Herbert Hofmann awards at Schmuck 2014

22 03 2014

It’s a little late, and you’re likely to know this already …
The winners of the Herbert Hofmann Award at Schmuck 2014 were announced on 15th March 2014.

  • Iris Bodemer of Germany

    Iris Bodemer, Brooch Relief II, 2013, silver. Photo Iris Bodemer.

    Iris Bodemer, Brooch Relief II, 2013, silver. Photo Iris Bodemer.

  • Akihiro Ikeyama from Japan

    Akihiro Ikeyama, brooch Holey Holye Abnorm, 2013. Antlers, stainless steel, paint. Photo Akihiro Ikeyama

    Akihiro Ikeyama, brooch Holey Holye Abnorm, 2013. Antlers, stainless steel, paint. Photo Akihiro Ikeyama

  • Noon Passama from Japan, living in Holland

    Noon Passama, brooch Portrait Nr. 3, 2013, fur, leather, silver, gilt brass. Photo Noon Passama.

    Noon Passama, brooch Portrait Nr. 3, 2013, fur, leather, silver, gilt brass. Photo Noon Passama.

For more images, check out the online catalogue : it is super fantastic that this is available.

Many have written about Schmuck and Talente 2014: including this post by Naomi Rachel Muirhead and Art Aurea magazine.

Dates for next year have been announced : 11th – 15th March 2015.
Perhaps a trip is in order…





Mari Funaki Award

14 03 2014

I’m so pleased to share with you the news from Gallery Funaki (though I’m sure most of you have already seen it!):

We’re thrilled to announce the inaugural Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery. Mari was a unique and passionate advocate for contemporary jewellery in Australia, both through her own remarkable practice and her establishment and directorship of Gallery Funaki.

This Award aims to celebrate Mari’s legacy by rewarding the skills and vision of jewellers both here and overseas and by providing a platform for outstanding new work to be shown here in Australia. A panel of three judges (to be announced) will award prizes in both established and emerging categories, with total prize money valued at AUD$11,000.

For entry conditions and more information, please email Award Manager Chloë Powell at award@galleryfunaki.com.au or download the PDF below [link here].

The Award is generously supported by Vivienne and Leo Donati, Johannes Hartfuss and Fabian Jungbeck.

event media

event media

Important dates:

  • Applications close: 18 June 2014 (11:59pm, Australian Eastern Standard Time)
  • Finalists notified: 25 June 2014
  • Work/s received by: 30 July 2014
  • Award exhibition: 12 August – 13 September 2014

How absolutely wonderful.





That’s not a cameo…

12 03 2014

With Monday being a public holiday in Melbourne, and feeling like relaxing, I may quite possibly have binged on documentaries.

One was about the jewels of the Scandinavian royal families. There was much sparkle. Blinding. And so the first cameo I saw during my documentary festival was the below pearl and cameo diadem, apparently first created for Bonaparte’s wife Josephine and worn by Swedish royal brides for the last century. This post has a good historic provenance listing.

It seemed restrained and muted compared to the other gem-heavy numbers featured.

click on image for original source

click on image for original source

But in a parody of Crocodile Dundee … that’s not a cameo ….

The second cameo I discovered was while watching part 2 of the series ‘Treasures of Ancient Rome‘. Apparently cameo carving was exceptionally highly prized in Ancient Rome, even more so than sculpture. This I didn’t know. Nor did I know the scale of some of the cameos …

click on image for original source

click on image for original source

I present the ‘Great Cameo of France‘ … it’s bigger than an A4 sheet of paper.
Woah. Now that’s a cameo.

That’s all I have to say about cameos for now.





‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor’ exhibition

10 03 2014

I’m terribly disappointed. I was hoping to get to this exhibition personally, but haven’t been able to – a combination of work commitments, driving stamina failure, and the Morwell coal mine fire ruining my original plans.

The exhibition ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor – 100 Women 100 Brooches 100 Stories‘ at the LaTrobe Gallery is the last showing of this long-touring exhibition supported by the Museum & Gallery Services of Queensland.

click on image for original source

click on image for original source

Exhibition media: “This exhibition celebrates the 2011 centenary of International Women’s Day, and the old rhyme was a starting point for 100 of Australia’s finest women jewellers to make a brooch in response to the professional achievements of 100 Australian women in every field imaginable—from tinker to tailor, bishop to soldier, bullocky to lawyer.

I wanted to see this exhibition so much and read the stories behind the pieces – but I have settled (for now) with reading the education kit produced alongside the show. It has thumbnail images (understandably of low quality) of each piece and a little snippet of story for each woman.

