Tuesday, October 19, 2010

October Range

Above and Below
These are the new enamel painted
leaves I have been working on
Their base is
sterling silver
which will emerge further with wear...

Summer-y sun-set goodness
I think I've just got my fingers crossed
about the weather finally changing

And a couple more pieces...

Peacock and Sunset Pendants...

New Work finally....

Have been playing around with some AMAZING wax that Raymond de Zwart from Black Finch (www.blackfinch.com.au and blackfinchjewellery.blogspot.com) put me on to which I got from Barnes in Richmond (Swan St, across from the Richmond railway station). It is really flexible, soft, sticky some times and FUN!!

I made these pieces last Thursday
picked them up from the casters on Monday
and ran to the studio to get to work on them
they make me so HAPPY

I busted into one of my studio-mates tin of enamel paints
went a bit crazy with the colours...thanks Elise IOU XX

But I'm thinking divine peacock
(perhaps the ones from school a few years ago NMIT?)

Shimmery summer light
which is really old powder paint from a family we hung out with way back when we were little in Daylesford and hanging in Glenlyon
oh....the country life

the ones (below) are'plain-jane' sterling silver
oxidized and rubbed back

as is this necklace, but
gentle leafy,
fluttery lightness all the same

Monday, October 18, 2010

I'll do some filing baby !)

Three new rings
Sterling silver with a nice smooth textured finish
They are manly...
not like the beach...

but the hairy chested type
which is bad, cause I test drove them and
I don't have hairy chest

Simon & Jemila

Oh, my goodness, I can't believe its mid October already....argh! Last post in July...what...here's some new snaps to prove I have been doing something....will get back in the saddle real soon xx

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Some new old

Here, finally, is some new work...
a little birdie has been in my ear about taking photos, which I love to do, but time/effort and all those things we all know so well get in the way
its called resistance, and I am the Queen of it!

But I have made some 'one-off' rings and earrings and want to show them off...

They are all sterling silver and have been oxidized and the ones with colour have been spray painted with enamel paint- spunky orange this time round

Some 'embossed' detail on the earrings below

An organic piece was used in casting this ring, found on a walk one day

This one is MINE
got the pattern by rolling the wax on the lace in the shirt I had on that day

And here are all the little babies...

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Monday, April 5, 2010

Easter Weekend

While some of it was spent working, some of it was spent playing...

with paints that I'm not very good at using...

That's what I thought too...

Some of it was spent moving things in the garden, like my crazy gold plaster hand that I've lugged around from house to house
A little time spent redecorating, ie., finding places for all this 'stuff' I could not live without

And some pure, delightful, stop and stare at the sky time...

Insert Coin...

Michaela Bruton
my favourite pendant!
I got this during the Insert Coin Project, which Kim and Nella, two beautiful girls from Craft Victoria curatored together. A wonderful project which I hope, fingers crossed happens every year. I also got one on Kyokos beautiful books, like the one Lucy posted on
The thing I love so much about this necklace is how five materials have been put together and work so seamlessly. It catches everybodies eye when its worn, I'm lucky to still have it, thanks Michaela x

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Lisa Walker

I got some catalogues the other day, and have been working through them slowly. I got to this one on Lisa Walkers work and was blown away with her body of work.
What a studio!!!

Both these images are taken from the Schmuck catalogue, and I think the photos were all credited to Lisa.


This delicious pendant is by Natalie Dissel, which was shot for Sublime magazine also, issue 18 2009.
Rough crystal cluster and sterling silver
Check out her website, all her materials and making processes are interesting, ethical sorcing of metals and minerals etc.
I fell in love with Nike Savvas work, when I saw it down at ACCA in 2005, 'Atomic: Full of Love, Full of Wonder ', polystyrene balls, paint, nylon wire and electric fans to gyrate the balls.
I would have stayed there for hours, it was full of wonder for me, so when I found an article on her in the latest Artist Profile (issue 10) magazine I grabbed it.

Portrait of Nike Savvas

New work, 'Sliding Ladder' which will show at BREENSPACE in Sydney from 29 April - 5 June 2010
I want to go!!!
BREENSPACE, 289 Young St, Waterloo, Sydney


One of the perks in my life is free magazines, oh yeah that's right...I won't go into the details but, yes it is legal. Anyway it means that I get to look at mags I'd never buy, cause their all to expensive. But one that I've read a few times is 'Sublime'. And that is where this beautiful image above is from. An article on Derek Lawlor and his incredible 'lacing' method. Top secret technique, he is a knitwear designer, based in London, who has developed this formula which can only be understood by undoing the works.
He uses 100% cashmere and cotton cord and must have an amazing team of crafts people to make these beautiful works.
check it out: dereklawlor.com

Catherine Campbell has helped me welcome April, I bought her calender from her etsy site at the beginning of the year, it is so beautiful.

I love skeletons x

Welcome home beautiful print

One of the places I work had an exhibition in February of work from Arnhem Land. There must have been almost twenty artists showing and I fell in love with this one 'Stone Axe' by Roy Ashley.

It is finally in its rightful place (above the mantel) after a brief stint on the kitchen table, awaiting one lazy new owner getting to the framers. Fitzroy Stretches (on Weston St in Brunswick) did a brillant job and I love it even more now its up and welcoming me home everytime I open the front door.
Roy is a senior Wagalak man. A musican and artist, Roy is involved with the Walking with Spirits events and Darwin Festival and has been in documentaries and film clips. He is a high-ceremony man throughout the region.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Back to the Studio

That's right, the building I'm in has an amazing ceiling!
Some of the finished products...have been playing round with synthetic stones and loving the colour they bring to something simple...who knows where the year will lead but welcome 2010 x

Back to the coal-face, haven't been into the studio for a long time. But got some pieces cast last week and and ready to play again. Had such a great end to the '09 and have been looking forward to getting back into the studio routine.

Spoilt myself at the end of last year and finally got something to keep some drill bits in-love it!

You never know when a kebab stick will come in handy...finally got some of the rings that I've made over the last little while together and will try and get some pieces out into that big beautiful city.

Work Christmas Party

I finally had one of my staff Xmas parties in the last week...I'm always happy to drag these things out, because its always nice to get presents!! The only thing was, it was at the most amazing place I've ever seen, and the next time I do, will probably be after working for two years full-time and travelling to Europe- golly gosh...

The incredible kitchen/dining room where our hosts cooked up a storm to remember...who has a kitchen big enough to seat that many people?

And then...just outside the kitchen lies heaven....what a place!? I did suggest that this place should maybe become works HQ, long dinners with staff meetings and pool parties, but I think they are pretty happy to keep it the nuclear family home at the moment...sad face