Fields of Research (FoR)Design, Crafts, Design history, theory and criticism
Zoe Veness is a designer/maker and researcher working at the intersection of art and design specialising in contemporary jewellery and objects. Her research draws from various, interrelated theories including psychoanalysis to explore relationships between jewellery, sculpture and the body; anthropology to examine thinking-making, craft and place-based making methods; and contemporary jewellery to investigate notions of adornment,...view more
Zoe Veness is a designer/maker and researcher working at the intersection of art and design specialising in contemporary jewellery and objects. Her research draws from various, interrelated theories including psychoanalysis to explore relationships between jewellery, sculpture and the body; anthropology to examine thinking-making, craft and place-based making methods; and contemporary jewellery to investigate notions of adornment, commemoration and material value.
Her work contributes to the contemporary jewellery field through an expanded approach to jewellery practice that is multidisciplinary incorporating sensibilities and processes from textiles, sculpture, architecture, photography and graphic design. Evolving over 15 years of research and experimentation, Veness’ self-devised and idiosyncratic methodologies valorise craft skill while questioning traditional readings of jewellery as valuable and ‘precious’ commodities due to the material’s rarity and monetary expense. Her work is recognised for illuminating beauty through everyday, ‘non-precious’ materials.
Veness has produced 10 solo exhibitions, curated 5 exhibition projects and participated in 72 national and international group exhibitions. Her work has been selected for prestigious international award exhibitions including Talente in Germany and Itami International Craft Exhibition in Japan, and acquired by the Art Gallery of South Australia, Griffith Regional Art Gallery and the National Gallery of Australia. She has been an artist-in-residence at Bundanon NSW and the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland.
Previous to Art & Design, Veness was Co-ordinator of Object Design at the University of Tasmania, School of Creative Arts and Media as well as the Design Lead for the new Bachelor of Design at UTAS.
My Research Supervision
Areas of supervision
As a professional designer/maker for over 15 years and practice-based researcher I have expertise in craft practice and thinking-making methodologies with specialised knowledge of the contemporary jewellery field. I locate my practice in the discipline of design as an object-maker utilising experimental methods and modes of material enquiry. More recently my research interests focus on place-based approaches to object-making to explore methods of mapping place and commemoration through the lens of jewellery.
Kyoko Hashimoto, MFA, Bioregional Bodies: Place-based making and experimental design practices in contemporary jewellery (joint with Katherine Moline)
Inoka Samarasekara, PhD, Acts of preservation and renewal: Remaking traditional forms of Sri Lankan jewellery impacted by colonisation and globalisation (joint with Katherine Moline)
Emma Peters, PhD, Designing new circular economy pathways for post-consumer textile waste in the interior textile industries (joint with Alison Gwilt)
Chloe Congdon, PhD, Healing, Reverie and Soma’Sensory Anchors: Designing objects of soft fascination to move from fight and flight, to flow and flourish (secondary with Emma Robertson)
Julie Oliver, MPhil, Hidden Jewellery Revealed: an exploration of social status through the Rouse Hill House jewellery collection, 1801 to 1924 (joint with Wendy Parker)
My practice has been reviewed by writers from the fields of craft, art and design at local and national levels. I have been invited to discuss my practice on radio including ABC Radio networks in NSW and Tasmania. I have also been invited as a professional designer/maker to judge national and local design awards.
Kia Handley ‘Made/Worn at Maitland Regional Art Gallery’, Newcastle mornings program, ABC Radio National, 11 February 2021
Dr Vincent O’Donnell, Arts Alive, Community Radio Network, 24 October 2020
Neil Doody ‘Wayfaring at Craft ACT’ Monday Arts Café, Art Sound FM, 30 March 2020
Chris Wisbey, ABC Radio Hobart, 28 July 2016
Kay Harrison ‘Scribbly gums and sublime peaks: jewellery that speaks to place and finding your own path’ UNSW Newsroom, 1 October 2020
Tracey Clement ‘More than metal & gems’ Driven Magazine no. 3, pp.18-23, 2009
Margaret Farmer ‘The Beautiful Alchemist’ COFA Magazine no.19, p.38, 2007
Margot Osborne ‘Zoe Veness: Beauty and Alchemy’ COFA Magazine no. 10, p.12, 2004
Jack Cunningham ‘Metamorphosis – Emerging Sydney’ by Jack Cunningham, Crafts Arts International no. 59, p.107, 2003
Jo Litson ‘Craft Masters in demand for Munich’ The Australian, 15 March, p.19, 2002
Judging of Contemporary Jewellery and Design awards
National Contemporary Jewellery Award, Griffith Regional Art Gallery, NSW, 27 November 2020
10th Design Tasmania Award, Hobart, Tasmania, 9 November 2017
Hobart Town Hall 150 Design Award, Hobart, Tasmania, 8 December 2016
I am currently Director of Education at Art & Design. I convene and lecture in Jewellery Design and Object Design and previously lectured in the Design Honours program. From 2018-2020 I developed new curriculum for the Object Design disciplinary specialisation in the Bachelor of Design program.