New perspectives

3 07 2015

I have some of my weaving experiments propped against a wall in my living room … to offer inspiration, encouragement for more exploration.

I’m very particular about how I display them … the orientation (landscape, portrait), the ordering of the colours, the order of the panels.

when cleaners attack

when cleaners attack

I’ve had to come to accept that my cleaners don’t have a photographic memory to remember how the panels were before they moved them to dust … and so, on cleaning day, I return home to find them rearranged quite randomly.

It has been known to cause me angst. Though now I think I’ve come to appreciate the new perspectives an unexpected reordering can give me.


30 06 2015

Regular readers will know of my love of Peaches + Keen – gorgeous women, beautiful artwork, amazing process and just all-around wonderfulness.

Perhaps you saw the segment featuring them on ABC 7:30 Report last night (29th June 2015)? If you haven’t yet, get on it.

Effectively Target – the retail behemoth – has been caught ripping off their designs.

SHAME Target.

I ask how can they possibly defend such an act?
The answer is pretty clear that they can’t – they ‘declined’ to be involved in the segment.

I can’t help but wonder:

  • did they buy the design from someone external to the organisation? If so, have they ceased all contracts with that external group, for they are essentially THIEVES
  • or were the designs made in-house? If so, Target is guilty of THEFT. Unacceptable.

It is absolutely certain this isn’t the first and only time – how many times have you done this Target? When will you STOP doing this?

Peaches + Keen have my highest regard and utmost respect … they already did, but they were so impressively strong and dignified in this interview! I feel they’ve handled this horrid situation in an elegant and courageous way. As many have said on their Instagram feed, “nailed it”.

If this were to ever happen to me (of course that’d require me to make something worthy of admiration and replication … so that’s clearly almost impossible), I would contact the IP lawyer in the ABC segment and also the journalist. If this has happened to you, perhaps you could do the same.

I hope this gives other independent artists encouragement to name-and-shame any retailer doing the same. I think it’s important to highlight such SHITTY behaviour. There is so much support in the community, you can be assured of like-minded makers and lovers-of-makers to get behind you and withdraw their spending from organisations engaging in such disgusting behaviour.

Also: my story from a number of years ago , “Copies and rip-offs

Know what though? I bet Peaches + Keen want to put all this behind them… and I really really hope that being so brave to tell their story will mean that many many more people will become aware of their amazingly beautiful work and that they will be loved more and by more <3

Want to see some lovely things? Check out previous stories …

Calendar: July 2015

30 06 2015

post last updated: 1st July

all month:

  • 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.
  • 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

2nd July: Long Division Gallery, ‘Material. Process. Object‘ [link]; “Material. Process. Object’ is a collaborative installation showcasing four Melbourne based, emerging female artist’s creative process. Experimenting with abstraction, Samantha O’Farrell, Niamh Minogue, Tessy M King and Kari Lee McInneny-McRae have created an immersive and colourful landscape that engages with the outward expression of the artists stream of consciousness.  ‘Material. Process. Object.’ shows the artists evolution of ideas through a semi-organised cluster of materiality and process within the pristine white walls of the gallery space.’“; until 22nd July

4th July: last day for 45downstairs; Aurelia Yeomans, Inari Kiuru, Naoko Inuzuka, ‘Solstice – of darkness and light‘ [link]; “A solstice marks the two brief moments during an astronomical year when day and night meet as equals. This elusive balance between dreaming and wakefulness, the conscious and the unconscious, and the natural cycles around and within us, are the focus of Solstice – of darkness and light. An exhibition of contemporary jewellery, objects and image.”

9th July: Courtesy of the Artist (Sydney)

  • Peta Kruger ‘Shapes of Things‘ [link]; “For this exhibition, Peta has investigated characteristics of traditional fine jewellery and costume jewellery through the processes of deconstruction and reconstruction.“; until 30th July

    exhibition media

    exhibition media

  • Philip Sajet ‘The Battle for Beauty‘ [link]; “This July, the Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia (JMGA) will hold its biennial conference and Courtesy of the Artist is pleased to showcase the work of internationally renowned Dutch Contemporary Jewellery Artist, Philip Sajet.“; until 20th July

    exhibition media

    exhibition media

10-12th July: JMGA Conference ‘edgesbordersgaps‘ [link] in Sydney; “the 16th Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia (JMGA) conference encompasses a range of events which bring together practitioners of all levels of experience from around Australia, New Zealand and beyond.
Through the conference we seek to provide a forum to generate a lively environment for discussion and deliberation of current issues in the field of contemporary jewellery. … We are accustomed to jewellery playing a range of defined roles in our lives, appearing in different contexts and generating a variety of meanings.  Jewellery from non-traditional materials is no longer unusual, but what of jewellery that tests our understanding of a ‘jewel’ in other ways? In our technologically-oriented world borders are shifting and dissipating, so where are the current borders within contemporary jewellery? What do they look like today? What are they separating? What gaps are appearing, waiting to be filled? Have we reached the boundaries of contemporary jewellery as we have known it or are we reconstructing it in other guises?”
So many exhibitions attached to this ….too many to write up here, please visit the exhibition page

