So sorry

24 03 2015

I do hope my absence hasn’t distressed you. I am most ashamed for my lack of jewellery-blogging-ness … I’ve been somewhat low on energy of late, focused on work and such. Boring boring, urgh.

I’ve also been knitting a bit.
Perhaps knitting obsessively.

1. a cardigan for a friend’s daughter

another in-progress shot - I'll ask permission of the recipient if I may use a photograph they've sent me of the bundle of gorgeousness wearing it

progress shot – I’ll ask permission of the recipient’s parents if I may use a photograph they’ve sent me of the bundle of gorgeousness wearing it

2. a vest for a friend’s son

it's a progress shot - I haven't gifted it yet, so don't want to give away the secret just yet

progress shot – I haven’t gifted it yet, so don’t want to give away the secret just yet

3. a scarf of excellence for winter, which seems to have come early in Melbourne (boo)

scarf of infinity

scarf of infinity – just before finishing it (so needles are still in the edges)

Knitting. Such meditative joy.

There are a few jewellery exhibitions on this week … specifically First Site, Craft, Glen Eira, NGV … must.go.visit.





Metal price update

10 03 2015

My last update was a little over four months ago … there’s been a bit of movement, but mostly due to the A$/US$ exchange rate.

1. Gold per gram in A$ : ooh err, the price has gone berserk since the last update.

as at 09Mar15

as at 09Mar15

1a. Gold per gram in US$ : the difference to the above graph will be due to the A$/US$ exchange rate:

as at 09Mar15

as at 09Mar15

Ah ha, so the rise in the price we pay for gold is almost entirely due to the exchange rate (ie. weakening Australian dollar). It looks like there was a drop in the exchange rate in September and again in late November/December …

1b. exchange rate A$ / US$ over 1 yr:

exchange rate

exchange rate

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2. Silver per kilogram in A$ :

as at 09Mar15

as at 09Mar15

2a. Silver per kilogram in US$ : so it’s been relatively stable for a few months, but the A$ price hasn’t been … the pattern is approximately the same with the spike in late Jan15, but the rise in the above graph is exaggerated by the exchange rate

as at 09Mar15

as at 09Mar15

Though in the scheme of things, it’s still among the lowest price in the last few years.

as at 09Mar15

as at 09Mar15

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previous metal price update: 3rd November 2014

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Postscript to ‘Infinity’

9 03 2015

A few hours after I published the post on Emma Fielden’s ‘Infinity‘ exhibition my vague subconscious ephemeral thoughts have continued to percolate and become a little more defined.

The thoughts are still near random, and most certainly nothing close to eloquent, though I think I’m seeing a pattern … and I’d like to write them down so I don’t misplace or forget them.

When thinking more about the essence that is pulling me so strongly towards Emma’s drawing work, I continue to gravitate towards the idea of repetition and dedication … and it’s almost a surprise to me, but it has turned me back towards my woven silver and paper work.

I miss doing it; I love the meditation of it; the repetitive movements that can never be done unthinkingly but require concentration at every moment to prevent error and maintain as much consistency as possible.

I feel a desire to take out my weaving equipment again … just for a play …
oooh, you have no idea how my heart has sung at this idea!

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Another few hours later …. and I’ve only just now realised how the grid is strikingly akin to the woven material I create (when I use paper the same thickness as the flat wire).

Dear Muse … is that you?

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Emma Fielden ‘Infinity’ @ Courtesy of the Artist Studio

9 03 2015

Following her National Contemporary Jewellery award, Emma Fielden is showing Infinity‘ at Courtesy of the Artist Studio (Surrey Hills, Sydney). Sadly I’m not able to get to the exhibition in person, but feel such a strong connection to the work that I’m compelled to write about it.

I’m impossibly in love with the below image.

image from COTA FB page; used here with explicit gallery permission; click on image for original source

image from Courtesy of the Artist FB page; used here with explicit gallery permission; click on image for original source

When I have an incredibly strong response to another person’s art work like this, I feel like I almost want to disappear into it … I wish I could have thought of it and made it … I want to possess it, not just the object but the ideas that built it … it’s a strange ache, an unnamed emotion … and exceptionally difficult to describe (without sounding just a little psycho!).

I believe the above is a close-up of the below drawing. It’s amazing to my eyes … little changes in the tilt of her hand, ink and energy flow and such, show up in subtle unintended yet beautiful rhythms in the pattern.

image from COTA FB page; used here with explicit gallery permission; click on image for original source

image from Courtesy of the Artist FB page; used here with explicit gallery permission; click on image for original source

Exhibition media: “For this exhibition Emma presents a series of work on the theme infinity – a series of drawings, engraved brooches, and for the first time a print.
The notion of infinity has been emerging in Emma’s work for some time. Her earlier works involving line, mark making and drawing evolved into an exploration of the grid, and in her last body of work (2013) she came to take the grid as a symbol of infinity. Now Emma Fielden has entered into a deeper and more thematic exploration of infinity, both as a mathematic and metaphysical concept.

