Make art, not…

combatpaperRiparian Sheets. 2014. Traditional size of paper created during the prolific period of hand papermaking production in Baghdad many centuries ago. These sheets were made on site at various water sources (OK, AZ, AR, CA) with a recipe of military uniforms, us currency and flags. #ragsmakepaper #combatpaper #handmade #paper #pulp #veteran #usarmy #baghdad #papertrail #portraits #fortsill #lakepowell #usf #lakecatherine #sanfrancisco #california #papermaker #combatpaperproject
Combat Paper. Riparian Sheets. 2014. (Image credit – Drew Cameron)

A couple of things that are in perfect alignment with current area of research have recently just fallen into my lap. They are sensitive and intimate and multifaceted and beautiful, and I want to share them.

First up, Combat Paper, by Drew Cameron (link is to his amazing instagram, and nope, no relation).

Thanks to my fandom and his generosity, I’m now working with some of Drew’s incredible papers, made from military uniforms, for some pieces that will be exhibited in the upcoming Radiant Pavilion jewellery festival in Melbourne. His ongoing Combat Paper project is a beautiful and compelling project, a truly elegant synthesis of artistic intent, process and resulting artifact.

[As an unrelated aside, watching the social medias on the JMGA Conference in Sydney and Wunderrūma Week in Auckland have only increased my excitement for RP.]

Stephen Mulqueen: Men with Flowers

Stephen’s his essay (on the AJF blog) and recent works made from re-purposed bullet shells are beautiful.

“Jewelry and sculpture are two forms of cultural production that can activate personal and collective memory. The Irish historian Roy Foster suggests that history is made by remembering things; I began to assert that we might also remember and understand histories in other ways—by making things.”

Well said, that man.

Heating up

Image of the work HEAT in stainless steel and vitreous enamel. Photograph by Melissa Cameron.
Image of the work-in-progress, HEAT, in stainless steel, titanium and vitreous enamel.

It’s been a hectic time in the office and the basement/studio, but I finally snapped some images of this finished neckpiece yesterday evening. I’m going to have another look at the panels that this work comes from later in the week – I need some time away from them before I make any more decisions. In the mean time, the brooch from this set is in pieces on the bench, and for that the next step is sandblasting.


Works by Claire Mcardle, Clare Poppi, Bridgette Shepherd, Katie Stormonth, Helen Aitken-Kuhnen, Danielle Barrie, Jess Dare, Sue Lorraine, Catherine Truman.<br /> All famous Australian artists. Trust.
Montage of images taken from Instagram feed of the @JMGA_NSW of the 2015 JMGA delegates exhibition.

My Instagram stream has been taken over by the Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia 2015 Conference, and I like it! If you are keen to see the #jmga2015delegatesexhibition check out that hashtag, or save yourself the time and just follow @jmga_nsw – the New South Wales branch of the JMGA, who are this year’s conference organisers.

I have to admit to being a bit homesick on this one – I’ve been to the last 3 conferences, and spoken at the last two (#bragging) and I’m really missing my people and our biennial inspiring, creative and awesome catch-up – that they’re all enjoying right now. So I really appreciate all of y’all who are posting to the #jmgaconference2015 #edgesbordersgaps #jmgaprofile2015, #jmga2015 and #jmga tags. The delegates exhibition on the @jmga_nsw stream is really incredible; I encourage everyone to check out the works of these very fine artists and artisans.

Deadlines June 2015

****NINE NEW OPPORTUNITIES Added June 30th****

A little bit late with this one – sorry, the weather here is just too nice to ignore! (Oh, I know, I hate it when I’m in the wrong hemisphere for the warmer season and those on the opposite bit of the planet are skyting – sorry all you Tropic of Capricorn huggers…)

JOBS –  THERE’S A NEW ONE! It’s always a notable occurrence 😉

As of February 1st, 2015,, an online platform to encourage young makers to write and hone their unique voice, has been live. Check it!

