Contemporary Jeweller Annie Gobel, draws heavily from reminiscences of her childhood. She celebrates the joy she found through play in this time as a way of overwriting and healing negative memories. Annie cites visual aspects of childhood playtime such as art and craft activities, line drawing and toy shapes as key influences on her intuitive working methods. These influences translate into her small geographical wearable sculptures. 

Craft is proud to highlight Annie’s work "Connected Lines" (image below) for the 2017 Craft Cubed Festival which is running from the 1–31 August 2017.

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To someone who has never seen your work: how would you describe what you make?

I create wearable artworks that explore aspects that are related to childhood times, particularly playtime. They are vibrant in colour and have geometric quality to it, obtained from toys. 

How important is the material aspect to your work?

I use liquid enamel to achieve colour, but what I find more important is that it allows me to mix my own colour. I find that mixing the colour itself is an act of play, which is part of my exploration in ‘playtime’.

What’s the significance of the handmade to you?

I grew up learning to appreciate the handmade, but it means more to me since I started making handmade work. I find that handmade works relate directly to the maker, from the original idea to the finished product.

How did your experience with FRESH! impact on you?

It was a confidence booster! It was a really good feeling to know that my works were acknowledged and it made me believe that I am right where I am. I have not stop making since then.

I remember I screamed the moment I received the email from Craft and replied it right away.

"Connected Lines". (2017). Annie Gobel. Mild steel, enamel, rubber. Photo by Disma Putra

"Connected Lines". (2017). Annie Gobel. Mild steel, enamel, rubber. Photo by Disma Putra

Who do you see as your peers? And how have these relationships manifest themselves in terms of your practice?

Fellow artists who have the same practice as me and maybe craft and contemporary jewellery galleries. I think they just keep me motivated and keep on making. 

Where do you see yourself in terms of culture and community?

I was born in Jakarta, Indonesia and I have spent over half of my life here, but I never feel less Indonesian.  

However, I feel that my practice fits best here in Melbourne. I find that the craft community here is very supportive and also accessible. 

What are some of the ethical considerations in your practice?

I try to recycle my materials as much as I can and use materials that are harmless to the environment.

How do you overcome creative obstacles?

When I’m out of ideas, I just keep looking for inspiration. It can be from other artists, my past works, a walk or simply looking through images on Pinterest and Instagram. One other thing is I just keep on making.

Best advice you’ve ever received?

If you’ve never tried it, then you’ll never know.