photography, web design by wayne kington
100 stories of great Australian women - 100 brooches made in response to these stories by 100 of Australia's most talented women jewellers.
Photo: Rod Bucholz
Rebecca Ward's piece above is entitled : Began Making Wine and is about the life of Mary Penfold, founder of Australia's foremost winery, Penfold's wines.
Perhaps because there are so few of Mary Penfold’s early writings and letters extant, her understated diary entry, “Began making wine” seems all the more significant if not amusing in light of the business empire that she built. At the moment she wrote it, her prime motivation to ‘begin making wine’ was to provide a medicinal tonic to patients of her husband’s. Market domination could not have been further from her mind.
Rebecca says "I became interested in the initial motivation at the beginning of Mary’s journey – that is the role of fermentation and mould in producing cures and health tonics. Is the modern preoccupation with hygiene in the form of ‘antibacterial wipes’ and ‘germ killing sprays’ reducing our immunity and disrupting the natural balance of life? Is there a place for furry growths in our fridges and grunge on our floors? And has the role of fermentation in human nutrition been underappreciated in our sanitized and disposable product world?"
We invite you to a special two day showing of Swamp Cartography: Notes in sliver and clay
Exhibition and sale of jewellery, porcelain and glass by Rebecca Ward & Shannon Garson.
Buy direct from the artists.
Book and documentary film launch.
Venue: Richard Randall Art Studio, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mount Coot-tha
Date: Saturday 17 September & Sunday 18 September 2011
Time: 10am – 4pm each day
Beautifully presented book soon to be available describing the collaborative journey of Swamp Cartography through photography and writing including essay by Dr Tamsin Kerr.
Documentary about Swamp Cartography
For Excessory Exhibition
Finders Keepers at Brisbane:
Rebecca Ward and Shannon Garson are shared a stall at the Finders Keepers Market.
Saturday October 31st & Sunday November 1st @ the Old Museum, Brisbane debut showcasing new designers, artists & musicians.
The Wallum Project attracts Arts Queensland Funding
The Wallum Project: In August 2009 ceramicist Shannon Garson and jeweller Rebecca Ward were awarded an Arts Queensland grant to research the wallum swamps of South East Qld and produce a collaborative body of work illuminating this beautiful and disappearing eco system. Visit the blog to see our progress.
Etching Workshop at Brisbane Institute of Art 11 & 12 July
Weekend workshop with Rebecca finding out how to use recycled a d fossicked materials in jewellery. Brisbane Institute of Art.
Bombay Sapphire and Louvre Jewellery at Feather and Lawry, Toowoomba
IIntroduction to Silversmithing with Rebecca Ward. This course is aimed at those new to working in metal for jewellery purposes. Saturday & Sunday, 9 & 10 May 9.30am – 4.00pm (2 days). At the Brisbane Institute of Art.
Nibble, nibble little mouse.
Who is nibbling at my house?”
This is what the witch in Hansel and Gretel asks the intrepid children. Contemporary Jeweller, Rebecca Ward and Porcelain Artist, Shannon Garson have created a whimsical range of porcelain and silver jewellery with a seductive (and slightly greedy) edge.
“Nibble” delves into the surreal, strange and fairytale aspects of food and desire. It is a world of absurdist dreams about flying pumpkins, naughty peas and magical rings. Double meanings, wordplay and hidden clues take the wearer up the beanstalk and into another dimension where all is not as it seems. Explore the possibilities of finding yourself in a world of delicious and deceptive food in their range of seductive porcelain and silver adornment.
opens *Friday 6pm -9pm the 23 January 2009, the show runs until Saturday 7 February.
Venue: Fusions Gallery
July /August 2008
New Longshore Drifter jewellery by Rebecca is included in the The Umbrella Collective exhibition wall at KickArts Contemporary Art Gallery in Cairns, Australia. The exhibition is called Aqua Vitae - The Water of Life. Aqua Vitae is showing from 5th August until the 30th August 2008.
Qantas Inflight Magazine Feb 2008:
Rebecca's Bullet Cartridge Cuff ($220AUD) and Hoopies Earrings ($70AUD) are in Feburary Qantas InFlight Mag above - click to enlarge. Email to order.
