Oh lordy!

31 05 2012

Once more, I only have (the same) four words …

Star. Trek. Jewellery. Awesomeness.

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Yes, it’s the same character, but this time in blue. Splendid.

I know. I know. It’s my pleasure.

Calendar: June 2012

31 05 2012

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Martian Pink

29 05 2012

That’s the name of a pink diamond for auction soon … Martian Pink. Apparently named by the owner in the year that the US sent a satellite to Mars (oh sure, why not).

It’s pretty big – 12 carats.

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The estimate is pretty big too – around A$8m

Update (30th May): it fetched $17.4m (sorry, I can’t tell from the news story if that’s in Aus$ or US$)


28 05 2012

I was witness to a moment of (someone else’s) genius recently.

We were discussing the pieces I made for ‘Oh Opal’ … they say what I wanted them to say, but I don’t really like them.

My interlocutor suggested that perhaps I needed something akin to a ‘nom de plume‘ … for work that you want to put out there in the world, but that you don’t necessarily want your name on.

She’s a genius.

What could we call it? Looking at various pseudonyms I found art-name, a peculiarly East Asian practice. I think I like it, but I’m not sure if I like ‘art’ there.

Perhaps I don’t mind these pieces being linked to me, though maybe in a more ‘diffusion-line’ kind of way … so a second linked name.

Whatever it shall be labelled, I’m off to work on my alternative moniker.

Warwick Freeman ‘making dust’ @ Gallery Funaki

26 05 2012

Finally, I’ve made it to a jewellery exhibition in Melbourne! Hoorah! Sadly though, it was on this exhibition’s last day – but at least I made it to Warwick Freeman’s ‘making dust‘ at Gallery Funaki.

The key piece ‘dust‘ is a pretty amazing collection of panels on which Warwick has adhered dust that he has meticulously collected from his studio (an example is below). I understand that he was incredibly careful to collect the dust from each material he works with and displays them here on cards (with a non-coloured binder) … the collection gives the viewer what is essentially a condensed view of his colour palette.

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A few of the pieces reminded me of birds and faces (below) and noses … and triggered, as expected, my resistance to figurative works. That’s okay, it’s just the way I am; I don’t dislike them, I simply cannot find I can connect with them.

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I did respond to two rings of large pieces of lapiz lazuli … displayed as though the stone was a plinth. I liked the gentle humour in this.

There is quite a range of materials and symbols / iconography …

Exhibiton media: “Warwick Freeman’s latest exhibition explores form, material and the quiet profundity of the everyday object. The rear wall of the gallery features Freeman’s new installation, ‘Dust’, a kind of documentary record featuring the residual dust of sixty materials that the artist has used in his jewellery making, mounted on boards and offering a graphic palette of Freeman’s practice. His jewellery pieces; carved, found or both, are imbued with the directness, honesty and talismanic power that are the hallmarks of his artistic vision.

While I very much enjoyed his last show at Gallery Funaki, ‘spring collection‘ (I can hardly believe it was almost three years ago!), I had more trouble putting the various components of this show ‘together’ in my mind. I expect this is more to do with my fragmented attention than anything else.

Warwick Freeman’s ‘making dust‘ was at Gallery Funaki from May 1st to 26th 2012.

Jewellery at auction

25 05 2012

Sadly I have not been my usual awesome self and wasn’t able to attend the NMIT or Box Hill fundraising jewellery auctions. Terribly disappointed – though of course I trust the nights were huge successes!

In other auction news, there are some truly ‘special’ pieces in an upcoming Leonard Joel auction. Now usually there is a substantial offering of bling-tasia – huge or expensive stones plonked in a setting; and this set is no exception. However there are a number of pieces that are surprising in their own special way.

  • diamond dress ring

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  • a coral cocktail ring – oh lordy!

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  • a citrine cocktail ring

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  • oh there are more … but enough for now

There’s also a 1/3rd carat pink Argyle loose diamond [link] … with an estimate of a mere $48000 – $52000 (yes, for a third of a carat).

Blog roundup

24 05 2012

I haven’t been my usual fabulous self recently, and so haven’t yet managed to visit the many spectacular exhibitions .. but hope to soon.

By way of vicarious jewellery enjoyment, a trip around the interwebs:

  • gorgeous collages by Caz Guiney [link]
  • David Neale share two absolutely beautiful images [link]
  • loving the third image in the Inari Kiuru post [link]
  • a little jealous of Jessica Morrison’s new studio [link]
  • ring crush!! courtesy of Katherine Bowman [link]
  • Mel Young’s new work makes me smile with it’s beautiful colouring [link]
  • I LOVE weaving, as do the lovely ladies of Peaches + Keen [link]
  • Sylvia Nevestic shares an amazing photograph [link]
  • Zoe Brand lauches BrandBrand [link]

I’ve also spent (a surprising length of!) time to check and edit all links on my Links page – there are over 60 blog links and 115 artist website links!

So, do you know of any new jewellery blogs??