Calendar: August 2011

31 07 2011

all month

  • Pieces of Eight, ‘Downsizing – A group exhibition of interior designers turned jewellers‘ [link]; “Imagine shifting scales, moving from designing interiors to making small, intimate wearable objects. In Melbourne, there has been a recent movement of practicing interior designers who change careers to become gold and silversmiths.“; until 3rd September
  • Deep Water’, NGV photography gallery [link]; until 11th September
  • Vienna: Art & Design‘, NGV [link]; I’ve read there is some jewellery here and some wonderful art worth a visit; until 9th October
  • Powerhouse Museum, ‘Love Lace‘ [link]; “This spectacular, ground-breaking exhibition of contemporary lace works by artists and designers from around the world showcases lace design in ways never before seen or ever imagined. See more than 130 lace works by 134 artists from 20 countries, drawn from finalists of the Powerhouse Museum’s third International Lace Award that attracted an outstanding field of 700 entries globally.“; check the list of artists involved here, including Melbourne jewellers Katherine Wheeler, Melissa Cameron, Mary Hackett, Michaela Bruton, Stephen Gallagher, Tessa Blazey; I couldn’t see an end-date?
  • ‘Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs‘, Melbourne Museum [link]; until 6th November (confirmed)
  • Kaleidoscope: Art & Colour‘, NGV [link]; until 5th February 2012; includes a piece by Robert Baines (which is great!)

4th August: Craft Victoria ‘Craft Cubed‘ festival [link] – there’s a huge program of events and exhibitions, so check out the site; until 3rd September

5th August: last day for Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize [link]

6th / 7th August: Square Peg Studio workshop, Liquid Enamel Weekend Workshop with Linda Blair [link]

6th / 7th August: The Treasury – Fix Your Loot!; workshop with Emma Grace; “Jewellery repair workshop is for those who are not afraid to experiment. Join special guests Anna Davern and Dylan Martorell, in a cross-disciplinary collaboration and all-out fit-it fest!“; [link]

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7th August: last day for ‘Excessory‘, a contemporary jewellery exhibition at Yarra Ranges Regional Museum [link]; work by six jewellery artists who transform everyday and found materials into precious objects that challenge traditional notions of value and worth. A M&GNSW touring exhibition assisted by the Australian Council for the Arts.

7th August: last day for C3 gallery (at Abbotsford Convent) ‘Jocale’; an exhibition showcasing works from five Monash University graduates:  Maggie Thorssell, Femi Coppi, Deirdre Hoban, Regina Middleton, Jill Hermans

10th August: selected works from Buda ‘Contemporary Australian Silver & Metalwork Exhibition 2011′, to be shown at Arts Centre [link]; until 18th September

11th August: RMIT G&S jewellery auction [link]

13th August: Craft Victoria ‘Hatch’ market [link]

14th August: last day for RMIT Gallery special exhibition “Gioielli d’Autore. Padova e la Scuola dell’oro – Italian Contemporary Jewellery. Padua and its Jewellery School“; my most recent review post

15th August: e.g.etal, Daehoon Kang [link]; until 3rd September

20th August: The Great Big Carlow House Garage Sale and Open Studio, part of Craft Cubed; with thanks to Anna Davern [blog]

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23rd August: Gallery Funaki, Simon Cottrell ‘output to paths‘ [link]; until 17th September

23rd August: “Practice as a Site for Enquiry II: Hybridity”, RMIT Seminar; “What are the configurations, associations and strategies that determine and or influence the way contemporary object based practice is articulated today? The seminar is designed as an opportunity to examine how the perimeters of Object based Practice are being tested, developed, challenged and/or contested by those makers researching or practicing in interdisciplinary fields. Organisers are interested in reflecting the breadth of models for framing practice and opening the dialogue around hybrid practice in relation to collaboration, the use of technology, interdisciplinary practice and new and emerging forms in Object based Practice.” [link]

29th August – 3rd September: workshop with Ben Lignel (France): ‘I ___ workshops! (or: the thrills and pangs of user participation)‘; “This Master Class explores objects and ‘participatory strategies’. Objects that: signal that they are somehow incomplete; encourage the participation of the user to ‘finish them’ either spell out , or consciously conceal, how this co-production will work.  This theme ties in with the broader subject of ‘open oeuvre’, as theorized by people like Umberto Eco, Roland Barthes. It finds echoes today in copyleft and open source creative strategies.” [link]

please tell me of other exhibitions!

… last calendar post: August sneak peek


30 07 2011

I LOVE flowers

tulips ... apparently they're "french"

All the gold in the world

29 07 2011

I cannot remember what television show I was watching earlier this week, but it mentioned that all of the gold ever mined in the world would fit into three olympic swimming pools.

This got me thinking – really truly?

So research ahoy, and the statement was close:

  • a total of 165,600 tonnes of gold have been mined in human history, as of 2009 [from here and here]
  • … this would be a cube of approx. 20.4m each side [from here]
  • … in terms of volume, this is approx. 8500m3 [from here]
  • … with around 65% of this mined since 1950 [from here]
  • so as of today, it would be a little more of course…

In terms of visualising this:

  • a standard olympic swimming pool has a minimum volume of 2500m3 (depending on depth) [from here] – so from the volume above this would be about 3 (perhaps a little into a fourth) swimming pool.
  • a second common means of visualising it is that the cube would fit under the Eiffel Tower – as the height of the 1st floor of the tower is 57m [from here], then of course yes it would. This doesn’t seem too helpful to me actually.
  • Another story I read compared the volume to a small office building [from here] …
  • Lastly, this made me smile [from here]

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Open Studios

27 07 2011

Thursday and Friday nights … perhaps see you there?

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Research opportunity

24 07 2011

I know there are many makers out there who incorporate ceramics in their jewellery making practice … this should be of interest to you.

Helen Jones (curator) & Zara Collins (jeweller/curator) have joined forces to conduct research on jewellers who are incorporating ceramics or porcelain within their contemporary jewellery practice.

The research will culminate in a travelling exhibition of Australian and New Zealand practitioners. 

We would love to hear from you and see what you are experimenting with and currently working on.

Feel free to drop us a line:



[text taken from Kit and Caboodle, used under Fair Trading provisions]

I’d be really very interested to see the exhibition that comes of this research!

My jewellery collection #21

23 07 2011

Remember the NMIT auction a few months ago? I didn’t mention it at the time, but the piece I was bidding on was a Katherine Bowman ring, but I was not successful.

I now say ha ha! I have one of my very own.

Katherine Bowman ring

It’s just gorgeous to have on my finger – it fits perfectly and it is wide and I can feel it (which we all know I like). Most especially, the engraving catches the light in the most fantastic manner.

Yes – today I felt like using a colourful background instead of the traditional white … I like it!

… last post on my jewellery collection #20

Send me your mark!

22 07 2011

Gorgeous makers and fellow jewellers … please send me your makers mark.

Following my previous post, I’ve decided to set up a page for Australian and New Zealand jewellery and metalsmithing makers marks

I have built it (the page) … will they come?

I may encourage “them” by starting looking at my own collection and taking photographs of makers marks … but I would really love, and prefer, the original artists to send me their mark and story …. pretty please with sugar on top!