Other places to find yourself some deadly deadline action:

  • CaFE – Call For Entry site: check out the site and sign up for email updates. America focused. (I’ve given up re-listing appropriate deadlines from their newsletter – it’s just too long…)
  • In the UK? Sign up to the benchpeg newsletter,  professional jewellery news, delivered weekly. Euro/Britain focused.
  • Klimt02. Newsletter. Epic site. Enough said.
  • Snag’s Springboard – you can get that in an RSS feed, so each new entry will come straight to your chosen portal. America focused.

*** This month’s new additions *** ****Added June 30th****

Jewelry Instructor, White Plains, NY. Opportunity closes on June 25th, 2015

***The Naked Craft Symposium [Canada] brings together makers, researchers, and the general public to discuss the themes explored throughout the Naked Craft project, and to look forward at the future for craft.” Art Gallery of Burlington on Saturday June 27, 2015 from 10AM – 5PM.

***Golden Pin Design Award is the longest-running design award that celebrates products expressly created for the Chinese-speaking market”.  Entry / Registration Deadline: June 30, 2015

*** MPavilion/Art Monthly Australia Writing Award. (scroll down) “Australian writers are invited to submit a proposal (no more than 200 words) for an essay (no more than 2000 words) exploring one or more aspects of the relationship between art and design today. ” Deadline 30th June 2015.

**** Internship at Smith Shop, a Detroit-based metalsmithing studio. Now accepting applications for part-time interns to begin in the Fall of 2015. Deadline July 1st.

The 2015 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize. Deadline July 3rd.

**** Gallery Position at J. Cotter Galleries in Vail and Beaver Creek, CO. Get in quick (July 4th?)

*** “The American Craft Council has invited SNAG (SNAG member paywall) to participate in their Artist Invitational Program for their 2016 Baltimore show… SNAG.. require an application of interest along with submission of images of your work …  Applications will be juried and the program is limited to 10 artists.  This opportunity is open to any current SNAG member.”  Applications are due by July 10, 2015.

SYMPOSIUM! 16th JMGA Conference, Sydney. Registration and More Info. 10-12 July 2015

*** and after the above-mentioned SYMPOSIUM check out the Gray Street Workshop artist talk at AirSpace Projects (10 Junction St Marrickville) on Monday 13th July 6pm.

*** CONFERENCE! Colorado Metalsmithing Association’s 19th Annual Salida Conference, (sweet website, Coloradans!) July 17-19 2015.

**** Soo Visual Arts Center’s Call for Submissions – “Submissions to Curatorial Panel For the 2016/17 Exhibition Season.” Deadline July 20th.

Itami Award. The biennial awards, hosted in Japan. Those of you who’ve been following for a while will be familiar with this one. Considerable entry fees apply. Dedline 24th July.

Call out for new work, for Gild gallery. “GILD is a new art gallery in Los Angeles opening late summer 2015 and is the only gallery in the city dedicated to studio jewelry.” Deadline July 31st, 2015.

**** The Guild of Enamellers Bursary Award 2016. It is UK focussed, but they do say in the T+C that they have members from all over the world..! Deadline 31st July 2015.

*** Betty Bowen 2015. Pacific NW artists, this one is for you. “Administered by the Seattle Art Museum, the annual Betty Bowen Award honors a Northwest artist for their original, exceptional, and compelling work.” Deadline August 1st.

*** SYMPOSIUM! Alchemy 3: Vision + Passion + Creation – The Enamelist Society Conference. Montserrat College of Art in Beverly MA, August 8 – 9.

Elizabeth Tokoly, artisan jeweler, metalsmith, teacher and gallery owner is seeking an intern. August 13th, 2015

*** Australian Artists’ Grant (scroll for details). Periodic grant (4 deadlines per year) open to Australians and Permanent Residents for presentation of their works. Next deadline is August 15th.

*** “Create a new Step By Step, Photo, or Video Instructable that fits the guidelines outlined” and be in the running for equipment, tools and other prizes. Must be published between Jun 8, 2015 and Aug 17, 2015 (11:59pm PT) to be eligible.

