Hareem Doors in the Palace, Meknes, Morocco - Differences Unite Us

Materials: Silver Copper and Fine Gold
Dimensions: 75 X 50 mm

Speaks of past grandure, the dubious security of enforced confinement. Amid the maze, angled passages, doors, gardens, fountains and walls, we see tranquility. Of the inmates we know little.

Photo credit: David Cruickshank

David Rennie Cruickshank
Erina Heights, NSW. Australia

I have Scottish Diploma in Silversmithing and Graphic Design from Grays Schoolof Art, Aberdeen. And worked in Denmark for fifteen months as a silversmith and enammeller.

I opened my business in London in 1971 and moved to Australia in 1982.

I produce a variety if styles of work on commission and for shops. I design and make engegement and wedding rings using precious stones. I also work in titanium and 18ct gold layering different colours which are riveted together, the rivets being a feature.
I have made several larger pieces in silver: bowls, teapots and cutlery.

As a result of several visits to Morocco I made 24 exhibition pieces, pendants and brooches, in a variety of metals, silver, copper, and titanium. Three of which are illustrated here.
I have taught in various colleges in Australia.

Ganoksin hosts the jewelry list Orchid, with over 13,000 list members from all over the world, speaking from a wide range of technical and aesthetic experiences. The exhibition theme grew out of a desire to celebrate the creativity encompassed in this wide variety.

Artists were free to interpret the theme in any way they chose. Each artist could submit up to six pieces. Interpretations include uniting different materials into one cohesive form; intellectual and emotional “unitings”, where the meaning of the piece unites multiple concepts; the uniting of time - past, present and future; and a number that focus on the harmony created when uniting multiple materials and/or concepts.

The work submitted involved a wide range of jewelry techniques, from very traditional to very cutting edge, as well as using materials from traditional precious metals and gemstones to “re-purposed” and “up-cycled” materials.

The exhibition showcases 330 images chosen from entries from over 111 artists representing 26 countries.

Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Czech Republic, France, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Serbia, Spain, Trinidad, Turkey, UK, USA, Venezuela, and the Virgin Islands

Many of the participants began their interest in jewelry at a young age. Some are relative newcomers to the field, and some have over 35 years of experience as professional jewelers and goldsmiths. While some grew up in families that were goldsmiths, and followed in those footsteps, others only began creating jewelry as adults.