Calendar: March 2012

29 02 2012

all month

  • Powerhouse Museum, ‘Love Lace‘ [link]; until April 2012
  • Renaissance‘, National Gallery of Australia (Canberra) [link]; until 9th April 2012 (see my first and second review post)
  • NGV ‘Time Catcher‘ [link]; until November 2012

2nd March: Launch of Northcity 4 [link]; see my recent post

2nd March: Bilk Gallery (Canberra), ‘Embark‘ [link]

3rd March: last day for Gallery Funaki, Doris Betz ‘moments like this‘ [link]; “Making my jewellery feels like having a mystery-flight-ticket in the pocket, not knowing where one will end up. But at the same time I do have an aim. In the end there should be a damned good piece of jewellery. I always try to invent processes I cannot control, I try to make things happen, I’m spontaneous and attentive, I follow my instinct and also my experience. This process of not knowing, not wanting, just playing, staying free, being without intention, casual…and suddenly getting excited…and then recognizing the point when one has to take control again, is a balancing act.

4th March: last day for entry to Brunswick Street Gallery $10000 works on paper prize and exhibition [link]

6th March: Pieces of Eight, ‘Cosmic Artefacts’, part of LMFF12 [link]; “Pieces of Eight Gallery presents fashion designer Alexi Freeman and jeweller Tessa Blazey, collaborating on a major window installation and a suite of jewellery pieces that accompany the ALEXI FREEMAN AW12 ROCK STAR collection. The installation features their Interstellar Gown, constructed from approximately 600 metres of gold plated chain and 6000 jump rings meticulously embellished into a galactic flapper formation – fit for a sci-fi goddess to traverse the celestial sphere“; until 7th April

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8th March: Craft Victoria, Nicholas Bastin ‘The Sleepless Hero‘ [link]; “Nicholas Bastin draws together a collection of jewellery objects in an exhibition titled The Sleepless Hero. The objects appear to be the remnant accessories of new super-real characters, invented from associations from both popular culture and traditional mythology. The work touches on issues relating to the portrayal of the hero and the two-dimensional dualism of good and evil, to explore possible new contexts of the archetypal character in a contemporary urban mythology.“; until 21st April

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8th – 15th March: L’oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival [link]

8th March: Lord Coconut ‘Handcrafted for Men at Carlow House‘, part of LMFF12 [link]; “Bespoke tailor Vogue and Jackson and handcrafted cufflink supplier Lord Coconut, fellow Flinders Lane tenants in the historical rag trade building Carlow House, have joined forces to present their latest collections of handmade shirts and contemporary cufflinks.“; until 24th March

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9th March: Fort Heart ‘PROJECT-ION / AN EXHIBITION‘, Paradise Hills Gallery [link], part of LMFF12; “After many months the fort heart necklace has been set and made into silver and metal. Curated by James Heenan and Deb Art, The exhibition aims to explore the necklace in wearable art form. Gallery doors will open at 7pm with live music kicking off at some point too!

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13th March: Gallery Funaki, Carlier Makigawanature and structure‘ [link]; “Fragile structures project and expand in unplanned growth. Lines – define volumes and transparencies to explore movement, form – an illusive, simultaneous grasp of life, exploring boundaries of formal definition of the relationship and tension between like and unlike.“; until 5th April

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17th March: Craft Victoria ‘Hatch’ market [link]

17th March: Craft Victoria, public program, ‘The Art of Visual Merchandising” [link]

17th March: last day for Studio 20/17, Melissa Cameron ‘In Geometry I Trust‘ [link]

17th March: last day for Linden Postcard Show 2012 [link]

20th March: Studio 20/17 (Sydney), Rosemary Luker ‘Savage Beauties II‘ [link]; “Using gold and silver thread discovered in French flea markets and vintage shops, originally used for sewing military uniforms and ornate ladies clothes in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Rosemary transforms this vintage material into distinctly contemporary pieces by sewing, crocheting and weaving. The resulting chains, cuffs and fastenings are interwoven with silver and gold organic, naturalistic metal elements to form contemporary feminine works.“; until 14th April

