Sunday, October 26, 2014

Winter neckpiece

Inari Kiuru, Winter (from Winter Thoughts-series) 2010-14

Stainless steel and brass safety pins, sterling silver and 9c gold catch, enamel, enamel paint, varnish.
300 mm x 150mm x 80mm.

Winter is an interpretation of the artist’s native Northern European urban landscape in late December. Tree branches dark and bare; old stone buildings wet with rain, now newly covered with snow. And underneath the cool surface, hundreds of lines follow and cross each other, bound together, layer upon layer, perhaps with a little sting inside. Like people, like cities, like history.
Season upon season ... 
- Inari Kiuru

This piece was exhibited last spring (October 2014) as part of M.contemporary gallery's Intimately Connected-exhibition, curated by Michelle Paterson, in Woollahra, Sydney.

"Jewellery art like many other forms of fine art has the intention to express a sophisticated and well-developed concept or narrative through its display and materials. Artists investigate different topics to create individual pieces covering a broad spectrum of ideas and motivations; a piece of contemporary jewellery has the ability to take on the role of adornment with charisma, class and presence." - Gallery exhibition media

The safetypins have been woven together by interlinking (lock & secure). Liquid, industrial white enamel–powdered glass with a clay like agent– has then been painted onto the structure, and the piece has been fired with a big gas & oxygen torch to fuse the enamel onto the steel at approximately 800 degrees Celcius. Enamel paint has been applied at places to add bright highlights. The catch is hand forged from 9 carate gold and sterling silver.

The very happy new owner of the piece, Dr Gene Sherman of the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (Dr Sherman also opened the exhibition) with the artist who's gone quiet with joy. I'm wearing a brooch from the same series, fabricated similarly to the neckpiece.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Our INDOOR FOREST - The last day to vote!

Dear friends, colleagues, community members,

Today is the last day to vote (voting closes 5pm)for our air-purifying indoor forest idea at Northcity4! We are at a 2nd place, and need to stay there to get funding!

Inspired by NASA's brilliant research on the air-cleansing qualities of common houseplants, our dream is to build a large, permanent air-purifying garden indoors, to work alongside our conventional air-filtering system. We want to become a leading creative community on how to use plants effectively in artist workshop settings!

Importantly, we want to make all the research findings and a documented process of construction available, free of charge, for other interested artists and the wider community, locally and internationally. So this project is for everyone.

This initiative, a "forest on wheels" was recently selected a top ten finalist in the Bank of Melbourne Local Project Competition/Environment-category. It has a very real chance in succeeding, as the two most voted for projects in each category receive funding. The competition is very tight though, and every single vote counts!

Here's how you can show your support:

You can vote directly at the competition website at

Please note that your details WILL NOT be stored, or used for any other purpose than counting the votes during the competition.

If you'd like to help us further, please let any friends you think would be interested know!

Please don't hesitate to email Inari at should you have any questions, or would like further info & updates.

Many thanks!

Inari Kiuru
& Northcity4 artists

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Radiant Pavilion – Melbourne Contemporary Jewellery and Object Trail, September 2015

The amazing Chloƫ Powell and Claire McArdle have been busy, thinking up and organising this event. Take note and use a permanent marker for your calendar now: 1-6 September 2015 will be THE days to be in Melbourne, to enjoy, exhibit, explore and discuss contemporary jewellery and objects. Here is the announcement of Radiant Pavilion website launch for more information:

Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery

These are the last days to see an interesting, beautiful collection of contemporary jewellery from international and Australian, established and emerging, artists at Gallery Funaki, Melbourne:
The Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery exhibition.

I am over the moon and very humbled to be a part of this amazing show (insert muffled screams of happiness onto the serious text here!!!). Two of the brooches below from my Evolution-series, the larger steel piece and the brooch in the lower image, were selected to participate. They received a Judges' Commendation for emerging jeweller's work (more screams!!!). 

A heartfelt thank you to the Gallery Director Katie Scott, Award Manager Chloe Powell, and the Judges Julie Ewington, Warwick Freeman, and Simon Cottrell.

The exhibition closes on September 13. Be quick!

PS. More images with details also here on Klimt02.

Brooches from the Evolution-series, 2013
Stainless steel, mild steel, crystals, iron, clay, patina, paint
70x130x70mm; 70x120x60mm

Hello 2014 and beyond!


Nearly two years have passed since my previous Season's Greetings post, in 2012. Time has flown, and there have been big changes in my life. The greatest of them all was welcoming our daughter into the world in June 2013. She is a beautiful (and very strong-willed, independent) mystery, and the past 15 months have been an intensive, wonderful road into the unknown, together as a family. Now we can all finally walk, so it's getting a bit easier.

I also finished my degree, Honours in Object Based Design, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, in June 2013. In fact, I put the very final touches on the final pieces for assessment just six hours before my baby was born. Now that is a busy week, don't you think!

Now it's time to get back into making and creative communication. Spring is here, the world is turning as it should be, and life is an open book. I shall start posting regularly again, starting with pictures of work from the recent past, to bring the online record up to date.

I'll also be present in Instagram as ordinari_observer.

A big thank you for those who've been reading my blog regularly and who might find their way here again, or for the first time. It would be great if you could join me on this next part of the journey.

Here we go!

Inari x

To link the last post of 2012 and this first of 2014, here are some of the final images that grew from the industrial moth sketches (post below) into the Saturnalia Industrialis-series of brooches, models and giclee prints during 2012 and 2013.