RMIT Year 1, Semester 2, Theory

11 01 2013

This post is a little out of order, given the last I wrote about my RMIT projects was Year 3 Silversmithing. It’s strange that I completely forgot about this when writing about Year 1, but these things happen.

I cannot find the original assessment specification sheet (or whatever it’s called – you know what I mean), though I believe it was to create an artwork that had specific reference to one of the theoretical aspects we’d learnt about during our Theory class. I chose to further research and explore “the desensitisation to, and ‘consumerisation’ of, images – particularly images of suffering.

untitled object; image not to be reproduced without permission

untitled object; image not to be reproduced without permission

A significant influence on this work were the writings of Susan Sontag, especially her 1977 essay ‘On Photography‘.

The (reasonably brief) essay accompanying the object explains the selection of the image and the construction of the ‘dog-tag’ neckpieces:
Karen Thompson_Y1S2_Theory
[this is an original research essay; no content is to be reproduced without permission]

untitled object; image not to be reproduced without permission

untitled object; image not to be reproduced without permission

… last post in this series: RMIT Year 3, Semester 1, Silversmithing
… see more projects from RMIT Year 1 here





Recycling

26 09 2012

Another outcome of my recent organisation was that I’ve decided which pieces to ‘recycle’. Essentially, these the metal in these will be sold to a metal merchant for ‘refining’ (melting down and reuse).

image not to be reproduced without permission

It’s a funny thing – but I now think I’ve had enough time and space from my degree at RMIT to be ready to destroy these pieces. As I’ve mused before, these pieces aren’t representative and I don’t like them enough to even keep them. They are adequately documented and I’m ready to let them go.

In the end, I decided to hold off the execution of the brooch and have it sitting as a little sculpture on my book-stand for the time being.

While I was deconstructing the ring, I was impressed with myself with the construction quality – go me! Also, I was also pretty chuffed with the fitting on the neckpiece, so will keep that too.

It was a pretty cathartic experience really … letting go is often a good thing.

A separate group is those that will be re-worked, where an element of the piece will be made into something else. More when I get around to working on them … which could be a long while yet.





Organised

21 09 2012

I love organising. I love being organised.

My RMIT jewellery drawers have been consolidated and reorganised. Each piece is now wrapped in acid-free paper and in a little zip-lock bag with a photo of the piece for easy identification – nothing worse than having to unwrap everything to find the one piece you’re looking for.

organised drawer

Organisation nerd.

As part of this exercise, I’ve decided which pieces are candidates for recycling and reworking – I’ll write more about that another time.





RMIT Year 1 exhibition

8 04 2011

Before I move on to Year 2, I thought it worth mentioning to exhibition that was part of the end-of-year of Year 1. At RMIT, second and first year students are required to take part in a year-end exhibition.

Most times, the second year students take on organising duties, as most first-year students are a little uncertain about how it all works! Also, the second-year therefore has naming rights.

Our exhibition was called ‘Selected Works: Gold and Silver‘ and was at the RMIT Faculty of Arts Gallery. There was no book or catalogue made for the show, but below is the invitation.

exhibition invitation; my doodle is the third from the left on the bottom row

As I had won the first-year Koodak Award, I also had a piece in the graduate exhibition ‘Look‘ that year too. The piece in that exhibition was the neckpiece in this post.

exhibition invitation for graduation show, Look

However I cannot quite recall which pieces were in the first/second year exhibition though…perhaps the tea strainer, though I really cannot remember what else!





RMIT Year 1: in summary

23 03 2011

I have only now realised that I’ve posted a story about each of the making projects in my first year at RMIT (in 2004). We had other subjects, like an elective and some theory, but I don’t have much to share about those.

RMIT Year 1, Semester 1 series:

RMIT Year 1, Semester 2 series:

On to Year 2 in the near future.





RMIT Year 1, Semester 2, Silversmithing #2

25 02 2011

First year, second semester, Silversmithing, project #2: ‘*Colander / Strainer / Sieve

This is one of the few pieces that I’ve made that isn’t with me … I gave it to my mum and dad as a gift.

The remit of the project was to “design and make a functional or non-functional object that will allow liquid to pass through whilst withholding another matter“.

I did a lot of reading of the Japanese tea ceremony for this project – it did help that the Japanese culture has always been fascinating for me, especially their beautiful textiles. I sketched a number of ideas and after a few days briefly sketched the three layers of a traditional temple; and as it was such a simple line drawing, my imagination saw something else that ended up with the idea of three nesting pieces for a tea strainer.

from visual diary at the time; not to be reproduced without permission

In creating the piercing that would create the function of a strainer I found the design in the flowers of a cheery blossom tree.

working out the saw piercing; from visual diary at the time; not to be reproduced without permission

The silver pieces were raised from copper, saw-pierced and plated; the green pieces are aluminium discs that were formed in a flypress, drilled and anodised a beautiful jade green.

tea strainer; original image by Mark Kral; not to be reproduced without permission

tea strainer; original image by Mark Kral; not to be reproduced without permission

… last post in this series: RMIT Year 1, Semester 2, Silversmithing #1