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An Unreliable Guidebook to Jewellery
Lisa Walker

An Unreliable Guidebook to Jewellery Lisa Walker

An Unreliable Guidebook to Jewellery Lisa WalkerAn Unreliable Guidebook to Jewellery
Lisa Walker
Perimeter and RMIT Design Hub Gallery


Softcover (expanded second edition), section-sewn lay-flat bind
600 pages
130 x 190 mm
ISBN 9781922545039


Edited by Kate Rhodes and Nella Themelios, this expanded second edition of An Unreliable Guidebook to Jewellery by Lisa Walker further explores how the work of the internationally celebrated New Zealand jeweller can be framed by the career-long provocation ‘What is jewellery?’ Originally published to accompany the retrospective exhibition ‘Lisa Walker: She wants to go to her bedroom but she can’t be bothered’ at RMIT Design Hub Gallery, Melbourne, in early 2019, the release of the book’s extended new edition – co-published by RMIT Design Hub Gallery and Perimeter Editions – coincides with the final iteration of the exhibition at Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery in Auckland in June 2021.

Foregrounding the act of asking questions and the pleasure and importance of the ‘as yet understood’, the book includes a proliferation of new works, texts, materials and documentation from the touring exhibition’s recent installations at CODA Museum (Apeldoorn, The Netherlands, 2019) and Villa Stuck (Munich, Germany, 2020). At once systematic and malleable in their structure, the narratives that emerge within this volume offer an open-ended reflection on Walker’s practice and output, moving across different time periods, veering off on tangents, but returning to the many concerns of the field in which she has so firmly embedded herself. Graphic Design by Ziga Testen and Kim Mumm Hansen.

About the Artist
Lisa Walker is a jeweller from New Zealand. Walker uses a vast range of materials and construction methods. She creates objects that consciously simmer with influences from all aspects of culture and life. The pieces are often laced with references to contemporary jewellery of the past forty years, as she questions and researches what jewellery means and what it could be. Walker largely positions her work around the history, the future and the boundaries of jewellery.

About the Publisher 
Perimeter Editions is the in-house publishing imprint of Perimeter Books. Launched in August 2012, its focus rests on publishing autonomous limited-run artist books featuring artists and photographers from Australia and abroad.

RMIT Design Hub Gallery exists to ask questions about design’s role in the world today. Through exhibitions, conversations, performances and publications, we explore the process of design – making space to imagine, test and risk new ideas together. Founded within RMIT University, Melbourne, the Design Hub Gallery has its roots in the city and in research practice. But most of all we are a public place, a zone for exploration and a platform for exchange, locally and internationally. We are an open space for discovery, questioning and experimentation.

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