Calendar: September 2015

25 08 2015

Usually I publish the calendar post on the last day of the month … but there’s so much on this September, especially in connection to Craft Cubed! and Radiant Pavillion, you may need the extra days to plan!

post last updated: 25th August

all month:

  • Craft, ‘Electric‘ group exhibition [link]; until 3rd October
  • Holmes à Court Gallery at Vasse Felix Winery (Margaret River, WA), Helen Britton, ‘Helen Britton in context’ [link]; until 11th October
  • Castlemaine Art Gallery, BUDA Contemporary Australian Silver & Metalwork Award [link]; until 18th October
  • NGV Winter Masterpiece, ‘Masterpieces from the Hermitage: The Legacy of Catherine the Great‘ [link]; until 8th November

31st August – 4th September: RMIT Masterclass, David Clarke ‘Feed Me!‘ workshop [link]

1-6th September: Radiant Pavillion – Melbourne Contemporary Jewellery and Object Trail [link] … another MASSIVE event; some that I’m especially excited about are below (I would list them all if I could, but you best go to the website) … as well as further in this post … so.much.on!

make sure you GO to the website ... so much on!

make sure you GO to the website … so much on!

  • Sim Luttin ‘It’s Always Darkest Before the Dawn‘ [link]

    exhibition media; click on image for original source

    exhibition media; click on image for original source

  • Form, Fold, Forge‘, Cara Johnson, Sarah Johnston, Lindy McSwan, Michael Wong [link]

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  • Serial Exchange‘, Susan Buchanan, Sophie Carnell, Katie Collins, Janine Combes, Eli Giannini, Sarah Jones, Alex Parish
    [link]

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    exhibition media

1st September: Pieces of Eight, Victoria Wearne ‘Orogeny‘ [link]; “Orogeny – the geological term for the structural deformation of the earth resulting in mountains – is a collection inspired by the wondrous natural environments Kim has experienced over her past year of travel. Arid plains, mountain peaks and imaginary fantastical landscapes merge to form a collection of roughly hewn, delicately embellished jewellery.“; until 11th October; part of Radiant Pavillion

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exhibition media

2nd September: Studio 20/17 (Sydney), Melinda Young ‘silver city dreams‘ [link]; until 19th September

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exhibition media

2nd September: Stanley Street Gallery (Sydney), ‘Iterations‘, Zoë Veness, Susanna Strati and Sean O’Connell [link]; “‘Iterations’, explores the notion of process as a perpetual series of form building and mark- making investigations, and as an accumulation of repeated gestures“; until 26th September

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exhibition media

4th September: last day for First Site Gallery, ‘Wondernamel‘ group exhibition [link]; part of Radiant Pavillion

4th September: last day for First Site Gallery, ‘Around the Table‘ group exhibition [link]; part of Radiant Pavillion

12th September: last day for Lord Coconut ‘Melbourne Cufflink – Student Prize‘ and exhibition [link]

13th September: last day for e.g.etal, Anna Davern ‘The Golden Land of the Sunny South‘ [link]; “Davern has created a large, mechanised diorama that can be manipulated by handles, cranks and pulleys to play out a fantastical narrative, peppered with strange hybrid characters designed to be removed and worn as jewellery.“; part of Radiant Pavillion

19th September: last day for Gallery Funaki, Warwick Freeman ‘PRIME‘ [link]; “Warwick Freeman’s 10th solo exhibition at Gallery Funaki, showing as part of Melbourne’s first Radiant Pavilion event.“; part of Radiant Pavillion

20nd September: last day for Powerhouse Museum (Sydney), ‘A fine possession: jewellery and identity‘ [link]; see my review post

22nd September: last day of CRAFT CUBED 2015 [link]; .. there’s so much on there is no point in me replicating the information here, so get along to their website, so much on!

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

… last calendar post: Calendar: August 2015





Experiment 011

10 08 2015

After my previous unsuccessful attempt I braved the weaving again.

Study 011: by instinct

study 011

study 011

Silver, Midnight blue, Tiffany blue, Turquoise, Gold, Bronze, Azalea, Old Gold, another Gold. The colouring is a little brighter than this photograph suggests.

I tried not to overthink this one … just choosing colours I liked as I opened the pages.

I don’t think much of the outcome. Again. Pft.





