Stonehenge gold

2 04 2015

Regular readers will know of my love of archaeology and especially stone circles (like my Avebury pieces).

Today I watched a documentary (‘Operation Stonehenge: What Lies Beneath‘) about a new survey of the landscape around Stonehenge and was floored by a gold lozenge found in the area. Honest jaw-dropping moment.

Below are screenshots from the documentary …. it’s from a burial in what is named the ‘Bush Barrow’, is thought to be made in ~1900BC, and likely to have been worn on the chest pinned to cloth or as a pendant (it’s approx 15-18cm).

screen shot from documentary, part 2

screen shot from documentary, part 2

The accuracy of the incised decoration is astonishing.

screen shot from documentary, part 2

screen shot from documentary, part 2

You know … I saw this and immediately thought of David Neale’s work … I think because of the demonstration of a genuine and innate connection with the material … or something!

[ I did a little more online research and found an entry in the Wiltshire Museum for the whole Bush Barrow burial – fascinating objects, especially the miniscule gold studs; and there’s more detail about the lozenge. And of course, Wiki.
And this is the project page on the Birmingham University. ]





Emma Fielden ‘Infinity’ @ Courtesy of the Artist Studio

9 03 2015

Following her National Contemporary Jewellery award, Emma Fielden is showing Infinity‘ at Courtesy of the Artist Studio (Surrey Hills, Sydney). Sadly I’m not able to get to the exhibition in person, but feel such a strong connection to the work that I’m compelled to write about it.

I’m impossibly in love with the below image.

image from COTA FB page; used here with explicit gallery permission; click on image for original source

image from Courtesy of the Artist FB page; used here with explicit gallery permission; click on image for original source

When I have an incredibly strong response to another person’s art work like this, I feel like I almost want to disappear into it … I wish I could have thought of it and made it … I want to possess it, not just the object but the ideas that built it … it’s a strange ache, an unnamed emotion … and exceptionally difficult to describe (without sounding just a little psycho!).

I believe the above is a close-up of the below drawing. It’s amazing to my eyes … little changes in the tilt of her hand, ink and energy flow and such, show up in subtle unintended yet beautiful rhythms in the pattern.

image from COTA FB page; used here with explicit gallery permission; click on image for original source

image from Courtesy of the Artist FB page; used here with explicit gallery permission; click on image for original source

Exhibition media: “For this exhibition Emma presents a series of work on the theme infinity – a series of drawings, engraved brooches, and for the first time a print.
The notion of infinity has been emerging in Emma’s work for some time. Her earlier works involving line, mark making and drawing evolved into an exploration of the grid, and in her last body of work (2013) she came to take the grid as a symbol of infinity. Now Emma Fielden has entered into a deeper and more thematic exploration of infinity, both as a mathematic and metaphysical concept.

It was only after falling for the above drawings that I also read what Emma has written about her work: “They are pictures of the night sky. They are star gazing. They are a decimal expression of infinity. They are a trinity. They reject religion and suppose its origin. They are devotional. They are an abyss. They are wonder at the infinite and our place in it.” 

Oh my … this speaks to so many things I love … numbers and the stars. Not to mention my adoration of work that involves precision, extreme patience and attention; and I think I may also love repetition, but repetition that permits small variations.

The exhibition includes brooches too; though I think they’re trickier to get a feel for without seeing them in person.

I remember seeing the series that secured her award at Courtesy of the Artist last year and felt strangely uncertain though intrigued by them. I think their flatness, their almost two-dimensionality, felt close to unsubstantial … somehow less satisfying than if they had a little more weight or physical depth … though in retrospect this choice is no doubt entirely intentional and required for the expression of the intent.

image from COTA FB page; used here with explicit gallery permission; click on image for original source

image from Courtesy of the Artist FB page; used here with explicit gallery permission; click on image for original source

The Courtesy of the Artist facebook page has a interesting statement attached to one of the photographs: “The lines of the grids extend to the edge of the surface and, by virtue of the imagination, to infinity. Each element is part of the larger grid, which is itself a portion of an even larger one and so on.
Akin to Cantor’s Dust, the work points to the scale of infinity – the infinitely large and the infinitesimally small. It draws on set theory and it’s infinite infinities. And by breaking down the grid and placing it upon the body, it seeks to make the infinite intimate.

I’m sorry I cannot see the whole body of work in person; here’s hoping that perhaps in time Melbourne shall host an exhibition.

Emma Fielden ‘Infinity‘ is at Courtesy of the Artist Studio until 28th March 2015.

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ps. make sure you check out Emma’s website, and follow her if you’re on Instagram if you don’t already (the photograph of her drawing with magnifying lenses on is my favourite).





The lust list, v2

5 02 2015

So … it’s been a few years since the original lust list was written.