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21st March: Trocadero Artspace, Suse Scholem ‘attempts at describing adornment‘ [link]; “Utilising a hybrid of sociological research and contemporary jewellery, Suse Scholem highlights the potential of the body as canvas. Through social contexts, modern bodies become embodied, regulated, a performance. Attempts At Describing Adornment poses this performative experience of identity and the visual self. Drawn from qualitative research conducted by the artist, sentiments are translated into wearable design – a paradox of both functioning, and exposing, the continual performance of ‘self’ in modern society.“; opening 24th March; until 7th April

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22nd March: Ex(ie)perimental Collective, part of LMFF12 [link]; “The designers; Emma Boseley, Kara Liu, Katia Di Crescenzo, Christina Exie, and Helen Pappas met through their studies at RMIT. They have all developed their own dynamic styles as designers, tailors, jewelers and even a collagist, making this exhibition a dynamic fusion of techniques and construction as well as individual concepts.“; until 28th March

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24th March: last day for  RMIT Gallery ‘Joyaviva – Live jewellery from across the Pacific‘ [link] 6-8pm

please tell me of other exhibitions or events

plan ahead for [see also]:

1st June 2012: last day for application to New Traditional Jewellery 2012 award [link]

… last calendar post: Calendar: March 2012 sneak peek

Jewellery on television

28 02 2012

Piece: Neckpiece
: Jenny Brockie
On: SBS program, Insight.
When: 28th February 2012, 8:30ish

screen shot of Insight, 28th February 2012

Oh Jenny.

Does anyone know the maker?

On my bookshelf

28 02 2012

All set to read … not in any particular order though …

my reading stack, 28th February 2012

I wonder what these books say about me?

Metal price update

27 02 2012

It’s been just under three months since my last metal price update post.
A little check on the markets …

As at 27th February 2012:

1. Gold price in US$ for last 12 months

27th February 2012; gold in US$; click on image for original source

2. Gold price in A$ for last 12 months

27th February 2012; gold in A$; click on image for original source

The big dip at the end of December (which wasn’t in my last update) was due to the crisis in the Euro zone. Similary, the latest kick up was on the back of the Greek bail-out deal, but the price has slipped a little in the last few days.

3. Silver price in US$ for last 12 months

27th February 2012; silver price in US$; 1 year graph; click on image for original source

Looks like the best time to buy silver was in late December … and the price is increasing just in time for the start of the university year. Bummer.

4. (a new graph) Copper price per ounce on London Metal Exchange, for last 12 months

27th February 2012; copper price on London Market Exchange; click on image for original source

Symbol: the love-heart

27 02 2012

You know the shape I mean –  the one that’s meant to visually represent the heart, is traditionally used to indicate love, and is often either red or pink.

image from Wiki; click on image for original source

It makes me shiver a little. I really don’t like it. Though I’m not sure why …

Looking at Wiki, a few interesting points:

  • In European traditional art and folklore, the heart symbol is drawn in a stylized shape. This shape is typically coloured red, suggesting both blood and, in many cultures, passion and strong emotion.
  • The hearts have constituted, since the 15th century, one of the red suits in most playing card decks.” – I didn’t know that!
  • What the traditional “heart shape” actually depicts is a matter of some controversy. It only vaguely resembles the human heart. The seed of the silphium plant, used in ancient times as an herbal contraceptive, has been suggested as the source of the heart symbol. The heart symbol could also be considered to depict features of the human female body, such as the female’s buttocks, pubic mound, or spread vulva.”

From an alternative source, Symbols:

  • The heart sign is as old as 0650, 2612, 0431b, 2439, 0221, and 4204. Its meaning for the people living in Europe before the last Ice Age of course is not known, but since these Cro-Magnons were hunters one can be reasonably sure it meant that life sustaining organ pumping around the blood of the organism every second of its lifetime. ” – so that answers the question I had about when the symbol was first seen in art
  • The heart does not appear in any established sign system. It is an anarchistic graph that has yet to find a place in any conventional sign system. Nontheless it is well known throughout the Western world as a sign for togetherness or love, especially sexual love, making love, affection and so on.
  • The heart sign appears as a symbol in all the major cultural spheres.

