Dr Zoe   Veness
Lecturer

Dr Zoe Veness

Arts,Design & Architecture
School of Art & Design

Zoe Veness is a designer/maker and researcher working at the intersection of art and design specialising in contemporary jewellery and objects. Her research draws from interrelated theories including psychoanalysis to explore relationships between objects and the body; anthropology to examine material-making, craft practice and place-based making methods; and contemporary jewellery to investigate notions of adornment, commemoration and material value.

Her work contributes to the contemporary jewellery field through an expanded approach to jewellery practice that is multidisciplinary incorporating sensibilities and processes from textiles, sculpture, architecture, photography and graphic design. Evolving over 15 years of research and experimentation, Veness’ self-devised and idiosyncratic methodologies valorise craft skill while questioning traditional readings of jewellery as valuable and ‘precious’ commodities due to the material’s rarity and monetary expense. Her work is recognised for illuminating beauty through everyday, ‘non-precious’ materials.

Veness has produced 10 solo exhibitions, co-curated 5 exhibition projects and participated in 72 national and international group exhibitions. Her work has been selected for prestigious international award exhibitions including Talente in Germany and Itami International Craft Exhibition in Japan, and acquired by the Art Gallery of South Australia, Griffith Regional Art Gallery and the National Gallery of Australia. She has been an artist-in-residence at Bundanon NSW (2010) and the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland (2006). 

Veness is currently Director of Education at the School of Art & Design and convenor of Object Design courses. Previous to Art & Design, Veness was Co-ordinator of Object Design at the University of Tasmania, School of Creative Arts and Media, and the Design Lead for the new Bachelor of Design at UTAS. 

 