It was only after falling for the above drawings that I also read what Emma has written about her work: “They are pictures of the night sky. They are star gazing. They are a decimal expression of infinity. They are a trinity. They reject religion and suppose its origin. They are devotional. They are an abyss. They are wonder at the infinite and our place in it.” 

Oh my … this speaks to so many things I love … numbers and the stars. Not to mention my adoration of work that involves precision, extreme patience and attention; and I think I may also love repetition, but repetition that permits small variations.

The exhibition includes brooches too; though I think they’re trickier to get a feel for without seeing them in person.

I remember seeing the series that secured her award at Courtesy of the Artist last year and felt strangely uncertain though intrigued by them. I think their flatness, their almost two-dimensionality, felt close to unsubstantial … somehow less satisfying than if they had a little more weight or physical depth … though in retrospect this choice is no doubt entirely intentional and required for the expression of the intent.

image from COTA FB page; used here with explicit gallery permission; click on image for original source

image from Courtesy of the Artist FB page; used here with explicit gallery permission; click on image for original source

The Courtesy of the Artist facebook page has a interesting statement attached to one of the photographs: “The lines of the grids extend to the edge of the surface and, by virtue of the imagination, to infinity. Each element is part of the larger grid, which is itself a portion of an even larger one and so on.
Akin to Cantor’s Dust, the work points to the scale of infinity – the infinitely large and the infinitesimally small. It draws on set theory and it’s infinite infinities. And by breaking down the grid and placing it upon the body, it seeks to make the infinite intimate.

I’m sorry I cannot see the whole body of work in person; here’s hoping that perhaps in time Melbourne shall host an exhibition.

Emma Fielden ‘Infinity‘ is at Courtesy of the Artist Studio until 28th March 2015.

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ps. make sure you check out Emma’s website, and follow her if you’re on Instagram if you don’t already (the photograph of her drawing with magnifying lenses on is my favourite).





Hoorah: 6 years

1 03 2015

Today is my sixth anniversary … six years since I started writing this blog.

The first anniversary called for paper (traditional) or clocks (modern).
The second anniversary called for cotton (traditional) or china (modern).
The third anniversary called for leather (traditional) or crystal (modern).
The fourth anniversary called for fruit or flowers (traditional) or appliances (modern).
The fifth anniversary called for wood (traditional) or silverware (modern).
This sixth anniversary calls for iron (traditional) or wood (modern).

Perhaps to celebrate, an image of the only piece I made during my RMIT degree that included a wood element : Ring for Priest, Martin, 1522.

J#4: ring for priest

J#4: ring for priest

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Calendar: March 2015

28 02 2015

post last updated: 16th March

all month:

  • Personal Space Project (Canberra and online), TBA [link]
  • 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]; until September; see my review post

3rd March: Studio 20/17 (Sydney), Alice Potter ‘Colour: Speaking in Plumes‘ [link]; “Colour: Speaking In Plumes is a collection of new jewellery pieces centred around the colour combinations different species of birds display in their feathers. Having researched many species of colourful birds, as well as having photographed hundreds of taxidermied specimens at the South Australian Museum Science Centre’s Ornithology collection, Potter whittled her collection down to around 70 species to focus the exhibition on. Each of these pieces embodies a specific species of bird, taking the colours from their feathers and reinterpreting these within the jewellery works.“; until 21st March

exhibition media; from facebook; click on image for original source

exhibition media; from facebook; click on image for original source

5th March: Courtesy of the Artist (Sydney), Emma Fielden ‘Infinity‘ [link]; “For this exhibition Emma presents a series of work on the theme infinity – a series of drawings, engraved brooches, and for the first time a print.“; until 28th March

exhibition media

exhibition media

5th March: Gaffa Gallery (Sydney), ‘Comments‘ [link]; “Comments’ explores wearable jewellery, or anything else wearable, as medium that can make comment on politics, ethics, social justice and environmental consciousness in contemporary society because it is worn in a public space.  Featuring artists: Alexandra Darby, Anna Davern. Claire McArdle, Felix Gill, Fiona Meller, Jan Turzo, Karen Strang, Karin Findeis, Lorena Lazard. Luke John Matthew Arnold, Melissa Cameron, Michal Oren, Neke Moa, Suse Scholem, Rui Kikuchi. Vernon Bowden. Zoe Brand. “; until 16th March

exhibition media

exhibition media

6th March: Glen Eira City Council Gallery, ‘Setting‘ group contemporary jewellery exhibition [link]; “The exhibition includes jewellery, objects, drawings, furniture and sculptural components by Meredith Turnbull, Anna Varendorff and Manon van Kouswijk, addressing concerns with identity, adornment, connections with the body and wearer and the intersection of contemporary art and fashion. The installation will focus on the artists’ shared concerns with spatial perceptions/interaction and the relationship between the body, space and the object.“; until 26th April

exhibition media

exhibition media

7th March: last day for Gallery Funaki, Peter Bauhuis ‘Armillaria (Melbourne Hallimasch)‘ [link]; “Armillaria provides a fitting analogy: its perceptible fruiting bodies are connected to an imperceptible underground network. Bauhuis has a keen interest in that which cannot be seen.