Rebecca's jewellery is being featured in a Brisbane City Council Recycling Campaign. Includes articles in MX magazine below with stars of The Shak wearing recycled glass jewels, Quest Newspapers and display in Myer window (details tba).
Photo from Quest North West News January 25, 2008:
Article The Age 11/11/07:
Interview for The Program
105 Darby Street
Cooks Hill NSW 2300
Telephone: + 61 2 4963 7970
Rebecca has several products included in Dave Evans' new book out this month (Oct 2007): Cool Hunting Green.
Northside News 11/10/07:
Rebecca has launched a new range of Hoopies earrings at MoB Store for the Summer Collection.
Jewellery Party Thursday 15 November 5-7pm @
QUT Art Museum
Buy jewellery directly from Rebecca Ward, Liana Kabel and Bibi Locke.
Umbrella Collective "Delightful things for Christmas" Saturday 17 November 9am-2pm
delightful things direct from the artists
st francis theological college
233 milton road milton
entrance via baroona rd
cash or cheque only
phone kylie 0429 330073
Rebecca has been sorting out her lovely pebbles from New Zealand, developing a wholesle catalogue (Email her for a copy if you are a retailer) and moving her and redesigning her studio closer to home.
She had an article in Canvas Magazine and will be in the forthcoming book (launching Oct 2007)Cool Hunting Green.
Rebeccaleft MoB Workspace in July and moved into a sunny new studio closer to home with more room for all of her found objects. She will continue to be affiliated with MoB Workspace as an associate member.
Rebecca has also launched a wholesale catalogue. If you are a retailer and wish to be sent a copy, please Email her with your shop details.
Rebecca has returned from her fossicking expedition.
While away she received some online publicity from Treehugger blog.
Rebecca is going on a fossicking expedition to New Zealand and will be away from the studio until 24 May 2007. Her online purchasing pages are still up for viewing but you will not be able to purchase until she returns. Apologies for any inconvenience.
Fabulous Foam exhibition. Rebecca will be showing her Foaming
May 4th - May 30th 2007
Brisbane Square Library
Opening: Friday 4th May 5pm - 6:30pm
Mothers Day Sale @ MoBWorkspace
Friday 11th May (11am-4pm)
come along and
buy direct from the makers- cash or cheque only
MoBWorkspace (via MoB Store)
Museum of Brisbane
Ground Floor, City Hall
King George Square, Brisbane
Ph 3403 5518
Publicity in Melbourne Age (sat 21 April) and Michi Girl online
Collect at Object Gallery,
417 Bourke Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Telephone: +61 2 9361 4511
Oggs Pharmacy, Melbourne
189 Toorak Rd South Yarra 3141
(03) 9827 5222
Playground, Mackay, QLD, Australia
Playground Shop Gallery
43 Victoria Street, Mackay 4740
07 4953 0156
Sea Jewels recycled glass earrings in April issue Voyeur magazine, In Flight Mag Virgin Blue:
Also Neo Luddite range of recycled computer key jewels in Play Vanilla, new German mag for young women.
Happy New Year everyone! News for 2007 coming soon.
The Umbrella Collective Craft Fair is on 9am-3pm Saturday 25 November. A wide range of Rebecca's work including Sea Jewels will be on sale at reduced prices.
Reverse Garbage Christmas Show, Recreate opens 2pm Sunday 26 November. Rebecca will be exhibiting her Nana Glasses:
Glam-r-Us opens 6pm 30 November at City Hall:
QUTJewellery Party - 2-4pm, 3 December:
Opening Saturday 21 October- Group JMGQ show at Mount Tamborine:
Christmas Craft Sale 25 November in Brisbane:
Congratulations to winners of the Weblaunch Competition: Mila Zincone from Brisbane, Sarah from Pennsylvania, Rea Turner from Brisbane. Thanks to all who entered. The jewellery prizes were hidden in my CV (of course Rebecca has never done military service in Sierra Leone!), on the links page (no, Rebecca would not be linking to the NRA!!) and in the above image of the window.