It is a poor substitute I know, for how wonderful it would have been to see the 100 pieces together; to see their scale and texture and from different angles, and how they play off each other …

I’ve also ordered the exhibition catalogue and hopefully that’ll arrive soon.

Sigh, while it’s super fabulous that this exhibition has toured regional centers, I do wish it could have come to Melbourne.

For further reading:

  • an essay by Dorothy Erickson on Craft Australia website (with some more images)
  • and another essay by Kirsten Fitzpatrick also on Craft Australia
  • Ari Athan’s blog post about her brooch
  • Nicole Bannerman’s page about her brooch
  • Katherine Bowman’s blog post about her brooch
  • Melissa Cameron’s blog post about her brooch
  • Jess Dare’s page about her brooch
  • Anna Davern’s blog post about her brooch
  • a page including Carolyn Delzoppo’s brooch
  • Yuko Fujita’s blog post about her brooch
  • a story about Barbara Heath’s brooch
  • Sheridan Kennedy’s post about her brooch
  • Julie Kiefel’s blog post about her brooch
  • Peta Kruger’s blog post about her brooch
  • Christel van der Laan’s page about her brooch
  • Cinnamon Lee’s page about her brooch
  • Katheryn Leopoldseder’s blog post about her brooch
  • Coconut Lu’s blog post about her brooch
  • Sim Luttin’s blog post about her brooch
  • Jessica Morrison’s blog post about her brooch
  • Pheobe Porter’s page about her brooch
  • Elizabeth Shaw’s blog post about her brooch
  • Rebecca Ward’s page about her brooch

Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor‘ is at La Trobe Regional Gallery until 6th April 2014.





Past exhibition: ‘The Jewels of JAR’

24 02 2014

A recent post by Marcus Banyan (ArtBlart) pointed me to a current exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York – Jewels by JAR.

The photographs on his post, and the museum website, reminded me of the exhibition JAR pieces I saw in London many moons ago; apparently the only previous one of his work.

photograph of catalogue

photograph of catalogue

From memory there was no lighting in the rooms, or perhaps only the barest to be able to navigate oneself safely about. My memory is of visitors being furnished with their own little flashlight to illuminate each piece in the wall-recessed display cabinets. Looking at photographs of the current show, it seems that the lighting is within the vitrines and no-one has flashlights – I wonder if I imagined that part?

photograph of catalogue

photograph of catalogue

I especially liked this text from one of the catalogue essays: “Every piece, once it is ready to be sold, comes with the ghost of the person who will eventually wear it.” (‘Solace’ by Frederick Seidel, 2002, included text); while I’m not convinced I can see souls haunting these particular objects, I do like the idea in general.

However I do remember at the time realising that I would never make pieces like this – not the least because of the incredible technique I’d need to master, but due to my aversion to all things representative.

photograph of catalogue

photograph of catalogue

If you do happen to go to the current JAR exhibition, prepare to be dazzled, metaphorically and physically (just do a simple google image search and you’ll know what I’m saying). It could almost be too much of a good thing with over 400 pieces. For interest, there was a rather brutal review of the show in the NY Times.

The Jewels of JAR‘ was held in the Gilbert Collection at Somerset House, London from 2nd November 2002 – 26 January 2003.





Powerhouse Museum

21 02 2014

Recently my friend and fabulous jeweller Nicole Polentas highlighted that one of her pieces is part of the Powerhouse Museum’s permanent collection (purchased in 2012). How super!

Being a Melbourne resident (for just over a decade now), I’m not very familiar with the Powerhouse Museum (it’s in Sydney; you probably knew that). This new information gave me reason to investigate further online.

I am especially impressed with their pages sharing details of their acquisitions. I believe every publicly funded art institution should follow this example. [I couldn't see equivalent information on the NGV site.]

Even more impressive is the number of contemporary, and older, jewellery items acquired in recent years; much donated and others purchased, many of those using the Yasuko Myer Bequest.

Yay for the Powerhouse Museum.

I understand that the Art Gallery of South Australia has a wonderful collection of contemporary jewellery under the bequest, the Rhianon Vernon-Roberts Memorial Collection. Sadly I couldn’t find much information on this on their website; though I do remember seeing it in person when our university group visited the gallery and had a private showing. Ah memories.

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And while speaking of the Powerhouse, Gallery Loupe’s facebook page mentions that there is something pretty special brewing for September this year. Oooooh, exciting.