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Octavia Cook

Branding

These pieces are from Octavia Cook's 2009 exhibition The Queen is Dead, Long Live the Queen, which marked a transition for this innovative New Zealand jeweller.

In 2002, Cook launched her brand Cook & Co. It was both an ironic nod to the famous global jewellery company Tiffany & Co, and 'a rebellion against the kind of expectations set up by the fashion and manufactured jewellery industries'. It was also a play on her famous namesake, explorer James Cook.

The 2009 exhibition temporarily 'killed off' the brand – although it is now re-emerging. Cook's interest in memory and mourning, place and identity continues, but with new directions.

This text was prepared for the Collecting Contemporary exhibition, June 2011.

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