. Janine Combes
I think of Hadley’s Orient Hotel as a stage for a series of performances and stories. My jewellery pieces for Gilded Encounters respond to this idea by using parted curtains, views through key holes and motifs of famous and infamous guests.
The building itself is one of the key characters in the storyline - carved cornices, ornate glass ceilings and key plates all take their part in the script. One by one characters from the hotel step up into the limelight: society women wear silver lace gloves to high tea, opera singers parade in their gold leaf ‘bling’, John Webb’s Ice-houses loom into view on the mountain, and Amundsen’s ship the Fram floats into the harbour on a flow of ice.
I’ve made playful works which draw on the sense of celebration and occasion which has marked the history of Hadley’s Orient Hotel.
I’ve used techniques and materials in keeping with both the European historic heritage of Hadley’s and the influence of the mysterious ‘Orient’ – embossed silver sits alongside metals embellished with gold leaf and Japanese lacquers adorn carved Italian alabaster.
brass, sterling silver, antique gold keeper ring, gold wedding ring, velvet, gold wire
fine silver, alabaster, gold foil, paper, shellac, antique gold lacquered silk cord, brass