Milk Lines – Belinda Newick

A childhood spent on the west Australian coast made me a beachcomber from before I can remember. These pieces have been gleaned along coasts, the great ocean road and south Melbourne/middle park beach, Victoria and Hvar on the Dalmatian coast, Croatia.

Receding daily the ocean leaves a trace of treasure to collect along its shoreline. These shells, Neptune’s necklace, pebbles and plastic are captured and cast in bright silver.

My work is closely linked to place, to documenting my experience of connecting with my immediate environment, both external and internal. I make sense of my experience by transforming metal into tactile memory markers of place.

Belinda Newick is a contemporary jeweller and metalsmith, whose work explores place. Graduating from Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia in 1995, with a Bachelor of Arts (Art). Newick spent the next six years in South Australia, with an Associateship in the Metal Design Studio at JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design and tenancies at Gray Street Workshop and Zu Design jewellery + objects.

Newick lives in Melbourne and is a sessional lecturer at the Northern Melbourne Institute of Technology (NMIT). She is a studio based craft practitioner and exhibiting nationally.

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Milk Lines – Belinda Newick