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October 3rd - 21st   2011

"Unnatural Tendencies"

A jewellery cross-pollination by
Lauren Simeoni & Melinda Young

Australian jewellers Lauren Simeoni and Melinda Young have been working together on their 'unnatural' jewellery project since 2008. United by a love of frippery and fakery and a shared aesthetic sensibility, they have been actively sharing a sketchbook and materials - specifically artificial plant foliage whilst enjoying the creative stimulation and fruits of a long-distance collaboration between their hometowns of Adelaide and Sydney.

The project has seen some interesting developments in their work as they, naturally, have been influenced by each other through shared dialogue and material use. Whilst retaining their individual aesthetic sensibilities and signature touches; increasingly some works present a stylistic melding as they finish each other's visual sentences. Until this point Simeoni and Young have worked individually on each piece, however for Unnatural Tendencies they have pushed the collaboration one step further and are working on the same pieces together for the very first time, sending each other 'blanks' to complete along with materials.

This exhibition at Fingers comes exactly two years after Simeoni and Young's first 'unnatural' showing of their collaborative project together, at Metalab in Sydney. In the ensuing time they have travelled widely with the project in both Australia and New Zealand, exhibiting and conducting workshops as well as curating a group exhibition unnatural Acts for Velvet da Vinci gallery in San Francisco. For this they invited eight other Australian jewellers into their fake foliage world, challenging them to create work from the same limited palette of materials.

For this exhibition Simeoni and Young have drawn inspiration from a new collection of shared unnatural materials and the imagined narratives that they imply when deconstructed and also from the subtle, unnatural shifts between the inner suburbs of Auckland, Adelaide and Sydney - the botany, architecture and sensibilities at once so similar, yet slightly strange. Many of the works represent a conceptual shift in their practices and a distillation of conversation, drawings and the experiences of a long walk they took together through the back ways and byways of Auckland's inner suburbia one sunny summer afternoon last year. They rejoiced in the unique New Zealand-ness of the experience - of housing styles and plants, yet discovered that there were also the familiar touchstones of their own lives in the inner suburbs of Adelaide and Sydney. Yet in Auckland's urban nature they found a 'wildness' not present in Australia, which has influenced this collection of adventurous new work with a sense of lushness, density and risk. Their exploration of Auckland revealed things that were natural - yet not, just like their work, where there is a sensory shift in place and constant inspiration taken from surroundings - particularly botany, architecture and people. This collection of work developed and made through an unnatural filter of time and distance, now makes a return to the site of its germination.
Lauren Simeoni and Melinda Young, 2011


Lauren Simeoni/Melinda Young, Succulent Branch Neckpiece1

Lauren Simeoni/Melinda Young, Succulent Branch Neckpiece I, 2011,   $480
Artificial Plant Foliage, Coral, Wood, Stone, Lava, Oxidised 925 Silver

Lauren Simeoni/Melinda Young, Succulent Branch Neckpiece2

Lauren Simeoni/Melinda Young, Succulent Branch Neckpiece II, 2011,   $480
Artificial Plant Foliage, Coral, Wood, Stone, Lava, Oxidised 925 Silver

Lauren Simeoni/Melinda Young, Branched Bud Neckpiece

Lauren Simeoni/Melinda Young, Branched Bud Neckpiece, 2011,   $480
Artificial Plant Foliage, Coral, Wood, Stone, Oxidised 925 Silver

Lauren Simeoni/Melinda Young, Nubble Branch Brooch

Lauren Simeoni/Melinda Young, Nubble Branch Brooch, 2011,   $360
Artificial Plant Foliage, Yellow Jade, Oxidised 925 Silver, Stainless Steel

Lauren Simeoni/Melinda Young, Branched Drip Brooch

Lauren Simeoni/Melinda Young, Branched Drip Brooch, 2011,   $390
Fake Grapes, Garnet, Oxidised 925 Silver, Stainless Steel

Lauren Simeoni/Melinda Young, Wahoo Brooch

Lauren Simeoni/Melinda Young, Wahoo Brooch,   $320
Artificial Plant Foliage, Glass, Wood, 925 Silver, Paint

Lauren Simeoni/Melinda Young, Mosslike Brooch

Lauren Simeoni/Melinda Young,   $320
Mosslike Brooch, Artificial Plant Foliage, Green Stone, Wood, 925 Silver, Paint

Lauren Simeoni, Poi Neckpiece

Lauren Simeoni, Poi Neckpiece, 2011,   $420
Citrine, Glass Beads, Artificial Plant Foliage

Lauren Simeoni,	Puriri Neckpiece

Lauren Simeoni, Puriri Neckpiece, 2011,   $420
Brass, Artificial Plant Foliage

Lauren Simeoni, Rush Neckpiece

Lauren Simeoni, Rush Neckpiece,   $360
Sequins, Wood, Glass Beads, Artificial Plant Foliage, Brass Lauren Simeoni, Poi Pruna Neckpiece

Lauren Simeoni, Poi Pruna Neckpiece,   $420
Sequins, Glass Beads, Artificial Plant Foliage, Brass

Lauren Simeoni, Poi Feathers Neckpiece

Lauren Simeoni, Poi Feathers Neckpiece,   $460
Sequins, Glass Beads, Artificial Plant Foliage, Brass

Lauren Simeoni, Trunk Neckpiece

Lauren Simeoni, Trunk Neckpiece,   $420
925 Silver, Artificial Plant Foliage, Citrine

Melinda Young, Redhead Spine Neckpiece

Melinda Young, Redhead Spine Neckpiece, 2011,   $430
Cake Decorating Stamens, Glass, Silk Thread



