Welfe Bowyer exhibits a wide-ranging series of kindred works made during the first year of his son’s life: the artist’s first year as a father. Titled I’m so tired, but I love you, this new collection of jewellery was inspired by watching his young son develop the skills to understand and interact with the images and forms surrounding him.
Through this work, Bowyer explores the simple instinctual actions of a child: stacking, hammering, destroying, grasping, and squashing. Utilising found objects from both his own childhood and his son’s, Bowyer intersplices wood, cardboard, rubber, plastic and steel with his more traditional palette of bronze, silver, gold, gems and pearls. The resulting jewellery pieces are playful, colourful, yet deeply personal. Interconnected with fragments of his own childhood memories, Welfe presents a wonderland of intriguing and wearable objects that speak to our intuitive desire to re-connect with our inner child.
Welfe’s designs are like lost heirlooms, something created centuries ago, now re-discovered. Their eroded forms allude to intricately designed geometries from an alternate history.
Originally from Wales, Welfe grew up in New Zealand from a young age, where he eventually studied Architecture. Since then he has always been interested in studying and designing in three dimensions. Welfe moved to Melbourne in 2009 where he simultaneously began experimenting with jewellery design while working in Architecture. Predominantly a self taught jeweller and obsessed with texture and materiality, jewellery allowed him the perfect medium with which to conceptualise, experiment and create on a scale different to that of architecture. He now spends time sourcing local materials such as gemstones from suppliers around Australia.