‘Wondernamel 2015’ @ First Site Gallery

4 09 2015

I do love visiting the annual ‘Wondernamel‘ exhibition at RMIT First Site Gallery… RMIT students show their amazing pieces that include enamel.

In fact, I would go so far as to say that a characteristic of this show is the more experimental use of enamels compared to my time (ten years ago, ahem) and particularly its application to three-dimensional smithing pieces. I’d also venture to say there are fewer ‘traditional’ items, I don’t recall seeing cloisonné or champleve?

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photograph with permission

My favourites include:

  • Katie Collins’s ‘And there it was, under the dust’ neckpiece is extraordinary (foreground in first image above)
  • the assured use of enamel on Sue Buchanan’s ‘Flower‘ pieces (second image below)
  • Naoko Inuzuka’s ‘Element‘ pieces
  • Katherine Hubble ‘Lillian‘ and ‘Ida‘ pieces (second from the foreground in the third image)
Sue Buchanan, Flower, black #6, #7

Sue Buchanan, Flower, black #6, #7

Participating artists:

  • Natasha Avila [website] , Sue Buchanan , Rossi Childs [website]
  • Katie Collins [website] ,  Annie Gobel [website] , Katherine Hubble [blog]
  • Naoko Inuzuka [website] , Cara Johnson , Wendy Korol
  • Lindy McSwan [website] , Elizabeth Rich , Michaela Pegum
  • Kate Wischusen [website] , Aurelia Yeomans [FBpage]
photograph with permission

photograph with permission

Check out the First Site facebook page for more photographs.

Sorry, I was only able to visit this on its last day … ‘Wondernamel‘ was part of Radiant Pavilion and was at The First Site Gallery until 4th September 2015 (today).

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Sim Luttin ‘It’s Always Darkest Just Before the Dawn’ @ The Snug Space

3 09 2015

After having watched this body of work develop via Sim’s instagram, I was very happy to see that it would be shown in Melbourne.

It’s Always Darkest Just Before the Dawn‘ is Sim Luttin‘s exhibition at The Snug Space, part of Radiant Pavilion and Craft Cubed.

installation; photograph taken with gallery permission

installation; photograph taken with gallery permission

It is a refined study in form and monochrome, and absolutely worth the visit (Northcote really isn’t so far away people!).

installation; photograph taken with gallery permission

installation; photograph taken with gallery permission

And not to mention a study in determination and patience – the components in the neckpieces must have taken forever to make.

installation; photograph taken with gallery permisison

installation; photograph taken with gallery permisison

The brooches are beautiful … little black memory pools, for quiet contemplation.

Make sure you visit her website for more detailed photographs.

installation; photograph taken with gallery permission

installation; photograph taken with gallery permission

The photographs are lovely and I adore how their presentation in a group transforms them into some kind of presence.

It’s Always Darkest Just Before the Dawn‘ is part of Radiant Pavilion and is at The Snug Space until 6th September 2015.





‘Small’ & ‘paper_plastic_metal_stone’ @ Black Finch

2 09 2015

And so my Radiant Pavilion madness starts. I’m sad to say that I simply won’t be able to see everything I want to see … but such is the sacrifice one makes, by working in an office, so one can buy jewellery for love … you know.

So, first, ‘Small‘ at Black Finch.

This is a sweet group of three collections from RMIT students. I was saying to the lovely gallery person that I could barely get myself together enough to get my course work done, let alone pieces for an exhibition – so huge kudos to these artists.

Artists: Cara Johnson, Naasicaa Larsen, Gabbee Stolp

installation; photograph taken with gallery permission

installation; photograph taken with gallery permission

Gabbee’s bees are a delight; and Naasicaa’s piece about time is subtle (I like the exploration of time). Cara’s is a sensational piece I think … the bird is exquisitely small (but of course), and it sits in the net in a precarious way … I liked it a lot.

Small‘ is actually in the display window before the gallery door – so it’s available for viewing outside of gallery hours (though I’m not sure about lighting for night times).

Small‘ is part of Radiant Pavilion and is at Black Finch until 30th September 2015.

Now, while I was visiting I was taken by the neckpiece being worn by the delightful Black Finch gallery person. Amazing!

I didn’t take a photograph, as I was hesitant to ask (of course I now wish I had) … but discussion uncovered that it is a piece from another Radiant Pavilion exhibition ‘paper_plastic_metal_stone‘.

Artists: Katie Jayne Britchford, Gillian Deery, Clementine Edwards, Emi Fukuda

It was a Katie Jayne Britchford piece – which is obvious in hindsight and I should have identified it before having to be told! Honestly. Embarrassing.

Made of hefty slices of agate (I think) interspaced by what was perhaps opaque white perspex, on a rope. The simplicity was stunning, in the good way. It reminded me of Dorothea Pruhl‘s work in its monumentality.

This exhibition is actually a little different in that it is being worn by various gallery people during the week, and you can also see it online … I do hope I get to see more.

paper_plastic_metal_stone‘ is part of Radiant Pavilion and will be on people until 6th September 2015.





My jewellery collection #29

13 10 2014

I’ve finally had time to pop into Gallery Funaki (as evidenced by my recent post) and collect my Helen Britton Showtime bag

showtime

showtime

… and therefore I now have a new piece to add to my collection: a Helen Britton (obviously!) little sterling silver lucky tooth charm.

Helen Britton piece

Helen Britton piece

A genuinely significant piece of Helen’s is still on my lust-list … soon Karen, soon.





Showtime!

10 09 2014

Oh good lordy!
Look at what Gallery Funaki is doing ….

reproduced with explicit permission from Gallery Funaki

reproduced with explicit permission from Gallery Funaki

Holy moly!!!





Mari Funaki Award winners announced

13 08 2014

I’m sure regular readers are already aware of the fabulous news: the winners of the inaugural Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery were announced last night in Melbourne.

From Gallery Funaki’s facebook page:

The results of the Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery are in: the winner of the prize for an established artist is Kiko Gianocca with his series of 3 necklaces, ‘Veneer’.

The two emerging winners are Patricia Correia Domingues with her pendant from the ‘Duality’ series, and Sara Gackowska with her ‘Membrane’ brooch from the ‘Methamorophosis’ series.

The judges were also very impressed with the work of Inari Kiuru (emerging) and Jiro Kamata (established) and gave each a commendation. It’s been a wonderful night and congratulations to all!

screen shot from Gallery Funaki facebook page; click on image for original source

screen shot from Gallery Funaki facebook page; click on image for original source

I cannot wait to see all the pieces in person!





My pieces for RMIT Auction 2014

14 07 2014

So the decision has been made.

This year I’ve donated two pairs of earrings to the RMIT Object-based Practice Gold & Silversmithing 2014 Auction:

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without flash

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with flash

I like the back of them too.

In fact, a friend I made a bespoke pair for re-bent the ear wires to wear them ‘backwards’ – which in fact looks even more excellent.

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Flat White

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Miami

Check the details of the RMIT Auction on their tumblr here – get donating and/or get buying!

[Please note: all images in this post not to be reproduced without permission]