Sunrise

9 08 2014

It’s been a while between beautiful sunrises.

Thankfully there was one this morning – just the encouragement I needed.

sunrise 09Aug14

sunrise 09Aug14





More travel memories

6 08 2014

When my body is at its tiredest my mind wanders to my healthier youth when I traveled to Europe.

This is one of my favourite images of those travels. It’s a mansion along the Grand Canal in Venice.

Venice; image not to be reproduced without permission

Venice; image not to be reproduced without permission

Treasured memories.





The blurgh

3 08 2014

Have you ever been in a position where you’ve ‘had to‘ create but the mojo just wasn’t with you?

Well, that was me in my second drawing class.

It wasn’t that the topic wasn’t interesting (it was); or that I wasn’t capable of undertaking the task of the lesson (previous experience suggests I am able); it’s just that I wasn’t feeling it. Admittedly I was tired, but usually I can ignore/postpone that for something I really want to be part of.

During my RMIT degree I came to understand that I wasn’t designed to be at my creative best in the company of others. I found workshops difficult and stifling – all that creativity in one room is distracting, and I need mental and sonic quiet to find my ideas. And while I’m fine when actively learning in company (otherwise university would have been impossible, not to mention school!), sometimes I just can’t find the flow when it’s time to put it into practice in class ….

I have a plan to doodle a bit during the week, to unblock it a little; and I have every faith that the feel/flow will be with me next class.

If you have any tips for recovering the lost mojo when in a workshop (where you’re paying for the time and want the best out of it!), please do share.





Other Augusts

2 08 2014

Following on from June and July posts …
other Augusts ….

August 2009

August 2010

August 2011

August 2013

Lots on this month too. Get out among it.





Calendar: August 2014

31 07 2014

post last updated: 22nd August

all month:

  • Craft Cubed 2014: so much happening [link]

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  • Personal Space Project (Canberra and online), Volker Tropps [link]

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  • Manon van Kouswijk ‘Out of the Office: 100 Necklaces worn by a Foyer‘, at The Other Side; situated in the entry foyer of Paul Morgan Architect’s Design Studio at Level 10, 221 Queen St, Melbourne; until 12th September
  • Jam Factory (Adelaide) ‘White Heat‘ [link]; until 12th September

1st August: Craft jewellery and smithing exhibitions; until 30th August

  • Vito Bila ‘Unseamly vessels‘ [link]; “In Unseamly vessels Vito Bila continues his exploration of vessels, in particular the production of non-functional metal vessels. In making his work Bila engages with a dynamic and unconventional combination of processes and materials, and he exploits the traditional and nontraditional, often within the one piece.
  • Transportation‘, group contempoary jewellery exhibition [link]; “This exhibition of contemporary narrativeexplores the sense of place and cultural identity through the theme of transplantation. Artists based in the UK and Australia have explored their own sense of place and individual cultural identity as a consequence of their personal and family experiences of transplantation.
  • Bin Dixon-Ward ‘Grids‘ [link]; “Grids are everywhere, in the layout of our cities and towns, in land divisions for agriculture and housing, floor plans and building facades; the urban grid has endless translations.  As a fundamental unit of our endeavours to manage and control our environment, we use the grid to protect us, to navigate our way and to mark and control our boundaries.  The grid maintains a structure that is both self-supporting and flexible. Its foundations remain intact even when the surface is altered and eroded through use.

1st August: Studio 20/17 (Sydney), Melissa Cameron ‘COLLECTION: One design. Three materials. 30+ individual jewels‘ [link]; “Melissa Cameron regularly issues a design challenge to herself. How many different objects can you create from one pattern?“; until 30th August; workshop on the 23rd August

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1st August: last day for application to Counihan Gallery ‘Moreland Summer Show 2014‘ [link]

2nd August: last day for Hatch Contemporary Arts Space, ‘Seventh Skin‘, group exhibition [link]

3rd August: Brunswick Street Gallery ‘Small Works 2014‘ [link]; until 20th August

3rd August: last day for oneofftwo gallery (East Gippsland), Jill Hermans ‘Aboro Gin – Hazy Moon

5th August: Pieces of Eight, jewellery exhibitions; until 13th September [link]

  • Lisa Roet ‘Humanzee‘; “We are proud to present Humanzee, a new project from renowned visual artist Lisa Roet. For 25 years, Roet has been working with the image of the ape and the monkey. Sculpture and jewellery connect in this new body of work, carved and cast, materials including gold, silver, bronze and bone become extraordinary pieces for man and woman to adorn themselves with.

