Studio 20/17 ‘Winter Brooches’

25 05 2010

While I have to wait until the last day to see the installation in person, Studio 20/17 have published a few photos on their blog of work in their current ‘Winter Brooches‘ exhibition. Bit excited really – my set is the second photograph. Feels good to see then all in a little group…

Other exhibitors are listed on their website and I hope to see their work in person and write more about them in a few weeks … British Airways strike and crazy Icelandic volcano willing…

My work: ‘Time: Europe’

24 05 2010

Second in the ‘Time‘ group is a piece that records a three-month holiday I took backpacking through Europe over ten years ago. The paper is a copy of the hand-drawn calendar I made to plan my time, and the fine silver charms woven through the paper have scribed-sketches taken from particularly beautiful photographs I took during the trip.

charms for 'Time: Europe'

charms for 'Time: Europe'

I wove paper and silver in my first year at university, and reignited this method late last year when I made a piece for ‘Feast‘. I’ve expanded on it during making for this project and was looking for ways to bring more life to the woven paper, so introduced the charms. The have been inserted into the weave at the place in the calendar they were experienced.

'Time: Europe' brooch; amended copyright notice: not to be reproduced without permission

This one in form is the most connected to the work I did for ‘Feast’, here; in that its width is similar and fastening similar too (a stainless steel bobby pin, but this time attached to a perspex brooch backing).

Previous post on ‘Winter Brooches’ work here

My work: ‘Time: Day’

23 05 2010

The ‘Time‘ group was created especially for the Studio 20/17 ‘Winter Brooches‘ exhibition, and this first piece (which I shared a sneak peek of recently) records a 12hr period in photographs.

I spent a day in Canberra to visit the Post-Impressionist exhibition – it was a frustrating day, the line to get into the exhibition was taking in excess of three hours (which I abandoned after two hours, and then rejoined later in the day to wait only an hour), the cafe I walked to find was closed, it rained and my flight home was delayed for hours.

I took photographs regularly throughout the day, and made a selection to make a strip of colour paper; below are a couple of my favourites from the day.

Each hour is marked with a spindle woven into the paper, each is then secured to the wire across the top of the perspex base.

'Time: Day'; amended copyright notice: not to be reproduced without permission

The front-view shows little of the colour of the photographs, and the detailed image from the side shows much more. Were I to make this piece again, I would like to find a way to stop the paper creeping over the sides (like it is on the left side above).

Time-Day brooch; amended copyright notice: not to be reproduced without permission

The brooch is 12cm long, 1cm for each hour of photographs. It is arguably difficult to wear as it is a little unbalanced, and perhaps a double-pin would have secured it better (though I have no soldering equipment at home currently, and changing that kind of thing at the last minute is not feasible!).

Last post on ‘Winter Brooches’ here

Sad news

22 05 2010

I’ve been out of Australia for a few weeks now, not spending much time online and so not reading the blogs and sites I regularly do in my normal life…

I’ve only just learnt of the passing of Mari Funaki… I’m lost for words and my heartfelt thoughts are with those close to her.

Gallery Funaki

The Golden Smith