Melbourne jewellery designer and sculptor Hamish Munro has a knack for turning the unexpected into the wearable. Binding, wrapping, cutting and fusing everything from hand-dyed rope to silver and leather, he uses odd pairings of materials to form eclectic pieces that are full of character. Taking a new turn, Munro launches his first solo exhibition this week with a collection focused on just one medium: the humble balloon.
When the exhibition’s namesake, Michael Faraday, invented the rubber moulding balloon in 1824, he also created a form of performance art that has been blown-up and twisted into many surprising shapes since. Munro’s latest work takes the balloon on a different journey.
Aptly titled Binding Faraday, the exhibition features a range of jewellery and sculpture created via balloons in their airless state. The result is an explosion of colour, made even more vibrant by the matte rubber material it is cast from. Every piece is intricate in its own way, with Munro manipulating balloons into strands and individual links that form deliciously chunky chains.
Munro is just as much an artist as he is a jewellery designer, having studied sculpture at the VCA after launching his label at just 18 years of age. The exhibition combines both disciplines, so expect to see jewellery sitting alongside a larger window installation that will brighten up Russell Place until the end of July.
Binding Faraday shows at Pieces of Eight Gallery from Tuesday June 26 until Saturday July 28.