Calendar: May 2010

30 04 2010

all month

  • RMIT Gallery ‘Constellations: A Large number of Small Drawings‘ [link] – my review story here; there are some pretty interesting public lectures and artists talks associated with this and the accompanying exhibition ‘Contemporary Australian Drawing‘ [link] – my review story here; until 26th June
  • Craft Victoria, Linda Hughes ‘Metonymy Look Both Ways’; ‘explores the stripe, historically as a metonym for danger‘; from 29th April until 12th June [information from Art Almanac]

1st May: opening of application to the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize [link]; this has a pretty big prize; applications close 6th August 2010; exhibition in October 2010; [disclaimer: an organiser of this prize requested that I publish information about this prize on my blog; happily I had already included it in this calendar under my own steam(!); further information was provided, which I haven't included here but can be seen on the linked site]

2nd May: last day for Craft Victoria enCounter (window), Vikki Kassioras ‘Three Muses‘ [link]; my review story here

4th May: NMIT jewellery auction, at Rose Street Markets in Fitzroy, from 5pm; some more information on the Rose Street Market blog [link]

14th May: Melbourne Museum ‘Titanic – the Artefact Exhibition‘ [link]; I’m in two minds about seeing this, as their Pompeii exhibition was pitched more at a ‘populist’ level and I didn’t find it enjoyable at all, and also I’m not sure if there will be any decorative arts / jewellery; but I may try to see it out of curiosity anyway; until 17th October

15h May: last day for Gallery Funaki, Kiko Gianocca ‘to hold and be held‘ [link]; Kiko took my class for jewellery in first semester in third year, so I was so looking forward to seeing his new work but won’t be able to make it before I fly away… would consider an offer for a guest review…

16th May: last day for Jam Factory (Adelaide), David Neale ‘Some and None – Jewellery as Graphics‘ [link]; David’s blog is one of my absolute favourites; and it’s a massive coincidence that he’s exibiting at the same time as a group of glass artists, among whom is Janice Vitkovsky, who I happened to meet on a plane from LA to Australia over six years ago – crazy small world of artists

16th May: last day for ‘Women’s Salon 2010: Place and Belonging‘; “The Women’s Salon is an annual contemporary art exhibition showcasing the creative practice of women artists, craftworkers and designers living or working in Moreland. It has a history spanning twenty years in Brunswick. In 2010, the Women’s Salon explores ideas of place and belonging through the art of women who either live or work in the arts in the City of Moreland.” [link]

plan ahead for these [see here for others]:

1st June 2010: last day for application to New Traditional Jewellery in the Netherlands; “the biennial international design competition New Traditional Jewellery is calling for entries for their 2010 event. Jewellery designers from all over the world are invited to respond to the theme ‘True colours’.” [link]

13th June 2010: last day for application to the Art Jewelry Forum 2010 Emerging Artist award (wearable art); “The purpose of the award is to acknowledge promise, innovation, and individuality in the work of an emerging jewelry artist and to help to advance the artist’s career.  The competition is open to makers of wearable art jewelry who:
•    have completed their undergraduate academic/professional training,
•    have been out of school for one year or more, and
•    have not had a solo artist exhibition in a commercial gallery or museum.
” [link]

4th – 8th August 2010: Melbourne Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Building; “an exhibition of leading contemporary art, presented by over 80 selected national and international galleries. The biennial event features paintings, sculpture, photography, installations and multi media art works of over 900 artists” [link]

6th August – 5th September 2010: Gallery of South Australia ‘Gray Street Workshop: 25 Years’; “presents the work of well-respected South Australian jewellers and object-makers Catherine Truman, Julie Blyfield and Leslie Matthews” [link]


link to exhibitions and events on the April 2010 calendar …





Another jewellery auction

28 04 2010

Just a quick note today … there is another jewellery auction in Melbourne soon at Sotheby’s; full catalogue here. There sadly isn’t much here to take my fancy, but I’m intrigued by:

  • the enamel pendant brooch from 1900 for its delicacy [link]
  • Edwardian diamond brooch [link]
  • in the ‘what-the?‘ category, a 90ct carved emerald necklace, estimate in excess of $100k [link]
  • while I’m not personally a fan of Faberge eggs, there is one here [link]




RMIT Year 1, Semester 1, Enamelling #1 and #2

27 04 2010

First year, first semester, Surface Articulation – Enamelling, project #1: colour sampler

Simple first step was a colour tester, to teach us the basics.

enamel colour tester

First year, first semester, Surface Articulation – Enamelling, project #2: testers

This next little project was to introduce various treatments for enamelling … foil, enamel threads and stencil/sifting.

