Part of the Nicholas Building.
Visiting photography exhibitions is a rarer occurrence for me than I’d like. Therefore I was most pleased to accidentally come upon Murray Fredericks ‘Topophilia‘ at Arc One Gallery today during a city exhibition wander.
His photographs are large-scale, some of a size that you can feel immersed in the image. Absolutely stunning. Breathtaking.
The exhibition title is also gorgeous: from Greek topos “place” and -philia “love of” … a love of place or strong sense of place.
‘Topophilia‘ has its last day today 7th December 2013.
ps. the above photograph is a new entry to the Lust List!
Update (8th December): I’ve only just realised that this artist is the subject of a documentary I’ve previously enjoyed watching, ‘Salt‘. I can find the trailer online, and ‘Salt‘ is on ABCiview for a month or so – in an amazing coincidence it was broadcast today!
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I’m flattered and excited to share that Annelies, of WitMyt, has included me in her November Artist Corner.
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He selected a charcoal and a hot pink; he wasn’t sure which one he wanted, so I agreed to make both. Excellent indeed.
I secretly would love to see these two colours together, but he’s more conservative than that.
After making these, he decided to chose the charcoal ones.
The hot pink ones therefore will be off to Lord Coconut in the next few days. I do hope someone thinks they’ll be a magnificent festive-season gift!
An important note: I sell my woven cufflinks exclusively through Lord Coconut, and as I want to maintain a good relationship there I checked in with the gallery owner if this commission was okay with him before I started making. And as this is a dear friend, of course it’s okay – naturally makers want to make for friends!
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1st December – start of summer.
What says summer more than berries? Probably lots of things (including beach, swimming, holidays, sunscreen, scanty clothings, etc) … but I happen to be making baby strawberries in my garden.
Dear Summer, you’re quite lovely, do stay a while (though please be gentle).
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[images and descriptive quotes are included in the first post the event/exhibition is mentioned, not on subsequent calendar posts - in an effort to reduce load times of calendar posts]
… last calendar post: Calendar: December 2013 sneak peek …
REMINDER of remaining Graduate/PostGrad shows
22nd Nov – 6th Dec: Monash Art Design & Architecture ‘MADA Now 2013‘ [link]
27th Nov – 6th Dec: First Site Gallery, RMIT Object-based Practice – Gold & Silversmithing Honours ‘Oomph‘ [link]
3rd – 14th Dec: Fortyfive Downstairs, RMIT Object-based Practice – Gold & Silversmithing ‘Good as Gold‘ [link]
- Nina Baker @ Personal Space Project, contemporary jewellery online and in-person in Zoe Brand’s room [link]
- Jam Factory Seppeltsfield (SA) ‘Twenty-One‘ [link]; “Showcasing work by 21 South Australian artists and designers who have been associated with JamFactory since its current Adelaide CBD facility was opened 21 years ago. Exhibiting artists are Andrew Bartlett, Kristel Britcher, Adam Cantwell, Hannah Carlyle, Christine Cholewa, Kirsten Coelho, George Criollo, Brenden Scott French, Susan Frost, Klaus Gutowski, Christian Hall, Phil Hart, Kath Inglis, Takeshi Iue, Peta Kruger, Tom Moore, Nick Mount, Jessamy Pollock, Madeline Prowd, Lauren Simeoni and Wayne Mcara”; until 26th January 2014
- NGV ‘Edward Steichen and Art Deco Fashion‘ [link]; until 4th March 2014
- National Library of Australia (Canberra), ‘Mapping Our World: Terra Incognita to Australia‘ [link]; I’m such a map-nerd, I’m so excited about this; until 10th March 2014
- NGV ‘Melbourne Now‘ [link]; “Melbourne Now celebrates the latest art, architecture, design, performance and cultural practice to reflect the complex cultural landscape of creative Melbourne. This ambitious and far-reaching exhibition across NGV Australia and NGV International will show how visual artists and creative practitioners have profoundly contributed to creating a place with a unique and dynamic cultural identity. The exhibition will represent Melbourne as a dynamic centre for the production of, debate about, and participation in contemporary art, architecture, design and performance – innovative creative practice in all its forms.“; I’ve noticed on the artist list that there are many well-known jewellers names, therefore I expect there will be something showcasing Melbourne’s significant contribution to the contemporary jewellery scene; until 23rd March 2014
3rd December: Fortyfive Downstairs, RMIT Object-based Practice – Gold & Silversmithing Graduate exhibition ‘Good as Gold‘ [link]; until 14th December
4th December: Courtesy of the Artist (Sydney), Kaoru Rogers ‘paper, wire, rock‘ [link]; “Paper, Wire, Rock presents a playful approach to jewellery making. In this body of work, Kaoru has created minimal, whimsical forms that reference the language, concepts and materials from two countries she calls home – Australia and Japan.“; until 21st December
5th December: Craft ‘Supermarket‘ [link]; “Exploring the phenomenon of markets and production ware, Supermarket transforms the gallery into a marketplace of limited edition works exclusive to Craft from a select group of Melbourne makers and designers. Curated by Debbie Pryor a selection of artists have been invited to create exclusive ranges as an extension of products in the retail store or reinvention of exhibition concepts. Featuring new works by Kirsten Perry, Anna Davern + Lucy James, Emily Green, Arts Project Australia, Lara Davies + Jess Wright and introducing an exciting new relationshop with Melbourne icons Alpha 60.“; until 24th December
6th December: National Gallery of Australia (Canberra), ‘Gold and the Incas‘ [link]; until 21st April 2014
