Radiant Pavilion x Shared Concerns

For those of you visiting Melbourne for the upcoming Radiant Pavilion festivities (on the map we’re stop 53, on the Collingwood/Fitzroy border), and of course all of you locals, please consider yourself invited to the opening of Shared Concerns at Bini Gallery from 5:30pm on Friday the 25th of August.

This opening of the show is very special as it will see a record attendance of participating artists at the opening – we will be joined by our Victorian artists Jill Hermans as well as Caitie Sellers from Richmond, VA in the USA, and me! I’m so excited to see everyone in my beloved second home city, I just can’t wait! Hope to catch you there ūüôā

Plate Glass Exhibition

Plate Glass opens next Monday!

The opening celebration will be on Friday the 4th of August, the first night of the Enamelist Society Alchemy4 Conference at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. I’ll be there to open the show and see the other enamel exhibitions that are simultaneously on at Arrowmont, including the 16th Juried International Enamel Exhibition, in which I happen to have a couple of work, as well as attend the conference.

Why Plate Glass? Well, I was asked to curate a show early to mid career artists for the conference, so I invited artists from all over the world to show off their talent and skills in the enamel medium by working on the same simple canvas – a plate!

The invited artists are:

Nicolette Absil
Alicia Jane Boswell
Susan Buchanan
Kat Cole
Katie Collins
Danielle Embry
Laura Eyles
Aurelie Guillaume
Annie Gobel
Steffi Götze
Naoko Inuzuka
Kaori Juzu
Rachel Kedinger
Inari Kiuru
Mio Kuhnen
Zachery Lechtenberg
Camilla Luihn
Sharon Massey
Lindy McSwan
Marissa Saneholtz
Samantha Skelton
Demitra Thomloudis
Jen Townsend
Claire Townsend
Leah Wadey
Kate Wischusen
Hsiao Ai Wang
Aurelia Yeomans

and they have each excelled themselves in this exhibition. Come along and see the shows, and if you’re about next Friday, please say g’day!

Enamel Class – September

Coat hanger experiments, 2012. Steel, vitreous enamel, silver solder

The Center for Enamel Art in California has invited me to lead one of their Radical Enameling workshops, so I’m headed to The Crucible in Oakland from the 6th – 8th of September for:

Enameling Recycled Steel for Jewelry and Objects ‚Äď a workshop with Melissa Cameron

Got a hankering to try out some experimental enameling? Join us to find out how straightforward and un-fussy enameling can be. We’re going to work on all types of steel – including that which we find on the street – to make beautifully enamelled jewels and objects, with the addition of porcelain enamel that will be applied in its liquid form.

I always look forward to these classes because of the way people surprise themselves when confronted with a medium that can be used in such diverse ways; behaving like watercolor, spray paint or even sand. Its versatility enables each maker to leverage their mastery in traditional materials Рsay even pencil and markers Рand then make permanent the results by literally baking them on.

And hey, it’s in “beautiful, downtown Oakland, California!”

(Thanks to Roman Mars of the 99% Invisible podcast for being the indelible voice in my head for that line ūüėČ )

Steeling myself

Image of a Resist neckpiece (that spells 'resist' in binary) in stainless steel and vitreous enamel. Photograph by Melissa Cameron.
Body/Politic – Resist neckpieces, collage. 2017

I’m on route to Sheffield to speak at the ACJ 20:20 Visions Conference about my works (spoiler, I’m on Saturday afternoon), and I’m getting pretty excited, and no, just not just to go to the multiple steel museums!

Now that the final programme has been published I see that along with catching up with friends I’ve not seen since I was last in the UK in 2011, I get to check in with a few faces familiar from other global jewellery haunts, which I’m really looking forward to.

I’ve found as the annual SNAG conference has become much more familiar to me, my participation has become very business-like (thanks especially to the annual Editorial Advisory Committee meeting and always spending the preceding week finishing work for the trunk show.) I’m looking forward to being able to learn about a less-familiar jewellery culture while meeting some heroes and making a few new friends. And having some relaxing tours of local museums and such, while finally (fingers crossed!) experiencing summer in England.

If you’re on Instagram, expect to see supreme random-ness from Sheffield, London, Birmingham and Manchester ūüėČ And if you’re in those places, look out for me in my hat!

Sale now on!

Image of jewellery work made from a found jam jar lid by Melissa Cameron. Photograph by Melissa Cameron.

If you’re anywhere near Sydney get on over to Studio 2017 Project Space at Bridget is having a SALE! There are a lot of artists involved in this space, including the maestro Bridget herself, so it’s worth it just to check out what treasures she has stashed around the gallery.

