Discreetly tucked away down a flight of stairs in Flinders Lane, gallery e.g.etal played host to Julia deVille‘s latest collection launch, titled ‘Can The Voices of the Living be Heard by the Dead’, with many of Melbourne’s art and jewellery fans hurrying down to get a glimpse of the stunning pieces.
The recently redecorated art space served as an excellent backdrop, letting the artists in residency’s pieces take centre stage, and cocktails provided by Hendricks Gin proved to be the perfect complement to the evening.
Artfully presented in delicate orbs and treasure chest-esque display cabinets, the collection was heavily inspired by the Memento Mori, or mourning jewellery of the 15th and 18th centuries worn by those commemorating the life of a departed loved one. The intention is to pass down the pieces as heirlooms, creating a tie between generations as the Nick Cave lyric titling the collection suggests.
The collection of rings, wrist wear, and necklaces all feature precious and semi-precious stones, intricately arranged, with just a touch of macabre through the inclusion of skulls, or aspects of Julia’s other venture, taxidermy. Stand out pieces, ‘The Other Shore’ ring, and one of deVille’s stunning pearl necklaces are perfect examples of the designer’s aesthetic – ornate, yet classic, and incredibly wearable.
If you want to experience the magic of the pieces for yourselves, Julia’s collection ‘Can The Voices of the Living be Heard by the Dead’ is available to purchase at e.g.etal, which you’ll find at 167 Flinders Lane in the CBD, and for more information on Julia’s art, visit her website at juliadeville.com.
Images courtesy of Meagan Harding and e.g.etal.