What the?!

21 09 2011

Saw this rubbish in the news….

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What a WASTE of gold and preciousness (and money!) – “80 kilograms of 22 carat gold, 15 kilos of silver, and hundreds of gems and precious stones” to be precise.

Blog roundup

20 09 2011

Helloooo! Time for a little trip around the interwebs…

  • I’ve been doing a little flying around lately (no, not being metaphoric; real aeroplanes and airports and stuff) and in the Qantas magazine was an advert about a jewellery exhibition in New York at the Museum of Arts and Design [link]: “Picasso to Koons: The Artist as Jeweler” (September 20, 2011 – January 8, 2012) … WOW!
    Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Max Ernst, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Jeff Koons and Anish Kapoor are some of the 20th century’s greatest and best known artists. What is less well known are the incredible works of sculptural beauty created by these artists in the form of jewelry. Guest curated by Diane Venet (featured in the accompanying video), with over 180 masterpieces, Picasso To Koons: The Artist As Jeweler explores works from an array of artists, not known as jewelers, who have created stunning works of jewelry both reminiscent of their existing artistic vocabulary and in other instances representing a striking departure from their oeuvre. These richly imaginative pieces were never intended for mainstream production, but rather were created as one-of-a-kind pieces or limited editions, that were often personal gifts made for family and friends, revealing an intimate view into the lives of the artists who created them. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue published by Flammarion/Rizzoli.
  • Artisan Gallery in Brisbane will soon [29th Sept – 12th Nov] be hosting a jewellery exhibition ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor‘, which a number of our Melbourne jewellery friends are contributing to; “Featuring 100 stories of great Australian women who have broken the barriers in arts, sciences, humanities and sports and 100 brooches made in response to these stories by 100 of Australia’s most talented women jewellers, this exhibition celebrates the centenary of International Women’s Day.“; more here.
  • Katherine Bowman is sharing images of works in her current exhibition ‘Locutions‘ at Craft Victoria – incredibly beautiful! I can’t wait to see them in person
  • Lucy Hearn shares some images of her exhibition and work going to Craft Vic (oh the love of Craft Vic!)
  • I can relate to one of David Neale’s recent posts
  • some lovely new pieces at Black Finch
  • Pieces of Eight announce that Robert Baines will be their next exhibitor!
  • Cat Preston shows some images of her vintage celluloid ring box collection
  • I like seeing new work from Jessica Morrison
  • Melinda Young has some wonderfully coloured new work
  • Zoe Brand shares news of the delay of the JMGA conference to July 2013

Happy reading.

Reminder: makers marks

18 09 2011


I’m hoping to build up my Makers Mark page into a fabulous resource for makers and collectors alike. But to do that I need your help!

Some friendly makers have actually let me know that they don’t currently have a makers mark. That’s interesting – it’s not compulsory in Australia, so I wonder if it’s actually more common for makers not to have one??

I don’t have one, but that’s because I don’t make commercially yet, nor have even had pieces for sale in exhibitions to date (hopefully that will change in the future of course!).

If you’re a maker but you don’t have a mark, I’m interested in that too! So please comment and let’s share why not all makers have one?

If you’re a maker and do have one, please do send me your mark and if there’s a story behind it.

I’d appreciate it SO much.

Much jewellery-making-love

So busy

18 09 2011

Mmmm …. work has kept me so preoccupied that I haven’t been able to visit exhibitions nor consider making nor musing …

Hopefully I’ll have time in the coming weeks to see all the wonderful shows on!!

But for now, allow me to provide you with the reason why I don’t do a cooking blog …
Taste: success
Looks: epic fail

cake fail