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  • Nicholas Bastin ‘Compact Museum Gacha Gacha'; “We’re pleased to present Nicholas Bastin’s Compact Museum Gacha-Gacha, an exhibition of small-scale objects and jewellery presented in a reduced in scale Art Museum. These works draw on the Gachapon, a Japanese term used to describe a particular type of urban toy-like object, that are almost endless in their depiction of diverse subject matter from popular culture. Nicholas Bastin makes jewellery and objects inspired by the representation of mythological archetypes in the products of popular culture. 

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5th August: Lord Coconut ‘Melbourne Cufflink – Student Prize‘ exhibition [link]; until 23rd August

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6th August: RMIT Object-based Practice Gold & Silversmithing Jewellery Auction [link]

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9th August: last day for Gallery Funaki, Karl Fritsch ‘yodel‘ [link]; see my review post

9th August: last day for Bilk Gallery (Canberra), ‘Bro.och‘ group exhibition [link]

10th August: last day for Melbourne Museum ‘Aztecs‘ [link]

10th August: last day for Chapel-off-Chapel ‘An Unbearable Lightness’, part of Craft Cubed [link]; “an exhibition of contemporary jewellery by Catrine Berlatier addressing issues of waste and the damage it creates when making its way through our waterways and into the oceans

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12th August: RMIT First Site Gallery, ‘Wondernamel 2014‘ [link]; “Wondernamel began in 2007 and continues as a group exhibition of contemporary enamelling in Australia. The artists exhibiting in Wondernamel 2014, work in diverse ways making original work in the area of enamelling. Wondernamel is an invented word connecting the use of enamel by the artists using the notion of the curiosity cabinet or wonder room.“; until 22nd August

exhibition media; click on image for original source

exhibition media; click on image for original source

12th August: RMIT First Site Gallery, ‘Around the Table‘ [link]; “A cup of tea, a jug, an object of nostalgia, gently resting on the table suggestive of a ritual or an activity associated with life.Around the Table brings together a selection of students from undergraduate Object based Practice. The artists use of innovative Silversmithing and Ceramic processes to explore and investigate the role of the table in relation to their work. The aim of this exhibition in 2014, is to bring the table back into view and to explore the idiosyncratic nature of this site.“; until 22nd August

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exhibition media; click on image for original source

13th August: Gallery Funaki ‘Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery‘ [link]; see the gallery page for the incredible listing of exhibiting artists; until 13th September

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14th August: Arbor Brunswick ‘Brunswick Iconic‘, part of Craft Cubed [link]; “Jewellers are asked to take a photo of an iconic Brunswick thing (building, park, street, etc.) and then respond to it with a specially made piece of jewellery. The exhibition will be held in the lit window, so people are able to view it any time of day. The image and finished jewellery piece will be displayed together.“; until 14th September

exhibition media; click on image for original source

exhibition media; click on image for original source

14th August: Stanley Street Gallery (Sydney) ‘Over your Head‘ [link]; until 6th September

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15th August: Studio Ingot, Wayne Guest ‘A Gathering of Jugs‘ [link]; until 30th August

exhibition media; click on image for original source (facebook)

exhibition media; click on image for original source (facebook)

19th August: Spare Room 33 (Canberra) ‘You’ve Lost Me‘; private exhibition of contemporary jewellery, viewing by appointment; various open times during August

special invitation

special invitation; click on image for full size

29th August: Lord Coconut ‘Adornment‘ [link]; “Jewellers, artisans and designers have been given a found bone and instructed to adorn it in a masculine way, or use the bone when producing a piece of adornment for men, especially jewellery. …. The exhibition is a comment on the current explosion of body adornment, both permanent and temporary, as seen in fashion today.“; until 7th September

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exhibition media; click on image for original source

30th August: Object (Sydney), Lola Greeno ‘Cultural Jewels‘ [link]; “Lola Greeno: Cultural Jewels is the eighth in our Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft series. Our first Indigenous Living Treasure, Greeno is a shellworker and artist from Tasmania, whose career spans 30 years. Her stunning work is highly coveted by both public and private collectors alike.“;  until 11th October

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30th August: last day for Craft ACT (Canberra), Phoebe Porter ‘Material and structure‘ [link]; “The works presented in Material and Structure are representative of various bodies of exhibition work and are what Porter refers to as her most successful pieces, reflecting the outcomes of each investigation with a greater level of refinement.

