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Gilded Encounters

A collection of jewellery and small objects exploring the rich narratives embedded in Hadley's Orient Hotel


Gilded Encounters features new work by four Tasmanian contemporary art jewellers ~ Alexandra Parish, Janine Combes, Sarah Stubbs and Sophie Carnell ~ who have created a collection of jewellery and small objects exploring the rich narratives embedded in the history of Hadley’s Orient Hotel, and responding to architectural and design features of the hotel building.

Collectively known as CUSP, these artists have come together to make, exhibit and promote Tasmanian contemporary jewellery within the state, Australia and overseas.

Artwork is available for sale.

Join the artists and curator for a guided exhibition tour on Sunday 17 February 2019 at 11am. Meet in the foyer at Hadley’s Orient Hotel.

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(Sandra) Janine Combes


Janine Combes contemporary Tasmanian jeweller

Alexandra Parish
Alexandra (Alex) Parish, arrived in Australia in 1999, after studying a jewellery degree at the Fachhochschule in Pforzheim, Germany. Since then Alex completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Tasmania in Furniture and Print Making and set up her studio in a warehouse in the centre of Hobart. Alex’s work is the direct process of intuitive construction. She lets the material or found object guide her in her making. Day to day life inspires her- from the construction of buildings to things she finds on the beach, pictures in magazines and written words. Alex’s pieces often contain a tension between two opposite attributes: simple and complex, smooth and textured, hard and soft, her European heritage and her new country, Australia. She is particularly interested in how these attributes pull and play with each other. Alex has been a part of group exhibitions in Melbourne, Queensland and Tasmania.

Janine Combes
Janine has been a professional jeweller since 2010 having run a small consultancy in the human services sector for many years. She trained as a contemporary jeweller at TAFE, Tasmania and has since undertaken further study at the University of Tasmania, Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School in Florence, Italy and a residency in North Vietnam (2016). Janine’s work references the natural environment and human history to explore themes of identity and belonging. Her jewellery work is distinguished by the use of stylised organic shapes, surface texturing and a layering of materials. She primarily works with metals but also uses materials as diverse as fabric, Japanese lacquer, paper, buffalo horn, plastics
and other made-made materials. Janine has been awarded an Arts Tasmania Individual Artist Grant (2015) and in 2012 one of her pieces of jewellery was presented to the visiting Duchess of Cornwall as a gift from the people of Tasmania. Janine has exhibited in Tasmania and interstate including in two national award shows (Australian Metal and Silverwork Award at Castlemaine Art Gallery (2015) and Contemporary Wearables (Toowoomba Art Gallery 2015). She is represented by Handmark Galleries.

Sarah Stubbs
Sarah Jones/Stubbs is a Hobart based contemporary jeweller, with a BA in Gold andSilversmithing from RMIT University. Melbourne. Sarah’s practice is multi-disciplinary. She is engaged in transformative making and materiality. Her exhibitions include: West Space, Platform, CCP, Linden, Para/Site Art Space Hong Kong, Annandale Galleries, Centre for Contemporary Photography, and the Ian Potter Gallery, Melbourne. Sarah co-founded West Space Inc. with Brett Jones. She has worked with various arts institutions in Australia and overseas to produce experimental art catalogues and books.

Sophie Carnell
Sophie completed a Bachelor of Fine Art at the University of Tasmania in 2010 and has undertaken further study at RMIT and TAFE Tasmania (Art, Craft and Design). Sophie has exhibited widely in Tasmania as well as being a finalist in the Toowoomba Contemporary Wearables Award (2017), the prestigious Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize (2015) and The Waterhouse Art Prize (2014). Sophie is part of the Find Contemporary Jewellery Collective in the Salamanca Arts Centre. Sophie’s practice explores relationships to landscape, place and interconnections with our environment – of her own or of people long gone. She is interested in peoples’ stories entwined through history, researching and imagining the lives of others and how they related to their surroundings. Her works consider the effect that humankind has on its environment and conversely the powerful impact these landscapes can have on their inhabitants.Precious metals, natural and found materials are combined and transformed into objects and wearable tokens that carry an essence of history, memory and connection.


Collectively known as CUSP, these artists have come together to make, exhibit and promote Tasmanian contemporary jewellery within the state, Australia and overseas.

The practice of CUSP is based upon extending community understanding of what is considered to be ‘jewellery’. We focus our exhibition practice upon use of new materials and forms to explore concepts related to Tasmanian life and issues of concern to us. We are each engaged in our own independent jewellery and design practices which we run in parallel with the collaborative projects of CUSP. For more, visit:

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34 Murray Street, Hobart TAS, Australia

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