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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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 3

23 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 Three : Avebury, Wiltshire, England (2006) ; one of four objects made for my third-year silversmithing project
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Today I nominate Suzi Zutic, 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

26Feb13 : RMIT Year 3, Semester 2, Silversmithing
18Mar13 : RMIT Year 3, Semester 2, Silversmithing, continued
More from 3rd Year RMIT G&S





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
More from 3rd Year RMIT G&S





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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RMIT reduces hours, again

1 12 2014

In sad news, I have learned that the studio-based classes in the RMIT Object-based Practice Gold & Silversmithing degree will now be reduced (again) to just three hours per week.

Utterly impossibly ridiculous and such a shame.

In my time at RMIT, yes many moons ago, we had five hours per studio subject and on some days that was barely enough for each student to get time with the teacher; and there were only twelve of us (I believe there are now more per class).

How on earth will any genuine technical skills be imparted in such limited hours? I already hear stories of students who have wonderful ideas they cannot bring to physical reality because they don’t have the skills required to realise their vision.

A reduction in contact hours will only reinforce the generally held opinion that RMIT is not the place to learn technical skills, but is where you go after you’ve learned handskills and want to develop conceptually.

I feel for the teaching staff – I’m convinced they would want more time too, for they will bear the burden of unskilled students not receiving the teaching attention they require or expected when they signed on for the course.

This is all to do with funding. It is sad that the arts seem to be valued less and less by universities and governments.

A reduction in funding has no doubt contributed to the reduced effort being put into exhibitions for the students – there is no longer a 1st and 2nd year exhibition, and the graduate exhibition this year is not in a gallery but in one of the university rooms.

The students are the ones who will suffer for it all.

Enough of my rant … best not to start me …

Update (a few hours after initial publication): Victorian governments and universities best get themselves clear on the fact that Melbourne’s reputation as Australia’s “capital of culture” is entirely due to such courses being available to artists … you remove or undermine the places of learning and experimentation, and you force the culture to migrate elsewhere. If Melbourne wants to keep trading on its rich artistic culture, it must keep investing in the places it is incubated and nurtured.

Update (2nd December): an important note about funding … Universities are federally funded and each university then takes that funding and shares it among its schools, who then allocate accordingly; TAFEs are state funded.

Hence university departments/schools, like the RMIT School of Art, make decisions about how to spend their monies (staff, facilities, etc .. and we all know how expensive equipment for G&S can be); but the university is the one holding the purse-strings and determining how much each school is funded; and these university decision-makers in turn can only give out what the federal government has given them.

[a note for clarity: many thanks to Simon Cottrell for his facebook comment; these aren’t Simon’s words though, they’re mine; but his comment made me realise that this kind of information is important to the debate]





RMIT student work

29 11 2014

While you’re at RMIT visiting ‘Hey Handsome‘ and ‘Greater Than, Less Than‘, make sure you make a quick visit to the basement level of Building 2 to see the student work in the cabinet.

RMIT student cabinet

RMIT student cabinet

This is the closest thing to a 1st and 2nd year exhibition we’ll see this year … yes, much sad face.