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Melbourne, Australia-based contemporary jeweller Anna Davern has an impressive history as a designer and maker.
Anna has been involved in numerous Australian and international exhibitions, including holding several of her own shows at Craft Victoria in Australia, and participating in a survey of Australian art at the Museum Of Contemporary Art, Taipei. She co-founded Northcity4, an initiative that provides professional and creative opportunities to the Australian contemporary jewellery community.
The recipient of multiple grants for her innovative work, Anna has also taught and lectured at universities and vocational colleges (TAFEs) in Australia, and at the Estonian Academy of Art, where she has also undertaken an artist-in-residency.
Anna works with many different materials. One of the techniques she employs is sublimation printing (using heat to transfer dye onto metal) in combination with saw-piercing. This technique is used to create oversized fake versions of traditional styles of jewellery—paying homage to one of the initial tenets of contemporary jewellery to react against the use of precious materials.
The jeweller’s formal qualifications include a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Sydney College of the Arts (University of Sydney) and a Master of Art from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.
Anna’s work has been acquired for several jewellery and art collections in Australia.