Metal price update

19 06 2015

My last update was a little over three months ago … erm, not much to report really.

1. Gold per gram in A$ :

as at 19Jun15; click on image for original source

as at 19Jun15; click on image for original source

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

as at 19Jun15; click on image for original source

as at 19Jun15; click on image for original source

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2. Silver per kilogram in A$ :

as at 19Jun15; click on image for original source

as at 19Jun15; click on image for original source

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previous metal price update: 10th March 2015

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Experiment 9

8 06 2015

Mmm …

‘Study 009, Yellow-ish … but not quite as retina-burning as I wanted’

As you can tell by the title, it’s not quite what I was wanting to make.

Study 009

Study 009

It’s quite odd that I wanted to make a bright yellow weave … yellows and most oranges, and yellow-greens, are my least favoured colours.

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Patrícia Correia Domingues & Sara Gackowska ‘Surfacing’ @ Gallery Funaki

5 06 2015

Surfacing‘ is a Gallery Funaki exhibition of the work of two artists, Patrícia Correia Domingues (Portugal) and Sara Gackowska (Poland) … joint winners of the inaugural 2014 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery for emerging artists.

surface01

photograph taken with gallery permission

I have been watching the social media and photographs of the work pop up since the opening, and yet was still surprised by how incredibly sympathetic the body of work of each artist is to the other. It is truly stunning. So much so that I even asked Katie (gallery director) if the women collaborated, or if they knew of each others’ collection as they developed the work for this exhibition [which I now know they did not].

The palate of colours are beautiful near each other – the grey of the hematite of Sara’s pieces and that of Patrícia’s necuron ones, the whites of Patrícia’s artificial coral and ivory, and the rusty-red of Sara’s resin.

The forms are resonant too – particularly the rounded ovals employed, in various scales, by each artist.

And of course the interest in each in fracturing and fault-lining their materials.

photograph taken with gallery permission

photograph taken with gallery permission

I especially liked Patrícia’s ‘Duality’ brooches (2015, artificial coral, steel), the frame one the best; and most of all her ‘Geographic & Imagination’, brooches (2015, necuron, steel) … the two in the centre (wall-mounted and on plinth) in the image below … the fault lines in the material are completely wonderful, and the scale of the wall-mounted one is just perfect. I couldn’t help but wonder how many experiments were made before these beauties were produced.

Make sure you visit Gallery Funaki’s exhibition page to see beautiful detailed photographs.

photograph taken with gallery permission

photograph taken with gallery permission

I recall one of our professors at university talking (wittering on?!) at length about ‘materiality’. At the time, I can now admit, that I was somewhat confused… however, I think I now know a little better. And if I was all about art theory, I’d say these two artists are exceptional examples of ‘materiality’ … which I like to define as the dedicated exploration of the properties and possibilities of a particular medium or material.

For ’emerging artists’ their work is refined and knowing, quiet and confident (perhaps almost determined?) … it seems that they may have spent many decades with their chosen material instead of only a few years.

Make sure you go.

Surfacing‘, an exhibition of work by Patrícia Correia Domingues and Sara Gackowska, is at Gallery Funaki until 20th June 2015.





Experiment 8

3 06 2015

‘Study 008, Hamlet’

Inspired by the recent discovery of a phrase from Hamlet, in which his father’s ghost says of his tale that it would “harrow up thy soul, freeze thy young blood“.

experiment 8

experiment 8

I’ve obtained some of those little pins that are used to display insects and butterflies … I like their little heads better than the flat and more obvious ones of simple sewing pins; plus they’re not so shiny-shiny.

experiment 8

experiment 8

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Calendar: June 2015

31 05 2015

post last updated: 8th June

all month:

  • Personal Space Project (Canberra and online), Lauren Kalman [link]
  • NGV ‘Exquisite Threads: English Embroidery 1600s – 1900s‘ [link]; until 12th July
  • Powerhouse Museum (Sydney), ‘A fine possession: jewellery and identity‘ [link]; until 20th September; see my review post

5th June: last day for Bilk Gallery (Canberra), Johannes Kuhnen ‘Painting in Stone‘ [link]

6th June: Craft, ‘Leaders‘ [link]; “Nine Victorian makers leading the way across traditional, experimental and contemporary crafts showcase diverse ways of making and thinking within the craft landscape. Nick Bastin, Sarah crowEST, Georgina Cue, Timothy McLeod, Mariella McKinley, Ian Mowbray, Owen Rye, Vipoo Srivilasa, Nick Wirdnam.”;  until 25th July

