Calendar: September 2011

31 08 2011

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‘Close to Hand’ @ RMIT School of Art Gallery

30 08 2011

Exhibitions in the RMIT School of Art Gallery are often short and I find hard to get out of work to see them (it’s only open week days) – so I made a special effort yesterday, and I’m glad I did.

exhibition media

Media: An exhibition of work by RMIT Postgraduate Students from Ceramics and Gold & Silversmithing, and the 2010 Gold and Silversmithing Maggie Fairweather Residency Award recipient Naoko Inuzuka.

I had taken photographs (with permission) at the gallery – however, have not been able to get them off my phone in time for this post to publish. Hopefully I will be able to download them to share soon.

Participating artists (alphabetically):

  • Sun-Woong Bang, jewellery [site] – from her ‘Transit‘ series
  • Jacqui Chan, jewellery [site] – from her ‘Urban Metabolism‘ series (her site has photos of the 8 pieces in the exhibition)
  • Andrei Davidoff, ceramic [site] – large-scale ‘Maquetts for a 2D Monument‘ (image on the home page of his site)
  • Jan Donaldson, jewellery – from her ‘Precious Summer‘ series
  • Mary Hackett, metalsmith [site; blog] – ‘Breach‘ an amazing landscape of smithed objects
  • Robyn Hosking – the ceramic pieces in the exhibition media
  • Naoko Inuzuka [site] – beautiful brooches ‘Saturation‘ and ‘Airplane Window‘ (two brooches) (the home page of her site has an image of the former)
  • Tassia Joannides – black neckpieces from recycled bicycle inner tubes
  • Nicole Polentas [artist profile] – an AMAZING installation, a brooch ‘Epilogue: The Orders of Xalepa‘; over which photographs are projected (‘Signs of Resistance‘), the photographs are of the brooch in-situ in what looks to be broken parts of a Greek city; touching and wonderful to watch
  • Leah Teschendorff – quite lovely stark sculptural objects
  • Renee Ugazio [site] – an installation ‘bench pegged‘ (it made me smile!)

Close to Hand‘ is at RMIT School of Art Gallery until 1st September 2011.

RMIT Master of Fine Art Auction

29 08 2011

Woah – how did this escape my attention before now!

All kinds of artworks are for auction – jewellery, metal-work, printmaking, painting, drawing, sculpture, photography …

auction media

Details: Silent Auction

Online Deadline: 4pm, 8th September 2011

Where: The Gossard Space, Level 3 RMIT Building 49, 67 Franklin St Melbourne (opposite Aldi supermarket)
When: 6-9pm, 8th September 2011


The website says: “If you can’t make it on the night, let us know and we’ll make arrangements for any bids you’d like to place.” So it looks like the auction action continues at the event … but the banner says the auction ends at 4pm … so could someone involved in the auction please confirm (because the answer is likely to change someone’s decision to go to the event)??

Update (29th August): I have been advised that there is definitely ‘auction action’ at the event. The highest online bid at 4pm is the starting point for more silent bidding at the event.

Garden update

27 08 2011

Well … while not wishing to stray into the gardening-blog territory … I am simply amazed at how fast my plum trees are changing.

After all, it’s a weekend, and I figure I can write about non-jewellery stuff on the weekend!

From last weekend when it was a mass of white blooms … it’s now mostly covered in little pale green leaves, with very few little blossoms to be seen.

beauty keeps changing

I also have a nectarine tree … I pruned it back pretty hard a few months ago, but it’s just started to bloom too.

note to self: nectarine = pink; plum = white

Garden gorgeousness.

Diamond planet

26 08 2011

No no, it’s not the name of a David Bowie album … the news today tells us that scientists have discovered a planet they suspect is “made of diamond” (which of course is just organised carbon, really).

One of the more scientific of the news stories says: “Your instruments don’t lie. You’ve just stumbled upon a 1031-carat diamond.[about 5-times the size of Earth]

While the news banners are pretty exciting, the smaller print does say:
The remnant is likely to be largely carbon and oxygen, because a star made of lighter elements like hydrogen and helium would be too big to fit the measured orbiting times,” the CSIRO’s Dr Michael Keith, a member of the research team, said.
The team said it was certain the material is crystalline and that a large part of the star is similar to a diamond.

The system it makes with the pulsar-star it orbits is named PSR J1719-1438 … just rolls off the tongue yes!

[NewScientist story; News story; TheAge story]

I like presents

25 08 2011

A lovely friend of mine recently went back to her home-country, The Netherlands. She brought me back the most delightfully gorgeous little ceramic box …

too cute

Traditional blue and white ware … and just the perfect size for some of my jewellery collection.

... and handy!

So sweet. I’m a lucky girl.

Pretty buttons

24 08 2011

Mmm … so in the over two-and-a-half years of writing, the lowest number of posts for a month was 14 (in the first month I started writing, March 2009).

This month, due to my ‘breaks in transmissions’, I am only up to ten (eleven including this one) and am in danger of creating a new record ‘low’.

I’m okay with that … sort of. No, not really. Honestly, not really. But, that’s life, yes!

I’d like to share an image with you to make up for the lack of stories … and while it’s not jewellery-related, it is aesthetically beautiful and makes me very happy.

I’ve bought a new pair of Sprinkle Magic button-up pants … I LOVE their fit (no, this is not a fashion blog!) … but just look at these buttons! They’re vintage bakalite (I think) and have been dyed black (you can’t really tell because of the flash, but the pants are black). Too gorgeous.

pants. buttons. nice.