Melinda Young, Deflowered Darkly (Wedding Garland) Neckpiece

Melinda Young, Deflowered Darkly (Wedding Garland) Neckpiece, 2011,   $410
Artificial Plant Foliage (Indian Wedding Garland), Wood, Plastic, Waxed Linen Thread



Melinda Young, Kirsch Neckpiece

Melinda Young, Kirsch Neckpiece, 2011,   $1,040
Fake Cherry, Fake Grapes, Artificial Plant

Melinda Young, Glistening Trickles Neckpiece

Melinda Young, Glistening Trickles Neckpiece, 2011,   $550
Fake Grapes, Artificial Plant Foliage, Garnets, Stone, Nephrite, Wood

Melinda Young, Brown Triple Spiker Neckpiece

Melinda Young, Brown Triple Spiker Neckpiece, 2011,   $280
Artificial Plant Foliage, Wood, Jade, Waxed Linen Thread

Melinda Young, Acid Double Spiker Neckpiece

Melinda Young, Acid Double Spiker Neckpiece, 2011,   $380
Artificial Plant Foliage, Jade, Silk Thread



Melinda Young, Bushy Neckpieces I-III

Melinda Young, Bushy Neckpieces I-III, 2011,   $280 each, $750 set
Artificial Plant Foliage, Jade, Wood, Waxed Linen Thread


Melinda Young, Succulent Button Neckpiece

Melinda Young, Succulent Button Neckpiece, 2011,   $480
Artificial Plant Foliage, Wood, Smoky Quartz, Silk Thread



Melinda Young, Succulent Ovoid Neckpiece

Melinda Young, Succulent Ovoid Neckpiece, 2011,   $480
Artificial Plant Foliage, Wood, Smoky Quartz, Silk Thread



Melinda Young, Flower Cup Garland, 2011,   $580
Artificial Plant Foliage, Nephrite, Glass, Plastic, Coral, Wood, Costume Jewellery Finding, Silk Thread

Melinda Young, Shield Neckpiece

Melinda Young, Shield Neckpiece, 2011,   $360
Artificial Plant Foliage, Vintage Sequins, Costume Jewellery Finding, Nephrite, Plastic, Wood, Silk Thread



Melinda Young, Black Grape Neckpiece

Melinda Young, Black Grape Neckpiece, 2011,   $480
Artificial Plant Foliage, Fake Grapes, Onyx, Lava, Stone, Agate, Coral, Glass, Wood, Silk Thread, Polystyrene, Glitter

Melinda Young, Spined Brush Neckpiece

Melinda Young, Spined Brush Neckpiece, 2011,   $420
Artificial Plant Foliage, Glass, Coral, Wood, Silk Thread

Melinda Young, Flocked Brush Neckpiece

Melinda Young, Flocked Brush Neckpiece, 2011,   $460
Artificial Plant Foliage, Glass, Coral, Wood, Silk Thread

Melinda Young, Flocked Brush Brooch

Melinda Young, Flocked Brush Brooch, 2011,   $300
Artificial Plant Foliage, Coral, Wood, 925 Silver, Paint

Melinda Young, Double Skeleton Nerckpiece

Melinda Young, Double Skeleton Nerckpiece, 2011,   $550
Artificial Plant Foliage, Stone, Lava, Nephrite, Coral, Oxidised 925 Silver, Enamel Paint

Melinda Young, Drop Pom Neckpiece

Melinda Young, Drop Pom Neckpiece, 2011,   $530
Artificial Plant Foliage, Coral, Mother of Pearl, Freshwater Pearls, Peridot, Costume Jewellery Finding, Wood, 925 Silver

Melinda Young, Spiker Lariat

Melinda Young, Spiker Lariat, 2011,   $530
Artificial Plant Foliage, Tourmaline, Aventurine, Nephrite, Glass, Plastic, Coral, Wood, Silk Thread

Melinda Young, Puff Ball Brooch

Melinda Young, Puff Ball Brooch, 2011,   $320
Artificial Plant Foliage, Wood, 925 Silver, Paint

Melinda Young, Puff Ball Neckpiece

Melinda Young, Puff Ball Neckpiece, 2011,   $530
Artificial Plant Foliage, Mother of Pearl, Nephrite, Freshwater Pearls, Tourmaline, Wood, 925 Silver

Melinda Young, Green Triple Spiker Neckpiece

Melinda Young, Green Triple Spiker Neckpiece, 2011,   $320
Artificial Plant Foliage, Glass, Plastic, Silk Thread

Melinda Young, Coral Bloom Brooch

Melinda Young, Coral Bloom Brooch, 2011,   $300
Artificial Plant Foliage, Plastic, Wood, 925 Silver, Paint

Melinda Young, Spurt Brooch

Melinda Young, Spurt Brooch,   $320
Coral, Plastic Costume Jewellery, Wood, 925 Silver, Paint

Melinda Young, Pollen Garland

Melinda Young, Pollen Garland, 2011,   $400
Artificial Plant Foliage, Glass, Plastic, Wood, Silk Thread

Melinda Young, Skeleton Neckpiece

Melinda Young, Skeleton Neckpiece, 2011,   $480
Artificial Plant Foliage, Stone, Lava, Nephrite, Coral, Tourmaline, Oxidised 925 Silver

Melinda Young, Kirsch Royale Neckpiece

Melinda Young, Kirsch Royale Neckpiece, 2011,   $1,170
Fake Cherries, Fake Grapes, Artificial Plant Foliage, Garnets, Glass, Wood, 24ct Gold

Photography by Melinda Young, all images copyright Melinda Young and Lauren Simeoni
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