‘5×7: early career Australian makers’ @ Gallery Funaki

14 05 2016

Oh dear readers, it has been a marvellously convoluted life that I’ve been living over the last month or more … so much so that it was only possible to visit ‘5×7: early career Australian makers‘ at Gallery Funaki on its last day.

For that I most sincerely beg forgiveness … though I anticipate that many of you have visited yourself, and if not I hope you’ve been watching the online pictures.

photograph taken with explicit gallery permission

photograph taken with explicit gallery permission ; Lindy

Makers invited to exhibit are:

photograph taken with explicit gallery permission

photograph taken with explicit gallery permission ; Marcos (left) and Zoe (right)

I’ve been a long-time sincere admirer of Inari’s work – you may never, or perhaps only rarely, see work with such genuine spirit; or an artist with such a bright internal fire and need to create. The earrings and brooch in this collection were standouts for me; their darkness and surface finish is incredibly ethereal, though somehow broodingly standoffish at the same time. The little aluminium pin was a delight too. And while I admit to being troubled by not being able to hear what the larger scale sculptures were saying, I cannot help but be impressed by their scale and confidence.

I’ve also been a long-time supporter of, and interlocutor with, Zoe – her work is full of words and I freakin’ love words. I’m brutally self-critical and open about my struggle with humour and irreverence in jewellery, as I am far too much of a rigid traditionalist regarding the preciousness of adornment … though I like to think that I’m lightening up a little through exposure to work like Zoe’s (the earrings she’s making for the current Bilk exhibition are fantastic fun – see!). I have such respect for her work, her ethic, her enthusiasm in encouraging other makers, and truly wish I had her approach to making. I actually had a bit of a senior moment, when I initially misread the ‘GO ON’ pendant as ‘GOON’ … ah, showing my Queensland university days there.

photograph taken with explicit gallery permission

photograph taken with explicit gallery permission ; Inari (left) and Annie (right)

In all her previous graduate exhibitions (that I’ve been able to visit) I’ve called out Lindy’s work as exceptional – I do really respond to her vessels’ shapes, and the black is the blackest black I’ve seen in a very long time (it must take her so much preparation and intense care to create). If I hadn’t blown my budget on my recent Norwegian adventures, I may have brought one home with me – though the ones I responded to most had already been bought (which is so super for them and Lindy, not so much for me).

Annie’s work felt a little different to the other makers, though I couldn’t quite put my finger on why … perhaps it was due to the colours, with these pieces being pale blue and pinks, and the other work in the show being quite monochromatic and/or low/subdued colouring. Sadly I have quite an aversion to pastels – completely not the fault of the maker of course, all my own fault!

The collection of pendants by Marcos was a revelation. It shouldn’t have been of course, as I’ve seen his work in many graduate and other shows … but it seems this particular group really called out to my attentions. I was speaking with another maker recently, and they made a great observation that I agree with (but cannot claim as my own) : he makes perspex look like it’s not perspex. It can really be a tricky material, though in his hands it’s transformed and given a delicious matt finish. How he put the colours into the holes in the material is beyond me! I spent ages, along with today’s most excellent gallery attendant, trying to figure how how he did it … part of me really really seriously wants to know, but I rather enjoy the mystery of not knowing too.

Warmest congratulations to the makers for being invited … by the best contemporary jewellery gallery in the universe no less(!) … to exhibit in this group show. I look forward to seeing how their work develops over the coming years.

5×7: early career Australian makers‘ was at Gallery Funaki until 14th May 2016.

ps. a note on photography: there was a sign asking for no photographs; this is the first time I’ve seen this at Funaki though it is of course understandable; the above photographs were taken with explicit gallery permission





Where to get your makers mark made

13 05 2016

I’ve received a message from a reader that Ivan, the most esteemed makers mark maker, seems to have retired (his number is disconnected). This is sad news indeed.

So … where does one get a makers mark made now?

Please do help …

I receive quite a number of requests for this information, and I’d like to be able to be more helpful.

 





My jewellery collection #31

5 05 2016

Holy 80s!

New to my collection: this vintage super-statement onyx and opal ring.

It’s pretty fabulous.

new ring

new ring

Bold and amazingly comfortable to wear, and in perfect condition.

new ring

new ring

Hoorah.

