Calendar: February 2011

31 01 2011

all month

  • Michaela Bruton ‘Oomph Trajectories‘, Sofitel on Collins [link]; until 1st March; my review story here
  • Craft Victoria, Elfrun Lach ‘Corollary‘ [link]; until 5th March; artist talk Sat 19th February at 2pm [link]

    exhibition media

  • Pieces of Eight, Dougal Haslem ‘The Turtle and The Merman‘ [link]; from 1st Feb – 12th March; update (7th February) artist talk date now changed to Wednesday 16th February

    exhibition media

1st February: Laura Deakin at Gallery Funaki [link]; until 28th February

exhibition media

1st February: Rui Kikuchi, Studio 20/17 (Sydney) [link]; until 19th February

3rd February: Linden Postcard Show [link]; until 26th March

4th February: ‘Touch, Pause, Engage’ at Window at Objectspace (Auckland, New Zealand) [link]; this great show was at Gaffa Gallery, and this looks to be a very interesting expansion of the idea … will be great!

5th February: Jam Factory, ‘Julie Blyfield: Contemporary jewellery and objects 1990 – 2010‘ [link]; until 20th March

6th February: last day for application for Brunswick Street Art Gallery Works on Paper Prize [link]

12th February: Craft Victoria ‘Hatch’ market [link]

14th February: Craft Victoria series ‘Make it, Design it, Fund it‘ lecture [link]

20th February: first Redox Jewellery Market, Geelong [link]; a jewellery initiative by Joanna Macniel, Annie Broadway (whose work I really liked in the NMIT graduate show last year) and Victoria Edgar

20th February: last day for Returning to the jewel is a return from exile‘, Robert Baines, Karl Fritsch, Gerd Rothmann; Tarrawarra Museum of Art [link]; Tue-Sun 11am-5pm; my review story here

26th February: last day for Metalab (Sydney), Blanche Tilden ‘Fer et Verre – New Metal and Glass Jewellery‘ [link]

exhibition media; courtesy and thanks to the artist

If you know of any exhibitions or competitions/awards etc. during February, please do let me know (either by comment or email).

plan ahead for these:

1st March – 1st April: Mailbox 141, Part B ‘Lend me Your Ears‘ [link]

11th March: last day for application for Art Recycle ($10000 non-acquisitive ‘sculpture’ prize pool) at the Incinerator Arts Complex [link]

14th – 20th March: L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival [link]

29th April – 28th May: Adelaide Central Gallery “SA Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition” [link]

7th May – 3rd July: Geelong Gallery, Robert Baines ‘Metal‘ [link]

15th – 19th June: Buda Contemporary Australian Silver & Metalwork Exhibition 2011 [link]

July / August 2011: Powerhouse Museum (Sydney), International Lace Award [link]

… last calendar post: February 2011 sneak peek

Art Deco lights

29 01 2011

I was drifting through Chapel Street Bazaar this weekend and saw the most beautiful collection of Art Deco lights…

bazaar lights

bazaar lights

I’m thinking of taking some home …

Update [29th August 2013]: the Chapel Street website has changed, this is the new link to the Bazaar

Recycling reminder

29 01 2011

Just a quick reminder of the ‘Radical Jewellery Makeover‘ event in Melbourne this weekend (29th / 30th January 2011), organised by Suse Scholem.

See my previous post and the facebook page.

Retail opportunity

28 01 2011

I have been contacted by Lord Coconut, aka Mark Boldiston, to publish the below information about retail opportunity for jewellers of pieces for men. I think it’s a great initiative!


Contemporary, handmade, male jewellery and cufflinks for new retail showroom and gallery in Melbourne CBD

Store Name:
LORD COCONUT – Jewellery/Cufflinks/Art – Handcrafted and designed for men

Carlow House (cnr Flinders Lane and Elizabeth Street)

Fit out:
Inspired by Victorian era natural history museum with a contemporary twist

Melbourne has a reputation as a world leader in contemporary craft and jewellery design. The LORD COCONUT retail showroom and gallery wishes to build on this reputation by working closely with local artisans like yourself to provide an opportunity for you to expand or move into the male jewellery market. LORD COCONUT will be the only Melbourne retailer focusing on the male jewellery market.

Although not all jewellers currently design and produce for the male market (and those who do often only produce a limited range), LORD COCONUT hopes our store will provide you with an opportunity to expand your jewellery range and provide an extra revenue stream to ensure that your career as a jewellery designer and manufacturer is as successful as we hope our store will be. Stock will be held on consignment with monthly payment.

April 2011

If you are an innovative jeweller/artisan who wishes to discuss how to be involved in this outstanding opportunity, please contact Mark Boldiston on 0450 015 263, 03 9650 0963 or

A basic website has been established and can be found at This will be expanded upon in the coming months and offer online purchases.

You can also follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

The store allows me to focus extensively on a number of potential markets which include:
– weddings (especially focusing on cufflinks for wedding parties)
– professionals (eg. professional graduations/membership ceremonies etc)
– tourists
– cultural

A comprehensive marketing plan is currently being developed and is backed by a significant marketing budget.

Please feel free to contact me via any of the methods listed below as I look forward to developing a mutually beneficial relationship.


Again, as I’ve done before, for the formal caveat bit: this is not an endorsement, simply information; I have no connection with this opportunity or those involved; and while I have no reason to doubt it’s completely genuine and fabulous, I have done no personal research to validate content… boring and horrible I know, and it’s not meant in any way to detract from the exciting possibility of the opportunity, but I feel better that such things are made clear.

Best of luck Mark!

More beauty in the suburbs

27 01 2011

Some more beautiful Art Deco … the doors in my new home …


More press…

26 01 2011

Following my last post, I found another jeweller featured in one of my recent Home / Style magazines…

3. Victoria Mason featured in the February 2011 edition of Home Beautiful magazine

detail from scan of page 42, Home Beautiful magazine, Feb 2011 edition


In the press

24 01 2011

I’ve recently moved into a beautiful Art Deco home (hence the little spell of no posts this last week) and have been doing some reading in home design-type magazines for inspiration and ideas etc…

Funny thing is that in two of these magazines, jewellers have been featured!

1. Robert Baines featured in the January/February 2011 edition of Vogue Living; the article advertises his travelling exhibition “Robert Baines: Metal” … not too sure about the title of the piece though…

detail from scan of page 96, Vogue Living magazine, Jan/Feb 2011 edition

2. Lucy Folk had a full page in the February/March 2011 edition of Belle; the piece gives a bit of Lucy’s background and describes her new range ‘Taqueria’

scan of page 57, Belle magazine, Feb/Mar2011 edition

Perhaps I’m not well read, perhaps not imaginative enough, but I actually didn’t expect jewellery to be featured in home / styling magazines … but I think it’s great … perhaps the readership of such tomes are more likely to have surplus income to spend on such beautiful objects…