Rebecca was also a winner recently had several of her Nana, Nana, Nana works selected in the FLASH TRASH recycling exhibition at Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery. For more info about the story of Nana, Nana, Nana, visit rebecca the wrecker.
Nana Beads, Recycled vinyl records and nylon.
Nana Glasses (pins, set of 50 to commemorate 2007 which will be Nana Mouskouri's 50th year of bringing music to the world), Vinyl records heat imprinted on heritage glass, brass, milk bottle tops and parts of bic pens.
July /August 2006
Web launch Competition
There is a Flatliner Pin, Pen Pow Pin and a pair of Sea Jewels Earrings hidden on this site in unexpected places. If you can find them, send Rebecca an email with the secret code and you'll go into the draw to win them! Competition closes 23 September 2006. Computer nerds: NO CHEATING!
The official launch of www.rebeccawardjewellery.com WINDOW DISPLAY
A window of gorgeous new glass jewellery by Rebecca and plastic jewels from Liana Kabel at Craft Queensland marks their web launches. All works are for sale.
Rebecca includes louvreite swingers and shard necklaces, pendants and earrings using sea green, blue and clear tumbled glass from Bombay Sapphire bottles, louvres and heritage window glass. The Sunken City theme is developed for this new glass work which is all for sale.
Artist Talks: Meet the Makers
Artist Talks: Meet the Makers with Rebecca Ward, Sharon Muir, Liana Kabel and Taryn and Elise Eales.
- everyone is welcome.
Date: 25 August 2006
Time: 10am 12noon
Where: CQstore, Craft Queensland 381 Brunswick St Fortitude Valley Q 4006 T 07 3215 0808 F 07 3215 0802
CQgallery and CQstore hours: Tues-Sat 10am-4pm
Rebecca has work in Flash Trash,Toowoomba Regional Gallery, coming up, official opening, Sunday 17 September at 1.30pm. More info coming soon.
Girl's New Best Friends Courier Mail Article
Rebecca has finally got her websales page up- hopefully it works okay- let us know what you think!
Junk IT will be launched 21 July.
It is already attracting some publicity in July 2006 issue of Map Magazine:
OFFICIAL WEB LAUNCH COMING AUGUST
Museum of Brisbane Jewellers Now Online
Venue: Craft Queensland's CQstore Window located 381 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley, Qld, 4006.
Dates: Exhibition Dates: Thursday 24 August - Wednesday 20 September 2006 inclusive
Contact: Liana Kabel, email@example.com
Contact: Rebecca Ward, firstname.lastname@example.org
Contemporary jewellers Liana Kabel and Rebecca Ward of Museum of Brisbane Workspace have combined forces to launch their websites in 2006. www.lianakabel.com and www.rebeccawardjewellery.com are the dynamic portals to two very different and creative worlds. A new body of work from each jeweller will be on view at CQ Store window to highlight the occasion.
Competitions to win original jewellery will be launched from www.lianakabel.com and www.rebeccawardjewellery.com starting 24 August.
Liana Kabel's jewellery is known for its exuberant use of plastic of all kinds in her designs ranging from the playful to the extremely elegant. Nothing is sacred: baby coat hangers, Tupperware containers, vintage plastic knitting needles have all fallen under her blade or been cooked into something new and wearable for the fashionista with Xfactor. Liana's blog, Plastic Girl, attached to www.lianakabel.com describes her delightful daily adventures. Not one for the lengthy artist statement, Liana says, "If it looks like a lolly, I like it".
Rebecca Ward's distinctive jewellery combines everyday recycled materials and found objects with precious metal. The secret poetry of small objects is translated into exquisite jewellery with a story for the wearer. Her sophisticated designs are underwritten by a subversive wit waiting to be discovered. Rebecca says, "I wish to reveal the beauty of everyday objects to the world. Natural processes like the weathering of glass in the ocean are my inspiration- the way that nature transforms and neutralises glass shards has resulted in my work, Bombay Shards, made from an empty liquor bottle or two." For the full range Rebecca's jewellery visit the galleries at www.rebeccawardjewellery.com and which also has a link to her Rebecca the Wrecker blog for a behind the scenes peek into her creative process.