11-17th March: ‘Talente‘, ‘Schmuck‘ and general contemporary jewellery awesomeness (Munich, Germany) [link] … wishing one day I’ll visit!
… there are lots of local makers exhibiting
… including ‘paper-plastic-metal-stone‘ by Melbourne-based jewellers Katie Jayne Britchford (AU), Emi Fukuda (JP), Clementine Edwards (AU), Gillian Deery (NZ)

exhibition media; reproduced with permission of artist

exhibition media; reproduced with permission of artist

14th March: last day for Bilk Gallery (Canberra), Phoebe Porter ‘Unfold and Construct‘ [link]; “this series combines geometric abstraction, bold colour and unexpected asymmetry to create jewellery that resonates with influences of the Bauhaus and Russian Constructivism

19th March: NGV ‘StArt Up 2015‘ [link]; “For over twenty one years, this popular exhibition has presented outstanding work by students who have completed Art or Studio Arts studies in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), providing insight into young people’s ideas, thinking and creative practices.“; until 28th June

exhibition media

exhibition media

24th March: First Site Gallery (RMIT), ‘Re:make‘ group exhibition [link]; “The 2014 Object based Practice Honours graduates each contribute an vessel or piece of jewellery from their body of work for re-interpretation by another of the band members. The originals and the cover versions will be presented alongside working drawings illustrating the process of translation“; until 10th April

exhibition media; from facebook; click on image for original source

exhibition media; from facebook; click on image for original source

24th March: Studio 20/17 (Sydney), Bridget Kennedy ‘Wear Your Art‘ [link]; “This body of wall brooches, made from repurposed laminate offcuts, CDs and aluminium,  explores the boundaries and values of objects in relation to physical location.They are just as happy on the wall, as on the body. Proceeds from the sales of these works will support a school educational program on waste management in Sagada, Mountain Province, Philippines“; until 11th April

screen shot from exhibition page

screen shot from exhibition page

27th March: Bilk Gallery (Canberra), ‘Anew negotiation – Thai Contemporary Jewellers [link]; “Bilk Gallery is excited to invite an exhibition of work by eight contemporary Thai artists, curated by Bow Wasinondh for ATTA Gallery, Thailand’s foremost art jewellery gallery. Exhibiting artists include: Apinya Boonprakob, Vinit Koosolmanomai, Panjapol Kulpapangkorn, Tithi Kutchamuch, Taweesak Molsawat, Noon Passam, Rudee Tancharoen, Atinuj Tantivit. Exhibition curated by Bow Wasinondh.“; until 25th April

exhibition media; from FB page; click on image for original source

exhibition media; from FB page; click on image for original source

27th March: NGV ‘The Golden Age of China: Qianlong Emperor, 1736–1795′ [link]; “The exhibition includes a lavish display of paintings in silk and paper, silk court robes, precious-stone inlayed objet d’art and portraits…“; until 21st June

exhibition media

exhibition media

28th March: last day for Craft, ‘White Goods‘ group exhibition [link]; “Explorations into materials and processes are made through an interdisciplinary installation of white objects located in the white room. Through translucency, texture and tactility White Goods creates material and intellectual connections with the use of ceramics, marble, textiles, glass and enameled metals. The presentation of the crafts together connected through the base of white material allows levels of intricacy and craftsmanship to revealed, generating conversation around making materials, techniques and the currency of craft.Featuring work by Ebony Addinsall, Katie Jayne Britchford, Kris Coad, Eddy Carroll, Honor Freeman, Linda Hughes, Manon van Kouswijk and Owen Rye.

31st March: Gallery Funaki, Maureen Faye-ChauhanConcurrence‘ [link]; “…her beautifully considered steel forms – neckpieces, earrings and brooches – play with optical illusion, creating complex interior spaces within sophisticated geometric structures.“; until 2nd May

exhibition media

exhibition media

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

… last calendar post: Calendar: February 2015





Holy lovely

26 02 2015

I took this photograph last month when I was trying to get a good image of the yarn colouring of my latest knitting project.

Oh. The. Love.

yarn and roses

yarn and roses

Want to see the project it eventually made?

knitting awesomeness

knitting awesomeness

Progress shot; in which you can kind of see the flat almost-straw-like nature of the yarn (reminds me of cloisonné wire in a pleasing manner!):

in progress

in progress

Details:

  • yarn: DyeforYarn paper silk
  • colour: ‘Nightly Maelstrom’ and ‘Ghost dancing under the cold moon’ (lordly I love the names these artisans title their colours)
  • … a hint of summer‘ by Isabell Kraemer
  • my Ravelry project is here