open on Saturdays, Sundays & Mondays from 10am.
Update: The Studio has implemented a Covid plan including a limit of 2 visitors inside at a time. If it's busy, perch on a seat outside, enjoy the view. It is worth the wait!
Meet Kes Harper in her studio gallery, where you can view artworks, purchase jewellery, or discuss your ideas for a bespoke piece in her hand made environment.
In this one of a kind place you will leave knowing
more about Kes and the sustainable gleaning approach to art, making and life.
To read the Arts & Culture feature about Studio Gleaned in Newcastle Herald from June 2019 CLICK HERE
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WORKSHOPS FOR CHILDREN
Kes offers print making, collage, assemblage or jewellery making workshops in Wollombi, the Hunter Valley and as a guest educator at locations around Australia.
To see upcoming workshops, check her current News Stories CLICK HERE
Contact Kes to book a private workshop at Studio Gleaned or your venue. CLICK HERE TO EMAIL KES