‘Art of the Cuff’ opens this week

26 09 2012

A group exhibition ‘Art of the Cuff opens Friday night at Lord Coconut.

I have a small piece in the group; along with many many other makers / artists.

in construction; image not to be reproduced without permission

Judging by the exhibition media (here), there looks to be some absolutely amazing contributions!

exhibition media; click on image for original source

Art of the Cuff‘ is at Lord Coconut now until 14th October 2012.


26 09 2012

Another outcome of my recent organisation was that I’ve decided which pieces to ‘recycle’. Essentially, these the metal in these will be sold to a metal merchant for ‘refining’ (melting down and reuse).

image not to be reproduced without permission

It’s a funny thing – but I now think I’ve had enough time and space from my degree at RMIT to be ready to destroy these pieces. As I’ve mused before, these pieces aren’t representative and I don’t like them enough to even keep them. They are adequately documented and I’m ready to let them go.

In the end, I decided to hold off the execution of the brooch and have it sitting as a little sculpture on my book-stand for the time being.

While I was deconstructing the ring, I was impressed with myself with the construction quality – go me! Also, I was also pretty chuffed with the fitting on the neckpiece, so will keep that too.

It was a pretty cathartic experience really … letting go is often a good thing.

A separate group is those that will be re-worked, where an element of the piece will be made into something else. More when I get around to working on them … which could be a long while yet.

Big in Austria today

24 09 2012

I was again checking out my traffic-stats by country.

Today is special, I’m big in Austria.

traffic stats; as at 2230 24th September 2012

Again, curious. It would be super if it were genuine new traffic; sadly though, I suspect a spam attempt.

Choum Iybsa

24 09 2012

In early 2006, before third year started again at RMIT, I took a week-long class with Joung-Mee Do in ‘Choum Iybsa’, a traditional Korean metalworking technique. During my organisation frenzy a few days ago I rediscovered the experiments I made in this week.

Iybsa test pieces; image not to be reproduced without permission

Much of the hours in the classes were spent sharpening our little hand-chisels! That part was tiring. The chiseling was lovely though – meditative (though not if you’re in the same room and not doing the same thing; the noise must have been something to behold).

iybsa medallions; image not to be reproduced without permission

I was so delighted to see the above two pieces! The design is from the development work I did for the ‘gold’ jewellery project in second year, but it was the ideation group that didn’t get to be made at the time. The line drawings are from chinese royal embroidered gowns – see this post with the original designs.

It is especially lovely that the colouring of the steel still remains a most beautiful dark rich blue.

with flash; image not to be reproduced without permission

This image is of the same pieces at the first image, but with the flash on – you can see the chisel marks so clearly on the uncoloured metal.