Janine Combes makes contemporary jewellery in her studio on Bruny Island in Tasmania. Her work explores a narrative of nature, cultural identity, memory and belonging.
Janine thinks of her jewellery as small scale wearable ‘sculptures’ – they are intimate objects, worn on the body, imbued with meaning by both the maker and the wearer.
She uses a range of different materials including: metals (silver, gold, aluminium), organic materials such as silk, pearls, buffalo horn and lacquer as well as man-made products such as plastics.
Strong forms, surface texturing and a layering of different materials are all important in Janine’s making.
Janine trained as a jeweller in Hobart and has since completed further studies at the University of Tasmania and Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School in Florence, Italy (2014). In 2016 she undertook a residency at Muong Studio in North Vietnam.
Janine is represented by Handmark Galleries in Tasmania and also regularly shows work at Art at the Point on Bruny Island and the Design Centre in Launceston. She has exhibited as a solo artist and as part of group shows at Handmark Galleries, The Henry Jones Art Hotel, The Schoolhouse Gallery, Brave Art Gallery, Gallery Parnella, Castlemaine Art Gallery (Australian Silver and Metalwork Award) and Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery (Contemporary Wearables).
In 2012 one of her pieces was selected as the gift for the Duchess of Cornwall from the people of Tasmania by then Premier of Tasmania, Lara Giddings. In 2015 she was awarded an Arts Tasmania, Individual Artists Grant.
...........what a place to work- my Bruny Island retreat
a very portable studio- it can go anywhere! Deal island 2009, Muong Studio North Vietnam 2016
2017 - a very special project on the bench. My mother's birthday. The Flower Lady Brooches.