Stash

3 04 2014

A selection from the yarn stash … such deliciousness …

What to make? What to make?

stash-o-rama-rama

stash-o-rama-rama

Told you things may get all knit-xplosion around here!





Dreaming

2 04 2014

A few things I think of a dream jobs … well not even jobs, but ways to pass the day … if money were no object …

  • astrophotographer – I love the stars
  • painting restorer – I demonstrate uncanny patience for some activities
  • expert in some insanely specific museum-art niche – say, the jewellery of Flemish portraiture in the 15/16/17th centuries, or the iconography of ceramic decoration from Central and South America from 900-1500
  • enameler – again, super-patience; though someone may need to construct the rest of the jewellery/object

Thinking back over time …

  • nightclub dancer in Paris in the 20s – think Justine Baker
  • assistant to Linnaeus – organisation excellence
  • or to Herschel
  • … or so many other amazing minds who discovered things for the very first time (oh the wonder!)

That is all for now.





Calendar: April 2014

31 03 2014

post last updated: 21st April

all month:

  • Personal Space Project, ‘Sunscreen‘ Claire McArdle [link], online and in person in Canberra

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  • Ari Athen’s ‘Ten Volcanic Years‘ [link] at her Brisbane studio; until 30th May

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    exhibition media

1st April: Gallery Funaki, David Bielander ‘escapade‘ [link]; “David Bielander returns to Melbourne for a new exhibition, following on from his career-high exhibition, ‘Demiurge’ at the Museum of Modern Art, Arnhem. Bielander’s jewellery and objects are famous for their keenly observed wit and technical virtuosity, as he interprets natural and man-made forms in a particularly idiosyncratic, unexpected and brilliant way.“; until 26th April

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2nd April: Northcity4, Upskilling workshop ‘Riveting‘ [link]

2nd April: C3 Contemporary Art Space (Abbotsford Convent), group exhibition ‘The Invisible Link‘ [link]; artists include Sim Luttin; until 20th April

3rd April: last day for Peaches + Keen ‘Botanical Calamity‘ exhibition at Modern Times [link]; see my review post

4th April: Mr Kitly ‘Pukulpa Pots‘ [link]; opening 6pm Friday night; “Come along to see these incredible ceramic pieces and works on paper by the Anangu women of the Iwantja Art Centre, based in the central desert community of Indulkana. In collaboration with ceramicist Kim Jaeger (of Pot Heads fame:) The ladies from Iwantja Art Centre will be here for the opening, making it a very special evening.“; unknown closing date

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exhibition media; click on image for original source

5th April: Northcity4 ‘Jewellery Findings‘ workshop [link]

5th April: Fivefold (Canberra), Rebecca Hinwood ‘Among the Gum Trees‘ [link]

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exhibition media; click on image for original source

5th – 7th April: RMIT ‘InszenierungMasterclass with David Bielander [link]; ““Every one of us is focussed on the aspects and occurring issues of making our best possible pieces, creating an outstanding, genuine oeuvre, breaking our heads and fingers about techniques, virtuosity, conceptual thoughts, wearability issues. But afterwards: how do we put our oeuvre into the world? How do we shape the point of transition from the privacy of the studio into the public sphere? How do we present the results of our making to our audience? What do we want to happen when people see our work?”“; Saturday, Sunday, Monday – this is excellent for those who work during weekdays, yay RMIT!

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event media

6th April: last day for Latrobe Regional Art Gallery (Morwell, country Victoria), ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor: 100 Women, 100 Brooches, 100 Stories’ [link]; traveling exhibition, toured by Museum and Gallery Services QLD

6th April: NEW CRAFT @ Queen Victoria Market [link]

8th April: Craft NSW (Sydney), ‘Stories: an exhibition of fine jewellery with stories to tell‘ [link]; until 27th April

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exhibition media; click on image for original

9th April: Melbourne Museum ‘Aztecs‘ [link]; until 10th August

10th April: Craft lecture, ‘Craft to Consumer: Best Practice‘ [link]; 5:30 – 7pm, booking required; “Best Practice is the first event in our popular professional development series Craft to Consumer. This session will provide an overview of the fundamental steps involved in introducing and establishing your concepts and practice within the marketplace. Dale Campisi from Melbournalia, jeweller Victoria Mason and Craft’s own Carmel McKie will present an insightful information session for emerging and established makers keen to expand their market reach in the retail sector

10th April: RMIT School of Art Gallery, “RMIT Foundation, School of Art, Honours Traveling Scholarships” [link]; “Xanthe Dobbie, Byrone Dean, Aimee Howard, Varuni Kanagasundaram, Elise Sheehan, Ruby Aitchison, Wendy Korol and Stephen Robb“; until 18th April

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10th April: Montsalvat Artists Exhibition ‘Soundings‘ [link]; Barn Gallery Montsalvat; “Montsalvat is proud to present the diverse work of 18 of their artists. Works include jewellery, glass, ceramics, textiles, paintings and musical instruments. This exhibition celebrates Montsalvat’s rich history as a place where art is created while showcasing the work of artists in the present day.“; until 1st June

