I am really looking forward to attending and participating in Flux - the Fair Luxury Conference in London.
Flux: Redefining Luxury: Inspiring responsible practice in the jewellery industry.
Pioneering figures from across the worlds of fashion and jewellery will come together in offering the rare chance to share in their experience.
Organising an event like this takes a lot of time, energy and commitment. The great news for the team who are organising Flux is that the event is fully booked - it has sold out!
This is a post that the Flux team did recently:
March 28 at 10:51pm ·
We are very pleased that Elizabeth Shaw, a Senior Lecturer at Queensland College of Art, will be part of our event next month. Elizabeth exhibits regularly and also contributes to academic research with a focus on ethical practice and the social and cultural values and meanings associated with objects. She is an international member of the advisory board for Ethical Metalsmiths and the inaugural chair of the Ethical Metalsmiths Education Committee.
Elizabeth initiated and chaired Green Symposiums in 2009 and 2010 to raise awareness of ecological, environmental and ethical concerns in jewellery studio practices and will be sharing her experience in one of our workshops at the Fair Luxury conference.
Book your place here - http://goldsmiths-centre.org/…/public-eve…/flux-fair-luxury/
Garland Magazine was launched late last year as an online magazine "to encourage a dialogue across the Asia Pacific about the objects that give our lives meaning." Kevin Murray, Olivia Pintos-Lopez and Damien Wright are the editorial team members. The first issue published articles from 30 writers covering a wide range of perspectives in relation to thinking about craft.
I recommend having a read and I also suggest you consider subscribing - it isn't essential to access Garland, but it will support this important initiative.
Annual subscriptions, are affordable at $AUD 40, and enable special access to the quarterly essays. Subscriptions go towards commissioning future essays and supporting cultural dialogue around what we make.
You'll find Garland Magazine here
In association with the launch of Garland Magazine, the inaugural online exhibition Intimate Imensities was launched. Above is the picture of my work included in the exhibition.
The exhibition was curated by Olivia Pintos-Lopez, and brings together works from 23 artists from the Asia Pacific in the virtual online gallery. The artists are: Susan Robey | Ian Mowbray | Rosa Hawker | Varuni Kanagasundaram | Damien Wright | Anna Gray | Andrew Stinear | Nalda Searles | Amelina Trainor | Andrew Baldwin | Andrea Mina | Caroline Baum | Clare McCracken | Vicki Mason | Julie Blyfield | Elizabeth Shaw | Paola Moreno | WALKA | this.means.that studio | Melissa Cameron | Trudy Golley | Inup Park | Juree Kim
Here is the callout for the next exhibition:
Calling Second Home - exhibition for Garland #2
While home is something many of us take for granted, it is fact of life, if not history, that we will change our primary shelter. Human, animal and plant life is littered with discarded shells. Techniques can evolve to re-purpose these, such as the shell money from the Solomon Islands, that is arranged in beautiful necklaces. To explore the creative uses of real and metaphoric shells, Garland is calling for works to its next online exhibition, Second Home. See here for more details.
These are my works in the exhibition:
The list of installed artists is big, it is a big exhibition:
Albert Tse, Alicia Lane, Alison Stone, Amelina Trainor, Andy Lowrie, Ann Chadwick, Beth Hodges, Catherine Large, Clare Poppi, Chris Hardwick, Dan Cox, Elizabeth Shaw, Emma Clippingdale, Esther Shelley, Helen Moriarty, Helen Wyatt, Jandy Pannell, Jen Eales, Jesika Hanford, Joan Teo, Karah Sinden, Kathleen Hunt, Katie Stormonth , Keith Swan, Kristina Gittins, Lucille Atkins, Lynda Shale, Maree Heard, Megan MacKenzie, Milly Bell, Pat Holcombe, Pierina Curties, Rachel Boland, Renata Fojtikova, Robyn Pell, Sarah Smith, Stephanie Owens, M. Veronica Silva & Vivien Bedwell.
You are cordially invited to the Opening Reception of ACJ's 2015
exhibition Sleight of Hand, at Plymouth College of Art Gallery.
Wednesday 18th November 5.00 to 7.00 pm
There are two Artist Talks during the show.
Wednesday 25th November, Dauvit Alexander
Wednesday 2nd December, Viktoria Munzker
both 5.30 - 6.30 pm at the Studio Theatre next to the Gallery, free entry.
Sleight of Hand will be on show until Saturday12 December
for how to get there, see
The Abrams Claghorn Gallery will open 2016 with Greensmith. The exhibition will run from 9 Jan to approximately 8 Feb 2016.
I have a new 3 metre bench in my studio. It is looking like I will finally be able to sort through my hammers. A new hammer rack for the back of the bench is being planned. It looks like it will need to be at least 2 metres long. The plan is that my stakes and mandrels will be housed in the cabinets under the bench and my tools that need to be bolted down will be moved to this bench, freeing my other one for hammering. I have to work out the locations for the tools to be bolted before I commit to drilling holes.
I am really pleased to have my ring 'Bird of Prey' selected for the exhibition Sleight of Hand.
The exhibition opened at the Brewhouse, Burton upon Trent, open 1 - 28 September
The exhibition will tour to the Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, open 7 - 31 October, PV 6 October
and Plymouth College of Art Gallery
16 November - 12 December, plus artist talks
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I'm excited that the exhibition 'Why Jewellery?' Will open in Brisbane soon.
The exhibition opened first in Hong Kong. This will be the first time the collection of works responding to the question "Why Jewellery?" have been seen in Australia.
I'm really excited about Greensmith. Earlier this year Artisan put call out to Queensland Jewellers whose works had an eco or ethical focus. They were seeking to hear from jewellers interested in being considered for an exhibition of eco-jewellery from Queensland and California, in partnership with the Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Queensland. I was really pleased to have three works selected and that a lot of my friends and students were selected too.
The works I am exhibiting are ones that have got me thinking about a much younger me. The ceramic dog and cat have been with me for as long as I remember. Not because I particularly liked them, but for some reason I had always kept them with me in a box. I think I now know why. I knew they had been my mothers when she was a teenager. So when I started working with with them I figured it was as good a time as any to ask my mother why I had them. She had no idea, but she still had a related piece in a jumble of found items on a windowsill. The related piece my mum has is complete in perfect condition. From this I surmised that I had broken the two I had when I was small and that would explain why I had carried them with me for so long.
these are occasional posts about the things that are inspiring me, or that are happening around.