21 09 2012

I love organising. I love being organised.

My RMIT jewellery drawers have been consolidated and reorganised. Each piece is now wrapped in acid-free paper and in a little zip-lock bag with a photo of the piece for easy identification – nothing worse than having to unwrap everything to find the one piece you’re looking for.

organised drawer

Organisation nerd.

As part of this exercise, I’ve decided which pieces are candidates for recycling and reworking – I’ll write more about that another time.

RMIT Year 1 exhibition

8 04 2011

Before I move on to Year 2, I thought it worth mentioning to exhibition that was part of the end-of-year of Year 1. At RMIT, second and first year students are required to take part in a year-end exhibition.

Most times, the second year students take on organising duties, as most first-year students are a little uncertain about how it all works! Also, the second-year therefore has naming rights.

Our exhibition was called ‘Selected Works: Gold and Silver‘ and was at the RMIT Faculty of Arts Gallery. There was no book or catalogue made for the show, but below is the invitation.

exhibition invitation; my doodle is the third from the left on the bottom row

As I had won the first-year Koodak Award, I also had a piece in the graduate exhibition ‘Look‘ that year too. The piece in that exhibition was the neckpiece in this post.

exhibition invitation for graduation show, Look

However I cannot quite recall which pieces were in the first/second year exhibition though…perhaps the tea strainer, though I really cannot remember what else!

RMIT Year 1: in summary

23 03 2011

I have only now realised that I’ve posted a story about each of the making projects in my first year at RMIT (in 2004). We had other subjects, like an elective and some theory, but I don’t have much to share about those.

RMIT Year 1, Semester 1 series:

RMIT Year 1, Semester 2 series:

On to Year 2 in the near future.

RMIT Year 1, Semester 2, Silversmithing #2

25 02 2011

First year, second semester, Silversmithing, project #2: ‘*Colander / Strainer / Sieve

This is one of the few pieces that I’ve made that isn’t with me … I gave it to my mum and dad as a gift.

The remit of the project was to “design and make a functional or non-functional object that will allow liquid to pass through whilst withholding another matter“.

I did a lot of reading of the Japanese tea ceremony for this project – it did help that the Japanese culture has always been fascinating for me, especially their beautiful textiles. I sketched a number of ideas and after a few days briefly sketched the three layers of a traditional temple; and as it was such a simple line drawing, my imagination saw something else that ended up with the idea of three nesting pieces for a tea strainer.

from visual diary at the time; not to be reproduced without permission

In creating the piercing that would create the function of a strainer I found the design in the flowers of a cheery blossom tree.

working out the saw piercing; from visual diary at the time; not to be reproduced without permission

The silver pieces were raised from copper, saw-pierced and plated; the green pieces are aluminium discs that were formed in a flypress, drilled and anodised a beautiful jade green.

tea strainer; original image by Mark Kral; not to be reproduced without permission

tea strainer; original image by Mark Kral; not to be reproduced without permission

… last post in this series: RMIT Year 1, Semester 2, Silversmithing #1