Turning Trash to Cash

Sagada Bogan-earrings-from-trash

On my last trip home to Sagada, Philippines, I ran a jewellery workshop, turning tourist plastic into earrings. Could it become a local industry? I’ve been travelling to the mountain village of Sagada, for the last 15 years with my partner Luke, an indigenous Igorot Filipino.  Apart from its hanging coffins, Sagada is known for […]

This is the week to indulge in some jewellery – You Deserve it!

Those of you who’ve been fans for a while will know just how rare an occasion this is. It’s time to clear the decks! I’m having a bench clearance of my work and most of the 20/17 Project Space artists are joining me. Been pining for those Anna Davern ‘Rocks’ Earrings? Fancy a Vicki Mason necklace? Been putting […]

Happy Holidays!

We’re looking forward to 20/17 –  as it’s our year! It’s going to be a fabulous one. Subscribe to our mailing list to keep up to date

Artistic Collaborations

We love collaborating with other creatives. I Recently fabricated a series of brooches designed by Artist, Christopher Hodges, of Utopia Art Sydney for an exhibition at Stanley Street Gallery. The brooches were inspired by Polynesian floral motifs and reference his larger scale sculptural work. The works were hand sawpierced from original artist drawings, ensuring that every […]

Bark, Leaf, Bud exhibition is now showing.

We have just finished installing this quietly beautiful exhibition of formed bowls, objects and jewellery by Mitsue Slattery. Primarily fabricated from fine silver, Mitsue has used weaving and raising techniques to create these delicate yet strong works.   

Jewellery making opportunity – get your work noticed during ARTMONTH 2013

Call for Submissions MAKER/WEARER/MATCHMAKER – a collaborative jewellery project, initiated by JMGA-NSW and coordinated by Bridget Kennedy About NSW jewellery artists and members of JMGA-NSW are invited to submit a proposal to participate in MAKER/WEARER/MATCHMAKER, a collaboration between JMGA-NSW and the galleries of 2 Danks St, Waterloo, to be run during ARTMONTH, March 2013. In […]

2000 chances to win…..

one of 14 precious and collectible, wearable and non-wearable jewelleries made by the NZ HandShake jewellers! They’re raising funds to exhibit their work at SCHMUCK, Munich in 2013, and producing a fabulous book about the 2 year project. Studio 20/17 is selling them on behalf of the NZ guys. Tickets are just $4 each and […]

Once More, With Love!

We would love to send out a huge thank you to all of you who came along last Saturday and celebrated the opening of Once More, With Love with us. It felt like all of Sydney’s jewellery community was there, not to mention some special guest appearances by some of jewellerys most royal! The ‘In […]

Christmas is coming……

2012 Christmas Showcase: Submissions now open! We are calling for expressions of interest for original and well made contemporary jewellery for  the Studio 20/17 annual Christmas showcase. Opening 3rd December 2012 and running through until Christmas Eve, it provides an excellent opportunity to showcase and sell new work during this busy period. Selected artists are […]

Oh Opal! – Oh Opening!

Thanks to all who came along last Saturday for the opening of  Oh Opal! (re-imagining Australia’s national gemstone). We had a lovely time and were lucky enough to be graced with presences of three participating artists aka ‘particles’ (Christine Scott-Young, Jill Hermans and Dianne Beevers)!  Christine gave a delightful and informative talk about the history […]

PROFILE 2012 applications close Monday!

PROFILE 2012 applications close this Monday….the Biennial Award Exhibition is open to members of JMGA-NSW. With a prize pool of $3,000  it’s a great reason to join….AND….you don’t need to reside in NSW to become a member. There are prizes for both student and professional categories….we’ve heard rumours of who will be one of the […]

RED DOT ring

a recent job completed for an artist friend. Wouldn’t we all like to see more red dots in our life? – bk

Rui comes to town!