Niche Awards 2015 “Celebrating excellence and innovation in American and Canadian fine craft. ategories include: Ceramics, Fiber, Glass, Metal, Wood, Jewelry,…” This opportunity closes on August 21st, 2015.

****The London Group Open 2015 offers a wonderful opportunity for emerging and established artists to raise their profile, win cash and material prizes worth over £5,000 and exhibit their work to the public alongside the Group’s esteemed members. Artists can submit up to three works, which must have been produced since 2013.” Deadline For Entries: Monday 24th August 2015

Radiant Pavilion. Melbourne. 1st – 6th September, 2015.

I can’t explain this incredible event in one line, just go to the website – it’s been updated and if you search Radiant Pavilion on my blog you’ll eventually see tonnes of stuff. Or go to Klimt02.

**** “The Sarah Spurgeon Gallery at Central Washington University, … will host the INTERSTATE juried exhibit. The exhibition is open to all media and subject matter… The juror for the INTERSTATE exhibition is Jennifer Navva Milliken, Curator of Craft at the Bellevue Arts Museum.” Opportunity closes on September 4th.

*** CALL FOR ENTRIES | Materials: Hard & Soft National Contemporary Craft Competition & Exhibition. September 4th, 2015

**** WE ARE SNAG: Contemporary Smiths. “Seeks images of works crafted using traditional or contemporary smithing processes including, but not limited to: vessels, objects, sculpture, jewelry, and architectural works. Juried by Sue Amendolara, Greg Gehner, and Tom Muir, this online exhibition intends to embrace the work of contemporary smiths.” Snag Membership required. Deadline September 6, 2015.

Be a part of our 21th International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Fine Craft.
$8,000+ in Awards. “Craft Forms 2015, the International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Crafts, will be on display at the Wayne Art Center from December 4, 2015 – January 30, 2016.” This opportunity closes on September 10th, 2015

**** “Secret” National Juried Exhibition, at Arc Gallery and Studios. JUROR: Joan McLoughlin of The McLoughlin Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Exhibition Dates: November 7, 2015 – December 6, 2015. September 13th, 2015

*** The Cultured Pearl Association of America, Inc. (CPAA)’s Sixth International Pearl Design Competition 2015-2016. Deadline 17 September 2015

*** The annual Smithsonian Craft Show is a juried exhibition and sale of contemporary American crafts and design. September 20th, 2015

*** The LEAP Award. “The program recognizes exceptional emerging talent in the contemporary craft field and provides opportunities for these early career artists to bring their artwork to the consumer market.” Deadline to apply: September 30, 2015.

The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design. Craft Research Fund – Exhibition, Project, Graduate Research and Travel Grants (up to $15,000.) (More detail – Crafthaus. )Application Deadline: October 9, 2015.

*** SYMPOSIUM! Keystone Metals Forum II at Touchstone outside of Pittsburgh, PA, will take place Friday to Sunday, October 16th–18th.

**** SYMPOSIUM MJSA ConFab is set to for Oct. 18 at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City. October 18th, USA.

*** ‘By Hand’ A National Biennial Fine Craft Competition and Exhibition. Juror: Elisabeth Agro. Deadline: Nov 12, 2015.

The AJF Artist Awards: AJF Artist Award cycle will open the application process in September 2015, with a deadline of November 15, 2015. Information about the purpose of the award, entry criteria, application requirements, and deadline will be available on AJF’s website in August/September 2015.

Rolling + Undated Opportunities

Artners Gallery, an online jewelry gallery selling fine art jewelry, is seeking new jewelry artists.”

Bag an Internship at Current Obsession Magazine. “We are looking for motivated interns for 2015 and it’s shaping up to be a fantastic year to join our team!”

Klimt02Applications for internships are ongoing. If you have any questions or want to apply, send an email to and we will discuss possibilities!”

