Signing off, for now

11 06 2016

So this happened:

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I’m off to be a Master!

New horizons await.
Completely new horizons.
It’s both exciting and daunting.

Therefore I’ve decided it’s perfect timing to take a break from the blog.

I’ve loved writing, for over 7 years now. I’ve loved the people I’ve met through this blog who I wouldn’t have met otherwise (you know who you are). I’m so glad for the experiences it’s brought into my life.

I’m not sure if I’ll be back. But you’ll know it if/when I am.

Happy making.

Social media musings

3 04 2016

There have been many grumblings about the changes to Instagram lately. I would probably pay more attention if I used it more than I do – I use it with enthusiasm to see other people’s things, but not so much to publish my own. I’m a content consumer, less a content maker.

I’ve recently been having some thoughts on how Instagram is being used by makers and galleries …

I like to follow my favourite makers and galleries and pages via both Facebook and Instagram. I think that showing support – genuine support of course, not the if-I-like-you-I-expect-you-to-like-me kind of faux-support – is an important part of acknowledging the amazingness of others and for building a community of like-minded people.

However I do get a bit jaded when I see the same image repeated on both platforms.

My own personal rule is to (try to) only publish unique images to Instagram – images that are not repeated on my blog (linked to my Facebook page), though more often than not they’re related to a story on the blog.

Have Instagram users found that they have a remarkably different interaction with their images on Facebook compared to Instagram? Perhaps that’s why the repetition/replication is worthwhile – perhaps the audience is quite different, and those of us who are duplicated (ie. interacting with both platforms) are in the minority.

No doubt marketing experts will tell me that repetition is more valuable than unique images – that the fact that I notice the duplication is the whole point, for recognising the image is proving that I’m paying more attention to that maker / gallery / image.

I’m such a light-weight user of Instagram for the purposes of this blog that the changes in that respect may not impact me. However as an avid reader of other people’s feed, the changes probably will annoy me.

Do you know what other platforms are being moved to in reaction?

The year that was: 2015

2 01 2016

It’s been a relatively quiet year, blog-wise.

You’ve no doubt noticed, I’m posting less and less … it’s likely to do with not making as much any more (I still consider I’m ‘taking a break’; I haven’t given up), and something to do with not being able to see as many shows as I’d like to.

To be fair though, I did keep the solid posting-love for about four years there. The below is the number of posts written per month:

everyone loves a graph

everyone loves a graph

The traffic has changed over time too … which is no doubt impacted by my posting frequency, though also by the general decline in blog reading/writing. I cannot get my statistics page to do what I want it to (ie. by month), but visits by year looks like this:

I like the other graph better

I like the other graph better

The numbers are by no means large … I like to call my little blog ‘hyper-niche’.

My stats page also tells me the top individual posts for 2015 were:

  1. 13JAN13 : Short Courses in Melbourne (update) ; this is an outdated post, and the traffic numbers are so much higher than subsequent updates that it’s clear people just aren’t reading the newer information
  2. 27NOV13 : Studying jewellery in Melbourne ; again, an outdated post
  3. 12MAY15 : Studying jewellery in Melbourne (update) ; phew, finally some are reading the update!
  4. 13JUL10 : Makers Mark Gallery news ; why on earth is this still being read?!
  5. 08JUN09 : What is contemporary jewellery?

All but the third post above were old ones, probably getting more traffic due to them being popular in previous years (SEO and all). No other post written in 2015 made the top 10; the next popular 2015 post (11th on the list) was Patrícia Correia Domingues & Sara Gackowska ‘Surfacing’ @ Gallery Funaki.

That’s worth a photograph!


photograph taken with gallery permission

Thank you dear reader.

New Year

1 01 2016


Exhibitions that were: 2015

26 12 2015

Of the exhibitions during 2015 that I was able to visit and write about, my top two are:

Many of the exhibitions were part of the excellent jewellery happening ‘Radiant Pavilion‘.

All the other exhibitions I’ve written about in 2015 (in chronological order):


Other Aprils

14 04 2015

It seems I’ve been distracted for the last few months … but perhaps it’s time for a look back over the last few Aprils (I’ll try to constrain myself to three per year) …

April 2009

April 2010

April 2011

April 2012

April 2013

Happy April 2015.

Hoorah: 6 years

1 03 2015

Today is my sixth anniversary … six years since I started writing this blog.

The first anniversary called for paper (traditional) or clocks (modern).
The second anniversary called for cotton (traditional) or china (modern).
The third anniversary called for leather (traditional) or crystal (modern).
The fourth anniversary called for fruit or flowers (traditional) or appliances (modern).
The fifth anniversary called for wood (traditional) or silverware (modern).
This sixth anniversary calls for iron (traditional) or wood (modern).

Perhaps to celebrate, an image of the only piece I made during my RMIT degree that included a wood element : Ring for Priest, Martin, 1522.

J#4: ring for priest

J#4: ring for priest

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