Oh lordy!

31 05 2012

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

Star. Trek. Jewellery. Awesomeness.

screen grab from Star Trek episode; click on image for original source

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

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]; until 26th August 2012
  • Melbourne Museum ‘The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia‘ [link]; until 7th October 2012
  • Powerhouse Museum, ‘Love Lace‘ [link]; until April 2013

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

2nd June: last day for Studio 20/17 (Sydney), annual Winter showcase ‘Very Simple Proofs, The Trivial Ring‘ [link]

2nd June: last day for Christopher Earl Milbourne ‘Trinity Timeline‘, Middle of the Air [link]; “Christopher Earl Milbourne is a dynamic Melbourne-based artist specialising in hollowware based objects. His exhibition has a unique visual method and will showcase a small selection of highly refined/ semi-destroyed hollow-ware objects in a linear timeline installation.

5th June: Studio 20/17 (Sydney), Claire McArdle ‘Public Displays of Attention‘ [link] until 16th June

5th June: Gillian Hillman ‘Exploding Images‘ at Alliance Francaise Melbourne [link]; until 15th June

12th June: Gallery Funaki, Lisa Walker ‘seep’ [link]; until 7th July

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14th June: RMIT lecture, Lisa Walker ‘Glee’, 6-7pm; RMIT University, City Campus, Building 8 (Swanston St), Level 11, Room 68

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16th June: Northcity4 workshop, Penny Jagiello ‘Message in a Bottle‘ [link]

16th June: Craft Victoria, Craft Hatch Market [link]

17th June: Northcity4 workshop, Nicky Hepburn’Keepsake‘ [link]

19th June: Studio 20/17 ‘The Year was 2006‘ [link]; “An exhibition of 100 jewellery pieces made in 2006.”” 2006. It was a common year that started on a Sunday. John Howard was PM, the Yellow Wiggle retired for health reasons, Pluto was no longer classified as a planet and the Global Financial Crisis was still 2 years away from being purely known as the GFC.“; until 30th June

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

23rd June: last day for Pieces of Eight, Krista McRea ‘Many Facets‘ [link]

28th June: Nicole Polentas & Christopher Earl Milbourne ‘Psychomanteum‘ at Gaffa Gallery; see my review of their show when it was in Melbourne

29th June: last day for application to Studio 20/17 ‘For the Love of Coffee‘ exhibition [link]; “We are looking for jewellers who love their coffee. We don’t expect it to be the ‘be all and end all’ of your existence, but we think it might or should, come in a pretty close second. You could say that this show is not so much about the work rather the stories and anecdotes that are shared about or over a good strong cup of Joe.

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please tell me of other exhibitions or events …

plan ahead for [see also]:

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: June 2012 sneak peek

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??