Work by Vaune Mason.
Vaune Mason's “PLAY,” is an exhibition of contemporary jewellery and unusual jewellery boxes.
The largest piece, a rabbit-like creature, made from antique fox-fur with exquisite wooden hands that reach out and clasp together is titled: Reynard Rabbit.
Mason, explains that her creatures, or “homes,” are jewellery boxes, but unlike any you have seen before. Not all the jewellery is hidden away – Reynard Rabbit simply holds the jewellery, like a tableau in a fairytale story. Another hides the curious treasures inside its furry body.
Mason says that her years working as a storyteller for children inform her work. “As children we see life in our toys, we create worlds and give them life in our imagination, this creativity is precious”.
She also enjoys using materials that are not often thought of as valuable, commonly using copper, antique lenses and furs, and enclosing fragile or loose items like tiny antique watch parts in glass vials. Mason says this is partly because of a long term love affair with “old neglected stuff” and also from a desire to bring a perceived value to recycling in adornment. “It is part of my “play” to transform unappreciated things, to bring them to life in a new way.”
Mason is passionate about her work, and she encourages people to look at her work and enjoy whatever they see in it. Rather than looking for complex conceptual ideas: art in jewellery should be about an interactive relationship - between the wearer and the work.