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Origami Jewellery Showcase at Abbotsford Convent

25 Mar 2013

The ancient Japanese art of origami has inspired Hayley Crowden's creativity since she was a mere eight-year-old in primary school.

Back then, Hayley, 21, befriended a Japanese girl at school who taught her the essential skills of paper folding in the traditional way.

For all the following years, Hayley practised the art as a fun hobby she enjoyed, seeing what she could do with the intricacies of folding paper.

Now, as a second-year student in the Diploma of Engineering Technology (Jewellery) at Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT), Hayley has applied her artistry in origami to jewellery, using sheets of fine silver to craft unique origami jewellery.

Four of her silver origami pieces will be on display at the NMIT jewellery students' graduate exhibition at The Abbotsford Convent Gallery in the Basement between 3-12 November.

Called AgGregate, the exhibition will feature approximately 250 jewellery artworks created by 33 students at NMIT.

'I've always found oriental art really fascinating and it wasn't until this year that I realised I could extend what I do with paper to jewellery,' Hayley said.

'The sheets of silver I buy are quite soft, but it's difficult to fold them and it's much harder than using paper. You need lots of patience and you have to be very precise with the folds. It's intricate and quite detailed and I crease the folds with a fingernail to make sure they are really defined and sharp.'

To create her jewellery origami, Hayley first uses paper to practise with and play with to develop an original and unique design. She then copies the design using the silver sheets.

One of her creations is a traditional origami crane stick pin - the bird everyone can recognise from paper origami but her three other stick pins are all different patterns.

The designs are about the size of a 20 cent piece with more than 50 folds in each.

'After I create the design, the pieces are then soldered and cleaned up and this can take a few hours. Actually folding each piece doesn't take that long - only about 15 minutes.'

Hayley is also exhibiting other original designs with a range of earrings, a ring, and pendants.

The exhibition opening hours are 10am-6pm.

Items will be for sale.


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