I recently went to Adelaide to see the Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor exhibition and to give an artist talk as part of the Jam Factory’s public programs. The Jam Factory blog recently posted a Q&A with yours truly over here.
The exhibition looked fantastic and for some unknown reason, I neglected to take any photos! I did get some holiday snaps though!
We went to the gallery…
Margaret West was the head of Jewellery and Object Design at Sydney College of the Arts when I attended there from 1991-3. Under her direction, we were encouraged to think and to research, to explore and to investigate, to analyse and really see objects and our surroundings.
Her own practice explores the “expressive potential and cultural resonance of a wide range of materials in the making of series of enigmatic objects” (from her website).
I mentioned last week a conversation I had with Katherine Bowman about the British artist Caroline Broadhead. I was surprised to learn that Katherine knew little about the work of Caroline Broadhead and her British contemporaries from the 1970’s and 80’s. While the Dutch and German jewellers from this period have very strong profiles, it seems the British and American artists receive much less exposure.
I had seen Broadhead’s work in the New Jewellery book but it was while I was waiting for my interview to get in to Jewellery and Object Design at Sydney College of the Arts that I was nervously flicking through a catalogue1 and came across these two images.
How did I get here?
I thought for these blog posts that I’d share with you a few things that inspired me in the early stages of my journey to becoming a jeweller. The wonderful folks at e.g.etal have handed me the mantle of guest blogger for four posts so I’ve managed to narrow it down to four things: a book, two artists and a writer.
It’s probably kind of embarrassing, but I got into making jewellery because I wanted to make pretty things for myself to wear! I was doing a short course in jewellery making at Randwick TAFE in Sydney and I stumbled across this book…
And it opened up a whole new world of what jewellery can be for me.
Recently e.g.etal asked me to do a few guest blog posts for them over on their website and I thought it might be a great opportunity to write a bit about how I became a jeweller. I chose 4 things: a book, 2 artists and a writer, and I’ll be reposting them on this blog too. The first post was published last week and the next one goes live today!
I went to the flicks in Northcote last night and afterwards we came out into the beautiful balmy Melbourne evening and followed the sound of jazzy trumpets to find this…
Musical Instrument as jewellery?
And is that a Tuba?
The Northcity4 team had our final meeting for the year at our new local, The Sporting Club Hotel in Brunswick. Great pub, great food, great location, great atmosphere, great service and, lo and behold, a great beer garden decorated with the number 4! It’s a sign.
So. A few years ago I was approached by Glenys Mann to teach a workshop at the Fibres Forum in Ballarat. But I don’t work with Fibre was my reply. Doesn’t matter she said I love your work and others do too. Write a course proposal and we’ll see how it goes.
Thus began my indoctrination into the Church of Craft.
I’ve since taught 2 workshops and attended 3 as a student and I cannot tell you enough how much fun it is to spend a week in Ballarat, staying in the boarders quarters of Ballarat Grammar, being fed 3 meals a day, hanging out with like-minded Crafty folk and just MAKING STUFF for FIVE DAYS STRAIGHT!!!
There’s also a bit of partaying…
Anyways… Glenys had an idea to run a week of workshops that were just about jewellery, what a great idea I says! Can I put forward my Northcity4 colleagues as potential teachers?
Sure thing, she replies, and can you suggest a couple of overseas artists as well?
This is for my friend who is not as near to me as I would like.
You’d all bloody better be buying jewellery.
But if you’re not, get yerselves over here to my mate Lucy James’s not-to-be-missed, Christmas sale spectacular
I got this one….
and this one….
ostensibly for presents but possibly won’t make it that far.