Shapes of Things
03 Feb – 24 Feb 2015
Peta Kruger’s new works are inspired by textile artists of the Bauhaus as well as paper craft activities devised by Friedrich Froebel in the 1830’s for kindergarten students.
“I consider my craft practice as perhaps beginning in early childhood, where I began to play and experiment with materials, so I approach jewellery making with only those techniques I know best: cutting, folding, colouring in, glueing – skills I have been refining since kindergarten. My work involves a process of deconstruction and reconstruction to investigate the shape and colour characteristics of jewellery pieces”.
This exhibition has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its art funding and advisory body.
Peta Kruger has worked as a graphic designer, illustrator and now jeweller. In 2007, she travelled to London and worked as an assistant to Scott Wilson and Jane Adam at Cockpit Arts. From 2009 to 2012 she was an Associate of the Metal Design Studio and tenant at Adelaide’s Jam Factory. During this time she participated in numerous exhibitions and residencies, including a year-long Jam Factory Metal Design Studio artist-in-residence program at Gilles Street Primary School. In 2011, she received an Australia Council for the Arts Jump Grant and funding frmo the Ian Potter Foundation to undertake a mentorship with German jeweller Karl Fritsch.
Peta currently works from her studio based in Adelaide, South Australia.