Do you know: a hallmark maker?

16 01 2010

Help please: do you know who makes hallmark stamps in Melbourne (or anywhere in Australia really)?

Any comments and suggestions would be most welcome.

Happy making!

Calendar: February 2010 sneak peek

15 01 2010

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Seeking my lapiz earrings

13 01 2010

I’ve written before about the crazy stealing people who robbed me of almost all of my jewellery (my work and inherited pieces and gifts) a few years ago. Well, just the other day I suddenly remember a pair of earrings I had made at the Goldsmiths School in Brisbane (as part of the longer course I did there many moons ago).

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The project was for bezel setting. The teachers at the school had a wonderful range of gems for sale for students from which I selected the lapiz lazuli pair and went about designing something for them.

It turns out back then I did my best doodling and idea generation at work (my ‘career work’ isn’t too creative, it’s heavily math-based and computer-centric). Below is the initial sketch that turned into the above earrings.

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This was the first time I’d worked with gold… oh and she was lovely!

As part of our practice at the school, we were required to produce technical and artistic drawings (below) of our pieces after they were constructed. This was the part I enjoyed most – I like drawing from life.

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If you ever happen to see these long-lost beloved earrings anywhere, please let me know!

Siemens RMIT Fine Art Scholarship Awards 2009

11 01 2010

In a quiet month for exhibitions, the RMIT Gallery brings magnificent relief with the 9th annual ‘Siemens RMIT Fine Art Scholarship Awards‘.

Sixteen postgraduate and twenty-six undergraduate students from RMIT Fine Art degrees have been selected for exhibition, and will be in the running for the various awards on offer.

Below is my favourite piece from the exhibition: Jessica Wong ‘New World, Same History‘ [2009; woodcut, fineliner, pen on hosho paper; 46 x 190 x 60cm]. The colour is gorgeous, the handwriting evocative, and the scale engaging. Her site has some wonderful images of her other work; and more detailed images of this piece [here].

Jessica Wong 'New World, Same History' and 'Parallel Worlds' 2009; photograph taken with gallery permission

Exhibition media: “The Siemens-RMIT Fine Art Scholarship Awards is one of the most progressive scholarships of its kind in Australia. Now in its ninth year, it enables RMIT students to further their careers in fine arts by assisting their research and production costs. Each year eight students share $32,000; five undergraduate travel scholarships and three postgraduate scholarships. The partnership demonstrates the commitment of both Siemens and RMIT University to innovation, knowledge and excellence.

There were many strong pieces here, and this is certainly an exhibition worth visiting and braving the hot weather for!

Lauren Joffe 'Still Life 1,2,3'; photograph taken with gallery permission

The Gold and Silversmithing department should be proud to be represented by three accomplished makers:

  • Lauren Joffe – image above; these pieces are made in glass; they have an amazing presence
  • Michaela Bruton – winner of Craft Vic ‘Fresh! 2009; pieces from the same lovely collection exhibited here
  • Vicky Shukuroglou – image below; her delicate pieces reference traditional horse hair work; her site here

Vicky Shukuroglou 'Object BDC'; photograph taken with gallery permission

There were a number of pieces I really liked here; but instead of overloading your browser by putting them all on the one page, please click on the below “Read More…” line to see more photographs of work here.

Siemens RMIT Fine Art Scholarship Awards‘ is at RMIT Gallery until 23rd January 2010. The awards are announced on Wednesday 20th January 2010 at the gallery at 6-8pm.

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