Experiment 6

17 05 2015

Still not bored yet…

Study 006 Stitched Blue′
I had a dream (seriously this was borne of a dream) in which I stitched the woven paper.
I had thought to do it on the previous study, but couldn’t bring myself to do it as I thought it was so pretty in its simplicity. Further though, I thought that perhaps the 1.5mm papers are too thin to stitch through (though since then found that’s not so).
I’ve used plain everyday printing paper, in 2mm strips.

study 006

study 006

study 006

study 006

I think there’s more to explore here.

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Experiment 5

14 05 2015

Play continues…

Study 005′ … not sure what to name this one.
I had planned on altering it, but it was just so lovely being so plain, I couldn’t bring myself to change it. So the alteration will be done with the next one.

Study 005

Study 005

Study 005 ; before being released from the work-board

Study 005 ; before being released from the work-board

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So pretty

10 05 2015

They’re so pretty when the light shows the pearl-like metallic papers.

Shimmer shimmer.

Studies 001 - 006

Studies 001 – 006 ; click on image for larger version





Experiments 1-4

9 05 2015

I think I may have hit on a successful mind-trick to get creative without fear of waste and without needing to feel that it must work towards something big, or that I need an end-outcome in mind.

I’m calling them studies and experiments – it’s a simple word trick, but it seems that my mind is simple for the words are light enough to release me into play.

weaves 1,2,3,4

weaves 1,2,3,4

Study 001, White‘ – I wrote about recently

Study 002, Calm Sea
– testing different papers thicknesses for vertical v horizontal
– turns out I prefer the same thicknesses though

Study 001 and Study 002

Study 001 and Study 002

Study 003, Hard Crimson
– I wanted to reflect the words of the beautiful poem I wrote about recently
– this doesn’t feel a successful reflection though
– it’s a bit too red-white-blue (which I prefer to avoid for its nationalist connotations)

Study 004, Hard Crimson 2
– another attempt at the hard crimson poem
– unfortunately the red just isn’t right, nor is the balance of dark and sky
– I have more work to do on this idea
– and I need to find a darker red

Study 003 and Study 004

Study 003 and Study 004

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Experiment: ‘Study in White’

2 05 2015

Picture essay of a recent experiment:
Study in White 1
or ‘Study 001 in White’
[still a exploring naming convention for these; hoping there’ll be many more]

study in white 1; image not to be reproduced without permission

study in white 1

study in white 1; image not to be reproduced without

study in white 1

study in white 1; image not to be reproduced without permission

study in white 1

study in white 1 - amazing how different it looks in different light

study in white 1 – amazing how different it looks in different light

study in White 1 - pinned

study in white 1 – pinned

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3D printing and the future of jewellery

28 04 2015

A little while ago (August last year), after seeing Bin Dixon-Ward’s ‘Grids‘ exhibition at Craft, I wrote the following about three-dimensional printing:
I am interested in how this technology will impact future creation of adornment – perhaps even self-service jewellery, where a ‘designer’ makes their original design available online and a person can purchase it to have it printed themselves in whatever colour and material they desire.

With a little more knowledge, I’d amend that to “whatever colour they wished, or cast in the material they desire“.

My recent visit to Maureen Faye-Chauhan’s ‘Concurrence‘ exhibition at Gallery Funaki woke this question up again … as my favourite pieces in the show, the gold rings, were 3D-printed and then cast (available in limited editions).

If memory serves (and that’s quite a significant caveat lately), I think the first time I saw jewellery made with the assistance of this technology were Cinnamon Lee‘s rings … though I’m sure she was working on them for years before I set my eyes on them at the 2009 BUDA award exhibition.

As affordability, level of detail, accessibility to printers and usability of software improves, I’m sure we’ll see much more of this technology in the world of jewellery … not least because it permits expanded creativity for makers, but it also can make pieces more affordable for wearers (as it reduces manufacturing time for complex pieces).

I don’t think it’ll be very long before we see a kind of self-service or click-and-order situation …

What do you think?





And then more…

7 04 2015

Following from yesterday :

  1. full metal weaving
  2. scroll/poster hanging
  3. cut and framed
  4. free play and pinned
    ..
  5. free play, pinned and adorned
    for the Winter Brooches‘ exhibition at Studio 20/17 in 2010; I don’t consider these pieces very successful actually, though I quite like the bar brooch at the bottom of the image

    Time: group

    Time: group

    … the ‘Quotes’ group for that exhibition were better in my eyes, as they’re less ponderous and more whimsical

    Quotes

    Quotes

  6. long weave neckpieces
    for Winter Neckpieces‘ exhibition at Studio 20/17 in 2011; these I love!

    For William

    For William

    For Caroline

    For Caroline

  7. gem and bezel set
    for Oh Opal!‘ at Redox Gallery (and then Studio 20/17) in 2012; this was the start of a series of experiments with bezel setting; these, being the first experiment, didn’t have perspex on the top … that was to change for future work (to make them more durable)

    group

    ‘Oh Opal!’ group

    …which I then extended in the ‘My Australia’ exhibition in 2013

    My Australia group; image not to be reproduced without permission

    My Australia group

  8. simple bezel set
    for ‘The Love of Coffee‘ at Studio 20/17 in 2012

    Coffee group

    Coffee group

    then for Deck the Walls‘ at Studio 20/17 in 2012; I think they tired of my weaving (and that they didn’t sell; it’s labour intensive and therefore not inexpensive), so this was the last collection of work for this lovely gallery

    Summer group; image not to be reproduced without permission

    Summer group

    then cufflinks for Lord Coconut; including a platinum commission

    Platinum Commission

    Platinum Commission

    … again though, the bezel setting is similar to the cut-and-frame work; I’m still not quite content with how it seems to be trapping the material, constraining it, making it ‘less’ somehow; pretty clearly I haven’t yet figured out what is actually my problem with it!

I wonder what will happen next.

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