Multiple spam award

30 11 2012

Oh how I have been blessed with spam lately … such a lucky girl!

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I am ever so glad I ‘nailed it’, and I like the insightful spam on my calendar posts … ooh, thanks.

Calendar: December 2012

30 11 2012

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Landscape changes?

28 11 2012

I’ve noticed some changes to the internet landscape for makers over the last few years. I’m not sure if they’re positive or neutral or just evolution in progress …

With respect to blog, in the last year or two I’ve noticed:

  • fewer blogs are being created
  • many blogs are being abandoned
  • many blogs that are still ‘active’ are being updated less often
  • fewer people commenting or participating in discussions on active blogs
  • some blogs don’t even allow comments any more (this may be a platform change?)
  • I’ve even noticed some gallery blogs are being updated less regularly

Further, there seems to be fewer people creating or updating their own websites. Of course there are exceptions, I’m making observations on a trend not individual sites/blogs – there are still some magnificent blogs and sites out there!

With respect to other outlets, I’ve noticed an increased use of facebook, tumblr, pinterest and instagram.

The result, to my mind, is more of a ‘presentation’ than creating space for an ‘interaction’. Not everyone wants an interaction, that’s understandable; though it’s a shame that less content is being created in these newly popular platforms, they’re image-heavy though not very text-rich.

Less text also means that it’s less likely an interested person will be able to find pages through search engines (as in my recent experience of attempting to find links for exhibiting students), which rely on words not images.

With less text and information, I feel I know less about the making, the ideation, the intent. I’m not saying that it’s necessary and everyone should share this aspect of their making – but when it is shared, it does make a significant difference to how I can relate to art.

I’ve been wondering if people in general are less interested in sharing the detail now, and snapshot images are sufficient. Interestingly, are we becoming less self-indulgent and no longer finding it necessary to talk about ourselves in blogs?

What are your thoughts?


Update [28th November]: there have been some great comments and discussion – please do have a peep and perhaps contribute your thoughts


More cufflinks

27 11 2012

Another pair of cufflinks I’ll be sending to Lord Coconut.

I like these.

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A lot.

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Still thinking about what to call them. What do you think of ‘Rule Britannia‘?

Ellen Pitman ‘Body to Body’ @ Lord Coconut

26 11 2012

I think that ‘Body to Body‘, an exhibition by Ellen Pitman, is the first solo artist exhibition at Lord Coconut.

The majority of the exhibition are belt buckles, cast in various metals (though I understand custom orders are welcome in other metals).

exhibition media

Exhibition media: “Objects presented in ‘Body to Body’ replicate the surface of butchered meat, replacing blood for precious metal.  The material juxtaposition cushions the viewer from implicit horror, removing stains of reality: flesh, fluid, death; not unlike the process used by the meat industry to emotionally sanitise the consumption of meat.

It sounds worse than it looks … well, I was just a little worried initially (being of a delicate constitution!), but the textures are interesting in their own right. If you’re squeamish though, you may not like to know their origin.

The (human) belly button buckles are absolutely delightful; I like the idea of someone walking about fully dressed with a belly button belt buckle.

Body to Body‘ is at Lord Coconut until 1st December 2012.


ps. This is by no means a trivial question, but I’m not sure if belt buckles are jewellery or silversmithing? Not that it’s entirely necessary to label objects and making processes, it’s only a matter of which categories this post includes (helps with people finding posts etc) … What do you think? I used both categories for now…


Artifice Store’s first event

23 11 2012

Oopsy, I didn’t see this in time for the Calendar post, so this gets its own post.

Artifice is a new jewellery (and home and object) store opened by Jessica Morrison, Coconut Lu and Matthew Bracken – and they have a store event on this weekend.

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Event media: “Melbourne jewellery artists Jessica Morrison, Matthew Bracken and Coconut Lu would like to introduce their new venture (or as it would seem, adventure!) Artifice store.  A retail avenue for Australian artists, designers and makers to air their wares. With an eye for the quirky, playful and beautiful, this space offers up all things awesome with a focus to bring artful goods into every ones world.

To celebrate their entrance into the merchant sphere, the threesome will join forces with Graphic Designer Simon Browne for a two day event ‘Infinite repeat’.  The Artifice team would like to invite you down to see what magic happens when the four collide and turn Browne’s paintings into wearable art.

This event will produce Artifice store’s first collaborative product.

I wish them the absolute best of luck and trust it’ll be a super event!

NMIT ‘Kaleidoscope’ @ Northcote Town Hall

21 11 2012

By serendipity I found myself in Northcote earlier today, so popped in to see ‘Kaleidoscope‘, the NMIT graduate (Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology (Jewellery), 2yrs) exhibition.

photograph taken with student representative permission

There are some highly technical constructions here, and much shiny-ness(?), and quite a lot to like.

It’s a shame there weren’t take home works-lists – it would have made it easier to remember everyone’s work and a good keepsake.

Again enameling made a strong appearance. Also, I noticed some more Choum Iybsa than I’d seen in previous years, so wonder if that was a new skill taught during the course or if the students found their own way to the technique…

photograph taken with student representative permission

Participating artists are (as per media listing):

  • Emily Becher [blog]
  • Olivia Boyle
  • Anita Crowther [remember her splendid neckpiece at last year’s auction?]
  • Jo Hawley – I really liked the formality and simplicity of her work, the forms were beautiful
  • Annelies Hofmeyr [update: site] – her enameled cloud sculptures were lovely and very well executed
  • Sarah Johnson – her construction looks amazingly complex!
  • Sarah Kerr [facebook]
  • Maria Natoli [facebook]
  • Sophie Prestige
  • Maryam Satar
  • Alannah Sheridan
  • Yuan Yuan Xi [update: facebook]
  • Sylvia Ballerini [facebook]
  • Amber Craven
  • Jacques Cudis
  • Rachael Fares [update: facebook]
  • Qiaojian (Hannah) He
  • Kieran Jackson
  • Felicity Large [update: site]
  • Tess McAuslan-King
  • Caroline McQueen [site]
  • Niamh Minogue – I liked her enameled pendants so much I bought the dark blue one (after this photograph!); I loved how these were displayed, a mixture between museum layout and Warwick Freeman-esk investigation group – much to love

    photograph taken with student representative permission; sorry it’s dark, I didn’t use flash

  • Louise Napolitano
  • Ann O’Connor
  • Elizabeth Rich
  • Massimo Todaro
  • Katrina van Domburgh [tumblr]
  • Kim White
  • Lisa Williams
  • Nicole Smith

There’s a lot to like – get along.
If you’re interested, check out my post on last year’s exhibition ‘Auteur‘.
Also check out Jessica Helen’s post, with the award listing too.

One curious matter is the lack of internet presence of these artists … something I’ll expand on in another post soon.

Kaleidoscope‘ is at Northcote Town Hall until 25th November 2012, open weekends too.