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2019 Designer in Residence

Contemporary Jeweler Phoebe Porter’s practice reflects more than twenty years of exploration of metal materiality and geometric form.

Porter has created an innovative combination of industrial materials such as stainless steel, titanium and aluminum with precious elements such as gold and silver. Porter’s work is testament to the resounding legacy of Bauhaus philosophy and design in Canberra today.

Porter remarks how her “exploitation of the properties of each material” allows her to create wearable and sculptural works which are “very fine yet very robust”. Porter’s oeuvre is characterized by Bauhaus and Constructivist design philosophies, which can be clearly observed in her dynamic abstract compositions.

Having graduated from the Gold and Silversmithing workshop at the ANU School of Art and Design in 2001, Porter was tutored by German-born Silversmith, Johannes Kuhnen and mentored by Australian jeweler, Blanche Tilden. Phoebe Porter was selected as the DESIGN Canberra 2019 Designer in Residence for her acute sensitivity to the materiality of metals and her celebration of the last century of modern and contemporary jewelry design.

Image artwork: Elements of Balance (2019) aluminium, titanium, 750 yellow gold

Photograph: Andrew Sikorski

2019 Designer in Residence
Photograph: Andrew Sikorski