Rebecca Ward and Liana Kabel enjoy a productive and lively time working together at the MoB Workspace jewellers' bench. Spectators are encouraged to observe them through the window in MoBStore, Museum of Brisbane, City Hall, King George Square, Bisbane, 10am- 5pm Monday - Friday, ph (07) 3403 5518.
Rebecca is currenly finishing the Neo Luddite showcase for Reverse Garbage
show in July.
Here is a sneak peek:
The Neo-Luddite Hair Control System uses a blend of computer technology
and old fashioned elastic to deliver a crafty solution to all of your head
hair styling requirements.
Eliminating the need for hot rollers, permanent waves, various nasty chemical styling products, not to mention those endless trips to the hair stylist, this simple and affordable product empowers the wearer to take full coiffure control. Flexible and easy to use, available in the latest fashion colours, be sure to try the Neo-Luddite Hair Control System soon before everyone else does!
*Available PC or MAC format
**Available in single strand or double strand elastic for heavy hair days
Rebecca Ward's Neo-Luddites will be launched at JUNK IT, Reverse Garbage, West End.
Opening: Fri, 21 July 2006 (6pm to 8pm)
Exhibition ends Sat, 12 Aug.
Sunderland Today 05/06/06
"Weird and wacky ... but wonderful" by
Women's editor LINDA COLLING who visited the Wearing Glass exhibition at the National Glass Centre: Full article here: http://www.sunderlandtoday.co.uk/ViewArticle2.aspx?SectionID=1512&ArticleID=1544855
"But just how wearable is glass jewellery? I was amazed at that what looked like razor-blade sharp shark's teeth and cutting-edge chokers, weren't in danger of slitting my throat.
My favourite pieces were a necklace and earrings made from recycled glass-louvred windows by Rebecca Ward.
A girl after my own heart, Rebecca collects glass from beaches, glaziers and demolition yards, breaks it up, tumbles it and creates simple organic jewellery using sterling silver and various types of thread and cable. "
"The earrings I loved are made from recycled louvred windows cost £110 and matching necklace, £340. They were amazingly light and delicate and for wearing any time, anywhere, so you'd get your money's worth."
Rebecca Ward has just launched her new blog, http://www.rebeccathewrecker.blogspot.com/ where you can tune into her daily adventures.
Also, visit http://www.mobworkspace.blogspot.com/ where you can enter competitions and find out what is happening in Rebecca's shared workspace.
Rebecca is currently working on a new range called Flatliners.
Ingredients: Plastic toy soldiers, st silver
War: what is it good for? Well the plastic toys are kinda cool arent they?
These spirit blobs take inspiration from sea-worn plastic toys found at the beach,
War Bowl by design team Mosley meets Wilcox and blood-splatter-soldier street art spotted whilst walking between the CBD and Valley on Brisbanes Ann street.
Their soft melting from harsh action figures into flat liquid wearables remind us that
we will all soon be dissolving into the peaceful warm earth when our number is up.
Monument Magazine Number 72:p.17, April/May 2006.
May 23, 2006
What do you do when your windowpane breaks? The Most common answer to this question will be - throw it before it hurts someone, what else? Nevertheless, some creative minds think differently and believe in carving out the best out of waste.
Rebecca Ward is one such exceptional creative mind who did not throw away that broken glass, but instead designed something as beautiful as these contemporary jewelry pieces.
The lady has an imaginative mind. She harmonizes with great sense of design to give birth to some of the coolest ornaments to adorn the modern woman. Here are a few of these designs (full article here):
Wearing Glass - contemporary jewellery and body adornment
I have some of my work in this group show that opened in London last year.
Touring to National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland, UK
12 May - 9 July 2006 www.wearingglass.com
New Blog for MoB Workspace
Find out the latest news from our studio.
New Blog for Rebecca Ward
An insight into the life and times of Rebecca the Wrecker
Junk IT Exhibition Coming Up at Reverse Garbage
Rebecca Ward's Neo-Luddites will be launched at Reverse Garbage, West End.
Opening: Fri, 21 July 2006 (6pm to 8pm)
Exhibition ends Sat, 12 Aug.
