Most important exhibition

14 10 2014

With thanks to a heads-up from the inimitable Zoe Brand of Personal Space Project fame, I’m now aware of a Kickstarter project ‘Shows & Tales‘: the AJF (Art Jewelry Forum) raising funds for a publication focusing on exhibitions.

Naturally I want to be a supporter … not the least because jewellery is my thing, but I’m very interested in reading and thinking about the content. I’m deciding between the various supporter levels, and one of them includes the publication on the AJF website of a brief paragraph about your most important exhibition.

I liked this idea so much I thought I’d write it here anyway. Perhaps there will be more than one when I give the idea a bit more time to sink in … but the first that came to mind was: ‘Ad Astra per Aspera‘ in 2003. I wrote the below a few years ago and I’m not sure I can put it any better.

When I moved to Melbourne (to study goldsmithing) the first exhibition I visited was the 2003 RMIT Gold & Silversmithing Graduate exhibition ‘Ad Astra per Aspera‘, which translates to ‘to the stars with difficulty’, at the Melbourne Gold Treasury Museum.

This was a key moment for me – I wandered around the exhibits and felt like I was in the right place; that this was something I not only wanted to do, but felt I was able to do, and it made sense to me and almost felt like home.

 





Reading: Daily Rituals

5 10 2014

I’ve just finished reading ‘Daily Rituals‘ by Mason Currey. It’s a book with snippets about various creatives, mostly writers, and their daily routines. It’s quite intriguing and compulsive reading being easy to pick up at will (with each creative only taking up a page or two at most).

I like to peek into the world of others and to think about how they structure their day … do they battle the muse, wait for inspiration, have a regular time they force the work? There are many different approaches and it’s a frankly a relief that there isn’t one way it should work for everyone.

A few thoughts on the content:

  • there are lots of early mornings; many preferring the early hours and morning; believing to be most productive before lunch
  • walking comes up quite regularly; and long walks at that
  • I wonder if these people had to make their own meals or do their own housework or grocery shopping?
  • many of the people included are from previous generations; and I expect that the pattern would look remarkably different if one were to interview contemporary creatives; I wonder how many of the entries such as reading, entertaining, walking, playing music and such would instead be replaced with watching tv, playing video-games, checking facebook and other social media…
  • of course there is much mention of various stimulants

It was only after finishing the book that I finally read the introduction … and realised that the author started collecting these notes in a blog. Interesting. Though I wonder if the blog-to-book phenomenon may be at its natural end (with blogs dying out) … how will budding authors get their work noticed now? Perhaps twitter-to-books-with-very-short-paragraphs? Or tumblr-to-picture-book? Instagram-to-coffee-book?





New book

1 10 2014

Look at what arrived in my post recently.

A new jewellery book: “Place and Adornment: A History of Contemporary Jewellery in Australia and New Zealand” by Damian Skinner and Kevin Murray.

bit of reading!

bit of reading!

I’ll let you know what I think of it … there’s lots to read through!





Dante’s ‘Inferno’

4 09 2014

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:

  • At one point midway on our path in life,
    I came around and found myself searching
    through a dark wood, the right way blurred and lost
    [canto 1, 1-3]
    .
  • In autumn, leaves are lifted, one by one,
    away until the branch looks down and sees
    its tatters all arrayed upon the ground.
    [canto 3, 112-114]
    .
  • No fresh green leaves but dismal in colour,
    no boughs clean arc-ed but knotty and entwined,
    no apples were there but thorns, poison-pricked.
    [canto 13, 4-7]
    .
  • barked in her lunacy like any cur,
    the pain of it so wretched her mind askew
    [canton 30, 20-21]

All from ‘The Divine Comedy I: Inferno‘ translated by Robin Kirkpatrick.

 





Labours of love

15 06 2014

I love the idea of a long-worked-for legacy.

A few that I admire are:

  • Celia Rosser‘s ‘The Banksias‘: “... in 1974 she was appointed [Monash] University Botanical Artist to paint every known species of Banksia. At that time there were thought to be 58 species but soon after, Alex George became involved in the project and he brought the number up to 72. Following the national survey for The Banksia Atlas in 1987 the final tally was 76. It took Celia 25 years to illustrate them all.” [source]; for more, see the publishers page on the three volumes.

    click on image for original source

    click on image for original source

  • Owen Gingerich‘s ‘The Book Nobody Read‘: a 35-year project to examine every surviving copy of the first two editions of ‘On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres’ by Nicolaus Copernicus (1543 and 1566); “Gingerich showed that nearly all the leading mathematicians and astronomers of the time owned and read the book; however, his analysis of the marginalia shows that they almost all ignored the cosmology at the beginning of the book and were only interested in Copernicus’ new equant-free models of planetary motion in the later chapters” [source]

    click on image for original source

    click on image for original source

  • Caroline Herschel’s revision of Flamsteed’s star catalogue ‘Catalogue of Stars‘ (1798): ‘contained an index of every observation of every star made by Flamsteed, a list of errata, and a list of more than 560 stars that had not been included‘; Caroline is also most amazingly incredible for her invaluable work supporting her more famous brother William as she ‘also learned to record, reduce, and organise her brother’s astronomical observations. She recognised that this work demanded speed, precision and accuracy‘ [source]

Sigh. What is left to do?





Thoughts on creativity #3

14 04 2012

Well, just one thought this time actually [more in this and this post].

I’m now reading another book by Julia Cameron: ‘Walking in This World‘.

This was in chapter 1 and it resonated with me today:
We have attached so much rigmarole to the notion of being an artist that we fail to ask the simplest and most obvious question: Do I want to make this? If the answer is yes, then begin. Fire the arrow.

I like it.





Colour stripes

7 04 2012

It’s my mum’s birthday soon.

I made her a bookmark, from all my lovely coloured papers.

book mark awesomeness

another shot ... yep, I like it THAT much for two photos

leftover coloured stripes

I like it. I hope she does too.