Dr Karin Findeis

BFA (UNSW) MVA (Sydney) DCA (UWS) GradDipArtAdmin (UNSW)
Lecturer, Jewellery & Object

N01P - Sydney College Of The Arts - Rozelle - (Kirkbride)
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 1072
Fax +61 2 9351 1199

Website Karin Findeis

Biographical details

Karin has been making jewellery since 1986 and has exhibited in Australia and internationally since 1988. She was born in Newcastle, a first-generation Australian of German heritage, and moved to Sydney to go to art school. Since then she has balanced her making with travelling and teaching. Her practice has been guided by interests in photography, language, material culture, collecting and museology. Her travels have included extended stays in Paris and Amsterdam, where she studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie with Onno Boekhoudt, Marion Herbst and Ruudt Peters. After 8 years in Amsterdam she returned to Sydney to complete her Masters degree under Margaret West at SCA, satisfying an interest in bringing together writing and making.

As well as making, Karin also curates and occasionally writes about jewellery. In 2010 she presented By Example, an exhibition of contemporary Australian jewellery commissioned by the Museum of Arts and Crafts Itami, Japan.

She has received support for her activities from organisations such as the Australia Council, the Australia China Council, Arts NSW, the Australia-Japan Foundation and Visions of Australia.

Since 1988 Karin has been a member of the Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia-NSW and since 2007 has held the position of Chair. In 2006 she was the curator and coordinator of on Location: making stories, the 12th international conference of the Jewellers & Metalsmiths Group of Australia, held in Sydney.

In 2008 Karin was recently awarded her doctorate from the University of Western Sydney with the exhibition samples at the Macleay Museum, and with a thesis entitled Locating Author Jewellery: a taxonomy of contemporary objects.

Research interests

Karin is a producer of ‘bijoux’, jewellery that plays in the spaces between our experiences of the body and the world. She is interested in the way jewellery, and other personal objects, link us as individuals with the rest of the world. The intimacy and portability of jewellery play an important role in this connection. Her ideas explore the philosophical presence of jewellery through addressing the notions of transience, perception, memory and collecting. Many of these ideas have their origins in her early studies in photography, and more recently a major source of interest has been the Enlightenment, where the acquisition of knowledge lay in the objects that were collected. Within this process she thinks of her work as fragments and remnants; as visual narratives that have evolved from the origins of history, culture, and curious fascinations.

Teaching and supervision

Angela Porritt, MFA

Gilbert Riedelbauch, PhD

Associations

Jewellers & Metalsmiths Group of Australia, NSW Chair, 2007–13
Jewellers & Metalsmiths Group of Australia, NSW, Secretary, 2006–07

Awards and honours

2009: Australian Japan Foundation, By Example (catalogue publication)
2009: University of Sydney, Research Support Grant, Awkward Objects Symposium
2008: Australia Council for the Arts, Presentation and Promotion, By Example: Australian Jewellery
2007: Australia China Council, Residency Project, Once upon a time … jewellery from Sydney and Beijing
2007: Australia China Council, Beijing
2006: Visions Australia, Department of Communications, Training and the Arts, Luminaries National Exhibition Tour
2005: Australian Postgraduate Award, UWS Doctoral Studies
2005: Australia Council for the Arts, New Work Grant
2004: Arts NSW, Luminaries: new work by leading contemporary jewellers
2003: Australia Council for the Arts, Skills and Arts Development Grant
Residency: Amsterdam/St Petersburg

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2007

  • Once upon a time; Findeis K; DFAT/Research Grant.

2006

  • communis-domus-derma; Findeis K; Australia Council for the Arts/New Work Grant.
  • Luminaries National Exhibition Tour; Findeis K; Department of Communications, Information Technology & the Arts (CITA)/Research Grant.

2005

  • Luminaries: new work by leading contemporary jewellers; Findeis K; Arts NSW/New Work Grant.
  • Australian Postgraduate Award; Findeis K; University of Western Sydney/Australian Postgraduate Award.
  • Postgraduate Top-up Award; Findeis K; University of Western Sydney/Postgraduate Top-up Award.
  • Change: 25 year survey Ruudt Peters; Findeis K; Mondriaan Foundation/International Presentation Fund.

2004

  • Challenging Craft - Overseas Travel Grant; Findeis K; University of Sydney/International Travel Grant.
  • Russia & the Netherlands research project; Findeis K; Australia Council for the Arts/Skills & Arts Development Grant.
  • On Location: Making Stories; Findeis K; Australia Council for the Arts/Presentation & Promotion Grant.

2003

  • Postgraduate Research Support Scholarship; Findeis K; University of Sydney/Postgraduate Research Support Scheme Grant.

2002

  • Something to Write Home About; Bucana C, Nowlan C, Pursey J, Findeis K; Museums & Galleries Foundation NETS/Exhibition Development Grant.