… last post on my jewellery collection #30 …





Calendar: May 2016

30 04 2016

post last updated: 17th May

all month

  • Applications for National Contemporary Jewellery Award 2016 are now open [link], closing 24th June
  • National Gallery of Australia (Canberra), Fiona Hall ‘Wrong Way Time‘ [link]; “the installation from this year’s Venice Biennale … Hall’s seemingly random conjunction of things in a wunderkammer-like installation appeals to our human impulse to make connections, or perhaps a propensity for paranoia born of the deep uncertainty and fear of our times.“; until 10th July
  • Museum of Democracy at Eureka (Ballarat), ‘19th Century Bling: Goldfields Jewellery‘ [link]; “M.A.D.E has gathered over 200 rare, fascinating and exquisite pieces of  Australian goldfields jewellery for this unique exhibition. Showcased are significant jewels and objects, including key international examples, from 1851 to 1901.“; until 4th July

4th May: W.E.McMillan Collection RMIT Gold and Silversmithing lecture series,the inaugural lecture is by Emeritus Professor Robert Baines ‘Collected Works of the 1960s‘; “The W.E.McMillan Collection RMIT Gold and Silversmithing lecture series is exploring the W.E.McMillan Collection of jewellery, silverware and precious objects, award winning pieces by Gold and Silversmithing students of the School of Art dating back to the1960s.“; 630-730pm; free but bookings necessary

event media; Robert (Bob) K. Cranage, Jug 1962, Silver Plated Gilding Metal 256x132x132mm

event media; Robert (Bob) K. Cranage, Jug 1962, Silver Plated Gilding Metal 256x132x132mm

5th May: Courtesy of the Artist (Sydney), Leslie Matthews ‘Slowsound, Timestrange‘ [link]; “When developing her ideas, Leslie focuses on themes such as abstraction and impermanence, light and shadow, fragility and strength, endeavouring to translate these concepts through a variety of techniques and materials to express the notion of ‘opposites’. This dichotomy of elements is a recurring theme in her work.

exhibition media

exhibition media

7th May: Black Finch Jewellery, Naoko InuzukaTravelling Together‘ [link]; until end of the month

exhibition media; click on image for original Facebook source

exhibition media; click on image for original Facebook source

8th May: last day for ACCA, ‘NEW16‘ [link]

14th May: Northcity4 Open Day [link]

14th May: last day for Gallery Funaki, 5×7: early career Australian makers [link]

14th May: last day for Craft, ‘Fresh! 2016‘ [link]

15th May: last day for applications for the Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery 2016 [link]

20th May: Craft ‘Hero Worship‘ [link]; “Centred around personal and historical roots; contemporary artists explore the stories of unsung yet influential heroes. This exhibition creates an opportunity for makers to present figures and ideas of personal or historical significance through traditional and contemporary techniques. Co-curated by Debbie Pryor and Hannah Presley, Hero Worship investigates personal histories and relationships, strengths and vulnerabilities utilising traditional and contemporary ways of making.“; until 23rd July

20th May: last day for applications for Semester 2 2016 at First Site Gallery [link]

31st May: Gallery Funaki, Kiko Gianocca ‘Pareidolia‘ [link]; until 25th June

exhibition media

exhibition media

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

… last calendar post: Calendar: April 2016





Metal price update

20 04 2016

My last update was a little over four months ago … let’s see …

1. Gold per gram in A$, over 2yrs : geez, that’s a jump since early December … did you buy in December, like I said (check out that last post!)??

as at 1130pm AEST 19Apr16

as at 1130pm AEST 19Apr16

2. Gold per gram in US$, over 2yrs : that jump since December/January is the market, though the exchange rate looks to have done us some favours (finally) in the recent few months

as at 1130pm AEST 19Apr16

as at 1130pm AEST 19Apr16

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2. Silver per kilogram in A$ : errr, look at that spike in the most recent week ; lines up with spikes in gold so perhaps market-wide or at least commodities or metals-wide ; this metal certainly isn’t showing much in terms of movement away from what could be perceived as an central marker of about A$680/kg … should have bought in December …

as at 1130pm AEST 19Apr16

as at 1130pm AEST 19Apr16

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previous metal price update: 9 December 2015

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That time …

15 04 2016

Remember that time …

… that time when I was happily making woven earrings

the good old days [image not to be reproduced without author permission]

the good old days [image not to be reproduced without author permission]

This group was for an exhibition at Studio 20/17 … back in the day.

Ah memories…





New work?

13 04 2016

Ahead of some renovation work, I’ve been clearing out one of the rooms in my beautiful home. In doing that I’ve come across a small clutch of paper weaving studies …. including one I shared late last year [‘O:S 001 absolute oblivion‘].

start of something?

start of something?

Maybe time to get back into the experimenting ….