Since then a two MAJOR items have been ticked off …. I know, it is exciting!

  • a Suzi Zutic ring

    original photograph credit Suzi Zutic; images not to be reproduced without permission

    original photograph credit Suzi Zutic; images not to be reproduced without permission

  • a Helen Britton ring

    with the Gallery Funaki photograph - all mine!

    with the Gallery Funaki photograph – all mine!

I have added a few new ones to the “as-yet-unattained lust list”:

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Art Jewellery Challenge, day 5

25 01 2015

Facebook Art Jewellery Challenge was started by Donna Greenberg in the hope of capturing a diversity of what is happening around the world of art jewellery. I was nominated by Claire O’Halloran (thank you lovely!) so for 5 days I will show some of my jewellery and each day I will also nominate another artist to show us their jewellery.
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Day Five : ‘Show Off’ (2012) ; made for the ‘Art of the Cuff’ exhibition at Lord Coconut; some of the silver/paper weaving I have a particular affinity to
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I wish I could have nominated so many people, though many were already nominated and some aren’t even on FB (I know!). #‎ArtJewelleryChallenge‬

'Showoff'; image not to be reproduced without permission

‘Showoff'; image not to be reproduced without permission

Art of the Cuff‘ exhibition, September 2012 [all posts]





Art Jewellery Challenge, day 4

24 01 2015

Facebook Art Jewellery Challenge was started by Donna Greenberg in the hope of capturing a diversity of what is happening around the world of art jewellery. I was nominated by Claire O’Halloran (thank you lovely!) so for 5 days I will show some of my jewellery and each day I will also nominate another artist to show us their jewellery.
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Day Four : Exhibit #5, Quilted Fragment (2006) ; “The motif used in these fragments is strikingly similar to that in Exhibit #1.  As such, the two groups together have been used to derive a possible detail of the extended pattern.  The black colouring of the textile is most unusual for this region, with most work done in white or brightly colour fabric.  As such, these fragments are somewhat of a rarity.”; another piece from my third year jewellery collection
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Today I nominate Marina Antoniou Jewellery, to show us one of her beautiful creations and nominate an inspiring jeweller every day for five days. ‪#‎ArtJewelleryChallenge‬

image not to be reproduced without permission

image not to be reproduced without permission

20Feb13 : RMIT Year 3, Semester 2, Jewellery
19Jun12 : My piece for ‘The Year was 2006
11Mar13 : RMIT Year 3, Semester 2, Jewellery, continued
01May13 : RMIT Year 3, Semester 2, Jewellery, even more
08Jul13 : Quilt detail
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Art Jewellery Challenge, day 2

22 01 2015

Facebook Art Jewellery Challenge was started by Donna Greenberg in the hope of capturing a diversity of what is happening around the world of art jewellery. I was nominated by Claire O’Halloran (thank you lovely!) so for 5 days I will show some of my jewellery and each day I will also nominate another artist to show us their jewellery.
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Day Two : Exhibit #2, Quilted Fragment (2006) ; “These fragments show a pattern typical of the area in which they were found.  The home in which these were found had been fire damaged, as evidenced in these textiles.”; this is one of the pieces from my third year jewellery collection
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Today I nominate Kara Breadmore, to show us one of her beautiful creations and nominate an inspiring jeweller every day for five days. ‪#‎ArtJewelleryChallenge‬

image not to be reproduced without permission

image not to be reproduced without permission

20Feb13 : RMIT Year 3, Semester 2, Jewellery
19Jun12 : My piece for ‘The Year was 2006
11Mar13 : RMIT Year 3, Semester 2, Jewellery, continued
01May13 : RMIT Year 3, Semester 2, Jewellery, even more
08Jul13 : Quilt detail
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Art Jewellery Challenge, day 1

21 01 2015

If you’re on Facebook you’re probably already aware of #ArtJewelleryChallenge.

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Facebook Art Jewellery Challenge was started by Donna Greenberg in the hope of capturing a diversity of what is happening around the world of art jewellery. I was nominated by Claire O’Halloran (thank you lovely!) so for 5 days I will show some of my jewellery and each day I will also nominate another artist to show us their jewellery.
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Day One : Gold Brooch, 2005 ; this was made during the second year of my RMIT G&S degree, and this group of four brooches are still among my favourite pieces; they were inspired by the quilts of Provence and the pattern refers to wattle flowers
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Today I nominate Julia Storey, to show us one of her beautiful creations and nominate an inspiring jeweller every day for five days. ‪#‎ArtJewelleryChallenge‬

image not to be reproduced without permission

image not to be reproduced without permission

05Oct09 : My gold brooches
27Jul09 : The 100th post!
18May12 : RMIT Year 2, Semester 2, Jewellery
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