Calendar: February 2010

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Oh oh…

29 01 2010

Did you see this in the news earlier this week?

NEW YORK: A clumsy art lover has accidentally ripped a Picasso valued at $US130 million ($143m) during a class at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. The woman made a 15cm tear in the lower right-hand corner of The Actor, an unusually large 1.8m by 1.2m canvas of an acrobat striking a pose. “A visitor attending a class lost her balance,” the museum said in a terse statement.

Wouldn’t you be heartbroken if you’d done this – how mortifying.

[text from full story on The Australian here; there are many news stories on the net about this, including a fairly upset take here]

Dani M designs @ enCounter Craft Vic

27 01 2010

Australia Day was so sunny, I thought I’d amble around the city. I didn’t realise it would be so busy with people attending all manner of events – so it wasn’t quite the solitary or relaxing walk I was expecting. Then the acrobat planes flew overhead and I was so in awe I felt like a kid again – fun!

A wander past Craft Vic was on the agenda, to see what is in the window.

enCounter at Craft Vic

Dani M is a local maker, and crafts her pieces from porcelain. I like how her site states her work is ‘NOT a well marketed charm bracelet of ugliness‘ – we seem to share a horror at the proliferation of crap jewellery.

enCounter at Craft Vic

While the black and white porcelain pieces are more for me, the pastels aren’t really my thing. I have seen Dani M’s work at markets over the last year, but looking at her site I don’t remember before seeing the ‘Tea Party’ collection – I very much like the simplicity and lines (and finish) of these silver pieces.

Dani M is showing at enCounter at Craft Vic until 31st January 2010.

Update (31st January 2010): Craft Vic blog has a story and some great images of this window here.

Jewellery for Australia Day

26 01 2010

What’s more Austra-yan than a barbeque, I ask you? It’s a rhetorical question actually, for I don’t think there is any single definitive act that defines a nation … but let’s not get into that serious discussion here. Today, I’d like to share some handmade jewellery worn at an Australia Day barbeque I attended, at which there were indeed meats cooked above a fire, and a showing of ‘BMX Bandits’ and ‘Puberty Blues’.

#1. Jen

photograph taken with artist and model permission

Yes, it’s the Australian National Anthem.

#2. Me

photograph credit: Vetti (from Vetti Live in Northcote)

Yes, Happy Little Vegemite. [Vetti’s blog is here.]

Spontaneous jewellery-making is fun.

My jewellery collection #10, #11, #12

25 01 2010

I must admit that I don’t exactly know the dates of purchasing these pieces, but feel that they were brought home in 2006 and 2007.

paste pieces

There was a time there for a while where I loved these kinds of pieces. Not so much any more; but I do love the brooch in the top right of the above image, and wear the centre piece often. Sadly it has lost a few stones – a tip, be sure you take your jewellery off your top before washing it (disaster! just how could I…). What is most endearing is that it is an ingenious designs (typical of Art Deco era and later) where the full brooch is made up of a little middle brooch and clip earrings.

detail of un-assembled brooch

These three pieces were bought from Malvern Antique Market, where a good forage down the back can turn up some lovely things.

Exhibitions that were…

22 01 2010

A friend has asked which exhibitions I enjoyed most during 2009. What a fabulous question! I liked the idea of recalling the many exhibitions I’ve visited in Melbourne, and making some attempt to choose my favourite(s).

The “Archive Listing” page will provide the interested reader with all of the posts I’ve written, including the many exhibition reviews. While I won’t go through all of the ones I’ve visited, I’ll make special mention of a handful (in chronological order, just for fun) and why they caught my attention.

There were many others that were wonderful, but I cannot list them all! Also, there were many outstanding individual works within groups exhibitions too…

I’d love to hear from readers and regular exhibition visitors – what was your favourite exhibition in 2009?

Blog roundup

20 01 2010

It’s been pretty quiet over the festive season, but writers are warming up again…

  • I’ve enjoyed David Neale’s blog recently [link]; so much to see, especially his deliciously gold ring [here] and earrings [here], brooches for an upcoming exhibition in Japan [here], and his meditation on the heart motif [here]
  • Melissa Cameron takes us through the tribulations of setting up a studio [link]
  • Melinda Young and Lauren Simeoni have launched a new blog for their new project [link]
  • fresh from curating ‘Feast‘, Zoe Brand has done an en-masse update of her 365 project [here] and announces what exciting prospects are in store for her in 2010 [here]
  • finally, Kit and Caboodle network tells about “Ring a Day” project [here; “Beginning January 2010, a group of jewelers took up the creative challenge of making a ring a day. The participants are posting their images to a Flickr pool. Currently there are more than 100 jewelers (and others) participating and more than 1000 photos uploaded. It’s not too late to join the fun“] and there is a call for jewellers attending the JMGA conference in Perth in April for a coinciding exhibition [here]