Festive jewellery

31 12 2010

Spotted in Lush (fashion shop) on Brunswick Street in Fitzroy yesterday …

window of Lush

I now feel the need some forest animal adornment… to be original perhaps I’d select a moose, maybe a beaver?

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NMIT Jewellery Auction 2010

8 05 2010

As I’m holidaying in Spain – oh, I know, it’s a hard life! – my lovely friend Vetti, from Vetti Live in Northcote fame, has kindly agreed to do a guest post for me about the NMIT Jewellery Auction held on 4th May [link]; funds raised here support the graduating year students exhibition. Over to Vetti [update (12th May) photographs generously provided by the artists – thank you!!]:

The NMIT Advanced Diploma Jewellery students had some very interesting work on display at Rose Street…

Lots of beautiful pieces, these really got my attention:

Anny Apostolidis – Ofrendas Hair Comb
This sterling silver and cotton thread piece is inspired by Mexican Day of the Dead offerings, and the vibrancy of Freida Kahlo. A contemporary memento mori.

(update 12th May) photograph used with artist permission; not to be reproduced without permission

Sophie Ferriroli – Prelude to the Belt
Stunning earrings, paying homage to 15th century armour. Intricately etched oxidised silver, gold rivets, and diamonds set by the maker. A reimagining of renaissance ironwork…

(update 12th May) photograph used with artist permission; not to be reproduced without permission

Fatima Grant – Geometric Ring
Cast in sterling silver, reminiscent of rough hewn crystal formations.

(update 12th May) photograph used with artist permission; not to be reproduced without permission

Emma Luke – Pendant
An oxidised sterling silver showstopper! Reminiscent of machine parts, origami and sharp Deco, this neckpiece seems poised for supersonic flight.

(update 12th May) photograph used with artist permission; not to be reproduced without permission

Kim Russell – …or a chest to pin it on
A sleek piece, exploring the language of military decoration. This stainless steel trio is inlaid with sterling silver, and masses of mysterious appeal. Designed to be worn on sleeve or lapel for maximum effect.

(update 12th May) photograph used with artist permission; not to be reproduced without permission

Tae Schmeisser – Neckpiece (?)
Textured and perforated metal forms, connected by fine chain and red thread. A captivating, sea-shell like arrangement…

(update 12th May) photograph used with artist permission; not to be reproduced without permission

Thank you lovely Vetti… I love your descriptions – they elicit such vibrant images in my imagination.

If anyone can point me to photographs or links for the above jewellers, or anyone involved in the auction, that would be super. Back to tapas and red wine … he he!





‘The Ring’ @ Studio Ingot

6 10 2009

Studio Ingot has been quiet on the exhibition front this year, so I was pleasantly surprised to see they have ‘The Ring‘ exhibition during most of October.

I popped in on the weekend to see it and was very impressed with the exhibition design – it must have taken the curators a long time to set up the groupings, and I like the way the artist / title are displayed using small simple but so effective line-drawing maps.

from exhibition media

from exhibition media

There are some lovely pieces. In fact, the Katherine Bowman onyx gorgeousness is here, which I naturally tried on; I thought I may go back, but as I spent lots on sartorial splendour the next day I’m not so sure now.

It seems I have been opening up to the glory of green lately (why, I even bought a bright green cardigan just last week); it does feel a little out of character, but is perhaps part of a larger phenomenon, as many of the pieces featuring green had already been snapped up…

Exhibition media states: “over 100 rings, by forty artists“. When I visited a number had already been sold and taken home – so be fast!

Artists involved are (from exhibition media):

  • Brendan Adair-Smith
  • Annaïg Bidan, Jane Bowden, Katherine Bowman, Madeleine Brown
  • Michelle Cangiano
  • Michael De Vildosola, Raymond de Zwart, Jeanette Dyke
  • Nina Ellis
  • Norman Fell, Michael Fletcher, Yuri Fujiyama
  • Darren Harvey, Barbara Heath, Nicky Hepburn, Birgit Holdinghausen
  • Pennie Jagiello
  • Bridget Kennedy, Rebecca Kim, Anette Kortenhaus, Fiona Kwong
  • Catherine Large, Katheryn Leopoldseder, Coconut Lu
  • Shine Myung-ok Shin
  • Belinda Newick
  • Mary Odorcic
  • David Parker, Cass Partington, Rebecca Pocock
  • Amy Renshaw, Sarah Ross
  • Regine Schwarzer
  • Zoe Jay Veness
  • Kathryn Wardill, Robin Wells, Leonie Westbrook

For more information about the artists, go to the artist page at Studio Ingot, or see if they’re on my links page!

The Ring‘ is at Studio Ingot until 24th October 2009.





Chloe Valance ‘A Moment at a Time’ @ Area

28 09 2009

After seeing her lovely work at Hatch recently [post], I popped in to see Chloe Valance‘s solo exhibition ‘A Moment at a Time‘ at the Area Contemporary Art Space in Fitzroy recently.

photograph taken with artist permission

photograph taken with artist permission

Exhibition media states: “The tension between human figures and their environmental context is an underlying theme in this project, as is the simplicity of intimacy experienced by a figure, together or alone, a moment at a time.

The drawings are variously done on paper, timber and over the top of cut/recycled materials from other works of Chloe’s. There is a mixture of scale, and I particular like the smaller works where you physically need to get close to decipher the drawing and see the detail.

photograph taken with artist permission

photograph taken with artist permission

I also like another excerpt from the exhibition media: “the ambivalence between solitude and community, the ambiguity of seriousness and play, and the linking of opposite ideas where limits are questioned“.

I’d usually include a link to the gallery website, but the only one I could find hasn’t been updated since 2007 or so, which is not good. So instead, all the necessary details are on the invitation below.

chloevallance_invitation_adj

A Moment at a Time‘ is at Area Contemporary Art Space until 4th October 2009.