Gold prices

9 08 2015

You’ve probably seen the news that gold has reached new low levels of value … well, that’s only in US$ of course…

as at 09Aug15

as at 09Aug15

The A$ .v. US$ exchange rate means that Australians may be paying less than we have all year, but it’s most certainly not at a 5yr low by any stretch…

as at 09Aug15

as at 09Aug15

Darn exchange rate.

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In US$ the gold price is at its lowest for over 5 years, but the 10 year view is interesting.

as at 09Aug15

as at 09Aug15

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‘Victorian Craft Award’ @ 45downstairs

2 08 2015

Following on from my visit to the Victorian Craft Award‘ at Craft, I popped into the continued exhibition at 45downstairs.

I’ve said a million times, I love this space for its brightness and that window.

exhibition at 45downstairs

exhibition at 45downstairs

More textile works are here than were at Craft … which I was glad to see, as I was beginning to wonder about their inclusion. The grouping in the first (smaller) room were beautifully curated; they look amazing together, being similar in their colourings.

exhibition at 45downstairs

exhibition at 45downstairs

I took a number of photographs, but I think in my haste I failed to get the focus right. Grrr.

My absolute run-away favourite of this group was the large pastel-coloured ceramic ‘Sometimes Yes‘ by Kate Jones (front and centre in the top image); and therefore I was exceptionally pleased she won the ceramic award.

A close second was the wall installation ‘Domestic Rail‘ by Mark Edgoose; and more work by Lindy McSwan’s ‘Take Me Back to Blue Rag Range‘.

Victorian Craft Award‘ is at Craft and other venues until 15th August 2015 … quick quick, that’s only two weeks!





‘Victorian Craft Award’ @ Craft

1 08 2015

The ‘Victorian Craft Award‘ exhibition is exceptional and important. Sounds pompous yes … I know, but I challenge you to tell me of better exposition of contemporary craft.

Today the award winners were announced:

  • Lynne Kosky Jewellery Award : Natalia Milosz-Piekarska
  • Jewellery Encouragement Award : Sun-Woong Bang
  • Excellence Award : Manon van Kouswijk
  • Decal Ceramic Award : Kate Jones
exhibition at Craft

exhibition at Craft

This post is about the work showing at Craft. The exhibition is so comprehensive they’ve had to share is across a number of sites, including 45downstairs (post coming), Sofitel and 1 Spring St.

The 116 artists to participate are listed on the Craft website [I really wanted to link to the Victorian Craft Award website, but I just couldn’t get the darn thing to load – while it wouldn’t be fabulous if that means my computron is being silly, I kind of hope that’s the case and everyone else can see the site easily].

Katherine Bowman, Vito Bila, and I'm sorry but I didn't note the ceramic artitsts names

(anticlockwise from bottom left) Katherine Bowman, Vito Bila, Lene Kuhl Jakobsen, Anna Forsyth

There are many beautiful objects here … something close to overwhelming actually.

Those I particularly responded to, from the group at Craft, include:

  • Elizabeth Kennedy’s ‘Stains and Memories‘; tender and evocative embroidery and jewellery works

    Elizabeth Kennedy

    Elizabeth Kennedy

  • John Dermer’s ‘Salt Glazed Porcelain‘; a gorgeous shape and beguiling glaze colours

    John Dermer

    John Dermer

  • Katie Jacobs’s ‘Wolf Head‘ has an impressive presence (in first image)
  • Michael Wong’s ‘Jelly Legs‘ brooch is assured

I’ll write about the work at 45downstairs next.

Victorian Craft Award‘ is at Craft and other venues until 15th August 2015 … quick quick, that’s only two weeks!