Selected publications & creative works

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Book Chapters

  • Findeis, K. (2005). We Are What We Eat: Consuming the Object. In Robert Baines & Sophia Errey (Eds.), 11th Biennial JMGA International Conference Inherited Futures-Technologies To Trap Ideas, (pp. 127-130). Melbourne, VIC: RMIT University Press.

Conferences

  • Findeis, K. (2003). Collecting the Peripheres: the dialectic of object and function in the museum. Uncover 2003, Sydney: Australian Museum Audience Research Centre.

Visual Art

  • Findeis, K. (2012). 1. 1/20 (coral rose) 2. 1/20 (plug) 3. 2/20 (crumbs) 4. 2/20 (cannon ball) 5. 4/20 (duo) 6. 3/20 (bluebottle) 7. 5/20 (nest). In: Once More With Love. Studio 20/17, Sydney, Australia.
  • Findeis, K. (2011). 1. Dirk: Moorhen (Wildlife). In: Winter Neckpieces. Studio 2017 - Contemporary Jewellery and Objects, Waterloo, Australia.
  • Findeis, K. (2011). 1. fly fly [Rozelle] 2. still artichoke [Tuanjiehu] (weed) 3. caustic creeper (weed) 4. Skeleton [dandelion: Waverley Cemetery] (weed) 5. Mutinus caninus (weed) 6. Yellow Eclipse 7. Worth his weight (Chinese Whispers). In: Words and Things. Studio 2017 - Contemporary jewellery and objects, Sydney, Australia.
  • Guy, J., Findeis, K. (2011). 1. Spoonerisms. In: Utility Our House: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed. Sydney College of the Arts, Rozelle, Australia.
  • Findeis, K. (2011). Flora burbidgeae. In: Tinker Tailor Solider Sailor, 100 Women 100 Brooches, 100 Stories, ce. Gallery Artisan, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Findeis, K. (2009). 1. Entomoids. In: sampler. Craft Victoria. Gallery 3, Craft Victoria, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Findeis, K. (2008). Samples (a taxonomy of objects). Macleay Museum, The University of Sydney. Macleay Museum, Sydney, Australia.
  • Findeis, K. (2007). 1. Miracles I (Clovelly) 2. Miracles II (Clovelly) 3. Miracles III (Clovelly) 4. Miracles IV (Clovelly) 5. Miracles IV (Clovelly). In: Once Upon a Time.. SCA Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Findeis, K. (2006). 1. untitled (tangerine dream) 2. untitled (wild musk) 3. untitled (blueberry flush) 4. untitled (citrus drops) 5. untitled (fresh). In: Maiden Voyage. Gaffa Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Findeis, K. (2005). 1. Untitled (buttercup) ring 2. Untitled (pearl), brooch (2 balls) 3. Untitled (rosaceous), brooch 4. Untitled (primrose) brooch (1 ball). In: Confluence. Pyrmont Studios Gallery JMGA NSW inc. Pyrmont Studios Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Findeis, K. (2005). Soft bits. In: (some)place in place. Object Galley. Object Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Findeis, K. (2004). Souvenir (cosies) collection 1. Mini-hood I 2. Mini-hood II 3. impress 4. chitterling 5. wrap 6. collaret. In: Sample. eg.etal. eg. etal, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Findeis, K. (2003). 1. sigil 2. tracery 3. buhl. In: Contemporary Wearables. Toowoomba Regional Gallery, Toowoomba, Australia.
  • Findeis, K. (2003). Magic Lanterns Collection: 1. ceiling rose: Gold Marie, Pink Blush and Red Imp 2. wish you were here: bricks and Dutch Drawers 3. zoetrope. In: Something to write home about. Sir Hermann Black Gallery. Sir Hermann Black Gallery and Sculpture Terrace, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.
  • Findeis, K. (2003). Storage 1. Buhl 2. Vanity 3. Cartouche 4. Gorget 5. Sigil 6. Pocket 7. Tracery 8. Sheath 9. Etui 10. Chaplet. In: Metal Element VI. Quadrivium, Sydney, Australia.

Textual Creative Works

  • Findeis, K. (2008). Samples and Other Collections, (pp. 1 - 76). Sydney, Australia: Karin Findeis.

Exhibitions / Events

  • Findeis, K., Lander, B. (2010). By example: Australian contemporary jewellery. Itami, Japan: The Museum of Arts & Crafts ITAMI.
  • Findeis, K. (2009). Awkward Objects Symposium. Sydney, Australia: Sydney College of the Arts.
  • Findeis, K. (2009). Utility: Unbearable. SCA Galleries, Sydney, Australia: Sydney College of the Arts.
  • Findeis, K., Fei, T. (2007). Once Upon a Time.. SCA Gallery, and CAFA Gallery, China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Sydney and Beijing, Australia: Sydney College of the Arts and the China Central Academy of Fine Arts.
  • Findeis, K. (2006). On location - making stories: siting, citing, sighting. The Powerhouse Museum, Sydney College of the Arts, Wallace Theatre, Sydney, Australia: Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia - NSW Inc.