Research Associate for Contemporary Jewelry – Dallas, TX. The Research Associate for Contemporary Jewelry is a 2-year, full-time appointment with primary responsibility to support the Margot B. Perot Senior Curator of Decorative Arts and Design.

New Jewelry Artist Studio and Gallery seeks work.Paul Bierker: “I am opening a new state of the art production gallery in Pittsburgh PA… I am hoping to find new candidates to showcase in this location… I seek various styles with renewable materials as a big plus. Please message me here [Crafthaus] or send info to Paul (AT) Pittsburgh Artists are STRONGLY encouraged to send work.

Artist in Residence in the Industrial Monument Jakob Bengel – Idar-Oberstein, Germany. 1-3 month residency for jewellers in the factory, including stipend and accommodation! Looks amazing.

Assistantships, Residencies, Volunteering & Employment at Touchstone Center for Crafts, Farmington, PA.

PORTFOLIO AND EXHIBITION PROPOSALS FOR LINCOLN CENTER ART GALLERIES – entry via CaFE, but instructions on the linked site (hint, scroll down).

The Peoria Art Guild. “Currently accepting submissions, and are sending out a call to artists, around the world and at all stages in their careers, to submit their portfolios for consideration.”

Commissioners’ Choice Invitational Lone Tree Arts Center.– entry via CaFE, but instructions on the linked site (hint, scroll down).

Contemporary Metal in Perth have updated their class timetable and there is some great stuff on offer. Check it!

Tributaries: Call for entries. The Metal Museum, in Memphis, has an ongoing call for exhibitions from emerging and mid-career artists. First deadline Feb 2013, for upcoming shows, and they keep applications on file for 2 years.

The Imperial Centre for the Arts + Sciences in North Carolina have a permanent exhibition call out, with shows booked 2-3 years in advance.

*** JOBS

Half Time Instructional Support Technician: Suny-New Paltz

Professor of Jewelry. Join SCAD Savannah as a full-time professor of jewelry to support this unparalleled program. This opportunity closes on July 21st, 2015

Research Associate for Contemporary Jewelry. “The Research Associate for Contemporary Jewelry is a 2-year, full-time appointment with primary responsibility to support the Margot B. Perot Senior Curator of Decorative Arts and Design in the coordination, research, and overall development of the Dallas Museum of Art’s exhibition and publication of the Rose-Asenbaum Collection of Contemporary Jewelry.” Needs reading ability in German…

Jewelry & Metalwork Assistant Professor Position. The Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia invites applicants for Assistant (tenure track) Professor of Jewelry & Metalwork. This opportunity closes on August 1st, 2015

Lead goldsmith for a small fine jewelry workshop with two other goldsmiths. This opportunity closes on August 21st, 2015

Jewelry and Metalsmithing teaching positions available for adult classes. EatMetal, Inc studio in the Hoboken and Jersey City area. This opportunity closes on September 5th, 2015

*** Instructor, Jewelry Manufacturing Arts (On-Campus Bench Jeweler). “Teach Graduate Jeweler (GJ) and Jewelry Manufacturing Arts (JMA) lab class course content creating a positive, constructive, and productive learning environment in which to deliver the On-Campus JMA GJ Program.” Opportunity closes on October 9th, 2015

More Mixed Messages

Here’s couple of things I meant to include in the last blog, and a new thing that popped up since that time.

1/ My twitter feed was all abuzz last week, with the talks of ‘merger’. Who was responsible..? UK, take a bow! The latest shining example of cooperation and connectivity was seen with the merging last week of two skilled craftspeople associations, the National Association of Goldsmiths (N.A.G.) and the British Jewellers’ Association (BJA). The new organisation, the National Association of Jewellers:

“will represent over 2,000 businesses and will strengthen the provision of education, training and lobbying government with a clear vision on raising standards.
The NAJ will create a strong brand identity that will be recognised by consumers as a mark of excellence, focusing on increasing consumer confidence in the purchase of jewellery and creating a robust Code of Practice that all members will be expected to abide by.”

