‘My Australia’ exhibition

7 06 2013

As I mentioned a little while ago, the ‘My Australia‘ exhibition opening was delayed. However I’m happy to say that I’ve been advised that it will soon be installed and ready for the visiting public. Hoorah!

Its new home is The Berkley River Lodge and the exhibition has a new website.

After I finish some cufflinks for Lord Coconut and a small commission, I’ll see how the jewellery in the exhibition is being received, and perhaps the beautiful opals may just get made into those earrings. In fact, I now have many pairs of opals from the same seam, with the same gorgeous colouring … such joy to play with in the near future I hope!

no intervention required

not a very good photo, but the idea is there … and no, no intervention required

My Australia‘ is at The Berkley River Lodge until November 2013.

Update (9th June): and now, a scanned image of the above opals … I love the strange ways opals scan …

scanned opals

scanned opals





Opal gorgeousness

3 05 2013

While I was making for the ‘My Australia‘ exhibition I tinkered with making earrings with these incredibly beautiful opals (unfortunately covered in my fingerprints in this photo!).

Aurora design; image not to be reproduced without permission

Aurora design; image not to be reproduced without permission

My workload, jewellery and otherwise, meant that they haven’t yet been made … though perhaps in the next few months they’ll materialize.





More detail on ‘My Australia’ pieces

26 04 2013

I had such fun making three brooches for the ‘My Australia‘ exhibition.

As I mentioned in my previous post, the construction was a little different to work I’ve made before. The adaptions to construction were due to these being brooches, not pendants – so I needed to find a way of incorporating the brooch backs / pins.

in progress

in progress

My Australia group; image not to be reproduced without permission

My Australia group; image not to be reproduced without permission

My Australia group; image not to be reproduced without permission

My Australia group; image not to be reproduced without permission

They were essentially made upside-down, with the bezel set on the back. I could probably refine the method with more practice.

I added a single thread of fine gold cloisonné wire to the back of the ‘Sunrise‘ brooch … I love surprises just for the wearer.

I’d love to see the exhibition in its entirety – the collection of makers looks diverse and interesting!

My Australia‘ is at Seven Spirit Bay Eco Resort until November 2013. [see update below]

Update (26th April): The exhibition was originally to open in April and go through to November; however I understand that due to unforeseen circumstances, the exhibition will be moved to a new location and will open in a few months.





My pieces for ‘My Australia’ exhibition

25 04 2013

I have some pieces in the ‘My Australia‘ exhibition, curated by Jasmine Matus and held in the Seven Spirit Bay Eco Resort in the Northern Territory [see update below].

Some sneak peek images were shared a little while ago; and it’s my practice to wait until an exhibition is up before showing in detail images.

Jasmine put the call out for artists to join her exhibition: “Create a body of work that details ‘your Australia’, what Australia holds true to you with a focus on the natural landscape.” Naturally, my thoughts immediately turned to my little collection of opals; and to expand my exploration of combining opals and woven paper panels.

I felt it was time to reduce reliance on (or perhaps the prominence of) the woven paper component … so my three brooches show a progression seeing a large portion of the weave to seeing very little of it.

My Australia; group; image not to be reproduced without permission

My Australia; group; image not to be reproduced without permission

From left to right: ‘Sunrise‘, ‘Rockpool‘ and ‘Riverbed‘.

My camera / photography set-up isn’t too fancy, and as such I find it pretty tricky to find the best way to photograph the incredible beauty of opals.

Sunrise; image not to be reproduced without permission

Sunrise; image not to be reproduced without permission

Rockpool; image not to be reproduced without permission

Rockpool; image not to be reproduced without permission

Riverbed; image not to be reproduced without permission

Riverbed; image not to be reproduced without permission

These were constructed in a manner a little different to previous work … I’ll detail in another post tomorrow.

Update (26th April): The exhibition was originally to open in April; however I understand that due to unforeseen circumstances, the exhibition will be moved to a new location and will open in a few months.