There are many forms of art, however one that you can wear in the form of jewellery designed by a talented award-winning Australian artist is something to always treasure. Instead of visiting galleries and museums for inspiration, you need look no further than your hands, upon which can dazzle the loveliest ring or a necklace to match the tones of your favourite outfit.
Until the end of January 2013, you can have an opportunity to view and purchase original designs by Kane Alexander right in the centre of Melbourne's CBD. Located at the intersection of Swanston and Lonsdale Streets, it would be easy to miss if you're in a rush since the display is right by the traffic lights. My suggestion is to 'smell the roses' so to speak and appreciate the variety of events and activities that makes summer such a marvellous time to be in Melbourne. For further information about what to do around Melbourne Central, click here.
As I waited for my bus a few days ago, which, incidentally departs at the corner of Lonsdale and Swanston Streets, I noticed a guitarist playing her comforting tunes. Her name, I discovered, is Daniela Ruetinger. I did what I normally don't do, I decided to forget my timetable and listen to her. I recall the soothing sounds, the sparrows dodging and diving past and the countless people walking briskly back to their jobs. I wondered whether they pondered about the gift that was offered to them freely by this young and generous musician. I'm glad I waited. Right after her performance and beside her, Kane Alexander appeared.
Oftentimes we may not realise the calibre of the person standing right beside us and Kane Alexander is such a person. His qualifications, awards and experience as a Designer, Photographer and Artist spans the decade. Winner of the Patrick Corrigan Award in 2010, Kane has his work displayed not only in Australia, but also in Iceland and London. I asked Kane how it all began for him and memories of his time as a youth with 'Oma' were primary in his thoughts. 'Oma,' I later discovered, is Dutch for grandmother and she too, loved designing jewels.
The influence of the numerous designs are clear - a marked appreciation for nature. Whether the setting is the mystery of a mist, the dried bark of a field of trees, the enigma of life in the desert plains, the light contained in an opal or the rush of a waterfall, Kane's aim is to capture the beauty of each aspect of nature in his designs while keeping them true to their essence. Kane is also a professional photographer and travels the world on various projects. Dan Rule in his article about Kane's Immersion exhibition described Kane's work as a 'story of adventure,' (The Age, 22 April, 2011). I asked Kane why nature was so important to him. "I want people to think differentlyabout human existence," he paused for a moment and then continued, "I want to inspire people to express themselves more freely and to feel more in touch with nature."
You can also view Kane's work in the following centres:
Medicine Wheel in Byron Bay, NSW Divine Gifts in Olinda, Melbourne Mullumbimbi Art Gallery in NSW
Lost Restaurant in St Kilda, Melbourne
Jewellery designs range from $50 to $400, and are made from Australian materials as well as Himalayan crystals. They are pieces of nature elegantly prepared and framed by fine silver. A beautiful memento of light and love to adorn yourself with.
Kane's next exciting project will be in the central goldfields district of Victoria at the Maitreya Festival in March. He will take part in developing the art expo for the festival. For more information about Maitreya click here.