Four Tasmanian Contemporary Jewellers
CUSP is a group of four Tasmanian contemporary art jewellers ~ Alexandra Parish, Janine Combes, SarahStubbs and Sophie Carnell ~ who have come together to make, exhibit and promote Tasmanian contemporary jewellery within the state, Australia and overseas.
Our practice is based upon extending community understanding of what is considered to be 'jewellery'. We focus our exhibition practice upon use of new materials and forms to explore concepts related to Tasmanian life and issues of concern to us. We are each engaged in our own independent jewellery and design practices which we run in parallel with the collaborative projects of CUSP.
2018 is an exciting year for CUSP, we are thrilled to be showing our work at Hadley's Orient Hotel in Hobart, from November through to February 28th, exploring the rich narratives embedded in the history of the hotel.
In 2017 we created work for an exhibition called ‘Inscription and Place’ at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. We were able to access objects, jewellery, photographs and diaries from the Baldwin Bequest (the largest single bequest in the Museum and Art Gallery’s history) to make sculptural jewellery pieces which spoke to the lives of four women from this leading colonial family.
In 2015 CUSP were selected for and exhibited as part of the inaugural Radiant Pavilion Contemporary Jewellery and Object Trail in Melbourne which attracted jewellers from across Australia and overseas.
Prior to this, in 2013, three of the four members of CUSP were central to staging the successful 'Pushing the Boundaries - Contemporary Jewellery’ exhibition involving fourteen Tasmanian jewellers which was held at the School House Gallery, Rosny.