Studio 20/17 are the longest supporters and continuous stockists of my work, so they have quite the back catalogue of pieces, many of which simply aren’t available anywhere else (and some that never were.) This really is your only chance to see and try these works, and to maybe pick yourself out a little something while it’s going for a song!

Open Tuesday to Saturday 11-5pm.
Phone 0411 808 274
Instagram @studio2017_project_space
Facebook www.facebook.com/studio2017projectspace

Sale closes July 1st!

Shadowy figures

So about a billion years ago I made a two-fold piece, entitled The Raven and The Fishes, for the biennial Contemporary Australian Silver Award.

The pieces were my interpretation of the works of singer, musician and writer Nick Cave, with the Fishes work a meditation on the Nick Cave and the Bads Seeds song Breathless.

This weekend, thanks to evil genius Aran Galligan who has set up the night, built the stage and who will of course be performing her own piece, I’ll be debuting a familiar-looking shadow puppet performance in between acts at a punk rock gig here in shadowy Seattle.

If you’re in the area, consider yourself invited! We’ll be starting after the first band:

Bro.och

Hooray! I’m in a show with Trophy Wife Barbie! Check her out (link goes to Instagram) if you’re not familiar.

This show feature brooches by Melissa Cameron, Marian Hosking, Nick Bastin,
Panjapol Kulpapangkorn, Kath Inglis, Johannes Kuhnen, Helen Aitken-Kuhnen,
Eugenie Keefer Bell, Inari Kiuru, Janice Vitkovsky, Jo Hawley, Jasmine Watson, Larah Nott, Zoe Brand, Laura Eyles and the Trophy Wife Barbie (Annelies Hofmeyr).

UK people

And those willing to travel, here’s an opportunity for you to see me amongst some incredible speakers next month:

2020 Visions

ACJ’s 20:20 Visions Conference 7 – 9 July, Sheffield¬†

Speakers confirmed include Boris Bally (USA), Elizabeth Shaw (Australia), Melissa Cameron (USA), Johanna Zellmer (NZ / Germany) Simon Fraser (UK) and many more!

Delegate fees £180 / £100 for an amazing 3 day programme including food

What’s not to love?! Food too!
(BTW – jealous of Johanna and her 2 listed countries ūüėČ )

I’m going to talk about my work and especially my enamel journey. As you’ll all remember (…or not – don’t worry, no test…) my pieces in enamel started in 2011 thanks to the infectious and unrelenting energy of Elizabeth Turrell (see her latest project here) and has become an essential component of my protest work, the vehicle I use for spelling out encoded messages, which is practically all the work I have made this year. I’m also going to gad about England for a couple of weeks, so if you’re in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield or briefly Liverpool, lets grab a cuppa and have a chin-wag, yeah?!

(Lawd, I’m such a dag… ok, so look that up, and for the love of language, get beyond the first definition…)

I’m very much looking forward to it, but in the meant time, for all my friends across the pond, good luck with your election today. I know the world is feeling voted-out (or out voted) right now, but it’s one powerful way to get your message across. Being in a place where I don’t get to have my say, I can tell you, it’s worth a lot more than you might think.

xx m

drawing a line between Facere in Seattle to the SNAG conference in New Orleans…

While Paul Klee tumble turns at my drawing and undrawing of lines, I’ll illuminate what these two things mentioned in the header have in common (apart from the obvious), since you didn’t ask…

This little social unit and their friends are in their last day of the Drawing The Line exhibition at Fac√®r√© gallery in Seattle today, while the drawn (or perhaps fully combobulated) images of the set have just been made into postcards which will be available from me at SNAG conference in New Orleans, starting on tomorrow! I’ll also be at the Trunk Show on Saturday afternoon:

Sheraton Hotel
2nd Floor, Waterbury Ballroom
500 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

times:
3:30-4:30 – VIP Trunk Show
4:30-6:30 – Trunk Show is open to the public!

I have created new works in the Resist range – new neckpieces and earrings and a bigger pin – to debut at the show (think of the necklaces as lines, similar to the above), and for this special occasion the customary donation of 10% of the ticket price of this series will be split between Islamic Relief (as previously) AND the ACLU!

Please stop by and check this new collection out!

this week in NOLA

Making America Great – presented by Platforma

10,000 Songs, 2013.

Part of the Adorned Spaces exhibit at the 2017 SNAG conference, Making America Great is a showcase of jewellery made by immigrants. It runs on the 25th and 26th of May at the Sheraton Hotel on Canal St in New Orleans.

Platforma is curators Bella Neyman and Ruta Reifen