HELENA BOGUCKI IS AN INDEPENDENT DESIGNER
WHO MAKES JEWELLERY AND OBJECTS THAT
COMBINE FORMED AND FOUND PIECES, REFLECTING
A PASSING MOMENT OR CONVERSATION.
The designs incorporate motifs from a time or place discovered by accident. Sometimes born from a series of uncanny events or uncovered on a dig... somewhere.
designed by NUDE DESIGN STUDIO, developed by LUKE BALSON
Helena Bogucki is an independent designer who makes jewellery and objects that combine formed and found pieces, reflecting a passing moment or conversation.
Helena begins her work in the field. Foraging and taking samples from her surrounds, Helena is a collector with an adventurous spirit who seeks inspiration from objects and people.
She documents the process from her studio in Western Australia. The catalogued information and findings provide souvenirs that are often as valuable as the fine art jewellery and objects she makes.
The signature of her jewellery is a tiny identification tag containing details about the historical source of the piece. These are made with a tiny saw and incorporated into the works to become a portable archive for the wearer.
Helena has exhibited her fine art jewellery across Australia. She creates her works in vast locations whilst exploring the origins of design and creating new work in the field. She has participated in national and international residencies and her work has been acquired by the Art Gallery of Western Australia and the City of Perth.
Helena has a keen interest in all things feline sharing her studio with four affectionate, and sometimes conflicted, cats. They constantly provide her with amusement and sometimes lend a hand.
Helena was born in 1980 Exeter, England. Arrived in New Zealand 1993 then to Australia in 1998. She currently lives and works in Perth, Western Australia.
Helena Bogucki's work has taken her from the intimate studio to expansive desert plains, beaches and far-flung corners in search of secrets and precious artefacts.
Helena has been privileged to share some of her findings and design ways with people like senior Malgana artist Jimmy Poland from the Gascoyne region of Western Australia, whom she mentors.
This opportunity to share her design knowledge and leave a design legacy is invaluable and synergetic, as other legacies constantly inform her.
Helena has been commissioned to design various one-off pieces. She has made bespoke items for weddings and pieces that were only ever destined to belong to and adorn one wearer.
Helena facilitates jewellery and design workshops either one-on-one or in a group. Workshops include skills development and discussion about lovely things.
An archaeological dedication is paramount to Helena's work. Cherished mementos, Saint Christopher medallions, christening gown buttons and locks of hair - her collection of souvenirs found on field excursions are all individually chronicled and archived in hand typed envelopes.
The core diversity of workers of the Midland Railway Workshop (1904- 94) inspired Helena to create this series of works. Delving into their lives through portable, documentary archives, their stories explored war-time manufacturing, working life and social club adventures.
A salute to the cameo and its motifs – Helena recognises the anonymous figures passing through rites of a passage and traversing the continent on Grand Tours. Their contemporary reincarnation sees their emergence in laneways and clandestine gatherings.
Wednesday was letterwriting day for Lavina and Kenlyn. For a quarter of a century, they put ink to paper every Wednesday and sent their letters across a vast expanse of seas and white clouds. Their words, thoughts and memories are now heirlooms worn on ear lobes and lapels, forever
Helena continues to use her signature historical motifs and wooden tags to reference religious symbols and tribal marks interrogating these themes in silver and brass with industrial finishes.
The ocean is a keeper of secrets; secrets that belong to men and their vessels; of hidden treasures and last whispers. The ocean keeps these secrets safe, to protect the land dwellers from fear of the wide open waters and the fear of the unknown.
An exploration of urban myths and legends surrounding the disappearance of the SS Koombana. A collection of mementos to remember the individuals that lost their lives in the tragic events that unfolded in hurricane conditions in 1912 off the coast of Port Hedland, WA.