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14 April 1998 —
24 May 1998

Roseanne Bartley:
Homage to Qwerty

Roseanne Bartley, Homage to Qwerty, 1998 (installation view).
Roseanne Bartley, Homage to Qwerty, 1998 (installation view).
Roseanne Bartley, Homage to Qwerty, 1998 (installation view).
Roseanne Bartley, Homage to Qwerty, 1998 (installation view).
Roseanne Bartley, Homage to Qwerty, 1998 (detail).
Roseanne Bartley, Homage to Qwerty, 1998 (detail).
Roseanne Bartley, Homage to Qwerty, 1998 (detail).
Roseanne Bartley, Homage to Qwerty, 1998 (detail).

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Finally, jewellery to assert your femininity! Real jewellery for the Office Secretary in you - reclaim your typographical heritage and get in touch with the woman within!

Experimental Jeweller Roseanne Bartley is exhibiting her show Homage To Qwerty at the Fisher Gallery, Public Gallery for Manukau City, from Wednesday 15 April - Sunday 24 May 1998. She arrives from Sydney on Thursday 9 April with the work, which she will install during the day on Tuesday 14 April, for a preview function that night.

While the Fisher Gallery doesn’t sell artworks, this exhibition has been scheduled to add to the discussion about craft during the Persuasive Object Conference at Unitech in Auckland from April 17.

Homage to Qwerty uses the typewriter or word processor keyboard as the idea for quirky, humorous and self-aware jewellery. The standard layout of letters on the keyboard is the Qwerty system, which you can read across the top of the first row of letters.

Sholes Qwerty system was invented in 1867, and looks set to take Office Administration well into next century (or at least until voice activated systems take over).

Roseanne Bartley - ‘Despite the inefficiency of this system, it currently seems that touch typing is very firmly established and the habit is just too hard for the technological innovators to break.’

This work is exceptionally well made - they are one-off pieces, varying in size, colour, shape and form, and rendered in sterling silver. ‘It is this element of Qwerty as a mode of technological resistance which intrigues and delights me.’

Press

Delightful resistance, Eastern Courier, 17-04-1998
Jeweller keen to typecast, New Zealand Herald, 17-04-1998