Materials: aluminium, automotive enamel paint
Dimensions: 17 x 4.5 x 7.5cm
A set of cutlery that fits together to form a lidded vessel. The spoon becomes a vessel and the knife and fork, the lid. The knife and fork fit perfectly and slot into place on the spoon.
Like many air travellers, my father would always souvenir, or take away a teaspoon everytime he traveled on an overseas flight. Using airline cutlery and historical personal travel cutlery as a starting point, Take Away is a prototype set of travel cutlery where the spoon functions as both a vessel and a receptacle for keep-sakes or souvenirs, the knife and fork form the lid.
The streamlined curves and cyan blue refer to the aeronautical age and the sea and sky of dream holidays.
Photo credit: Danae Natsis
Marrickville, NSW. Australia
Danae Natsis has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales and an Advanced Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design from Design Centre Enmore, TAFE NSW. In 2011 Danae’s work was awarded the eg.etal Student Development Award at Buda Contemporary Australian Silver & Metalwork Exhibition 2011, and exhibited in the 7th International Cheongju Craft Biennale in Korea. She has also been awarded an Art Start grant for professional development and spent the first half of 2012 travelling, attending Schmuck in Munich, the Society of North American Goldsmiths Conference in Phoenix Arizona and undertaking workshops in London, Missouri and Arizona.
Danae has a thirst for knowledge, enjoys tackling challenging techniques, and revels in the simple pleasure of making conceptual objects of beauty.
These containers and vessels definitely hold their place in the world of stunning art objects as well as in the world of metalsmithing.
Since the dawn of time humans have created containers to hold things that were important to them, from large vessels to hold food and harvests to intimate containers for small precious things. They might hold memories, ashes, medicine, beverage, fruit or food - but all spring from the imagination and skill of the maker. Some have specific religious functions, some are meant for everyday use. When one thinks of a vessel or container the inclination is to think of something with solid walls - yet many of these works involve the exploration of positive and negative space, and the use of negative space to help create the illusion of the wall of the vessel.
As the world’s largest jewelry related internet site, Ganoksin strives to develop exhibitions showcasing work from around the world. This exhibition was open to all metalsmiths, professional and amateur, advanced and beginner. Participants are from The Netherlands, the USA, Canada, Australia, Costa Rica, the United Kingdom, Israel, Hong Kong, Colombia, Romania, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia and Denmark. While most of the pieces are by an individual metalsmith, some are collaborations, one of three artists spanning 50 years.
In total 319 artists contributed 729 show pieces for the permanent online exhibition.
Objects in the exhibition include boxes, lockets, urns, ash containers, bowls, wine cups, reliquaries, match holders, vases, teapots, pitchers, sugar bowls, baskets, nests, pillboxes, clutches and a range of sculptural forms. A variety of techniques are showcased covering a wide range of metalsmithing techniques. Materials used include everything from gold and silver to less expensive metals. Ornamentation includes the addition of enamel, chasing and repousse’, gemstones and found objects.
The exhibition was curated by Beth Wicker, President of the North Carolina Society of Goldsmiths in the United States, and Adjunct Instructor at Northeastern Technical College in South Carolina. Director of the exhibition is Hanuman Aspler, founder of The Ganoksin Project, the world’s largest internet jewelry site.