Metal price update

10 03 2015

My last update was a little over four months ago … there’s been a bit of movement, but mostly due to the A$/US$ exchange rate.

1. Gold per gram in A$ : ooh err, the price has gone berserk since the last update.

as at 09Mar15

as at 09Mar15

1a. Gold per gram in US$ : the difference to the above graph will be due to the A$/US$ exchange rate:

as at 09Mar15

as at 09Mar15

Ah ha, so the rise in the price we pay for gold is almost entirely due to the exchange rate (ie. weakening Australian dollar). It looks like there was a drop in the exchange rate in September and again in late November/December …

1b. exchange rate A$ / US$ over 1 yr:

exchange rate

exchange rate

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2. Silver per kilogram in A$ :

as at 09Mar15

as at 09Mar15

2a. Silver per kilogram in US$ : so it’s been relatively stable for a few months, but the A$ price hasn’t been … the pattern is approximately the same with the spike in late Jan15, but the rise in the above graph is exaggerated by the exchange rate

as at 09Mar15

as at 09Mar15

Though in the scheme of things, it’s still among the lowest price in the last few years.

as at 09Mar15

as at 09Mar15

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previous metal price update: 3rd November 2014

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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 …

photo 2 photo 1

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