6th December: last day for First Site Gallery, RMIT Object-based Practice – Gold & Silversmithing Honours ‘Oomph‘ [link]
6th December: last day for RMIT School of Art graduates [link, link2]; “A showcase of graduate work from the 2013 RMIT School of Art. Ranging from diploma to postgraduate, this show highlights the quality and diversity of the School’s student work.“
6th December: last day for RMIT Diploma of Visual Arts graduate exhibition [link, link2]; “The 2013 Diploma of Visual Arts graduate exhibition is an accumulation of 2 years’ work, showcasing the best of RMIT visual arts. Works have been created in digital art, painting, printmaking, public art and sculpture, allowing the viewer an insight into the next generation of emerging artists.“
6th December: last day for Monash University School of Art Design & Architecture graduate exhibition ‘MADA Now‘ [link]; “MADA Now 2013 is an exhibition of hundreds of work from final year students in architecture, fine art, industrial design, interior architecture, multimedia and digital arts, visual arts and visual communication.“
7th December: last day for Studio 20/17 (Sydney), Julie Blyfield ‘Twice Loved‘ [link]; “A new collection of jewellery pieces based on interpretations of the historical patterns inscribed on discarded nineteenth-century ceramic shards and early twentieth-century kimono garments“
20th – 23rd January 2014: Monash Summer Course ‘Jewellery – Contemporary Practice‘ [link]; “This intensive short course introduces participants to basic jewellery making. Participants learn how to use equipment and tools to give form to metals. Basic skills and techniques for metal work will be demonstrated, including saw cutting, drilling and soldering. Through a combination of technical exercises and examples of contemporary jewellery making, participants will realise one or more jewellery pieces.“
20th – 24th January 2014: University of Sydney, College of Arts Masterclass with Stefano Marchetti ‘Surface in Depth‘ [link] … it’s fabulous that Stefano will be at Sydney and Melbourne on this trip!
12th – 18th March 2014: Schmuck and Talente in Munich [link] … Oh how I wish jelly-fish!!! (maybe next year)
19th May – 1st June 2014: if you’re in the market for some travel, check out ‘2014 Jewellery Tour to Morocco with Dore Stockhausen‘ [link]; “Primarily an immersive Cultural Tour, we aim to find a balance between having a great holiday and gathering inspiration for art making.“; the detailed itinerary is so interesting
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With respect to formal degree study, the schools in Melbourne are:
- NMIT : 3yr PT Diploma of Engineering Technology (Jewellery stream), 2yr FT Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology (Jewellery stream); 3yr apprenticeship Certificate III in Jewellery Manufacture;
- I’ve mentioned before that NMIT is exceptionally well-regarded (with reason) for technical skill development
- RMIT : 3yr FT Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art), specialising in Object Based Practice;
- this degree is now a little different to the one I graduated from in 2006, particularly with respect to reduced teaching hours;
- also note that the magnificent and internationally renowned (and connected) Robert Baines has officially retired from RMIT now;
- further, I’ve heard some fairly unflattering reports of the degree in recent times ; such as one student who was criticised for using metal in a project (oh seriously!) and a damning comment that the course had become more about “craft” than learning jewellery and smithing skills … I’ll undertake some discussions over coming months to see if this fits the general vibe of things
- Monash: in a revision to previous information, Monash is STILL offering Jewellery as part of a restructured Fine Arts degree – see Melissa Cameron’s recent post
Now, short courses for jewellery and silversmithing:
- NMIT : there are seven short courses currently on their website; Silversmithing and Enamelling are offered as a short courses, which is truly fabulous!; I did the Leisure Jewellery course (basically studio access) a few years ago and I thought the facilities were very good for jewellery; while I was there I witnessed the Intro course and thought it was well-structured (there is also an Intermediate course); I (still) intend to undertake the Gem Setting and the new CAD courses over the next year or two
- Northcity4 : I’m an unashamedly huge supporter of NC4!; there are Beginners and Intermediate courses; Lost Wax Casting is offered too, as is Tutored Access (love this idea); there are also regular Workshops and Seminars to take part in
- CAE : there are so many courses offered under ‘jewellery’ and ‘silversmithing’ at CAE; the courses range from bone carving to pearl stringing, casting and pendant in an evening ; CAE is connected to the now-defunct jewellery courses at Box Hill Tafe, so I wonder if their offering may change with the removal of jewellery courses at Box Hill? my experience at CAE wasn’t fabulous, but it was some years ago now and I wouldn’t be surprised if the facilities have since improved
- RMIT : regularly holds a master class in Jan/Feb each year, though these are usually only for experience artisans
- [update: 2nd Dec] Monash : just spotted there are short courses here too!
There are also many jewellers who regularly open their studio doors and generously share their knowledge and passion.
- Victoria Mason has a few workshops each year
- Redox Jewellery Studio in Geelong has regular classes too
- William Llewellyn Griffiths, of Metal Couture, holds wax carving classes
- Jeanette Dyke has classes in the beautiful surrounds of Monsalvat Art Centre
… I’m sure there are many more, so I’ll add to this listing as I uncover them.
I’d really like to create a listing of the best short courses in Melbourne for jewellery making – can you recommend where you’ve been or heard is good?
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