Calendar: April 2014

31 03 2014

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Knit-tastic

29 03 2014

Knitting. I love it.

Especially knitting a gift.

gift knitting

gift knitting

Without the studio, it is a distinct possibility that there will be a knit-craft-explosion in this home.

Update (31st March): oh oopsies, I bet you’re just busting to know the details of this project:





Peaches + Keen ‘Botanical Calamity’ @ Modern Times

27 03 2014

Oh you all know of my fondness of Peaches + Keen. It’s unashamed I tell you.

The colourific ladies have a show of some new prints in ‘Botanical Calamity‘ at Modern Times.

installation

installation

It’s not a gallery space but one of my favourite kinds of stores, a mid-century furniture store … be still my beating-for-rosewood heart! And for my mind the beautiful prints sit quite a peace next to the gorgeous furniture.

The new work continues to showcase their love of nature. The motifs are delicate, gold-leaf is used sparingly for highlights (but for the outrageously fabulous cactus, where it is generously applied to fabulous effect) and their playful feel for combining colour is evident.

installation

installation

I think I say this about every one of Peaches + Keen’s exhibitions – it was a delight and a joy. I always walk away from their shows with a smile.

Botanical Calamity‘ is at Modern Times until 3rd April 2014.

Other shows from Peaches + Keen:





Bye bye studio

25 03 2014

Regular readers will know of my recent struggles with the muse and creative process. Yes, it’s been a underlying theme for ages.

You probably also spotted my recent break-up letter with my studio.

Well – it’s really happening – I’m moving out of the studio.

Big sigh. Sad times indeed. Heart-breaking to be honest.

It’s taken a lot of soul searching to finally admit that I’ve (hopefully temporarily) fallen out of love with making jewellery. I will keep visiting exhibitions and writing though, for I love the community and certainly love seeing the making of others!

I will also keep my equipment, as I do hope that the love will return in time.

Therefore, my beautiful studio buddies are looking for a jeweller to take up my space in the shared studio. They’ve been established in the same studio for many years, and I spent more than three happy years there with them. They’re seriously just lovely and gorgeous people!

The kind of person I know they’re looking for will be responsible, reliable and a kind of kindred spirit…

The studio is part of the Red Box artist studios in Collingwood.

If you’re looking to share a studio space (and have your own bench etc), email (or facebook message) me and I’ll pass on your message.





Herbert Hofmann awards at Schmuck 2014

22 03 2014

It’s a little late, and you’re likely to know this already …
The winners of the Herbert Hofmann Award at Schmuck 2014 were announced on 15th March 2014.

  • Iris Bodemer of Germany

    Iris Bodemer, Brooch Relief II, 2013, silver. Photo Iris Bodemer.

    Iris Bodemer, Brooch Relief II, 2013, silver. Photo Iris Bodemer.

  • Akihiro Ikeyama from Japan

    Akihiro Ikeyama, brooch Holey Holye Abnorm, 2013. Antlers, stainless steel, paint. Photo Akihiro Ikeyama

    Akihiro Ikeyama, brooch Holey Holye Abnorm, 2013. Antlers, stainless steel, paint. Photo Akihiro Ikeyama

  • Noon Passama from Japan, living in Holland

    Noon Passama, brooch Portrait Nr. 3, 2013, fur, leather, silver, gilt brass. Photo Noon Passama.

    Noon Passama, brooch Portrait Nr. 3, 2013, fur, leather, silver, gilt brass. Photo Noon Passama.

For more images, check out the online catalogue : it is super fantastic that this is available.

Many have written about Schmuck and Talente 2014: including this post by Naomi Rachel Muirhead and Art Aurea magazine.

Dates for next year have been announced : 11th – 15th March 2015.
Perhaps a trip is in order…





Metal price update

18 03 2014

It’s been quite a while since my last metal price update.

1. Gold per gram in A$ : oh dear, prices have increased quite a bit this year

as at 18Mar14; click on image for original source

as at 18Mar14; click on image for original source

… and creeping up near a year-high and prices seen during 2012:

as at 18Mar14; click on image for original source

as at 18Mar14; click on image for original source

2. Silver per kilogram in A$; and again, a bit of a jump recently

as at 18Mar14; click on image for original source

as at 18Mar14; click on image for original source

… though not so bad considering where it was over the last few years:

as at 18Mar14; click on image for original source

as at 18Mar14; click on image for original source

previous metal price update: 21st November 2013





Calendar posts

15 03 2014

Usually I publish a calendar post on the last day of the month for the coming month (eg. on 31st March for April), and also on the 15th of the month with a sneak peek of the coming month and to catchup on anything that I missed in the preceding post for the current month (eg. on 15th March for missing March things and early warning for April things).

Looking through the pages of my blog though, I feel like that’s too many calendar posts.

Therefore I’ve decided to no longer publish the mid-month calendar post. I will continue with the monthly posts (of course!), and to make up for the absence of the mid-month ones those posts will be progressively updated during the month with new things I may have missed at first publication. So unlike most of my posts, they’ll be a kind of living beast that may change from one look to the next. Oooh, tricksy.

Plus, to make it easy to find, there’s now a little box on the top right of the page (below the search panel) that will link to the latest calendar post.

Just thought you’d like to know.

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Update (9th May 2015): I have also decided to collapse old calendar posts and hide all detail behind a ‘see more’ click – to save loading time and because when I read through a few pages at a time the older calendar posts just seem outdated and uninteresting. All the information will remain, you’ll just need an extra click to see it!

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