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30 04 2012

I’ve been playing around with some of my blog pages.
I’ve updated the ‘My Work’ pages … check out the 2004 page for example.
I like the pages better now than how they were … so much easier to read.

screen shot of new page layout

Wish I’d taken a snapshot of the original layout … you know, just for nostalgia sake … so I could laugh at how remedial I was ‘back then’!

Calendar: May 2012

30 04 2012

all month

  • Melbourne Museum ‘Top Designs 2012‘ [link]; until 15th July
  • NGV ‘Top Arts 2012‘ [link]; until 15th July
  • NGV ‘Unexpected Pleasures – The Art and Design of Contemporary Jewellery‘ [link]; “A Design Museum, London touring exhibition. Unexpected Pleasures looks at what we mean by jewellery from a number of different perspectives.  Taking as its starting point the radical experiments of the Contemporary Jewellery Movement that challenged a conventional understanding of the language of personal adornment, and looking instead at the essential meanings of jewellery, the exhibition brings together important work from around the world, and looks at it from the point of view of the wearer as well as the maker.“; until 26th August 2012
  • Powerhouse Museum, ‘Love Lace‘ [link]; until April 2013

1st May: Gallery Funaki, Warwick Freeman ‘Making Dust‘ [link]; until 26th May

2nd / 3rd May: start of Term 2 short jewellery courses at NMIT [link]; note that the Introductory and Intermediate short courses are now also offered during the day (as well as the evening course)

2nd May: Part B exhibitionOh Opal! (re-imagining Australia’s national gemstone)‘ at Redox Jewellery Studio; more information to come very soon – yes, I may be involved … ; “It’s a conundrum! What to do with the opal? What don’t more Australians love it? Melbourne-based research jewellery group Part B takes on the challenge of exploring the history and legend surrounding the opal and bringing a new fire to this strange and alluring gemstone.“; until 23rd May; opening night 4th May

4th May: Melbourne Museum ‘The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia‘ [link]; until 7th October 2012

5th May: last day for Craft Victoria window, Peaches + KeenThe Hanging Garden‘ [link]; see my review post

5th May: last day for Studio 20/17 (Sydney), An Morison ‘Wood Weaves’ & Mary Odorcic ‘Joias Coloridas’ [link]

7th May: last day for application to City of Yarra Art and Heritage Collection [link]; “The key criteria for this acquisition round is contemporary fine art created by artists of Aboriginal heritage currently living or working (studio practice or represented by a gallery) in the City of Yarra.

8th May: Studio 20/17 (Sydney), annual Winter showcase ‘Very Simple Proofs, The Trivial Ring‘ [link]; until 2nd June

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9th May: NMIT Jewellery fundraising Auction [facebook page]; “The Advanced Diploma students of 2012 present to you an exciting opportunity to purchase exquisite handmade pieces of jewellery at exceptional prices. Crack open your piggy bank, get your bidding arm ready and help them raise funds for their Graduate Exhibition.

16th May: Box Hill Tafe Silent Jewellery Auction, at New Guernica

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19th May: last day for Pieces of Eight, Kate Rohde ‘Hybrid Geology‘ [link]

27th May: Markit@FedSquare [link];
sadly this will be the last market for the GoldenInk Collaborative, who have sent an email to their mailing list announcing they’re “drawing a close to their collaborative time together“; “We have been very fortunate to meet lots of amazing and talented people over the past 3 years and really want to thank all of our customers and fans. Whilst we have enjoyed working on this wonderful project together the time has come to develop our own retrospective range of work. This will not be the end of us, but it will be that last chance you will get to purchase any of the work that we have created under our beloved Golden Ink.

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]

22nd June 2012: last day for application to National Contemporary Jewellery Award 2012 [link]

25th July 2012: last day for application to 2012 ITAMI International Craft Exhibition, the theme this year is ‘Shuki-Shuhaidai’ (sake ware) [link]

3rd August 2012: Craft Victoria ‘Craft Cubed‘ [link]

… last calendar post: Calendar: May 2012 sneak peek

Another peek

28 04 2012

Another sneak peek of what I’ve been working on …

I always get nervous when I’ve finished pieces … will anyone genuinely like them?

another peek; image not to be reproduced without permission

More soon …

“Beau Sancy” diamond

27 04 2012

In diamond news …. oh I know, we’re all SO flush we can consider such flippant purchases …

THE 400-year-old Beau Sancy, one of the world’s oldest and most-storied diamonds in private hands, is up for sale at Sotheby’s auction house.

