Calendar: September 2013

31 08 2013

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Jewellery on the morning news

28 08 2013

The news. Important stuff.

And this morning ABC news reader Virginia Trioli was wearing a contemporary jewellery piece that caught my eye.

Virginia is a Melbourne-based jewellery lover – remember she hosted the e.g.etal Giving Beads auction a few years ago.

photograph of television screen; 28th August 2013, approx 0730; ABC24

photograph of television screen; 28th August 2013, approx 0730; ABC24

Do you know who the maker is?
It seems familiar to me, but in my pre-coffee morning fog I can’t quite place it…

ps. I’ll try to get a better image sometime this morning!

Update [31st August]: solved!! the maker is Janet Watts





You wear your ring where?

26 08 2013

They’re apparently called ‘above the knuckle’ rings … oh right.

Apparently they were big in the 80s and 90s … oh right, that passed me by (but I did live in the country).

An option is clearly to jam them down so far that can’t move… but otherwise, how on earth do they stay on? Does one need to have relatively large interphalangeal joints for them to stay put? Or perhaps only wear them when not doing a whole lot…

Anyways, the ‘trend’ does have substantial historic cred. Portraits from my favourite period, late 15th and early 16th century (Flemish and German), show many wearing rings in this position.

For example, my dearest Giovanna wears one:

detail; click on image for original artwork

detail; click on image for original artwork

And in fact many men of the era seemed to be fans …

detail of Portrait of Levinus Memminger; click on image for original artwork

detail of Portrait of Levinus Memminger; click on image for original artwork

Though I suspect that may be due to the pieces being inherited and simply being worn wherever they fit, as opposed to a deliberate fashion statement.

Oh wait, I’ve just realised that it’s weird that I love these portraits when I am anti-figurative in so many other ways … strange indeed.





My piece for ‘Art of the Cuff’

23 08 2013

As I did last year, I am once again participating in Lord Coconut‘s ‘Art of the Cuff‘ exhibition.

I like the premise and last year some amazing works were created by a diverse range of artists and makers – I can’t wait to see what is submitted this year.

Cuff; image not to be reproduced without permission

Cuff; image not to be reproduced without permission

My work for the exhibition is titled ‘may the protection of the ancestors be yours‘.

The text is taken from my favourite poem ‘Beannact (for Josie)‘; which was also an inspiration for work in my RMIT years. One of the verses is:
“May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
may clarity of light be yours,
may the fluency of the ocean be yours,
may the protection of the ancestors be yours.”

Cuff; image not to be reproduced without permission

Cuff; image not to be reproduced without permission

The black dots represent the text in braille. And again yes, it is on woven paper and silver, which just makes sense to me to combine with textiles (for that was the original inspiration for the weaving).

The reference to braille was brought about by the proximity of the cuff to the hand … this has been in my ‘ideas archive’ for quite some time, so I am happy it has finally made it to physical form.

I decided to bind the cuff together instead of making a cufflink … by way of binding the protection and making a wrist amulet of sorts.

[After making this I went back through the photographs from last year’s exhibition and saw that another artist also made the connection of cuff to braille; I wasn’t consciously aware of that object when I was making mine, but the convergence of ideas always fascinates me.]

And I love how the silver scatters the morning light…

Cuff; image not to be reproduced without permission

Cuff; image not to be reproduced without permission

Art of the Cuff‘ will be at Lord Coconut from 18th September to 6th October 2013.





Artist statements

21 08 2013

Writing an “artist statement” does not come naturally to me.

I enjoy writing the story behind an individual piece or small collection – describing the concept, especially if it’s in response to an exhibition call; describing the significance of the material, the shape and such. I’ve done this so many times on this blog.

However I am lost when it comes to writing a more general ‘artist statement’ like those you see on the artist profiles on gallery websites and such. I’m not specifically inspired by nature, urban landscapes, materiality, souvenirs, pushing the boundaries of ugly, and so forth. I am interested in the exploration of identity – but I figure everyone does that, and many of my pieces don’t actually address it.

Perhaps my awkwardness is due to not yet having an established practice, an oeuvre or a common thread of investigation or material etc.

I do appreciate reading artist statements, for they can certainly add to the experience of viewing their work. Though sometimes I cannot help wonder if some of the text is post-rationalisation, written to satisfy the request of a statement…

I experienced a revelation recently when I was told a particular jeweller “didn’t do artist statements”. What?!?! You mean I can say I don’t do them either?! I’m tempted now to say this very thing next time I’m asked.

A friend shared this awesome “artist statement generator” some time ago. Hilarious.
There are so many sites like this that generate silly statements.

There are also some more serious sites about writing an artist statement (here and here for example)… maybe I’ll investigate those later.





The lust list

19 08 2013

This listing was provoked by a recent visit to Gallery Funaki, when I saw the incredibly beautiful Helen Britton ring Katie Scott (gallery director) was wearing. I wanted it. I wanted it bad.

And thus the ‘lust list’ was conceived.

I have been lucky enough to satisfy a few of my jewellery and object lusts:

Though my as-yet-unattained lust list is longer (some more realistically obtainable than others):

This is only a short list really, for it is only the pieces that I LUST after. There are, of course, many many artists’ work that I love and adore and admire and appreciate; some I want to own too, but not quite in the ‘lust’ category.

And I also know there are bzillions of artists I haven’t even been introduced to yet, who may one day make it onto this listing … how very exciting!





Calendar: September 2013 sneak peek

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