12th July: last day for NGV ‘Exquisite Threads: English Embroidery 1600s – 1900s‘ [link]

25th July: last day for Craft, ‘Leaders‘ [link]; “Nine Victorian makers leading the way across traditional, experimental and contemporary crafts showcase diverse ways of making and thinking within the craft landscape. Nick Bastin, Sarah crowEST, Georgina Cue, Timothy McLeod, Mariella McKinley, Ian Mowbray, Owen Rye, Vipoo Srivilasa, Nick Wirdnam.”

31st July: 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

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

Plan ahead

August: Craft Cubed [link]

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

… last calendar post: Calendar: June 2015

Metal price update

19 06 2015

My last update was a little over three months ago … erm, not much to report really.

1. Gold per gram in A$ :

as at 19Jun15; click on image for original source

as at 19Jun15; click on image for original source

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

as at 19Jun15; click on image for original source

as at 19Jun15; click on image for original source


2. Silver per kilogram in A$ :

as at 19Jun15; click on image for original source

as at 19Jun15; click on image for original source


previous metal price update: 10th March 2015


Experiment 9

8 06 2015

Mmm …

‘Study 009, Yellow-ish … but not quite as retina-burning as I wanted’

As you can tell by the title, it’s not quite what I was wanting to make.

Study 009

Study 009

It’s quite odd that I wanted to make a bright yellow weave … yellows and most oranges, and yellow-greens, are my least favoured colours.

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Patrícia Correia Domingues & Sara Gackowska ‘Surfacing’ @ Gallery Funaki

5 06 2015

Surfacing‘ is a Gallery Funaki exhibition of the work of two artists, Patrícia Correia Domingues (Portugal) and Sara Gackowska (Poland) … joint winners of the inaugural 2014 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery for emerging artists.


photograph taken with gallery permission

I have been watching the social media and photographs of the work pop up since the opening, and yet was still surprised by how incredibly sympathetic the body of work of each artist is to the other. It is truly stunning. So much so that I even asked Katie (gallery director) if the women collaborated, or if they knew of each others’ collection as they developed the work for this exhibition [which I now know they did not].

The palate of colours are beautiful near each other – the grey of the hematite of Sara’s pieces and that of Patrícia’s necuron ones, the whites of Patrícia’s artificial coral and ivory, and the rusty-red of Sara’s resin.

The forms are resonant too – particularly the rounded ovals employed, in various scales, by each artist.

And of course the interest in each in fracturing and fault-lining their materials.

photograph taken with gallery permission

photograph taken with gallery permission

I especially liked Patrícia’s ‘Duality’ brooches (2015, artificial coral, steel), the frame one the best; and most of all her ‘Geographic & Imagination’, brooches (2015, necuron, steel) … the two in the centre (wall-mounted and on plinth) in the image below … the fault lines in the material are completely wonderful, and the scale of the wall-mounted one is just perfect. I couldn’t help but wonder how many experiments were made before these beauties were produced.

Make sure you visit Gallery Funaki’s exhibition page to see beautiful detailed photographs.

photograph taken with gallery permission

photograph taken with gallery permission

I recall one of our professors at university talking (wittering on?!) at length about ‘materiality’. At the time, I can now admit, that I was somewhat confused… however, I think I now know a little better. And if I was all about art theory, I’d say these two artists are exceptional examples of ‘materiality’ … which I like to define as the dedicated exploration of the properties and possibilities of a particular medium or material.

For ’emerging artists’ their work is refined and knowing, quiet and confident (perhaps almost determined?) … it seems that they may have spent many decades with their chosen material instead of only a few years.

Make sure you go.

Surfacing‘, an exhibition of work by Patrícia Correia Domingues and Sara Gackowska, is at Gallery Funaki until 20th June 2015.

Experiment 8

3 06 2015

‘Study 008, Hamlet’

Inspired by the recent discovery of a phrase from Hamlet, in which his father’s ghost says of his tale that it would “harrow up thy soul, freeze thy young blood“.

experiment 8

experiment 8

I’ve obtained some of those little pins that are used to display insects and butterflies … I like their little heads better than the flat and more obvious ones of simple sewing pins; plus they’re not so shiny-shiny.

experiment 8

experiment 8

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