Peta Kruger

This month, we profile Peta Kruger. Based in Adelaide, Peta's work investigates the characteristics of traditional fine jewellery and costume jewellery through the processes of deconstruction and reconstruction. Her exhibition Shapes of Things is now showing at Courtesy of the Artist in The Strand Arcade.

How would you describe your process?

From a technical perspective, my current process involves computer-based design work, paper modelling, chemical etching, folding and powdercoating. In the past I have felt restricted by technical processes for making jewellery, in order to make pieces that express my ideas but are also durable for wear. But constant repetition and refinement of my process has led to unexpected developments that I see play out in my work. Building on this process each day in the studio has become important to me.

Three words that best describe your work?

Fold, play and paint.

What inspires you and how do you keep motivated when things get tough in the studio?

I think the act of problem-solving keeps me motivated. It is difficult to walk away from the studio, or sleep at night, if pieces lay unresolved. It feels impossible to predetermine a body of work; my ideas result from working with metal, which in itself I find fascinating.

How do you describe your signature style?

My hope is that Shapes of Things appears reminiscent of play activities with paper folding and colouring-in. I can see a tension between imperfection and attention to detail in the results.

Who/what are you inspired by?

Just recently I’ve been inspired by conversations I have had with other makers, wearers, students and teachers at the Jewellery and Metalsmith Group of Australia conference held in Sydney. Reading and writing about jewellery’s relationship to makers and wearers can seem quite abstract when you are alone in the studio, so these recent discussions and new connections have reminded me how real and important the relationship is.

Is there anyone you dream of collaborating/working with? 

I have a growing interest in the distinction between jewellery and clothing, or fashion, so I would be intrigued by collaborating with someone in the field of textiles, to see how their material and theoretical approach is different from my own. 

What's next for you?

I am currently working on a Masters research project at the University of South Australia to further explore my jewellery practice and I will be involved in a group exhibition called Playground curated by Rayleen Forester to be held at the JamFactory in mid 2016.

You can shop Peta Kruger's work in store and online.