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Blanche Tilden

Blanche Tilden
Artist's statement

Tilden has exhibited nationally and internationally since 1990. A unique approach to materials, along with a focus on repetition has developed over this time.

A fascination with mechanical devices, fuelled by a desire to understand how things work continually inspires Tilden's jewellery.

This understanding enables her to explore glass both as a material for jewellery making and a universal metaphor.

It is the response of the wearer that makes my jewellery succeed for me. The connection that can develop once a necklace becomes precious to someone else, once it becomes part of their persona, their life, their experience, is the aspect of my practice that I value the most.

» Download information about Blanche Tilden's monograph, BLANCHE TILDEN: TRUE   File size: 99 kB
» Visit Studio Hacienda's website: www.studiohacienda.wordpress.com
» Listen to an interview with Blanche Tilden on ABC Radio National


Recent work
Fer et Verre
  • Fer et Verre, 2011
  • Exhibition Installation, Canberra Glassworks
  • Photo: Andrew Sikorski
Graded Palais necklace
  • Graded Palais necklace, 2010
  • Flameworked borosilicate glass, oxidised 925 silver
  • Dimensions: 12mm high x 280mm diameter
  • Photo: Marcus Scholz
Brunel necklace
  • Brunel necklace, 2010
  • Flameworked borosilicate glass, oxidised 925 silver
  • Dimensions: 12mm high x 270mm diameter
  • Photo: Marcus Scholz
Dutert necklace
  • Dutert necklace, 2010
  • Flameworked borosilicate glass, oxidised 925 silver
  • Dimensions: 14mm high x 290mm diameter
  • Photo: Marcus Scholz

Palais necklace
  • Palais necklace, 2010
  • Flameworked borosilicate glass, oxidised 925 silver
  • Dimensions: 20mm high x 220mm diameter
  • Photo: Marcus Scholz
Paxton necklace
  • Paxton necklace, 2010
  • Flameworked borosilicate glass, oxidised 925 silver
  • Dimensions: 10mm high x 250mm diameter
  • Photo: Marcus Scholz
Biography

Beginning her studies in 1998 at Sydney College of the Arts, Blanche graduated from the Glass Workshop at the Australian National University School of Art in 1992, and went on to complete a Post Graduate Diploma in Gold and Silver Smithing.

In 1997, Blanche completed an Australia Council for the Arts Traineeship with goldsmith and designer Susan Cohn.

She has developed a significant practice in the dual fields of glass and gold and silversmithing, receiving a number of awards including the inaugural Stephen Proctor Fellowship through the Australian National University, and in 2003, a Pilchuck International Glass School scholarship.

Her work is in the collections of most Australian public galleries.

In 2005 she mentored jeweller and designer Phoebe Porter with whom she later founded Studio Hacienda. In 2008 Studio Hacienda was awarded the State of Design Premier's Design Award for the ongoing collaborative jewellery project General Assembly.

Blanche is represented by Gallery Funaki in Melbourne and Metalab in Sydney.

Selected exhibitions
2011:   Fer et Verre, Metalab - Sydney
2011:   The First Show, Pin Up @ Something Together - Melbourne
2011:   Elements: glass, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra
2011:   Elements: glass, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra
2010:   Glass Jewellery: An International Passion for Design, 2010 40th Annual GAS Conference, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft - Louisville, Kentucky, USA
2010:   Le Verre dans tous ses Eclats, Galerie Noel Guyomarch - Montreal, Canada
2010:   Fer et Verre, Canberra Glassworks - Canberra
2009:   General Assembly - Open Studio 09 (collaboration with Phoebe Porter), Boyd School Studios (part of the 2009 State of Design Festival) - Melbourne
2008:   In Essence - The Legacy of Stephen Proctor, Sabbia Gallery - Surry Hills, NSW
2008:   Sum of the Parts, Masterworks Gallery - Ponsonby, Auckland
2008:   Who Let the Dogs Out? The Dog in Contemporary Australian Art, Hazlehurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre - Gymea, NSW
2008:   Who Let the Dogs Out? The Dog in Contemporary Australian Art, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery - Booragul, NSW
2008:   Gather, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra
2008:   General Assembly - Open House 08 (collaboration with Phoebe Porter), Canberra Glassworks - Canberra
2008:   Essential, ACT Heritage Library - Canberra
2008:   SOFA Chicago 08, Kate Elliott Gallery - Seattle, USA
2007:   New Under the Sun: Australian Contemporary Design in Jewish Ceremony III, Jewish Museum of Australia - St Kilda, VIC
2007:   Limited Lines, Canberra Glassworks - Canberra
2007:   General Assembly - Canberra (collaboration with Phoebe Porter), Workshop Bilk - Queanbeyan, NSW
2007:   Jewellery Box, Masterworks Gallery - Ponsonby, Auckland, NZ
2007:   Carte Blanche, Sabbia Gallery - Surry Hills, NSW
2007:   Solutions for Better Living: General Assembly - Melbourne (collaboration with Phoebe Porter), Craft Victoria - Melbourne
2007:   Smartworks - Design and the Handmade, Powerhouse Museum - Sydney
2006:   Est. 2005 (collaboration with Phoebe Porter), Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra
2003:   Cutting Edge, Jam Factory Contemporary Craft and Design - Adelaide
2003:   Wearable Work (collaboration with James Minson), Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra
2003:   Wearable Work (collaboration with James Minson), Vetri International Glass - Seattle, USA
2002:   Current Work, Jam Factory Contemporary Craft and Design - Adelaide
2001:   Chain Reaction, Helen Maxwell Gallery - Canberra
2000:   Chain Reaction, Gallery Funaki - Melbourne
Selected commissions/awards/grants
2011:   Commission to create the Australia Council Visual Art Award and Medal, Australia Council for the Arts
2010:   New Work - Established Grant, Visual Arts Board, Australia Council for the Arts
2009:   Visiting Artist, The Australian National University School of Art, Glass Workshop
2008:   Arts Development - Creation Grant, Arts Victoria
2008:   Top 100 in the category Design and Innovation, The Age Melbourne Magazine
2008:   Victorian Premier's Design Award, Studio Hacienda - General Assembly
2007:   Skills and Development Grant, Visual Arts Board, Australia Council for the Arts
2007:   Arts Grant with Phoebe Porter, City of Melbourne
2003:   Artist in Residence, The Australian National University School of Art, Glass Workshop
2003:   International Student Scholarship, Pilchuck International Glass School, Seattle, USA
2003:   Travel Grant to Osaka, Japan, Asialink - University of Melbourne
2002:   Arts and Professional Development Grant, Arts Victoria
2002:   Inaugural Stephen Procter Fellowship, Australian National University
2002:   New Work - Established Grant, Visual Arts Board, Australia Council for the Arts
2000:   New Work - Emerging Grant, Visual Arts Board, Australia Council for the Arts
Selected publications
2011:   P. Hely, Elements: glass, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre
2010:   Who's Who of Australian Women, Crown Content
2008:   New Glass Review 29, Corning Museum of Glass
2008:   C.K. Dougherty, Contemporary Jewellery Design, Fusion Publishing USA
2007:   M. Gates, Blanche Tilden and Phoebe Porter: General Assembly, Craft Culture
2007:   R. Forgarz, New Under the Sun: Australian Contemporary Design in Jewish Ceremony III (exhibition catalogue), Jewish Museum of Australia
2007:   M. Gates, Carte Blanche (exhibition catalogue), Blanche Tilden

 

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