… previous post in this series: RMIT Year 1, Semester 1, Jewellery #4





My jewellery collection #16

23 04 2010

This is the latest addition to my jewellery collection – a gentle enamelled brooch by Claire O’Halloran.

[photograph published with artist permission; amended copyright notice: image not to be reproduced without permission]

Claire O'Halloran brooch; amended copyright notice as above

In late last year I asked Claire to make this for me, after missing out on a brooch of hers at the 2009 RMIT G&S jewellery auction. I went back to the original site that had an image of the auction brooch, however it has since been cleared of images – sad. My story about that auction is here.

The colours were a collaboration – I’ve always had a love of dark blue enamel, and the brooch Claire wore on the night of the auction had the same pink (I think?!) and I had in mind they’d look lovely together. I am so happy with this piece – it’s about 40mm in diameter, it feels beautiful and smooth and satisfyingly weighty in the hand (not too much though), and it’s just lovely to wear.  Actually, I’m particularly fond of wearing it on a blue knit cardigan over a lovely black and white print retro-style wrap dress.

Previously I’ve written about Claire in an artist profile and when she had her first solo exhibition last year; also, her own website has some very lovely images of her work.

As this piece is the most recently aquired, I’m sad to say that this series of posts on ‘my jewellery collection’ will be a little quiet for a now … at least until I add to my collection again (which I do hope will be this year!).

… last post on my jewellery collection #15





‘Contemporary Australian Drawings 1′ @ RMIT Gallery

21 04 2010

Another exhibition held as part of the Drawing Out festival is ‘Contemporary Australian Drawings 1‘ at RMIT Gallery (alongside the Constellation‘ exhibition I’ve already written about). This collection pushes the traditional expectations of what can be defined as ‘drawing’ – with neon and video works included.

photograph taken with gallery permission

I saw this exhibition after being stunned by the ‘Constellation’ exhibition, so perhaps I had a kind of visual overload by this point as I didn’t connect with many of the pieces here. However, the one below by Godwin Bradbeer hit me in the chest – it’s incredible! The lighting is extraordinary and gives it full justice (sorry the below image is a bit out of focus, the lighting was very low).

Godwin Bradbeer, Imago XIX (I hope I have the number right); photograph taken with gallery permission

It’s worth going along to this exhibition solely for the above piece – but I am sure many will find beauty here, and may I recommend seeing this before you go into ‘Constellation‘!

This exhibition has also been written about here, and I recognise the artist as one who had work in the Ballarat Art Gallery mid-last year (all I remember is that it was freezing when I went to visit!).

Contemporary Australian Drawings 1‘ is at RMIT Gallery until 26th June 2010.





Jewellery auctions

19 04 2010

There’s a jewellery auction today in Melbourne at Leonard Joel, with some beautiful (out-of-my-league) Art Deco jewellery. The catalogue is here, but a few I particularly like or found interesting are:

  • the wire and bead work in a pair of turquoise ‘cannetille’ (a popular wire-work technique in the Georgian era) earring must have been time-consuming; they’re not my kind of aesthetic, but I like the effort involved [link]
  • gloriously over-the-top floral-liness of a tourmaline and seed pearl ring [link]
  • Art Nouveau earrings (I know they’re figurative, but the styling is still attractive!) [link]
  • Art Nouveau plique-a-jour pendant [link]
  • Art Deco brooches, I love these plaque pieces [link, link]
  • a phenomenal Suffragette necklace [link]
  • if you like emeralds, there are a few knuckle-duster ones here including this six-carat one [link]
  • another incredible Art Deco brooch [link]

Another upcoming auction is Sotheby’s in April [full catalogue here] – where the price range and ostentatiousness (is that a word!) is naturally amplified! The ugliest piece is a toss-up between a two sapphire and diamond cluster rings [link and link] or the key-note ring that has an estimate up to $1m [link] … actually, there are too many contenders to list! I’m interested in the market for these kind of jewellery, and will be interested to see the prices fetched.

Update (21st April): The results from the Leonard Joel auction are here, but with respect to the ones I highlighted above there were a few surprises:

  • tourmaline ‘floraliness’ ring went for hammer price of $850, well in excess of the estimate of $200-300
  • Art Nouveau figurative earrings went for hammer price of $3400, well above estimate of $1000-1500
  • the first Art Deco brooch was a little over estimate, but the second and third ones didn’t sell
  • the Suffragette necklace sold for hammer price of $4500 (compared to estimate of $3000-3500)
  • a couple of other pieces sold for well over the estimate: including an Edwardian necklace, an Edwardian brooch, (perhaps there was a very keen Edwardian collector there on the night?), an aquamarine ring, and there seems to have also been a Georg Jensen collector there too