Publications

  • Creative Works (non-textual) | 2020
    Dr Zoe Veness
    Veness Z, 2020, Waiting, Design Isolate 2020, Design | Isolate Exhibition, Australian Design Centre, 26 November 2020 - 27 January 2021, medium: journal and contemporary jewellery, at: https://australiandesigncentre.com/object-digital/design-isolate/zoe-veness/
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2020
    Dr Zoe Veness
    Veness Z, 2020, The Return Loop 2020, Made/Worn: Australian Contemporary Jewellery, Australian Design Centre and national tour, 30 June 2020 - 03 July 2022, medium: Contemporary Jewellery, at: https://australiandesigncentre.com/madeworncontemporaryjewellery/
    Creative Written Works | 2020
    Dr Zoe Veness
    Veness Z, 2020, New Terrain in an Old World, Frangipani: Garland Compendium Three 2020, Frangipani: Garland Compendium Three, Murray K, (ed.), Blurb Incorporated
    Curatorial Outputs | 2020
    Dr Zoe Veness
    Veness Z; Stubbs S; Dower B; Lindsay S, 2020, Wayfaring 2020, exhibited at: Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre, Canberra, 26 March 2020 - 09 May 2020, https://craftact.org.au/collections/wayfaring
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2019
    Dr Zoe Veness
    Veness Z, 2019, A Landscape of Our Making: Rose Petal Pins 2019 for Picturesque, Picturesque, JamFactory at Seppeltsfield, South Australia, 29 November 2019 - 09 February 2020, medium: A series of 28 lapel pins; copper, brass, sterling silver; 35 x 25 x 10 mm each, at: https://www.jamfactory.com.au/marmalade/2019/8/8/exhibition-insight-picturesque
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2019
    Dr Zoe Veness
    Veness Z, 2019, Wayfaring 2019, Wayfaring 2019, studio xl_xs, Melbourne, 13 September 2019 - 15 September 2019, medium: A series of nine hand-fabricated containers in copper, brass and sterling silver, at: http://www.radiantpavilion.com.au/wayfaring.html
    Creative Written Works | 2019
    Dr Zoe Veness
    Veness Z, 2019, Wayfaring, Garland Magazine, Murray K, (ed.), Garland Magazine, World Crafts Council - Australia, World Crafts Council, https://garlandmag.com/loop/zoe-veness/
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2019
    Dr Zoe Veness
    Veness Z; Veness S, 2019, Affinity 2019, Affinity, Stacks Projects, Sydney, 25 July 2019 - 11 August 2019, medium: Affinity exhibition (joint) including collaborative series of contemporary jewellery designs, at: http://www.stacksprojects.com/affinity.html
    Curatorial Outputs | 2018
    Dr Zoe Veness
    Veness Z; Young M, 2018, Thinking through making: new strategies in design education and research, exhibited at: UNSW AD Space, Sydney, 09 October 2018 - 13 October 2018, https://www.sydneycraftweek.com/events/thinking-through-making-new-strategies-design-education-and-research/
    Conference Presentations | 2018
    Dr Zoe Veness
    Hogan J; Veness ZJ; Jones S; Hughes P, 2018, 'Reparation: Three points of contact', presented at Australian Consortium of Humanities Research Centres: Humanities in the Regions 2018, Launceston Tasmania, 10 May 2018 - 11 May 2018, http://www.utas.edu.au/humanities/events/event/2018/may/humanities-in-the-regions-collaborating-with-collecting-and-cultural-institutions
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2017
    Dr Zoe Veness
    Veness ZJ, 2017, New Terrain in an Old World - Solo Exhibition, New Terrain in an Old World, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre, Canberra, 16 November 2017 - 16 December 2017, at: https://craftact.org.au/blogs/past-exhibitions/folding-space-holding-time
    Conference Papers | 2017
    Dr Zoe Veness
    Juliff T; Keating MJ; Norrie H; Veness ZJ; Kratz SJ, 2017, 'Praxis Now: Frayling's 'Research in Art and Design' 24 years on', in ACUADS Conference 2017, Australian Council of University Art & Design Schools, Australian National University School of Art & Design Canberra, presented at Australian Council of University Art & Design Schools, Australian National University School of Art & Design Canberra, 28 September 2017 - 29 September 2017, http://acuads.com.au/conference/article/praxis-now-fraylings-research-in-art-and-design-24-years-on/
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2017
    Dr Zoe Veness
    Veness ZJ, 2017, A Grand Collar - New Work for Radiant Pavilion Biennial, Urban-A-Wear-Ness, RMIT University, Bowen Lane, Melbourne, 02 September 2017 - 02 September 2017, at: http://www.radiantpavilion.com.au/urban-andashwearndashness.html
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2017
    Dr Zoe Veness
    Veness ZJ; Jones SL, 2017, The Posterzine Project - New Work for Radiant Pavilion Biennial, The Posterzine Project, Studio Ingot Melbourne, 26 August 2017 - 02 September 2017, medium: Poster and Catalogue (Print), at: http://www.radiantpavilion.com.au/the-posterzine-project.html
    Conference Presentations | 2017
    Dr Zoe Veness
    Fountain WG; Veness ZJ; Kratz SJ; Wise CJE; Jones SL, 2017, 'Preparing to co-design new design education for Tasmania, 'design island'', presented at Cumulus Redo, Kolding Design School Denmark, 30 May 2017 - 02 June 2017, https://issuu.com/designskolen_kolding/docs/a4_redo_samlet
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2017
    Dr Zoe Veness
    Veness ZJ, 2017, Remanence - New Work for Ten Days on the Island Festival, Remanence for Ten Days on the Island, Tasmania, Domain House, Hobart, Tasmania, 17 March 2017 - 26 March 2017
    Conference Papers | 2016
    Dr Zoe Veness
    Veness ZJ; Tieu B, 2016, 'Poetic Dimensions: Jewellery Conversations about Design Process', in Poetic Dimensions: Jewellery Conversations about Design Process, ICDHS The International Conference on Design History and Design Studies: Making Trans/national Contemporary Design History, Taipei, presented at ICDHS The International Conference on Design History and Design Studies: Making Trans/national Contemporary Design History, Taipei, 26 October 2016 - 28 October 2016, https://www.facebook.com/ICDHS2016Taipei/
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2016
    Dr Zoe Veness
    Veness ZJ, 2016, Double Loop: Grey - Exhibition Finalist National Contemporary Jewellery Award, National Contemporary Jewellery Award 2016, Griffith Regional Art Gallery, 13 August 2016 - 27 August 2016, at: https://www.facebook.com/events/166207797136507/
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2015
    Dr Zoe Veness
    Veness ZJ, 2015, Autonomous Jewellery - Solo Exhibition, Autonomous Jewellery, Studio 20/17 Contemporary Jewellery Sydney, 20 October 2015 - 07 November 2015, at: https://www.facebook.com/events/955174571220172/
    Conference Papers | 2015
    Dr Zoe Veness
    Veness ZJ, 2015, 'To make an end is to make a beginning', in To make an end is to make a beginning, edgesbordersgaps: 16th Jewellery and Metalsmiths Group of Australia conference, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney, presented at edgesbordersgaps: 16th Jewellery and Metalsmiths Group of Australia conference, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney, 11 July 2015 - 12 July 2015, http://www.edgesbordersgaps.com.au/%20%20http://www.edgesbordersgaps.com.au/abstracts1.html
    Theses / Dissertations | 2015
    Dr Zoe Veness
    Veness ZJ, 2015, Towards Autonomous Jewellery: Examining the loop between jewellery and the body through a sculptural dimension
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2014
    Dr Zoe Veness
    Veness ZJ, 2014, To make an end is to make a beginning - Solo Exhibition, To make an end is to make a beginning, ADSpace UNSW Art & Design, 03 November 2014 - 07 November 2014
    Conference Papers | 2012
    Dr Zoe Veness
    Veness ZJ, 2012, 'Holding time: An analysis of jewellery making', in Holding time: An analysis of jewellery making, Making: An International Conference on Materiality and Knowledge, Notodden, Norway, presented at Making: An International Conference on Materiality and Knowledge, Notodden, Norway, 24 September 2012 - 27 September 2012, http://making.nordfo.org/
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2006
    Dr Zoe Veness
    Veness ZJ, 2006, Mathematical Beauty - Solo Exhibition, Mathematical Beauty, Australian Design Centre (formerly Object: Australian Centre for Craft and Design), 11 November 2006 - 07 January 2007, at: http://www.liveguide.com.au/Events/451457/Zo_Jay_Veness_Mathematical_Beauty/Zo_Jay_Veness_Mathematical_Beauty
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2005
    Dr Zoe Veness
    Veness ZJ, 2005, The Infinite Fold - Solo Exhibition, The Infinite Fold, JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design, 13 August 2005 - 31 August 2005
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2005
    Dr Zoe Veness
    Veness ZJ, 2005, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8... - Solo Exhibition, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8..., Two Cubed, Sherman Galleries, 13 August 2005 - 31 August 2005, at: http://shermangalleries.sherman-scaf.org.au/exhibitions/twocubes.asp.html
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2004
    Dr Zoe Veness
    Veness ZJ, 2004, Alchemical Analogies - Solo Exhibition, Alchemical Analogies, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, 10 February 2004 - 14 February 2004

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