Worn and Weathered
Worn and Weathered was an exhibition coordinated by Andy Lowrie and Katie Stormonth for the Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Queensland (JMGQ) in 2016, held at the Queensland College of Art Webb Gallery. Andy collaborated with fellow Brisbane-based jeweller, Renata Fojtikova, to create four brooches referencing their individual representations of landscape. Renata looked to the ocean to draw inspiration for her sea-foam patterns, while Andy reinterpreted his Grasses brooches in a new material, wooden tourist objects from Estonia.
Working with finely rolled silver, impressed with grassy debris from a storm waterway close to a previous home, these pieces were an early exploration of landscapes embodying the natural and the man-made. The brooch, Dross, was selected for inclusion in Contemporary Wearables 2015, an Australian contemporary jewellery biennial exhibition.
Curio was selected for the 2015 Australian Silver and Metalwork Award at the Castlemaine Art Museum in Victoria, Australia.
Honours Graduate Work 2011
Andy Lowrie graduated from the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University with a Bachelor of Fine Art with Honours in 2011. His graduate work was a collection of objects crafted primarily in blackened copper and vitreous enamel using architectural and human motifs. The objects were fictive responses to funerary objects with decorative patternation adapted from tin and steel fixtures in the Queensland domestic exterior style. Motivation for the work came from a study of gothic narrative traditions in Australian art and craft.