SALA | Jane Bowden and the Daalder collection of Contemporary Jewellery
For Adelaide-based jeweller Jane Bowden, the early acquisition of her work by Truus and Joost Daalder was crucial in the development of her artistic career. In 1993 a year after Bowden graduated from the University of South Australia in jewellery and metalwork, Truus and Joost Daalder acquired a tea strainer by Bowden from Aptos Cruz Galleries, Stirling. Since that time, the Daalders have continued to purchase work by Bowden, including a woven brooch in 1994, paper neckpiece in 1998 and a woven ring in 2011.
These Bowden pieces, along with 157 other example of Australian and international art jewellery were generously donated by Truus and Joost Daalder to the Gallery in 2017. This collection is the basis for the exhibition and supporting publication, To have and to hold, the Daalder collection of contemporary jewellery. This exhibition offers audiences an intimate encounter with the experimental and bold jewellery that are the hallmark of the Daalder collection.
Jane Bowden’s career has encompassed the role of artist and gallerist in South Australia. She has owned Zu design in the Adelaide Arcade since 1997 and here promotes the work of Australian contemporary jewellers. Trained by Frank Bauer at the University of South Australia, she developed a love of traditional handmade metalsmithing techniques fuelled by a Bauhaus approach to craft and design. Bowden is recognised for her intricate woven jewellery in gold and silver. Referencing various textile techniques, including basketry, Bowden’s organic forms often reveal the process of their manufacturing through loose sprung ends or the use of different metals.
Truus and Joost Daalder are famous in the craft community in Adelaide for holding ‘viewing parties’ at their home, occasions during which they would share their contemporary jewellery collection with craftspeople. Bowden, whose work they acquired early in their collecting career, attended many of these parties over the year and saw the Daalder collection grow in numbers and diversity.
An eternal ambassador for contemporary jewellery, Bowden anticipates that the exhibition and publication will not only allow more people to experience the treasure trove of contemporary jewellery that identifies the Daalder collection but also to become more aware of this intricate and subtle craft.
To have and to hold, the Daalder collection of contemporary jewellery
Curated by Rebecca Evans, Curator of European and Australian Decorative Arts
From 21st July 2018
Gallery 8, Art Gallery of South Australia
Rebecca Evans is the Art Gallery of South Australia’s Curator of European and Australian Decorative Arts. Evans is responsible for the Gallery’s significant collection of furniture, glass, ceramics, metalwork, fashion, textiles and jewellery – from antiquity to contemporary – and numbering approximately 6000 works of art. Since her appointment in February 2016, she has curated Paolo Sebastian: X, 2017, Linda Jackson and Utopia, 2017, Guildhouse 50, 2016, and Catherine Truman, 2016. In 2017 she established the Gallery’s Fashion Fund, a fund dedicated to the acquisition of contemporary international and Australian fashion. Between 2008 and 2016, Evans was Assistant Curator at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney, where she assisted with the development of a number of key exhibitions and projects, including A Fine Possession: identity and jewellery, 2013, Love Lace: the Powerhouse Museum’s International Lace Award, 2011, and Frock Stars: Inside Australian Fashion Week, 2010. As part of her current role, Evans is an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Adelaide, where she lectures in the Art History and Museum and Curatorial Studies Program, jointly run by the University of Adelaide and the Art Gallery of South Australia, and presents talks across Australia on the topic of decorative arts, fashion, design and craft.
Jane Bowden at Zu design, photo: Johnathon VDK.
Jane Bowden, jeweller, Australia, born 1969, Fiona Bowden, papermaker, Australia, born 1971, Neckpiece, 1998, Adelaide, handmade paper, sterling silver, stainless steel, 28.5 x 19.5 x 3.5 cm; Gift of Truus and Joost Daalder through the Art Gallery of South Australia Foundation 2017, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, photo: Grant Hancock.
Jane Bowden, Australia, born 1969, Triangular tea strainer, 1993, Adelaide, sterling silver, 10.2 x 11.7 x 2.6 cm; Gift of Truus and Joost Daalder through the Art Gallery of South Australia Foundation 2017, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, photo: Grant Hancock
Jane Bowden, Australia, born 1969, Woven ring, 2011, Adelaide, 18 ct pink gold, 18 ct yellow gold, 12.3 x 3.5 x 3.0 cm; Gift of Truus and Joost Daalder through the Art Gallery of South Australia Foundation 2017, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, photo: Grant Hancock.
Jane Bowden, Australia, born 1969, Square woven brooch, 1994, Adelaide, sterling silver, 24ct gold, 11.4 x 11.4 x 1.8 cm; Gift of Truus and Joost Daalder through the Art Gallery of South Australia Foundation 2017, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, photo: Grant Hancock.
Images courtesy of Jane Bowden.