Thursday, February 28, 2008

scenes from the doll house #2

The opening was a success. Thanks to the extraordinary co-ordination and room-working talents of the knitter's sister quite a few sales were made.


sing-it-again, bite-your-bum-off and the knitter's sister.

And if anyone requires the services of an Exhibitions Business Manager I cannot recommend anyone more highly than Hannah Cameron (the knitter's sister). Get in touch with me if you'd like her contact details.

More scenes from the night...


jewellers Belinda Newick and Amy Renshaw


more jewellers Nicky Hepburn, Vikki Kassioras and Katherine Bowman (get websites, Ladies!)


Even more jewellers Vicki Mason and Claudia Betancourt


At last, a non-jeweller Sarah Purcell (but jewellery appreciator extraordinaire) and jeweller Caz Guiney (currently exhibiting at Craft Victoria


Nicky Hepburn again and another jeweller Jessica Morrison


non jewellers Brigette Cameron (the knitter) and ceramist Robyn Phelan


scenes from the doll house #1



So I get the keys to the gallery on Sunday but I have to wait for the work to arrive from Sydney on Monday, so I go home and try to relax! On Monday I'm there bright and early as FV from Pablo Fanque had organised for an AM delivery. I lay out my installation tools, I sweep, I paint over some marks on the walls, I sweep again, I try and read the paper and at 12 o'clock I phone the courier. At 12.20 the work arrives. phew.

Installation was relatively easy until the vinyl lettering arrived.

vinyl sign

the knitter and the guy from Ballarat helping out (and trying not to laugh)

How big is that font! How big is my ego!

This is one of the lessons to be learnt from exhibiting at an artist run space. I've been very fortunate that exhibitions I've been involved in up until now have had curators or exhibition co-ordinators to help with installation, signage and promotion. I'm also very lucky to have some good friends to help me out with all of this. But what I didn't do, was consult with someone about how big the signage should be! whoops. It was going to go on the white wall at the back of the gallery but we had to move it to the edge of the grey bench seat where it wasn't so obvious.

You can just see it here...

setting fluid

underneath where I'm sitting repairing one of the neckpieces with 'setting fluid' (glue!)


Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Sunday, February 17, 2008

'Reef' earrings #3

And finally... some images of the display of 'reef' work (earrings and pendant) at e.g.etal before Christmas.

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earrings: silver, turquoise, 18ct yellow gold

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earrings: silver, antique glass beads, 18ct yellow gold

'reef' pendant

pendant: silver, coral

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earrings: silver, garnet

'Reef' earrings #2

here's another pair from the 'reef' series.

Romy's earrings

These were made for a friend and are made from silver and turquoise. I prefer to blacken the silver because I find that silver earrings turn black from skin acid very quickly and to clean these properly requires re-beading them which is costly.

And some PR in The Age garnered by e.g.etal (thankyou)

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this pair were the first I made and I incorporated a straight hook. It seems that customers prefer an articulated hook (see previous post) I'd be interested in your thoughts


'Reef' earrings #1

OK, so here's some new work.

And a question.

How the bl.... h.... do you photograph earrings?

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silver and dyed howlite earrings

I'm just not totally convinced that this is the best way.

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silver and dyed agate earrings

I'm not happy with the way the earring hooks fall.

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silver, onyx and pearl earrings

And I'm a bit concerned about how pink the background is but these are just the thumbnails.

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silver and dyed and bleached sea bamboo earrings

If anyone can point me in the right direction for some good examples of earring photography, I would very much appreciate it.

I'd also like to point out what a dodgy jeweller I am, take a look at the hooks in the last photo - one has a bend and the other is straight!

Friday, February 01, 2008

new stuff

Here are a couple of brooches that I sent to Pablo Fanque before Christmas...


Prudence: tin tray, copper, pearls (brooch)


Sad Scallywag: tin tray, copper, tourmaline, 18ct yellow gold (booch)


Blue: biscuit tin, copper, green agate. (neckpiece)

sorry for photos, I'm heading to Sydney on Sunday for the opening of the exhibition on Tuesday night so I'll try and take some better ones. I have lots of posting ideas in my head: the conference in Adelaide, new work, new contacts, new opportunities, things I still want to share from my epic trip last year, etc. Some day I'll get around to it.