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31st August: last day for NGV Winter Masterpieces ‘Italian Masterpieces from Spain’s Royal Court, Museo del Prado, Madrid‘ [link]

31st August: last day for application to Aesthetica Art Prize [link]

please tell me of other exhibitions or events
also check out Melissa Cameron’s excellent informative blog (especially for competitions)
also, check out ArtPrizes

Plan ahead:

20th September: Powerhouse Museum (Sydney), ‘A fine possession: jewellery and identity‘, will “celebrate the central place of jewellery in our lives from antiquity to the present-day through over 700 iconic and rarely seen objects” [link]

1st October: last day for applications for Schmuck and Talente 2015 [link]

15th November: last day for application to Preziosa Young 2015 [link]

… last calendar post: Calendar: July 2014





Drawing leaves

27 07 2014

As regular readers know, I’m taking a break from making jewellery.
It’s okay.
I do however want for something else to fill that creative void.
The urge to create is to be answered.
To assuage the need, I’m taking a botanical art class.

I’ve done plenty of drawing classes before, both formally (including an RMIT class) and also through evening classes and such; and I decided on this class to reawaken that love.

Our first lesson was talking a bit, and a few of the basics (in pencil).

I learned new things … not that I know lots, but I was surprised to learn something brand new in the first few hours of a class. This pleased me immensely.

Most importantly, a lovely statement from our teacher: “drawing is putting a line around a thought“.

drawing 26Jul14; not to be reproduced without permission

drawing 26Jul14; not to be reproduced without permission

This is one of the pages from my first lesson.

The centre leaf is my absolute favourite; mostly because the lines were felt and came from my hand exactly as I wanted them first time. The clarity of the act was utterly enjoyable, and the lines are beautiful to me.
Just that one leaf though, the others are learning doodles.





Kirsten Haydon ‘Ice storeroom’ @ Craft

25 07 2014

Kirsten was one of my two enameling teachers at RMIT. And for that I will be forever grateful – I love the practice, though of course haven’t done any for many years now. Not like Kirsten – she continues to explore the technique and her connection with the Antarctic in Ice storeroom‘ at Craft.

installation; photograph taken with gallery permission

installation; photograph taken with gallery permission

The installation is wonderful. I like how it transports you to another space – moving through the structure it encloses you and it genuinely feels like you’re quite separate from the gallery. It evokes a sparsely built storeroom.

The brooches are mostly circular (though with differing diameters), and seem to me to refer to ice cores.

Exhibition media: “The ice has a remarkable quality of preserving and storing knowledge within its structure. Inclusions, both micro and macro, in the ice can provide detail about the moment the ice was formed. This knowledge could be accessed from analysing the trapped gases or dust particles or by connecting with the narrative of an enclosed man-made object.
In this installation Ice storeroom builds on Haydon’s previous work with Antarctica and explores the notion that Antarctica is a repository for environmental and cultural knowledge.

photograph taken with gallery permission

photograph taken with gallery permission

There is more colour in this show than in her previous; with the additional hues within a limited palette of greys and blues and rusts, with a shot of dark grey / black in the bracelet in the foreground above.

Once again I like the neckpieces made of tube-components; and I loved the little objects and the neckpiece ‘ice monitor‘.

I initially thought that many of the pieces could be considered to be quite similar to previous collections (certainly not meant as a criticism but more an observation). However then I realised that newer pieces in this exhibition are accompanied with a smattering of older pieces (from 2006 and since), which may explain my sense of familiarity. I may also be experiencing ignorance or failing memory – I’m absolutely sure that were all the work to be in one room a progression would be completely obvious; and can you imagine how gorgeous that room would be!

That said, some of the neckpieces here show incredibly interesting development of form and construction (as in the ‘Lure of Radium‘ below).

I’d also like to know more about the installation on the back wall; for it is unique in the exhibition in including porcelain in the materials – though I couldn’t quite tell where…

media image; click on image for original source

media image in SMH article; click on image for original source

This exhibition has also been reviewed and written about by:

  • SMH: with a beautiful photograph and well-researched and thoughtful commentary
  • HandMadeLife: with many stunning photographs (including one of ‘ice monitor‘; my favourite statement “Every time we’ve seen her work there has been a level of finesse that makes the ideas feel as complete as the actual work. That accuracy of thinking and of execution is evident in every object, every surface, every well-considered corner of this installation.”
  • BlouIn ArtInfo

And make sure you check out the Craft interview with Kirsten here.

Kirsten Haydon ‘Ice storeroom‘ is at Craft until 26th July 2014.
[Sorry sorry - it closes tomorrow - I've had some trouble getting to this one.]

See also: 10th June 2011 Kirsten Haydon ‘ice structure‘ @ Gallery Funkai