I do love Spring.
I do love Spring.
Jewellery lovers of Australia – you need to know about this!
Though you probably already do, no doubt
… but just in case…
The Powerhouse Museum (in Sydney) is in the process of installing their upcoming exhibition “A fine possession: jewellery and identity“.
Exhibition media: “Among the rarely seen items on display will be ancient Egyptian scarab jewels, Chinese kingfisher-feather jewels and a magnificent tiara and necklace made from exotic beetles for an English aristocrat. Australian highlights will include gold-rush jewellery, Indigenous necklaces made from pearl shells, a diamond Art Deco brooch in the form of aviator Charles Kingsford-Smith’s legendary ‘Southern Cross’ aircraft and the fabulous ‘Satine’ necklace worn by Nicole Kidman in the film Moulin Rouge. A striking selection of contemporary studio jewellery will reveal the imagination and skill of some of the most talented local and international jewellers working at the crossroads of art, craft and design.“
For more see the Museum website [above is from here].
The exhibition opens 24th September 2014.
It’s been over three months since my last metal price update.
1. Gold per gram in A$ : prices have dropped a little only recently, after wobbling around a bit within about a $1/gram bracket for a few months
… and over the last five years:
2. Silver per kilogram in A$; and again, a climb and drop, to about the same point as the last post
… and almost at the lowest for years, since mid-2010:
… previous metal price update: 6th June 2014 …
Also … how about a graph of all available data …
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Oh good lordy!
Look at what Gallery Funaki is doing ….
After many years of wanting to, I’ve started reading Dante’s ‘Comedia‘.
The first book being Inferno.
Some parts I’ve really enjoyed, others I’ve just waded through.
A few of my favourite parts from it:
All from ‘The Divine Comedy I: Inferno‘ translated by Robin Kirkpatrick.
It’s Spring. Wee-hee.
What did other Septembers hold? I’ll try to keep it to three per month…
post last updated: 22nd September
1st September: e.g.etal, Natalia Milosz-Piekarska ‘Lucky Fool‘ [link]; ““I have found myself fascinated with charms and talismans to this day. The power they can hold, the trust and faith we put in them and the way in which they can direct our lives’“; until 20th September
4th September: Griffith Regional Gallery, National Contemporary Jewellery Award [link]; until 28th September; it’s traveling to COTA in Sydney too … I’ll keep an eye out for dates!
6th September: last day for Stanley Street Gallery (Sydney) ‘Over your Head‘ [link]
6th September: last day for Spare Room 33 (Canberra) ‘You’ve Lost Me‘; private exhibition of contemporary jewellery, viewing by appointment, contact email@example.com
7th September: last day for Lord Coconut ‘Adornment‘ [link]; “Jewellers, artisans and designers have been given a found bone and instructed to adorn it in a masculine way, or use the bone when producing a piece of adornment for men, especially jewellery. …. The exhibition is a comment on the current explosion of body adornment, both permanent and temporary, as seen in fashion today.“
12th September: last day for Manon van Kouswijk ‘Out of the Office: 100 Necklaces worn by a Foyer‘, at The Other Side; situated in the entry foyer of Paul Morgan Architect’s Design Studio at Level 10, 221 Queen St, Melbourne
12th September: last day for Jam Factory (Adelaide) ‘White Heat‘ [link
14th September: last day for Arbor Brunswick ‘Brunswick Iconic‘, part of Craft Cubed [link]; “Jewellers are asked to take a photo of an iconic Brunswick thing (building, park, street, etc.) and then respond to it with a specially made piece of jewellery. The exhibition will be held in the lit window, so people are able to view it any time of day. The image and finished jewellery piece will be displayed together.“
17th September: Lord Coconut, ‘Art Of The Cuff‘ [link]; “Back for a third year, this exhibition features the work of over 40 local artisans, jewellers and designers and their painted, plastered, drawn upon, de-constructed or modified French Cuffs.“; opening 16th September, until 4th October
20th September: Northcity4 workshop, ‘Product | Present | Sell‘ with Ali Limb [link]
21st September (extended)
13th September: last day for Pieces of Eight, jewellery exhibitions [link]
24th September: Powerhouse Museum (Sydney), ‘A fine possession: jewellery and identity‘, will “celebrate the central place of jewellery in our lives from antiquity to the present-day through over 700 iconic and rarely seen objects” [link, link2, link3]
26th September: ANU (Canberra), Robert Baines lecture “On the 26th of September at 1:15pm, we have one of Australia’s most internationally renowned artist metalsmiths Robert Baines presenting an Art Forum lecture, covering the development of his diverse and highly focused over 40 year career.
Then at 2:30-4pm he will be giving another presentation about topical issues surrounding contemporary gold and silversmithing practice.
All are welcome to attend.“ [link]
26th September: Bilk Gallery (Canberra), Marian Hosking ‘Botanical Edge‘ [link]; until 26th October
30th September: Studio 20/17 (Sydney), Nicola Bannerman ‘Entwine‘ [link]; “Nicola, has always held a deep fascination with the recurring patterns in the natural world. She draws inspiration from the simplest spiral, to designs of great complexity where wonderful symmetry can be found in what at first glance may seem to be random formations. The inspiration for ‘Entwine’ started in the garden, noticing repetitive patterns in leaves and spiral growth in flowers. These pattern possibilities in nature are endless, some occurring in surprising places – spirals in snails and cyclones; strong geometric angles in huge mountain ranges and exquisite crystals. The rotational symmetries in the huge varieties of sea anemones are another world of inspiration.“; until 18th October
30th September: Gallery Funaki, Svenja John ‘Assembly‘ [link]; “In the 20 years since I began working with the polycarbonate MakrofolTM I have developed, bit by bit, my own ‘Jewellery Construction Kit’. In the beginning there were only bone-shaped parts (which I called x-bones), linked together with rings of various sizes to form chains, earrings and bracelets. Eventually more than 10 different basic elements developed from which all the complex jewellery assemblies are plugged together“; until 25th October
1st October: last day for applications for Schmuck and Talente 2015 [link]
2nd October: Craft, ‘Craft to Consumer: Selling Online‘ seminar [link]; booking required
3rd October: ‘National Contemporary Jewellery Award‘ travels to COTA (Sydney); until 1st November
9th October: Northcity4 ‘Jewellery Three Ways‘ seminar [link]
15th November: last day for application to Preziosa Young 2015 [link]
… last calendar post: Calendar: August 2014 …