Victorian Craft Awards

Liv Boyle — 'Highs and Lows Necklace', 2020

A mourning wreath for the Pacific Ocean, Highs and Lows acknowledges traditional custodians living with rising tides, and marine ecosystems inundated with plastic waste. This collaboration weaves together shared experiences of eco-grief arising from fieldwork across the arts and science.

Aotearoa artist Liv Boyle resides in Naarm/Melbourne, working across contemporary jewellery, objects, and installation sculpture. Her practice is concerned with nature on the periphery - tidelines, accumulation points, and signifiers. Observations play out through soft interventions and environmental exchanges, while collaboration underpins her research-based approach.

Dr. Jennifer Lavers is a Research Scientist at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, with expertise in seabirds, and plastic pollution. In 2017, her research on Henderson Island made global headlines after shining a light on huge quantities of plastic debris accumulating on remote, uninhabited islands.


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:  Nylon fishing braid [collected by Lavers on Henderson Island], fine silver, verdigris copper, 18ct gold

Dimensions: 99cm x 5cm x 5cm 

Photography: Fred Kroh

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

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