Stringing Things Together by Anna Varendorff
One of the nicest things about our Stringing Things Together exhibition has been the chance to work with some artists new to Milly Sleeping... Not that Anna Varendorff was exactly new to us, with many mutual Melbourne acquaintances between us (including associations to Cottage Industry and Kuwaii) but we had never had the chance to present Anna's beautiful and stylistically diverse work, nor have much of a chat with her about her ideas and plans...
Many thanks to Anna for being 3 x part of our showcase (particularly so quickly following her return from a solo show in QLD!) and for taking the time to answer a few questions from Milly:
MS: What does Stringing Things Together mean to you?
AV: Stringing things together allows the potential for a story to emerge from between different elements, which other people can recognise as being joined with intention. The deliberate nature of the collection encourages thought.
MS: What is the best thing about your work, or your favourite thing in your studio?
AV: I really love playing with construction and making little sculptures, and the opportunity it gives me to experiment with ideas about material values and weight and preciousness. And also working from the building where my studio is (the Nicholas Building) because it is such a special building, teeming with creativity.
MS: Is being a jeweller different to what you might have imagined before you started practising?
AV: Being a jeweller is a balancing act between sculpture and product for me, so it is always different.
MS: What was your show in Brisbane, and did you have a good time there..?
AV: My show in Brisbane was called Material Contrasts, and was at Ari Jewellery in New Farm. I had a lovely time - Ari is a close friend and so we hung out in the gallery for a few days and ate pastry... mmmm.
MS: What can you talk for hours about?
AV: Hahaha - I tell long stories all the time, about random adventures that happen to me. I should do less talking.
AV: No, but as I get older I feel like I need to plan a little more. Completing my Masters degree is my current milestone.
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Wooden artists' mannequins, brass
Studio cluster double pendant
sterling silver, onyx, Victorian bluestone, agate - things from my studio & silver tokens from former projects
Balloon cluster double pendant
sterling silver, dyed shell beads and Victorian bluestone
Stringing Things Together can now be viewed at Milly Sleeping Carlton, where the individual pieces can be tried on and purchased! Enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org.