11th April: NGV ‘START UP: Top Art 2014‘ [link]; until 20th July

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12th April: last day for Bilk Gallery (Canberra), Vito Bila and Godwin Baum ‘Crossover‘ [link]

12th April: last day for application to Future Generation Art Prize [link]

12th April: RMIT lecture series, Object based Practice Gold & Silversmithing, Dr Cóilín O’Dubhghaill (Sheffield, UK)The craft of interdisciplinary research’; 2.30-3.30 pm, RMIT University, Design Hub, Cnr Swanston St and Victoria Pde, Building 100, Level 3, Room 1; “Dr. Cóilín Ó Dubhghaill is a Senior Research Fellow in the Art and Design Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University. In this lecture Cóilín will talk about his practice and ongoing interdisciplinary projects with Maria Hanson, Christoph Zellweger and researchers from the jewellery and silversmithing field, working in collaboration with a range of other disciplines.

16th April: Bilk Gallery (Canberra), ‘Miniatures‘ group glass exhibition [link]

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exhibition media; click on image for original source

17th April: Craft, ‘Fresh! 2013‘ [link]; until 1st June

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19th April: last day for Pieces of Eight, ‘UPALA‘ Melanie Katsalidas & Alpha60 [link]

19th April: last day for Lord Coconut ‘Dear Father‘ [link]

21st April: last day for National Gallery of Australia (Canberra), ‘Gold and the Incas‘ [link]; see my review post

21st April: last day for submitting expressions of interest to exhibit at Craft in 2015/6 [link]

22nd April: last day for ‘Stories in Black‘ exhibition at Pro{Merging}Art

23rd April: Seventh Gallery, Sun Woong Bang ‘Herstory‘ [link]; “This body of work has been based on digital nomadic life where it appears to move substantially without borders. The artworks explore new ways of creating reinterpreted objects of excavated relics from nomadic tribes who lived near the Silk Road, by using 3D digital printer, and CAD techniques.“; until 10th May

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27th April: last day for ‘Silver‘ at Museum of Brisbane [link]

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28th April: start of ‘Slow Clay: Porcelain Jewellery‘ workshop with Prue Venables [link]

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29th April: SJS Gallery ‘Colour Surface Form‘ collective exhibition [link]; until 11th May

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exhibition media; click on image for original source

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:

date unclear: application to Aesthetica Art Prize [link]

1st May: last day for expression of interest to Schoonhoven Silver Award 2015 [link]

2nd May: last day for expressions of interest to participate in Lord Coconut’s ‘Binary‘ exhibition [link]

[images and descriptive quotes are included in the first post the event/exhibition is mentioned, not on subsequent calendar posts, to reduce load times of calendar posts]

… last calendar post: Calendar: March 2014





Knit-tastic

29 03 2014

Knitting. I love it.

Especially knitting a gift.

gift knitting

gift knitting

Without the studio, it is a distinct possibility that there will be a knit-craft-explosion in this home.

Update (31st March): oh oopsies, I bet you’re just busting to know the details of this project:





Peaches + Keen ‘Botanical Calamity’ @ Modern Times

27 03 2014

Oh you all know of my fondness of Peaches + Keen. It’s unashamed I tell you.

The colourific ladies have a show of some new prints in ‘Botanical Calamity‘ at Modern Times.

installation

installation

It’s not a gallery space but one of my favourite kinds of stores, a mid-century furniture store … be still my beating-for-rosewood heart! And for my mind the beautiful prints sit quite a peace next to the gorgeous furniture.

The new work continues to showcase their love of nature. The motifs are delicate, gold-leaf is used sparingly for highlights (but for the outrageously fabulous cactus, where it is generously applied to fabulous effect) and their playful feel for combining colour is evident.

installation

installation

I think I say this about every one of Peaches + Keen’s exhibitions – it was a delight and a joy. I always walk away from their shows with a smile.

Botanical Calamity‘ is at Modern Times until 3rd April 2014.

Other shows from Peaches + Keen:





Bye bye studio

25 03 2014

Regular readers will know of my recent struggles with the muse and creative process. Yes, it’s been a underlying theme for ages.

You probably also spotted my recent break-up letter with my studio.

Well – it’s really happening – I’m moving out of the studio.

Big sigh. Sad times indeed. Heart-breaking to be honest.

It’s taken a lot of soul searching to finally admit that I’ve (hopefully temporarily) fallen out of love with making jewellery. I will keep visiting exhibitions and writing though, for I love the community and certainly love seeing the making of others!

I will also keep my equipment, as I do hope that the love will return in time.

Therefore, my beautiful studio buddies are looking for a jeweller to take up my space in the shared studio. They’ve been established in the same studio for many years, and I spent more than three happy years there with them. They’re seriously just lovely and gorgeous people!

The kind of person I know they’re looking for will be responsible, reliable and a kind of kindred spirit…

The studio is part of the Red Box artist studios in Collingwood.

If you’re looking to share a studio space (and have your own bench etc), email (or facebook message) me and I’ll pass on your message.





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…