Researcher

Dr Zoe Veness

Fields of Research (FoR)

Crafts, Design practice and methods

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Biography

Zoe Veness is a designer working at the intersection of art and design. She is currently Director of Education at UNSW Art & Design.

She studied classical ballet at the Australian Ballet School in Melbourne followed by design at UNSW Art & Design attaining a PhD in 2015. Her practice-centred research specialises in contemporary jewellery and objects, and is informed by theories from craft, jewellery, psychoanalysis and anthropology. She is...view more

Zoe Veness is a designer working at the intersection of art and design. She is currently Director of Education at UNSW Art & Design.

She studied classical ballet at the Australian Ballet School in Melbourne followed by design at UNSW Art & Design attaining a PhD in 2015. Her practice-centred research specialises in contemporary jewellery and objects, and is informed by theories from craft, jewellery, psychoanalysis and anthropology. She is particularly interested in  explorations of movement within making practices and in relation to notions of place.

Veness has staged numerous solo exhibitions and curatorial projects and has participated in over 70 national and international group exhibitions. Recent projects include new work developed for the Australian Design Centre’s national touring exhibition Made/Worn: Contemporary Australian Jewellery (2020-2022), solo exhibitions The Stream of Time (2022) at Woollahra Gallery in Sydney and New Terrain in an Old World (2017) at Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre in Canberra, and curatorial projects Wayfaring at Studio XL-XS in Melbourne (2019) and Craft ACT in Canberra (2020), and Remanence (2017) at Domain House in Hobart for the Ten Days on the Island festival in Tasmania. Project outcomes can be viewed at zoeveness.com

She has been artist-in-residence at Arthur Boyd's Bundanon in NSW, Australia (2010) and at the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland (2006). Her work has been acquired by the Art Gallery of South Australia, Griffith Regional Art Gallery and the National Gallery of Australia. 

She supervises research students in the areas of contemporary craft and jewellery practice, jewellery history, object design and textiles design.

Previous to her role at UNSW Art & Design, she was Studio Coordinator of Object and 3D Design at the University of Tasmania, School of Creative Arts and Media in Hobart.

 

My Research Supervision


Supervision keywords


Areas of supervision

As a professional designer and maker for over 15 years and practice-centred researcher Zoe Veness has expertise in craft practice with specialised knowledge of the contemporary jewellery field. She locates her practice in the design domain utilising experimental, sustainable methods and modes of material enquiry. More recently her research interests focus on place-based approaches to object-making to explore methods of mapping and commemorating place through the lens of jewellery, display and adornment.

 


Currently supervising

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)

Caitlin Dubler, PhD, The geology of glass: Critical craft as a methodological approach revealing material durations (joint with Bianca Hester)

Julie Oliver, PhD, Social Jewels: Bridging the gap between museum collections and colonial jewellery narratives (joint with Kasia Jezowska)

Previous supervisions

Kyoko Hashimoto, MFA, Bioregional Bodies: Place-based making and experimental design practices in contemporary jewellery (joint with Katherine Moline)

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 Engagement

Zoe Veness' practice has been reviewed by writers from the fields of craft, art and design at local and national levels.

She has been invited to discuss her practice on radio including ABC Radio networks in NSW and Tasmania and has also participated in judging national and local design awards. 

Radio Interviews

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

Media Citations

Tracey Clement 'Artists use the language of jewellery to explore ideas', Art Guide, https://artguide.com.au/artists-use-the-language-of-jewellery-to-explore-ideas/ 15 July 2021

Chloe Wolifson 'The Language of Jewellery', Design Anthology Magazine - Australia, pp.71-74, 31 May 2021

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


My Teaching

Zoe Veness has an extensive history of teaching at tertiary level. At UNSW Art & Design she convenes and lectures in Object Design and Jewellery Design and previously in the Design Honours program. She is Academic Lead for the Bachelor of Design in the Faculty Program Review (2022) and has developed new Object Design courses in the Bachelor of Design program (2018-2019).

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