Felix Gill is a Sydney based jewellery designer. Inspired by urban and natural environments and diametric opposites, he creates unique collections borne out of curiosity and experimentation with process. He is showcasing at Object Shop a collection of work produced as part of a residency at Sturt.
"These pieces were developed as a link between my practice, my spiritual home in the city and the Southern highlands of Sydney (where I did a three month artist in residence). I am bringing the colour I find in the streets and urban lights, to the twigs and pods I have found as I wander the urban environment. These reproductions of the site then become the raw materials that determine the final piece. In this way the site and the work become uniquely tied to each other as one piece. In this series Sticks and Stones, the found environmental features are used to create the individual pieces: the sticks are found and cast and the stones collected and cut. There also is a nice play on the rhyme and the old knuckle tattoos of love and hate with each cufflink holding sticks and stones implying this vision of diametric opposites."
OBJECT SHOP MAKER Q&A
What is your 'origin story'?! Where did it all start?
I have always been a dawdler, the kind of child to run a stick along a picket fence, to investigate a rock pool at the beach, to spend to long observing the world. A tinkerer and dismantler of toys, a lover of gadgets and tools.
Describe the last thing you made?
A pair of cufflinks, I'm not sure how much I really make . . .I mostly play and objects gets made as a by-product of the playing.
What part of the making process do you enjoy the most?
Playing with stuff, tools, materials and processes. . .Discovery
Who should we be following on Instagram? Who are your favourite local makers?
What's next on the horizon for you?
Bigger. . . . and Sydney Craft Week