Beverly Meldrum

Beverly Meldrum — Kelp Necklace, 2020 - RECIPIENT - $1000 Encouragement Award


RECIPIENT: $1,000 | Encouragement Award

Supported by The Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society (Yarra).

"This work draws on our connections between land and water. The chain represents the froth of the waves, the kelp and the ghostnet speak to those things washed along the shoreline. I harvest the kelp from the Mornington Peninsula, washing away the salt and anything else . Working with kelp is very special, I left the kelp guide how I am to work with it. I'm led by its form, the natural holes created over time. The scarring from where it's been eaten away, this is all part of honouring the material." - Beverly Meldrum


Beverley Meldrum is a multidisciplinary artist and descendant of the Wirangu/Kokatha Peoples of South Australia, currently living and working on Boon Wurrung Country. Isnpired by a feeling of spiritual kinship with the ocean, Meldrum engages a wide variety of mediums including ceramics, timber, stone and kelp to create her works.  


Established by Craft Victoria in 2015, the Victorian Craft Awards is a biennial event presenting and celebrating excellence in contemporary craft practice. The Awards showcase exceptional works utilising craft skills, processes and materials and include emerging, mid-career and established craftspeople from across Victoria.  

The Finalists.

Adam Markowitz & Oliver Tanner, Alexsandra Pontonio, Amanda Ho, Ana Petidis, Anke Kindle, Anna Davern, Anton Gerner, Australian Tapestry Workshop & Troy Emery, Beverley Meldrum, Blanche Tilden, Cara Johnson, Cassie Leatham, Christopher Plumridge, Damien Wright & Bonhula Yunupingu, Danielle Thiris, Darren Healey, Ema Shin, Grace Brown, Holly Grace. Iluka Sax-Williams, James Lemon, Jane Sawyer, Jenna Lee, Jennifer Conroy-Smith, Jessie French, Jin Ah Jo, Jo Hawley, Juanita Mulholland, Katherine Hubble, Katrina Tyler, Kirby Bourke (Two Lines Studio), Kirsten Haydon, Kristin Burgham, Lee Darroch, Lindy McSwan, Lisa Waup, Liv Boyle, Louise Meuwissen & Ebony Russell, Marcos Guzman, Mechelle Shooter, Michaela Pegum, Michelle Stewart, Narelle White, Nicole Polentas, Prue Venables, Roseanne Bartley, Samuel Burns, Sara Lindsay, Shimara Carlow, Sophia Cai, Thomas Lentini, Timothy Gresham, Timothy White, Troy Emery & Daniel Poole, Vicki Mason, Yi Jen Chu, Zhu Ohmu.


Materials: kelp, ghostnet, handmade chain with brass

Dimensions: approx. 34cm x 16cm x 3cm

Photography: Annika Kafcaloudis

Read more about the Victoria Craft Awards and this years judging panel here

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