There is also a suggestion that the love-heart shape has evolved from the upside-down triangle; where the triangle is an ancient symbol for the divine feminine (puberty mound) or feminine power in general.

Hysterically, it is also reported Sweden the sign is related to defecation and is used as the symbol for toilets. More seriously though, this same source suggests a potential root of symbol creation: “is actually a combination of other ideograms. It incorporates the symbols for fire/flight (from the middle ages) along with its equivalent counterpart from the open sign structures. The heart symbol also incorporates the symbol which represents togetherness.

+ + =

Further reading brought me to another site which suggests that the symbol evolved from the ivy leaf, and is now “probably most popular non-geometric symbol“.

I’ve always felt an aversion to the love-heart shape. When it’s used in artwork it often feels like it’s a short-cut (when genuinely used; as opposed to used in critique or irony) or somehow its historic weight it too much and can outweigh the context of its use. Further, it often feels naive or childish. It’s a symbol that’s been over-commercialised and I find it hard to connect with it.

I’m not a heartless or loveless person, oh heavens no! I just find it hard to like this shape.

Will you share your relationship with the love-heart symbol?

… last post in Symbol series: the swastika

Some people are just lovely

26 02 2012

This morning, in the near light of dawn, I took my scissors needle and thread with me … I had noticed that my yarn bombing had been looking worse for wear (the kids at the school may have been too exuberant in their admiration?), and it was time to administer repairs.

my yarn bomb – still makes me smile

However when I approached the knitting, it was to my absolute delight that I found it had already been repaired.

I know! How wonderfully amazing!! Someone else had taken the time and care to sew up the seam. Not just to notice that it was in peril, but to take it upon their lovely person to do something about it.


I want this person to know that I think they’re wonderful! How thoughtful. Really, I’m almost left speechless.

Please ask your friends / connections / communities – if you find the lovely person, please thank them for me.


Update (26th February): in more yarn-bombing news, I was reading the facebook page of a local cafe, Little Deer Tracks, and this was mentioned about the local council attitude to yarn-bombing … how very pleasing!

Moreland City Council last week issued a statement in support of yarn bombing, a kind of woollen graffiti on public amenities such as trees, street lights and parking meters, provided artists were mindful of public safety.
The statement was in response to one yarn bomber’s complaints she had been mistreated by council staff while working on a bike rack outside Coburg cafe Little Deer Tracks.
Moreland mayor Oscar Yildiz said he was happy for yarn bombing to go ahead. “We are encouraging it… but they have just got to take into account public safety,” he said. “What people sometimes forget is the time and effort people are putting into these yarns, they are enhancing the city.”
Claire Drake – whose yarn bombing moniker is A Brunswick Bomber and who tags with group Yarn Corner – said she had permission from the cafe and was surprised to have been reprimanded by council staff. She said she accepted the officer’s apology and welcomed Moreland City’s yarn bombing stance. “People will now feel more comfortable doing it,” she said. “No one wants a cyclist or pedestrian to become injured as a result of a poorly placed yarn bomb on a street sign.” She said it was the artist’s responsibility to ensure public works were maintained.
“Bali” is a yarn bomber who founded the group Yarn Corner to unite solo artists for larger Melbourne projects. She said Yarn Corner had 150 members aged from 8 to 65. “If a piece is falling apart or becoming a safety issue we always take it down,” she said. “There’s so much grey in everyone’s everyday life… it [yarn bombing] can lift people’s spirits.


Update (12th March): I’ve had to administer repairs again; the kids must be vigorously loving the colours! While I was stitching the seam up (again), a man walked past and said that it makes him smile every time he walks past it – how wonderful, that just made my day 🙂


Sunday watching …

25 02 2012

Once again the outrageously fabulous Zoe Brand has pointed me to something that I need to know about.
And I thought perhaps you’d like to as well.

Jewellery Unleashed!’ was an exhibition at Museum of Modern Art in Netherlands (MMKA; more), and an associated Symposium was held in early February. This symposium has been recorded and released on Vimeo: link here.

Perhaps some reading / watching for a lazy Sunday…