Window Display coming up at Craft Queensland
To celebrate the launch of my website, I have teamed up with Liana Kabel, fellow lauchee and MoB Workspace buddy to display our latest range of jewels at Craft Queensland, 381 Brunswick St.
Fortitude Valley, Brisbane. Late August- mid September 2006. We will slso be running competitions from our websites and blogs during the launch.
The Courier Mail: March 25, 2006
The colour of memories
Excerpts from the article:
"Sometimes when we're not feeling so brave, we choose pieces that give us a little artificial courage. I dearly treasure a startling necklace made from recycled silver wire, bullet casings and crystals by Brisbane jeweller Rebecca Ward. It's a little spiky for just those kind of days."
"A friend owns a Ward necklace made with old smooth green glass plucked from a beach. She fingers the cool glass when stressed, much like the late Rene Rivkin and those worry beads. I recall the same gesture by Rex Pemberton, the youngest Australian to climb Mt Everest. Weeks before attempting the 8850m peak, we talked risks and his hand reached for the Maori jade charm pendant, a powerful talisman."
" I like to think we don't own jewellery. We simply wear it, interpret it, before it is passed on to someone else. Rebecca Ward sources discarded glass from the beach, pebbles from creeks and recycled material. Each has come on a long journey, she says. Then they evolve."
9 December 2005 - 29 January 2006
Four of Brisbane's most creative jewellers combine their talent to bring the people of Brisbane Rekindle, a jewellery exhibition with a difference, in the heart of the city at the Museum of Brisbane Store.
Taking the concept of recycling to new limits, Museum of Brisbane Workspace artists Tracey Milne, Marisa Molin, Rebecca Ward and Liana Kabel have created extraordinary re-uses for commonly found and unusual materials including: bullet casings, Tupperware, window glass, knitting needles and twigs. All of the jewellery is for sale and each piece comes with its own unique story for the owner to take away.
Tracey Milne's breathtaking necklace, Egyptian Blue is fashioned from a champagne seal and lapis lazuli beads. As Tracey says, "In Egyptian times people would collect gold and gems out of the river beds and didn't really mine for their materials, so I decided to interpret this in a modern way and use what I found around me."
Liana Kabel aka the 'Tupperwear' Lady has a 'keepin' it real' approach to her highly popular, fantastic plastic jewellery which is made from fragments of Tupperware, knitting needles and sterling silver: "If it looks like a lolly, I like it."
Rebecca Ward sources recycled glass from demolition yards, beaches and glaziers to make sublimely beautiful jewellery that is easy to wear. Rebecca says, "I just love louvre windows. They're the victims of the modern renovator who replaces them with air conditioners. I wanted to find some way to resurrect this plentiful resource so I created a whole new material- 'louvreite'!"
Marisa Molin has created a range of wearable small scale sculptures which
incorporate the twigs found on her many bush walks in Tasmania. The original
twigs have been destroyed by the casting burn out process but their deceptively
fragile form is immortalised in bronze. Marisa says " Through this series,
I have frozen in time elements of nature which would have
otherwise faded away and their beauty missed."
This is a great opportunity to purchase the most recently released work of cutting edge jewellers who are known not only locally but also nationally and internationally including in a prestigious 'Wearing Glass' exhibition in London. The jewellery of the MoB Workspace artists is treasured by many.
MoB Workspace is an artist-run collaborative jewellery studio in Brisbane's historic City Hall. Since its establishment in October 2003, jewellers including Tracey Milne, Marisa Molin, Rebecca Ward and Liana Kabel have been the floorshow of what they affectionately refer to as the 'Jeweller's Peepshow' giving the public a glimpse into the dynamic world of contemporary jewellery design and production.
Rekindle opens at the Museum of Brisbane 6pm, Thursday 8 December and continues
until 29 January 2006.
Open every day 10-5 except Xmas Day.
Museum of Brisbane,
Grd floor City Hall, King George Square, Brisbane
For more information, contact:
Rebecca Ward Tel: 3403 5518 (workspace)
Tel: 3403 4355 (MoB Store)
MoB Workspace Jewellers: Rebecca Ward, Marisa Molin, Tracey Milne