Metal price tumble

30 09 2011

My last price update was only last week, but the bubble looks to have burst in that time… So to update:

2. Gold price in A$ for last 12 months

29th September 2011; gold in A$; click on image for original source (though this will show you information as at the date you click it)

That’s around A$150 per ounce; over 9% drop in price!

What about silver?

3. Silver price in US$ for last year.

29th September 2011; silver price in US$; 1 year graph; click on image for original source

Hey ho! A US$10 per ounce drop – that’s a 25% drop! Buy your silver now people…





Calendar: October 2011

30 09 2011

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Katherine Bowman ‘Locutions’ @ Craft Victoria

28 09 2011

Speechless.

Katherine Bowman‘s exhibition ‘Locutions (the loved object)‘ at Craft Victoria left me lost for words.

photograph taken with gallery permission

Exhibition media: “Poetry and craftsmanship in artist’s new exhibition, two years in the making

locution n. 1. a particular form of expression; a phrase or expression. 2. a style of speech or verbal expression; phraseology. (from Latin locutio an utterance, from locui to speak)

Katherine Bowman’s new work examines the way we imbue objects and artefacts with meaning. Through a series of small box like vessels, themes of containment, secrecy, talismanic power and personal mythology come together to create a collection of mysterious and quiet pieces that draw the viewer in like a small poem. Pulling inspiration from sources as diverse as Federico Garcia Lorca, Jean Baudrillard and Nick Cave, these intricately decorated boxes not only provide a secret space to carry one’s true self but a shelter for the vulnerable heart and the spirit animus.

photograph taken with gallery permission

I appreciated, and understood the artist process better by, the accompaniment of the objects with the watercolour paintings – I am baffled by, and admire, artists who paint and then make from the paintings (another who comes to mind is Hermann Junger) … I find it amazing!

The objects spoke to me more than the paintings though … incredible. Three of the five especially made their presence felt strongly:

photograph taken with gallery permission

I am absolutely in love with the white wine cup above … I dearly wanted to take it home, though the three are a group to stay together. They endear themselves even more for their reference of embroidery, a long-time love of mine too. They are engraved on the outer sides, which cannot be seen above, but can be in images on Katherine’s blog – beautiful.

The objects on a simple table is a beautiful presentation; though I was a little unsure of the wood colour and grain against the surfaces and beauty of the objects … though I must admit to not being able to offer an alternative. Though that said, I can see that the plain simplicity of the unadorned wood could be seen as a foil for the objects too … so perhaps it’s just a matter of difference in aesthetics (and/or my misunderstanding of the connection).

photograph taken with gallery permission

Regular readers will know how much I admire Katherine and her work … though it still surprises me that no matter how much I respect and admire and covet the works of an artist, I still find it difficult to connect with representation of animals! It’s just weird to me, I’m not sure why it’s a problem … though I have written about it a number of times before.

Katherine’s sensitivity and respect of the artistic process translate so well from jewellery into objects – I’m so happy she has a place to show her exhibition, and I congratulate her on the beautiful work. The connections are clear to the work I remember seeing of hers when I was still at RMIT in my degree and she was having her masters show (I think?) at Craft Vic – black embossed containers / houses.

It is absolutely worth making time to see this exhibition.

Locutions (the loved object)‘ is at Craft Victoria until 15th October 2011;
and there is an artist floor talk at 2pm on 8th October 2011.

Update (30th September): see also the post on Craft Victoria blog





‘Wondernamel’ @ RMIT First Site Gallery

26 09 2011

I must have missed last year’s show, but certainly made the 2009 one, and am so happy I could find the time to see the 2011 ‘Wondernamel‘ exhibition at RMIT First Site Gallery – enamelling work from students of RMIT.

installation - Aurelia Yeomans, Katie Britchford, Annie Gobel, Naoko Inuzuka

Exhibition media: “Wondernamel is an invented word based on the idea of the curiosity cabinet originally called a wonder room or wunderkammer in German. Historically the wonder room was for the collection of objects including but not limited to scientific specimens, art and antiquities. Wondernamel illustrates the joy of colour and intensity of jewellery and object making that is united by the use of enamel.

installation - Inari Kiuru, Robyn Hosking, Aurelia Yeomans, Naoko Inuzuka

When I walked out of the gallery the words that were playing in my mind were about “maturity”. This exhibition demonstrates maturity in how enamel is now being approached as a material.

