Another exhibition idea

24 12 2014

Creativity has been a subject occupying my mind a great deal lately.

As I wrote just recently, I prefer the ideation and drawing and playing, than the actual making. Therefore I wondered if an exhibition idea could be to show this part of the process as the actual exhibition items … exhibited as drawing works in their own right, alongside the proposed materials (my stash of opal pairs in this case).

I often think the tinkering with options we all do when we’re embarking on a piece is most interesting … maybe visitors would also be interesting, perhaps imagining the finished objects among the options shown in the drawings, perhaps even voting on which should be made …

Or even if different designs were drawn for each set of stones in the style of different art eras … art deco, art nouveau, medieval, contemporary, in-the-style-of famous artists/makers …

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Interestingly I’ve noticed an exhibition coming up next year that has a concept very similar to the ‘in reply‘ one I mused about a few years ago. Funny – I often wonder about the common phrase that there are ‘no new ideas’!





Thinking

13 12 2014

I’ve been on holidays for three weeks (from my regular day-job in a finance institution) … and I’ve been using the time to think …  a lot … a whole darn lot.

While I don’t miss the studio as such, I do miss creativity.
Writing makes up for some of that, but not all.
Knitting makes up for some of it, but it’s meditative not creative for me.

opals_13dec14

opals_13dec14

So I’ve retrieved my opal collection from their hidey-hole.

I’ll look at them, perhaps even doodle a little, and see what arises … yes, I still want to make jewellery things out of them … but I’m not sure I want to do the making, perhaps the imagining and drawing will be sufficient for now.





Metal price update

3 11 2014

It’s been less than two months since my last metal price update, but gold is now at a 4-year low (in $US).

1. Gold per gram in A$ : despite the “4-year low” headlines, it has been at about this level twice already this year

as at 03Nov14 6pm; click on image for original source (updated)

as at 03Nov14 6pm; click on image for original source (updated)

… and over the last five years:

as at 03Nov14 6pm; click on image for original source (updated)

as at 03Nov14 6pm; click on image for original source (updated)

2. Silver per kilogram in A$: woah!! what a drop in price!

as at 03Nov14 6pm; click on image for original source (updated)

as at 03Nov14 6pm; click on image for original source (updated)

… and almost at the lowest for years, since mid-2010:

as at 03Nov14 6pm; click on image for original source (updated)

as at 03Nov14 6pm; click on image for original source (updated)

previous metal price update: 13th September 2014





Gold harp strings

20 10 2014

Recently I was told about wire strung harps, and that while mythology sometimes referred to them as ‘golden’ this may not have been hyperbole but in fact descriptive. What?! Yes, harps may have in fact been strung with gold.

What a fabulous thing.

Henry VIII playing harp; click on image for original Wiki source

Henry VIII playing harp; click on image for original Wiki source

A little bit of internets reading later, and I’ve found a few articles you may be interested in if you’d like to read more.

An article (2003) by Ann Heymann indicates that an Australian team were the first to practically explore the possibility of precious metal strings, and successfully used silver. Eventually she led a team that strung a specific kind of harp, a clairseach, with gold strings.

Another article (2010) by Cynthia Cathcart explores her own journey to string a harp with (sterling) silver.

Lastly, there’s an article comparing wire-strung and gut-strung harps … probably one for the musically focused reader. In fact the site this article is from is dedicated to harps … for the musician for sure!

So interesting … the second article will be of interest to technical metalsmiths, as it describes various hardness tests etc.





Picasso jasper

8 10 2014

In my continued Etsy experiments, I am once again pleased with the results of this little escapade.

I have the most amazing piece of … well … it’s described as Picasso jasper.

Just look at it. It’s like power lines over red earth … I love it!

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Metal price update

13 09 2014

It’s been over three months since my last metal price update.

1. Gold per gram in A$ : prices have dropped a little only recently, after wobbling around a bit within about a $1/gram bracket for a few months

as at 13Sep14; click on image for original source

as at 13Sep14; click on image for original source

… and over the last five years:

as at 13Sep14; click on image for original source

as at 13Sep14; click on image for original source

2. Silver per kilogram in A$; and again, a climb and drop, to about the same point as the last post

as at 13Sep14; click on image for original source

as at 13Sep14; click on image for original source

… and almost at the lowest for years, since mid-2010:

as at 13Sep14; click on image for original source

as at 13Sep14; click on image for original source

previous metal price update: 6th June 2014

Also … how about a graph of all available data …
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Metal price update

6 06 2014

It’s been over two months since my last metal price update.

1. Gold per gram in A$ : prices have decreased since March (my last update); almost the lowest A$ per gram since last July; I wonder what caused the slide the last few weeks?

as at 06Jun14; click on image for original source

as at 06Jun14; click on image for original source

… and over the last five years:

as at 06Jun14; click on image for original source

as at 06Jun14; click on image for original source

2. Silver per kilogram in A$; and again, a downhill slide since my last post

as at 06Jun14; click on image for original source

as at 06Jun14; click on image for original source

… and almost at the lowest for years, since mid-2010:

as at 06Jun14; click on image for original source

as at 06Jun14; click on image for original source

previous metal price update: 18th March 2014