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PostSubject: Nicole Jakins - 'Purple Shoes'   Wed Feb 10, 2010 2:09 pm

From 'Art Buzz' Column By Faye Pini.
Ph 0434 356 362 or Email cooktownart@bigpond.com

For Wednesday December 23rd 2009

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Nicole Jakins moved to Cooktown six months ago to practice as a professional artist. Having stepped away from the profession of art gallery director at the prestigious Stanthorpe Regional Gallery two years ago, Nicole now creates from her temporary eco-studio in the Cook Shire.

In this bushland setting she has a quiet workspace for her journey of self-discovery. Nicole is able to construct unique sculptural body adornments with inspiration coming from the seedpods and fruits found in the area.

Nicole has recently been awarded a Regional Arts Development Fund grant to carry out field trips to some of Cooktowns incredibly bio-diverse National Parks, taking photograph's and sketching botanic specimens. This will lead to a public arts project titled 'Tropical Splendor' which includes an extensive sculptural and jewellery exhibition. Nicole says that the project will appeal to a wide audience of not only art-lovers, but also bush walkers, gardeners, field naturalists, and those interested in environmental conservation, and that it is an opportunity to further promote the biodiversity of the Cook Shire’s national parks.

As a member the Cooktown School of Art Society and Elizabeth Guzsely Gallery, Nicole is an invaluable source of knowledge on curatorial and gallery management.

Nicole's identity 'Purple Shoes' at her Web Site roughly translates to 'spiritual journey'. The web site showcases some of her finds and creations of jewellery and sculpture.

If you see someone walking around town wearing purple shoes say hello!

A recent work titled 'A Walk in the Park' was a finalist for the Contemporary Wearables Art Prize 2009, hosted by Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery. After finding reference material on fleas, Nicole first made a sculptural model out of aluminium sheeting. She then had to take the model apart and use the shapes as templates for cutting out the final copper pieces. Each piece was then cold formed, drilled and riveted together with sterling silver wire. A few weeks later, bruised fingers and much less tolerance...one giant flea.
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