2012

  • Findeis, K. (2012). 1. 1/20 (coral rose) 2. 1/20 (plug) 3. 2/20 (crumbs) 4. 2/20 (cannon ball) 5. 4/20 (duo) 6. 3/20 (bluebottle) 7. 5/20 (nest). In: Once More With Love. Studio 20/17, Sydney, Australia.

2011

  • Findeis, K. (2011). 1. Dirk: Moorhen (Wildlife). In: Winter Neckpieces. Studio 2017 - Contemporary Jewellery and Objects, Waterloo, Australia.
  • Findeis, K. (2011). 1. fly fly [Rozelle] 2. still artichoke [Tuanjiehu] (weed) 3. caustic creeper (weed) 4. Skeleton [dandelion: Waverley Cemetery] (weed) 5. Mutinus caninus (weed) 6. Yellow Eclipse 7. Worth his weight (Chinese Whispers). In: Words and Things. Studio 2017 - Contemporary jewellery and objects, Sydney, Australia.
  • Guy, J., Findeis, K. (2011). 1. Spoonerisms. In: Utility Our House: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed. Sydney College of the Arts, Rozelle, Australia.
  • Findeis, K. (2011). Flora burbidgeae. In: Tinker Tailor Solider Sailor, 100 Women 100 Brooches, 100 Stories, ce. Gallery Artisan, Brisbane, Australia.

2010

  • Findeis, K., Lander, B. (2010). By example: Australian contemporary jewellery. Itami, Japan: The Museum of Arts & Crafts ITAMI.

2009

  • Findeis, K. (2009). 1. Entomoids. In: sampler. Craft Victoria. Gallery 3, Craft Victoria, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Findeis, K. (2009). Awkward Objects Symposium. Sydney, Australia: Sydney College of the Arts.
  • Findeis, K. (2009). Utility: Unbearable. SCA Galleries, Sydney, Australia: Sydney College of the Arts.

2008

  • Findeis, K. (2008). Samples and Other Collections, (pp. 1 - 76). Sydney, Australia: Karin Findeis.
  • Findeis, K. (2008). Samples (a taxonomy of objects). Macleay Museum, The University of Sydney. Macleay Museum, Sydney, Australia.

2007

  • Findeis, K. (2007). 1. Miracles I (Clovelly) 2. Miracles II (Clovelly) 3. Miracles III (Clovelly) 4. Miracles IV (Clovelly) 5. Miracles IV (Clovelly). In: Once Upon a Time.. SCA Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Findeis, K., Fei, T. (2007). Once Upon a Time.. SCA Gallery, and CAFA Gallery, China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Sydney and Beijing, Australia: Sydney College of the Arts and the China Central Academy of Fine Arts.

2006

  • Findeis, K. (2006). 1. untitled (tangerine dream) 2. untitled (wild musk) 3. untitled (blueberry flush) 4. untitled (citrus drops) 5. untitled (fresh). In: Maiden Voyage. Gaffa Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Findeis, K. (2006). On location - making stories: siting, citing, sighting. The Powerhouse Museum, Sydney College of the Arts, Wallace Theatre, Sydney, Australia: Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia - NSW Inc.

2005

  • Findeis, K. (2005). 1. Untitled (buttercup) ring 2. Untitled (pearl), brooch (2 balls) 3. Untitled (rosaceous), brooch 4. Untitled (primrose) brooch (1 ball). In: Confluence. Pyrmont Studios Gallery JMGA NSW inc. Pyrmont Studios Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Findeis, K. (2005). Soft bits. In: (some)place in place. Object Galley. Object Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Findeis, K. (2005). We Are What We Eat: Consuming the Object. In Robert Baines & Sophia Errey (Eds.), 11th Biennial JMGA International Conference Inherited Futures-Technologies To Trap Ideas, (pp. 127-130). Melbourne, VIC: RMIT University Press.

2004

  • Findeis, K. (2004). Souvenir (cosies) collection 1. Mini-hood I 2. Mini-hood II 3. impress 4. chitterling 5. wrap 6. collaret. In: Sample. eg.etal. eg. etal, Melbourne, Australia.

2003

  • Findeis, K. (2003). 1. sigil 2. tracery 3. buhl. In: Contemporary Wearables. Toowoomba Regional Gallery, Toowoomba, Australia.
  • Findeis, K. (2003). Collecting the Peripheres: the dialectic of object and function in the museum. Uncover 2003, Sydney: Australian Museum Audience Research Centre.
  • Findeis, K. (2003). Magic Lanterns Collection: 1. ceiling rose: Gold Marie, Pink Blush and Red Imp 2. wish you were here: bricks and Dutch Drawers 3. zoetrope. In: Something to write home about. Sir Hermann Black Gallery. Sir Hermann Black Gallery and Sculpture Terrace, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.
  • Findeis, K. (2003). Storage 1. Buhl 2. Vanity 3. Cartouche 4. Gorget 5. Sigil 6. Pocket 7. Tracery 8. Sheath 9. Etui 10. Chaplet. In: Metal Element VI. Quadrivium, Sydney, Australia.

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