14th June: Holmes à Court Gallery at Vasse Felix Winery (Margaret River, WA), Helen Britton, ‘Helen Britton in context’ [link]; “Helen Britton will be in residence from 21 September until 11 October. In Context presents Helen’s work in the context of works by some of the key artists from the early years of her development in Western Australia, including Barbara Bolt, Pippin Drysdale, Nola Farman, Gill Irvine, Else van Keppel, and Philippa O’Brien, alongside her current West Australian collaborators, Justine McKnight and Michelle Taylor. To complete the concept, works of David Bielander and Yutaka Minegishi, both internationally renowned artists and Helen’s Munich studio partners for now over 13 years, will also be on exhibition. The photographer, Simon Bielander, completes this picture with a recent image of the studio atmosphere. This exhibition of over 60 works covers jewellery, fashion, textiles, painting, drawing and ceramics.” until 11th October ; thanks to the Gallery Funaki newsletter for this information!

exhibition media

exhibition media

20th June: last day for Gallery Funaki, Patrícia Correia Domingues and Sara Gackowska ‘Surfacing‘ [link]

21st June: last day for NGV ‘The Golden Age of China: Qianlong Emperor, 1736–1795′ [link]

23rd June: 45downstairs; Aurelia Yeomans, Inari Kiuru, Naoko Inuzuka, ‘Solstice – of darkness and light‘ [link]; “A solstice marks the two brief moments during an astronomical year when day and night meet as equals. This elusive balance between dreaming and wakefulness, the conscious and the unconscious, and the natural cycles around and within us, are the focus of Solstice – of darkness and light. An exhibition of contemporary jewellery, objects and image“; until 4th July

exhibition media

exhibition media

28th June: last day for NGV ‘StArt Up 2015‘ [link]

28th June: last day for Western Plains Cultural Centre (Dubbo), Lola Greeno ‘Cultural Jewels‘ [link]

29th June – 3rd July: RMIT Jewellery Masterclass, Jiro Kamata ‘mirror mirror on the wall‘ [link]; accompanying public lecture Thursday 2nd July ; ““The first mirror that humans encountered was their reflection in water. A mirror has the ability to reflect our own reality and the potential to show us many different worlds. A mirror can open a dialogue with and be a metaphor for beauty, truth, infinity, religion and protection. These metaphors all have strong connections with jewellery.” Jiro Kamata  ;  The goal of this workshop is for participants to find individual relationships between the object and the mirror and to transform these relationships into a piece of jewellery.

event media

event media

30th June: Gallery Funaki, Jiro Kamata dark to light to dark‘ [link]; “Jiro Kamata creates worlds of subtle colour, illusion and depth through his use of camera and other lenses.“; until 1st August

please tell me of other exhibitions or events
also check out Melissa Cameron’s excellent informative blog (especially for competitions)

Plan ahead

10-12th July: JMGA Conference ‘edgesbordersgaps‘ [link] in Sydney; “the 16th Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia (JMGA) conference encompasses a range of events which bring together practitioners of all levels of experience from around Australia, New Zealand and beyond.
Through the conference we seek to provide a forum to generate a lively environment for discussion and deliberation of current issues in the field of contemporary jewellery. … We are accustomed to jewellery playing a range of defined roles in our lives, appearing in different contexts and generating a variety of meanings.  Jewellery from non-traditional materials is no longer unusual, but what of jewellery that tests our understanding of a ‘jewel’ in other ways? In our technologically-oriented world borders are shifting and dissipating, so where are the current borders within contemporary jewellery? What do they look like today? What are they separating? What gaps are appearing, waiting to be filled? Have we reached the boundaries of contemporary jewellery as we have known it or are we reconstructing it in other guises?”

August: Craft Cubed [link]

… last calendar post: Calendar: May 2015





Show it

29 05 2015

A little while ago I wrote of my consternation over whether to display or hide my jewellery.

“Show” has won out.

to display

to display

I’m still toying with the arrangement … and may continue to do so for years to come.

The little ring holders are from another successful Etsy buying experiment, as was the brass-glass case behind; the cuff is one I made a few years ago for a Lord Coconut ‘Art of the Cuff‘ exhibition; and of course you know my rings by Helen Britton, Katherine Bowman, Suzi Zutic.





Sunrise

27 05 2015

It has been a little while since I last witnessed such a lovely sunrise.

It did make me smile.

27May15

27May15, approx 0730

27May15

27May15, approx 0745