Weighing in at 34.98 carats, the sparkling pear-cut gem is estimated to be worth up to $US4 million ($3.87 million).

Those who don’t have the money to buy the jewel can see it on display ahead of next month’s sale.

Cut from the famous gem mines in the Indian city of Golconda, the diamond made its way through four royal European families and once belonged to Queen Marie de Medici of France.

news image; click on image for original source

More information here; with the beautiful image below:

diamond cut; click on image for original source

This is the site for the Sotheby’s auction.

Peaches + Keen ‘The Hanging Garden’ @ Craft Vic

27 04 2012

Peaches + Keen latest show, ‘The Hanging Garden‘, in the window of Craft Victoria, is gorgeous.

Joyful. Colourful.

The Hanging Garden

There are enamelled vessels and hama-bead jewellery from Lucy Hearn.
There are embellished prints from Lily Daley.
There is a large terrarium; crocheted hanging planters; and new beaded hanging planters (I loved them!!).

The Hanging Garden

I only managed to see the window on a public holiday, and so wasn’t able to pop inside – which I really want to do soon, as I want to see the book they’ve made too (the open pages in the window are lovely!).

The Hanging Garden

Make sure you check out their blogs … so much to love.

The Hanging Garden‘ is at Craft Victoria until 5th May 2012.

A few more images below….

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‘Oh Opal!’ exhibition

25 04 2012

I’ve mentioned this in the recent May 2012 sneak peek,
and even in a little peek post,
and you’ve likely noticed I’ve been doing a little making too ….

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Exhibition media:

Oh Opal! (re-imagining Australia’s national gemstone)
A new exhibition by Part B – a Melbourne-based research jewellery group

It’s a conundrum! What to do with the opal? Why don’t more Australians love it? Melbourne-based research jewellery group Part B takes on the challenge of exploring the history and legend surrounding the opal and bringing a new fire to this strange and alluring gemstone.

Since Roman times, the world has been fascinated by the opal. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were great proponents of this mysterious gemstone, and Art Nouveau master René Lalique used it to great effect in his jewellery designs. It has been perceived as both good luck and bad luck (the latter sometimes attributed to the 1829 novel ‘Anne of Geierstein’ by Sir Walter Scott, among other factors). Moving into the twenty-first century, the creative director of Dior Fine Jewellery, Victoire de Castellane, is often quoted declaring her love of Australian opals. This coincides with the recent wave of interest in the gemstone from other big European jewellery houses.

In Australia, however, the opal still languishes, perhaps a result of one too many souvenir teaspoons. But given our bounty of these brilliantly-coloured beauties (Australia’s opal fields are bigger than the rest of the world’s combined), surely there is more to be done to improve the opal’s lot! This is just the kind of challenge that Part B loves…

Founded in 2009, Part B is a Melbourne-based research jewellery group, made up of a fluid collective of emerging and established jewellery practitioners. In this age of online social media, Part B is quietly flourishing with its focus on first- hand experience of exhibited works and face-to-face communication through monthly ‘gallery gatherings’ in and around Melbourne. Their own exhibitions and one-day-only happenings seek to investigate form, function, materials and the social engagement of jewellery, and are designed to challenge the Part B participants (aka
particles) and audience alike.

Exhibition dates: 2-23 May 2012
Opening night: Friday, 4 May 2012, 6-8pm
Venue: Redox Jewellery Studio
Shop 3, 51 McKillop St, Geelong VIC 3220

exhibition media; Gillian Hillman: Brooch - Boulder opal, sterling silver, 18ct yellow gold

Stay tuned….

Exhibition opportunity

24 04 2012

Lord Coconut has asked that I tell you all about a pretty super exhibition opportunity …

I like the idea very much!

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Contact Lord Coconut for more information; applications close on 18th May 2012.