Calendar: August 2015

31 07 2015

post last updated: 17th August

all month:

  • Powerhouse Museum (Sydney), ‘A fine possession: jewellery and identity‘ [link]; until 20th September; see my review post
  • Holmes à Court Gallery at Vasse Felix Winery (Margaret River, WA), Helen Britton, ‘Helen Britton in context’ [link]; “Helen Britton will be in residence from 21 September until 11 October. In Context presents Helen’s work in the context of works by some of the key artists from the early years of her development in Western Australia, including Barbara Bolt, Pippin Drysdale, Nola Farman, Gill Irvine, Else van Keppel, and Philippa O’Brien, alongside her current West Australian collaborators, Justine McKnight and Michelle Taylor. To complete the concept, works of David Bielander and Yutaka Minegishi, both internationally renowned artists and Helen’s Munich studio partners for now over 13 years, will also be on exhibition. The photographer, Simon Bielander, completes this picture with a recent image of the studio atmosphere. This exhibition of over 60 works covers jewellery, fashion, textiles, painting, drawing and ceramics.” until 11th October
  • NGV Winter Masterpiece, ‘Masterpieces from the Hermitage: The Legacy of Catherine the Great‘ [link]; “… showcases one of the world’s greatest art collections. Featuring works by artists including Rembrandt, Rubens, Velázquez and Van Dyck, the exhibition offers over 500 outstanding works including the finest group of Dutch and Flemish art to come to Australia. This exclusive Melbourne exhibition will also highlight the innovation and vision of Catherine the Great, whose inexhaustible passion for education, the arts and culture heralded a period of enlightenment in the region.    The extraordinary works sourced and commissioned by Catherine during her 34-year reign, created the foundations for the Hermitage today – considered to be one of the world’s greatest treasure houses of art and decorative arts.“; until 8th November

1st August: CRAFT CUBED 2015 [link]; until 22nd September … there’s so much on there is no point in me replicating the information here, so get along to their website, so much on!

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event media

1st August: last day for Gallery Funaki, Jiro Kamata dark to light to dark‘ [link]; “Jiro Kamata creates worlds of subtle colour, illusion and depth through his use of camera and other lenses.

6th August: Arbor, ‘Generic Ethnic‘ group exhibition [link]; until 30th August

exhibition media; click on image for original facebook source

exhibition media; click on image for original facebook source

18th August: Gallery Funaki, Warwick Freeman ‘PRIME‘ [link]; “Warwick Freeman’s 10th solo exhibition at Gallery Funaki, showing as part of Melbourne’s first Radiant Pavilion event.“; until 19th September

20th August: RMIT Gold & Silversmithing Jewellery Auction [link]

22nd August: Craft, ‘Electric‘ group exhibition [link]; “Through a combination of artists, materials and ways of making Electric maps the collaboration of the handmade with digital technology. Crafted objects across metals, plastics, ceramics and textiles engage the body in participatory gallery experiences with installations referencing interaction, wearability and function.“; until 3rd October

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exhibition media

25th August: First Site Gallery, ‘Wondernamel‘ group exhibition [link]; until 4th September

exhibition media

exhibition media

25th August: First Site Gallery, ‘Around the Table‘ group exhibition [link]; until 4th September

exhibition media

exhibition media

29th August: Castlemaine Art Gallery, BUDA Contemporary Australian Silver & Metalwork Award [link]; until 18th October

exhibition media

exhibition media

31st August: e.g.etal, Anna Davern ‘The Golden Land of the Sunny South‘ [link]; “Davern has created a large, mechanised diorama that can be manipulated by handles, cranks and pulleys to play out a fantastical narrative, peppered with strange hybrid characters designed to be removed and worn as jewellery.“; until 13th September

exhibition media

exhibition media

31st August – 4th September: RMIT Masterclass, David Clarke ‘Feed Me!‘ workshop [link]

workshop media

workshop media

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

Plan ahead

1-6th September: Radiant Pavillion – Melbourne Contemporary Jewellery and Object Trail [link] … another MASSIVE event

… last calendar post: Calendar: July 2015





No, I don’t like it

26 07 2015

I’ve returned to the experiments after a few weeks hiatus. This time I thought I’d play with chance and randomness – selecting the papers with my eyes closed, without intent, and using them in the order they were chosen.

Study 010: oh dear, it’s quite ugly

Study 010

Study 010

You can tell by the awful title, I don’t like it.

I used the randomly chosen colours for the set of papers shown in the image as horizontal (though I refer to that direction as the ‘verticals’, as they’re that way when I weave them … I should probably do a bit of reading and use ‘real’ weaving terms). Then decided to order the papers in a more pleasing colour-order to weave the other way.

working on it

working on it

I really don’t like it. Though somehow I’m compelled to keep looking at at. Perhaps I’m hoping for an epiphany or a lead on the next experiment…