I can totally relate to the beginning of Kate Sutherland's creative journey. It began a bit like mine (I enrolled in painting and ended up creating video installations). Sutherland enrolled to major in figure drawing at university in 2001 however when she tried jewellery making something just clicked. She then changed her course around to major in jewellery - her love affair with adornment had begun. Life never goes the way you expect it to right?
Sutherland has completed an apprenticeship with a certificate III in jewellery manufacture (2010), a Postgraduate Diploma (2011) and a Masters Degree specialising in Jewellery and Metals in 2012. Sutherland was also involved in the 2 year associate program in the metal studio at JamFactory in 2013.
Sutherland's work explores the relationship between metal and the human body. She is fascinated with how adornment affects the wearer, often reflecting an emotion or a way of thinking. She also loves how a piece of jewellery can become a part of the wearer, not only as a physical adornment, but as a part of their identity. Sutherland says that she was fascinated by tribal and ethnic jewellery and adornment from a young age and that they are a consistent inspiration and theme in her work.
As jewellery is created to be worn it seems fitting that the human body is a constant point of reference for Sutherland. The body is something she feels very connected to. Sutherland studies how the body moves, its bones, its curves, the shapes it can make and what is is capable of (in terms of physicality and/or physical skill). She likes to create jewellery that works with the shapes of the body, highlights and enhances it. She hopes to create pieces people can relate to, pieces that come to mean something for the people wearing them.
The pieces you can see below are part of an exhibition called One + 3, being held at JamFactory, that Sutherland is involved in.
One + 3 is the inaugural exhibition in a series at JamFactory’s Seppeltsfield Gallery that presents alumni of the JamFactory's Associate program. The exhibition includes furniture alumnus Andrew Bartlett, glass alumni Christine Cholewa and Deb Jones and metal design alumnus Kate Sutherland.
The work Sutherland created for the One + 3 show is clean and simple, with elegant lines that enhance the subtle shapes of the human form.
One + 3 opens Friday December 5th at JamFactory, Seppeltsfield winery, Barossa Valley.
Photography by Grant Hancock.