I wear my own…

5 07 2013

What jewellery of my own making do I wear?
As I mentioned previously, not many but some… and quite rarely indeed.

A small collection I grant you.

Hopefully I’ll be making more pieces for me to wear in the coming year or two, as I get more time in the studio to play.





Reworking: Avebury

19 06 2013

I’ve mused and written quite a bit about recycling and reworking old pieces. Recently I finally reworked one of the pieces from my RMIT days.

My ‘Avebury‘ pendant from the Longing‘ jewellery project of second year has always had a special place in my heart. However I have never liked the chain and could not see me wearing it as a pendant.

reworked Avebury; image not to be reproduced without permission

reworked Avebury; image not to be reproduced without permission

While I may make jewellery, I do have a special attraction to small objects … so I made a little stand for the pendant. It’s only a quick mock-up (the brass reflects the gold), but it has pride of place in my living room … so I may see its gorgeousness every day.

I love the image below too … brooding Avebury.

reworked Avebury; image not to be reproduced without permission

reworked Avebury; image not to be reproduced without permission





Amazing nature

12 06 2013

Is it just me, or does this look like a pair of cufflinks or earrings or lapel pins?

from my favourite facebook page; click on image for original source

from my favourite facebook page; click on image for original source

They’re actually Golden Wattle pollen grains. Beautiful. I wonder if all pollen grains are so gorgeous?

I love wattle flowers … they were everywhere in the area I grew up, and were the inspiration of the carving for my Gold Brooches from my second year at uni.

second year, 'gold' brooch

second year, ‘gold’ brooch





Exhibition invitations

5 05 2013

I’m excited.

Why?

During one of my sporadic cupboard clearouts I found an invitation to my 1st & 2nd Year exhibition ‘Construct‘, as well as the invitation for my graduate exhibition ‘Out of the Basement‘.

Whoo!

invitation for Construct

invitation for Construct

invitation for 'Out of the Basement'

invitation for ‘Out of the Basement’





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 2: in summary

4 09 2012

So I’ve posted a story about each of the making projects in my second year at RMIT (in 2005).

RMIT Year 2, Semester 1 series:

RMIT Year 2, Semester 2 series:

On to Year 3 in the near future.





RMIT Year 2 exhibition

3 09 2012

Before I move on to third year pieces, a little mention of the year-end exhibition.

As I wrote in my Year 1 exhibition post, at RMIT second and first year students are required to take part in a year-end exhibition. And this year our group had naming rights – not as easy as you’d imagine!

Our exhibition was called ‘Construct‘ and was at the RMIT Faculty of Arts Gallery. Organising it required more effort than we could have imagined! The bump-in (‘professional’ term for the setting up of the exhibition in the gallery space) took our class two days of work in the gallery; and we couldn’t have done it without the extensive work of Mark Edgoose (lecturer) and Jason Wade (technician).

There was no book or catalogue made for the show; and I am quite disappointed that I cannot find the invitation anywhere (if anyone has one, please do send me a scan of it!).

So instead, I shall share two new photographs of the teapot that nearly killed me, after it was silver-plated.

silver teapot; image not to be reproduced without permission

silver teapot; mood shot; image not to be reproduced without permission

Ah, memories.

Maybe I could cut the unsatisfactory handle off the top of the teapot (even though that was one hell of a soldering feat!) and make the ‘bowl’ into something more useful … I don’t like to see so much metal wasted (especially as I don’t display it), and I had so many beautiful ideas at the time of the project that I could perhaps resurrect.

If you’re an RMIT alumni, what have you done with your teapot??