The gorgeous Rui Kikuchi is over from Japan for a few days. She’ll be showcasing a new body of exhibition work in the gallery for the next 3 weeks. Made from PET bottles that have been hand sawn, shaped and dyed, the works reflects the wondrous underwater environment. Please join us this coming Tuesday 1st […]

more photos from Feast

Wow, what a great way to end the year! The gift of the Depot Gallery, a wonderful installation of fabulous, fun and inspiring work, ham and champers and a great crowd of family and friends! 2010 is here and I spent a productive day at the studio earlier this week freshening up the space, painting […]

The start of 2009

One of the pieces in our current exhibition. From a series I’m working on titled ‘food for thought’.  We’re looking forward to an exciting year ahead. Alot of our energy was spent last year setting up the space and getting our head around all the admin bits and pieces that are required for running a […]

Happy New Year

The studio is currently on Holidays but Bridget and I are have returned and are preparing for the 2 Danks st opening on the 21st January. 2 Danks st opens with Sculpture 2009. All  galleries will be exhibiting sculpture.  Along with works from 8 of the other galleries, Studio 20/17 will be exhibiting work by […]

Artisan Project

Artisan day involves a couple or person designing and making their own piece of jewellery. Bridget and I offer this opportunity in the studio and we recently had a beautiful couple, Kate & Mark design and make their own engagement ring. The project usually runs on Sunday for 6 hours but this can vary depending […]

Production vs Exhibition

My head is continually messed up by the making of limited edition work vs one-off exhibition pieces. I quite enjoy the repetitive element of making the same thing over and over, and then suddenly, it just does my head  (and heart) in and I feel like a little factory…don’t get me wrong I still love […]

gems from the JAA trade fair

and not the gems we expected to find. Mel and I spent Monday cruising the exhibition halls at Darling harbour, overwhelmed by glitz and, and……searching for something different, a new exciting tool, some great display options….something…..and here’s what we discovered……a handy hint passed on to us by an exhibitor, told to him by an ancient […]

Calling for expressions of interest – Christmas showcase

Mel and I are getting organised for our Christmas showcase month…So, we are calling for expressions of interest from practitioners.  Due date is 12th September 2008 and selected artists will be informed by 16th September. Please send us an email and we can forward more details.

making a floor work for upcoming show at Gaffa

While Mel’s been away, I’ve continued working on the piece to add to my ongoing ‘deadwood’ series, for exhibition in re:re(a)d re:visited, a group show. Other artists in the show are Nicolette Scobier, Carlie Henderson, Sian Edwards, Brooke Johnston, Jane Reynolds, Linda Blair and Christina Adamson. The exhibition opens Thursday night 31st July and runs […]

We’re now ‘officially’ here!

We officially launched the space last Wednesday night, along with opening night drinks for Emma Fielden’s exhibition of beautiful work! It was a great night and Mel and I both spent the next few days justing getting over the whole thing. It wasn’t until after it was ll over that we realised how exhausted we […]

Tilly joins us for the day while Emma installs her work

Sunday – we met Emma at the studio to setup her work (and totally reorganise the studio at the same time!!). The sun was shining – we’d forgotton what it looked like!!! Here she is putting up her gorgeous ‘Pin sketch’ works, made from buffalo horn, ebony and gold. While at my bench, my little […]


BK’s off to Japan!!! Poor Mel, I wish I could pack her in my suitcase. I booked the flight today. Am looking forward to Tokyo and discovering all the art galleries and visiting Deux Poisson Gallery. Was at an artist friends place for a bbq on the weekend and Daniel Goettin was there (he currently […]

Calling for submissions

We realise we’re in a fabulous location and that there are lots of wonderfully creative artist/designer/makers out there….so we’d like to offer our space for exhibition of your gorgeous and adventurous work………we’re putting out a CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS for exhibitions of work for a few exhibitions each year (we’re still nutting out how many we […]

BK’s been on holidays

Okay, so maybe it wasn’t the best plan to have organised a trip to the Philippines to visit the inlaws only 6 weeks after we moved into the studio but Mel’s been doing a fantastic job keeping on top of everything while I’ve been eating lots of home cooked meals at the house of Lola […]

bits and pieces

After being caught up in the distractions of admin around the setup of the space…things like installing a phone line (phew -that was a trial and a half), merchant facilities, bank accounts, machinery setup and location, sourcing of a fridge (to store the milk for our daily expresso coffee), creation of a press release (thank […]