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 Tasmania. She has exhibited as a solo artist and as part of group shows at Handmark Galleries, The Henry Jones Art Hotel, The Schoolhouse Gallery, Castlemaine Art Gallery (Australian Silver and Metalwork Award) and Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery (Contemporary Wearables), Radiant Pavilion (Melbourne), Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and Hadley's Orient Hotel.
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 and in 2018 she was lucky enough to be awarded a Wilderness Residency on Maria Island.
...........what a place to work- my Bruny Island retreat
a very portable studio- it can go anywhere! Deal island 2009, Maria Island 2018.
And on the bench recently - jewellery for the Time and Tide exhibition at Handmark Tasmania