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sarah rothe's emergence

Wednesday, October 12, 2011 | by Carolyn Price

Jewellery piece from Sarah Rothe's Emergence exhibition at Gray Street Workshop

Emergence is the first solo exhibition for Adelaide-based jewellery designer Sarah Rothe. The show opened last week and will run until October 30 at the Gray Street Workshop (where her studio is also located). This Sunday (16th October), at 2pm, Sarah will be giving an artist's talk at the gallery, so if you're planning a visit, do try to get along to gain a special insight into her practice!

Jewellery piece from Sarah Rothe's Emergence exhibition at Gray Street Workshop

Contemporary, distinctive and beautiful, Sarah Rothe's jewellery designs have been personal favourites of mine for some time. (In fact, she was one of the artists we invited to be part of the "indie avalanche of prizes" we held with The Finders Keepers Markets almost two years ago.) Sarah's use of materials, techniques and an almost illustrative design aesthetic combine to create sleek yet feminine pieces. She works primarily in titanium, a material she finds "offers many challenges and has many unique characteristics that make it so fascinating... The way it colours instantly through anodizing still amazes me."

Jewellery piece from Sarah Rothe's Emergence exhibition at Gray Street Workshop

In creating her new body of work for Emergence, Sarah has added a new level of complexity to her designs. She has explored shaping and forming titanium into three dimensional forms, layering variations on patterns, and adding an illusion of depth and life to otherwise flat forms. The detail in each piece is more intricate than her earlier work; this fragility contrasting with the inherent strength of the titanium from which it is made.

Sarah's colour palette too, has changed. Honey, bronze, rust and gold peek through silver surrounds. These leaves have fallen in Autumn, or perhaps they've been scorched by our hot summer sun.

Jewellery piece from Sarah Rothe's Emergence exhibition at Gray Street Workshop

emergence is the way complex systems and patterns arise out of a multiplicity of relatively simple interactions.

Sarah Rothe's Emergence is on now, and continues until October 30 at the Gray Street Workshop.
10 Sydney Place, Adelaide, SA, 5000.
Opening Hours:
Fri - Sat 11am - 5.30pm
Sun 11am - 4pm (or by appointment)

To view more of Sarah's designs, visit, or read her blog.

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