There is more experimentation; more volume and three-dimensional pieces; more use of enamelling as a means to introduce colour and surface texture – as opposed to just flat pieces that appear to be simply exercises in enamelling technique and then set in a piece.

It seems to me that this exhibition speaks volumes about the evolution and ‘maturity’ of the approach to enamelling within RMIT. I was impressed and inspired!

installation: Lucinda Knight, Joelle Peters, Inari Kiuru, Lindy McSwan

Participating artists (alphabetically by surname):

  • Katie Britchford [blog]
  • Annie Gobel
  • Robyn Hosking
  • Naoko Inuzuka [site] – award winner
  • Inari Kiuru [blog] – award winner
  • Lucinda Knight [blog]
  • Wendy Korol
  • Lindy McSwan
  • Joelle Peters
  • Aurelia Yeomans [kit and caboodle profile]

installation; Wendy Korol, Annie Gobel, Lindy McSwan, Lucinda Knight

Go, it is absolutely worth a visit!

Wondernamel‘ is at the RMIT First Site Gallery until 2nd October 2011.





Kathryn Wardill ‘Adversity’ @ e.g.etal

25 09 2011

When I noticed that the ring in the image on the invitation included “recycled 18ct yellow gold wedding ring”, and the title was ‘Adversity‘, I felt Kathryn Wardill‘s exhibition at e.g.etal may be a very personal one. I wasn’t wrong.

exhibition media

Exhibition media:
Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real.” (Cormac McCarthy)
For Kathryn Wardill, poor concentration and skills, a creeping lack of judgement, inability to sustain work ethics and difficulty adhering to timelines were complications encountered in the making of some 40 rings. In fact, these difficulties have indelibly influenced the nature of her new series, Adversity. This collection of rings explores the emotional and physical consequences of adversity, exploring the ways in which difficult personal situations affect the making process from a conceptual and technical perspective.

With some of the rings in the collection titled ‘Split’, ‘Red Hot Tears’, ‘Whole Split in Half’ … I felt pain. I felt that I was trespassing into the artist’s private life. Even though I of course recognise that the artist has invited us there by showing the exhibition, I actually felt a little uncomfortable and that perhaps I now ‘knew too much’ in a strange way (I’m very private, so like to treat others the same way).

exhibition media; click on image for original source

The above group, called ‘Bouquet – Flowers Fall‘, on first glance reminded me of Nina Oikawa’s claw-set work. But of course on closer consideration it is completely different – the technique and materials totally different, and their intent totally different. I am sometimes plagued by these kind of ‘reminders’ on initial glance, but am very careful to work through it to clear it and to see the new work as the artist made it.

The e.g.etal blog has an interview with Kathryn about this group of work and the exhibition here.

Adversity‘ is at e.g.etal until 1st October 2011.





Fun-day Friday

24 09 2011

Yesterday was fun-day Friday – one of my regular fortnightly days off work.
I LOVE fun-day Friday!

What did I do I hear you ask?? Well …

  • brunch with two of my beautiful studio-mates and the gorgeous Peaches and Keen
    … hence the new jewellery collection post yesterday
  • visited ‘Wondernamel‘ at RMIT First Site Gallery
    … hence a post will be published Monday
  • visited Kathryn Wardill’s ‘Adversity‘ at e.g.etal
    … hence a post will be published tomorrow
  • visited Katherine Bowman’s ‘Locutions (the loved object)‘ at Craft Vic
    … hence a post will be published Wednesday

Then a walk in the mild spring sunshine full of inspiration and art-love.





My jewellery collection #23

23 09 2011

As I wrote in my recent post about the Peaches and Keen exhibition, I have added a new Lucy Hearn (also see artist profile) piece to my collection.

That makes five! [see my collection #13, #9, #7 and #6]

beautiful Lucy Hearn necklace

I wonder if I have the largest collection of Lucy’s pieces (outside her own collection of course)!?

There is such joy and colour in this piece.
It made me smile to wear it today, especially walking in the sunshine.

Plus – it’s my 23rd piece and it’s the 23rd today – yay!

… previous post on my jewellery collection #22