And then…

6 04 2015

It seems I have a penchant for tracing things back to their origin … you know when a conversation has veered off on some kind of tangent, after we’ve exhausted that little escapade I then like to track back to how we got there.

So, I have a need to see how my weaving developed … and in the process hopefully uncover some hidden tangents that perhaps I could explore further.

After the initial weaving tests I posted about previously, I then tried out :

  1. full metal weaving
    RMIT Yr1 project; not terribly successful, and I didn’t continue with it

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

    necklace; RMIT Yr1

  2. scroll / poster hanging
    RMIT Yr1 project; oh dear, look at the kinky silk thread, how embarrassment! (blame first year keenness to get the photograph taken, and naivety in not knowing how to get the folds out); I may experiment with this format again

    scroll pendant; original image by Mark Kral; not to be reproduced without permission

    scroll pendant; RMIT Yr1

  3. cut and framed
    RMIT Yr1 project; I love this pendant; however the only thing that didn’t quite sit well with me with this format is that the weave is cut to a frame … somehow it made it just a disembodied material, instead of a whole; I’m unlikely to do this again (though, never say never)

    Year 1, Semester 2, Machinery project; paper and silver

    Machinery project; RMIT Yr1

  4. free play and pinned
    RMIT Yr2 project; this was fun, I experimented a lot in this project with colour and widths and introducing new threads in the weave and taking them away … just joy; and this is where I left the weaving for a few years, I didn’t use it again during the remainder of my degree

    black fancy ring; image not to be reproduced without permission

    black fancy ring; RMIT Yr2

    …though I did return to it for the Feast‘ exhibition at Studio 20/17 in 2009

    Nana's Trifle Recipe

    Nana’s Trifle Recipe

More tomorrow … this has turned out to be a longer trip down memory lane than I expected.

[no photographs in this post to be reproduced without explicit permission of the author]

Art Jewellery Challenge, day 1

21 01 2015

If you’re on Facebook you’re probably already aware of #ArtJewelleryChallenge.


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.
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
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
More from 2nd Year at RMIT G&S

I wear my own…

5 07 2013

What jewellery of my own making do I wear?
As I mentioned previously, not many but some… and quite rarely indeed.

A small collection I grant you.

Hopefully I’ll be making more pieces for me to wear in the coming year or two, as I get more time in the studio to play.

Reworking: Avebury

19 06 2013

I’ve mused and written quite a bit about recycling and reworking old pieces. Recently I finally reworked one of the pieces from my RMIT days.

My ‘Avebury‘ pendant from the Longing‘ jewellery project of second year has always had a special place in my heart. However I have never liked the chain and could not see me wearing it as a pendant.

reworked Avebury; image not to be reproduced without permission

reworked Avebury; image not to be reproduced without permission

While I may make jewellery, I do have a special attraction to small objects … so I made a little stand for the pendant. It’s only a quick mock-up (the brass reflects the gold), but it has pride of place in my living room … so I may see its gorgeousness every day.

I love the image below too … brooding Avebury.

reworked Avebury; image not to be reproduced without permission

reworked Avebury; image not to be reproduced without permission

Amazing nature

12 06 2013

Is it just me, or does this look like a pair of cufflinks or earrings or lapel pins?

from my favourite facebook page; click on image for original source

from my favourite facebook page; click on image for original source

They’re actually Golden Wattle pollen grains. Beautiful. I wonder if all pollen grains are so gorgeous?

I love wattle flowers … they were everywhere in the area I grew up, and were the inspiration of the carving for my Gold Brooches from my second year at uni.

second year, 'gold' brooch

second year, ‘gold’ brooch

Exhibition invitations

5 05 2013

I’m excited.


During one of my sporadic cupboard clearouts I found an invitation to my 1st & 2nd Year exhibition ‘Construct‘, as well as the invitation for my graduate exhibition ‘Out of the Basement‘.


invitation for Construct

invitation for Construct

invitation for 'Out of the Basement'

invitation for ‘Out of the Basement’


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.