My upcoming exhibition Counterpoint, supported by the Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia (JMGA WA) showcases contemporary jewellery and objects by 20 local Western Australian artists and opens this Wednesday 3rd November, 6pm, Stala Contemporary, 12 Cleaver Street, West Perth. This exhibition forms part of the Indian Ocean Craft Triennial Festival Guide and will be opened by Counterpoint curator, Professor Ted Snell AM.

If you are unable to attend the opening, I hope you can take a look at the exhibition which will run Wednesday – Saturday 10am – 4pm until the 20th November, 2021. A variety of materials have been used to create unique artefacts. My works feature silver, sandalwood, jam wood and quandong seeds.

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Town of Victoria Park Arts and Culture Award

Recently, the 7NEWS Young Achiever Award Ceremony was held in Perth, Western Australia. I was nominated for the Town of Victoria Park Arts and Culture Award for 2019/2020. It is an honour to be nominated. Here is my Certificate of Achievement. There are a lot of young people in WA that are doing great things, so the future is certainly bright!

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Vision Exhibition

On Thursday 24th September, the Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia, Western Australia (JMGA WA) members exhibition “Vision” opened at Gallery Central, North Metropolitan TAFE in Northbridge. The exhibition showcases a variety of contemporary jewellery and objects from local West Australian artisans and is on display until Friday 16th October 2020.

The theme for JMGA’s 40th Anniversary exhibition is “Vision” and as such here is my artist statement:

During the COVID pandemic and being socially distanced at home, 2020 has allowed me to be creative, use my imagination, be inspired and dream. The pieces I have created for “Vision” have focussed on the illusion of being obscured and peeling back the layers. I have taken a sustainable perspective with vision for the future. Two of my pieces use patina to cover sterling silver, with mangart (jam wood) peeking through from behind. The necklace and earrings made of kwondong (quandong) and djook (sandalwood) koondil (seeds) show hidden texture looking within. By giving the pieces Nyoongar names, I am paying respect to the traditional custodians of the land in which I work and live Whadjuk Nyoongar Boodja, Whadjuk Nyoongar Country. This aims to promote a uniting of reconciliation and the hopes of a better future together, danjoo- koorliny, walking together.

Image: Hannah Jago. Mangart Wardiny – Looking for Jam. Brooch. 40x44x8mm. Materials sterling silver, patina, jam wood, stainless steel.
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Lynn Canyon

I can’t believe this time last year I was in Canada – how time flies! I had the most wonderful time enjoying the spring flowers and even seeing snow for the first time. It was absolutely fascinating!

Friends took me on a visit to Lynn Canyon which is about a 20 minute drive north of Vancouver. Walking along a 50 metre suspension bridge, the view of the waterfall was wonderful and I’m not one to enjoy heights, but it was pretty amazing!

The trees in the park are just like what you see in the movies. Everything was so green! I am inspired by the natural environment to create contemporary jewellery and objects. Here are some photos of the beautiful trees, plants, patterns and textures.

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W.A Young Achiever 2017

I am very thankful to have been nominated for a Western Australian Young Achiever Award in The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award category again in 2017. There are a lot of Young Achievers out there and although I didn’t win the overall Award, I am grateful for the Certificate of Achievement.

The W.A Young Achiever Awards acknowledges, encourages and promotes positive achievements of young people up to 29 years of age.


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I visited the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery several times to view Helen Britton’s exhibition Interstices, which was on display February-April this year. The exhibition showcased works of jewellery and objects from 25 years of her artistic practice, which consumed three areas of the gallery. Helen studied in Perth and now lives and works in Munich, Germany. Her work was amazing to say the least. I have always admired Helen’s works and it was fantastic to see such a large array of pieces in Perth! The exhibition featured jewellery, objects, photos of her working in the studio, visual diaries, videos and large scale drawings. I was very fortunate to meet Helen and have her sign a catalogue.


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Opening Night – What Goes Around

Last night was the opening of my current exhibition “What Goes Around” at Turner Galleries in Northbridge, Western Australia. There was a large crowd and the exhibition certainly went off to a very successful start. A big THANK YOU to all my supporters, family, friends and colleagues for attending the exhibition opening. If you missed the opening, not to worry, the exhibition will be on for a few weeks and closes on Saturday 17th December, 2016.

“What Goes Around” showcases 95 artworks from more than 40 local artists from the Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia W.A (JMGA WA). As part of the exhibition there is a People’s Choice Award. All you need to do is write the number of your favourite artwork on the card and pop it in the box on the sales table in the exhibition space.

I hope you can support me and contemporary jewellery from Western Australia.

Turner Galleries, Engine Room 1.

Location: 470 William Street, Northbridge, Western Australia.

Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11am-5pm (closed Sundays & Mondays).


Photo: Hannah Jago with her work at the “What Goes Around” exhibition.

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What Goes Around


I will have some jewellery on display made from materials including sterling silver, Sandalwood, Jam wood, Quandong seeds and Sandalwood seeds at the upcoming exhibition “What Goes Around” in conjunction with other members from the Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia W.A (JMGA WA) at Turner Galleries.

The exhibition will open on Friday 25th November, 6-8pm.

Awards presentation and artist talks:
Saturday 26th November, 3pm
Although I will not presenting an artist talk, I will be at the Gallery from 2-5pm

Prizes will be awarded to artists for their work in three categories: Technical Excellence; Best Interpretation of the Theme; and Outstanding Student Work. Judging will be undertaken by jeweller and silversmith Philip Noakes (recently appointed as Fellow of the Institute of Professional Goldsmiths, London), and Dr Dorothy Erickson (internationally exhibiting artist jeweller, historian and author).

A People’s Choice Award will provide an opportunity for visitors to vote for their favourite work. The winning artwork of the People’s Choice Award will be announced on Monday December 19.

Exhibition duration:
Saturday 26th November – Saturday 17th December, 2016

Gallery hours:
11am-5pm Tuesday-Saturday
(Closed Sunday & Monday)

Turner Galleries, Engine Room 1:
470 William St, Northbridge

I hope you can come along and support handmade jewellery from Western Australia.

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Gardens by the Bay

During my time in Singapore, not only was I fortunate to see the jewellery exhibition The Art and Science of Gems, but I also managed to spend a day at Gardens by the Bay. I thoroughly enjoyed the Flower Dome and took many photos of the different species of plants and flowers from all over the world. There was also a special display of orchids, I hadn’t realised there were so many different varieties.

It is nature, landscape, the surroundings, plants and flowers that inspire my jewellery creations. The selection of photos below demonstrates my passion for nature and looking at objects in detail. I hope to create new works reflecting the beauty within nature.



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The Art and Science of Gems

At the end of July, I travelled to Singapore for a holiday. It was just my luck that the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands had an exhibition of jewellery; Van Kleef and Arpels: The Art and Science of Gems on display. The exhibition featured over 450 pieces of jewellery made of the finest quality gems and many items that royalty and celebrities had worn from the Van Kleef and Arpels collections. I was permitted to take some photos, so here they are (the photos certainly don’t do the pieces justice). The exhibition also included minerals and videos of the manufacturing process. One person was dedicated to a particular duty such as sourcing the gems, drawing the works (a drawing could take weeks to complete), sorting gems into size and shape categories, stone setting and polishing. It was very impressive to see as each unique piece is created by hand, no 3D computer design involved. It was an absolutely fantastic display! The exhibition concluded on the 14th August.

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