Friday, March 26, 2010

friday night

lookin' at blogs... watching the box... (enjoyed Whitechapel) feeling like I need to post again... Here's a few examples of what I sent to my exhibition at CAJ in Kyoto...

sorry for the bad photos, I've improved my technique since I took these...

all brooches


Saturday, March 20, 2010

Figment II

So the opening went orrrf!

I couldn't stay long as my folks were in town and we had a dinner booked at 7.

There are some photos of the opening over at Katherine Wheeler's blog. And here are the brooches that I have in the exhibition...

Jude - printed steel, copper, garnet beads

Edgar - printed steel, copper

Drago - printed steel, copper, garnet beads

Feargal - printed steel, copper

Kit - reworked biscuit tin, printed steel, copper, garnet beads

Shylock - printed steel, copper


Monday, March 15, 2010


Does anyone else remember this...?

I have such strong memories of this book. Particularly the story of the little thumbsucker.

Maybe it's because I sucked my thumb when I was little. Anyway, I drew on this book and the nightmares it inspired for the work I've produced for figment. Below is the little bit of writing I did for the floorsheet in the exhibition.

The Great Tall Tailor always comes,
To little boys that suck their thumbs.
He comes equipped, yes I'm afraid,
With scissors sharp as razor blades.
He'll cut your thumbs clean off and then,
You know, they never grow again.

Heinrich Hoffman

Of all the tales in Hoffmann’s Struwwelpeter, it is The Story of Little Suck-a-Thumb that permeated the nightmares of a young Anna Davern. In the story, The Great Tall Tailor does come. And the boy’s thumbs are snipped off with his razor sharp scissors. The  illustrations in Davern’s childhood copy of the book were graphic and explicit, the young boy’s hands spurt blood from where his thumbs once were. It is this gruesome memory that has inspired the creation of Davern’s range of brooches for Figment. The brooches evoke the unease of the closet door left ajar after lights out, the expanse of darkness underneath the bed and the unexplained footfalls outside the room.

And here's a tiny little sneak peak...


I am in this exhibition.

Please come.
It's this Thursday night.
It doesn't list the artists on the invite but they are: Katherine Bowman, Michaela Bruton, me, Natalia Milosz-Piekarska, Jessica Morrison, Karla Way, and Katherine Wheeler.


Wednesday, March 10, 2010


The Jam Factory recently commissioned Adelaide designer Khai Liew to refurbish their retail area. The results look pretty amazing. I nicked these images from their facebook site. I reckon that's probably ok as they're in the public domain.

As I said, Amazing.

And the reason for posting this?

They asked me to send them some work for the shop!

This is what I sent.

They're all made from one tin tray. I tried to use as much of the tray as possible so they actually have a 'tin' back as well. 

So the whole thing is 'cold constructed'. You can see the tiny tabs and the fitting is made from the 'tin' itself. They're based on the work I did for 'White Christmas' at Craft Victoria which I'll post about another time


Tuesday, March 09, 2010


so much for keeping my blog updated. Let's just say I've been busy. Here's an example of what I've been up to...

It looks odd on my screen but it might work when I publish it. Here's the original page where I found it. I'm pretty sure the image was taken by Phoebe Porter at e.g.etal. It's a brooch made from printed tin, copper and garnet beads. It's about 90mm tall