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Image courtesy of Lord Coconut
The Melbourne Spring Fashion Week (MSFW) may be done and dusted but the business and art of fashion continues to thrive in the city thanks to merchants like Mark Boldiston of Lord Coconut. This local men's jewellery emporium celebrated the art of the tie bar at its 'Keeping It Together' exhibition as part of MSFW Look.Stop.Shop program in September. This November, an emerging young artisan jeweller from Hobart, Tasmania will be exhibiting her collection of wearable Art at Lord Coconut in Melbourne.
Elsie buckle in cast sterling silver / Image courtesy of Lord Coconut
Graduating from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a recipient of an Arts Tasmania grant, Ellen Pittman is known for her exploration of the language of touch and the manipulations of desire through sculpture and jewellery. She also examined the short demise and resurgence of Berlin non avant-garde cultural circles before, during and after World War One.
Honeycomb tripe buckle in cast sterling silver / Image courtesy of Lord Coconut
Ellen's 'Body to Body' exhibition features works that examine and replicate the surface of butchered meat and recast and reforms them into precious metals that can be worn as jewellery. Through her wearable art, Ellen hopes to bring the wearer's attention to the reality of flesh, blood and death that accompanies the consumption of meat. Pieces are abstracted by including geometric cropping and angles with the red of blood replaced by precious metals like sterling silver, bronze and brass. Readers can view Ellen's exclusive solo exhibition at Lord Coconut from now till 1 December 2012.
Tongue II buckle in cast bronze / Image courtesy of Lord Coconut
Lord Coconut is Melbourne's only retailer, gallery and online boutique selling contemporary jewellery designed exclusively for men. It stocks over 400 individual jewellery pieces and designer cufflinks and represents over 35 Melbourne jewellers, artisans and designers.