Linda Hughes is an established jewellery maker working in Melbourne. Hughes' ongoing obsession with signage, stripes and the street is explored through the production of wearable works that reference the different ways in which we use and decipher the stripe in urban street-scapes. Her new exhibition STRIPED INFERENCE opens August 26 at Collins Place Gallery, and is part of both Craft Cubed Festival and Radiant Pavillion. In this exhibition Hughes reveals a deeper investigation into the political and societal settings of the stripe in Western Painting via hidden meanings and cultural mores that move between playful, fashionable and symbols of alienation. STRIPED INFERENCE also acts as a mini retrospective showcasing both her PhD alongside a new collection of works not to be missed.



What is the premise for your exhibition at Craft this August?

My work is conceptually-based from research investigating the stripe acting as a substitute motif in historic paintings. Stripes were rare in the Renaissance and may have a specific connotation, for example, a striped uniform may represent authority or clown.

Why is the handmade important to you?

Handmade objects are a revelation to me in their ability to carry meaning, materialising ideas both from the maker’s intentions and audience’s reception. Most of all I relish artworks which are technically well-made and quirky.

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What was the best advice you’ve ever been given?

It isn’t necessary to climb to the top of a mountain to observe a view (painter Myra Skipper 1919-1994). I’m indebted to many gifted jewellery mentors such as Sarah Ross, Rian de Jong and goldsmith Robert Baines whose advice I revisit when at my workbench.

What music are you listening to at the moment?

John Legend, John Mayer, Wayne Shorter, Bruno Mars

Where do you go in Melbourne for inspiration?

Jewellery exhibitions and ACCA; I can still recall a vibrant image of Wolfgang Laib’s pollen installation


26 August – 16 September
Mon–Fri 11am–6pm, Sat 10am–5pm

Opening: Sat 26 August, 5-7pm
Artist Talk: Sat 2 September, 12pm

Read more about earlier exhibitions at Craft here