2/ JUNK – Rubbish to Gold is on Kickstarter! More love to the UK for this project, which is fundraising to help its effort in reclaiming old and making  new jewellery during a 1 week performative project at the School of Jewellery in Birmingham in November. A great description is in an article about one of the organisations from where some of the jewellery is to be collected, The Mare and Foal Sanctuary in Somerset:

The initiative sees charities give old and unusable trinkets to the school, whose students will collate all of the donations and turn them into desirable items to resell. These new items will then be sold in an online silent auction – with each charity involved receiving a percentage of the profits proportional to the weight of the jewellery they donated.

Check out the Kickstarter page – it’s going to be an incredible project to be involved with, and will benefit many in the wider community through the various charities involved.

(and kudos to the Benchpeg newsletter, where I found extra links for both of these UK related items.)

3/ And in Australia now, and ArtsHub, an artist organisation, has published an article on jewellery making with input from local talent and galleries, in the ramp up to Radiant Pavilion in September. Career spotlight: Contemporary jeweller. You can expect to see a lot more about Radiant Pavilion around this site in the coming months. It’s going to be awesome!


Mixed messages

Invitation - Anna Davern

1/ I’ve been watching Grace and Frankie on Netflix with Turbo (the link is to an interesting review on Indiewire regarding its place in the feminist canon). I mention it here only because Lily Tomlin has been graced with some wonderful pieces of contemporary jewellery to wear as Frankie. That’s interesting on a few layers (which will be even more front-of-mind if you read the link) but you knew that already 😉

2/  I have some works going on display in Sydney in the Perfect Mutations exhibition that’s coinciding with the 2015 Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia conference (Aussies, please tell me you’re going! Support your tribe! I’ve now got a mole to fill me in on what happens at the Pravu Mazumdar lecture, but it won’t be the same…)

PERFECT MUTATIONS: An exhibition that includes 45 diverse jewellery and object artists. (Postcard above thanks to curator Michelle Genders – look at all those names: WHAT. A. SHOW. !) Opening:  6 to 8pm Wednesday 08 July 2015. Exhibition continues:  09 July to 19 July 2015. Chrissie Cotter Gallery Sydney, Pidcock Street, Camperdown. Hours: Thursday – Sunday, 11am-4pm


3/ I received a Merit award in the Objects section at the recent 2015 Taiwan International Metal Craft Competition! The exhibition is now on view at the Gold Museum in Taiwan, and will travel in Taiwan and then onto the US at the end of the year. Check it out from:

– June 26th to August 23rd 2015, at Jin-Shui Special Exhibition Hall and Gold Refining Building at Gold Museum, New Taipei City, Taiwan
October 2nd to November 15th 2015, at Creative Tainan, Tainan, Taiwan
-December 13th to March 13th 2016, at National Ornamental Metal Museum, TN, USA


4/ THANK YOU! to everyone who viewed my video on the SNAG TV site in the lead-up to the SNAG conference in Boston last month. I won the Make section of the competition, and bagged myself a one year membership to Snag for our collective efforts! Tell me you clicked on the link the next time I see ya and I’ll buy you a coffee 😉

5/ SEATTLE! We’re preparing you an ah-maze-ing Symposium lineup for this year’s 20th anniversary of the Northwest Jewelry and Metals Symposium. (Of course, that’s also open to anyone else planning to be in the PNW around the 18th of October.) I don’t want to blow the ole horn too much, but it’s the best roster of talent I’ve seen assembled here yet… #justsayin

Mapping jewellery schools – part II

google maps, 2015
google maps, 2015

click for the fledgling google map of USA Jewellery Schools

Further to my last post – I’ve just found out thanks to the indomitable Harriette E-B via the lovely Sarah Holden that SNAG has a list of jewellery schools in the US and Canada [opens a PDF – allegedly only accessible if you’re a SNAG member but I wasn’t logged in when I checked…]. It’s pretty comprehensive, although a little old (it’s dated 2012 and even my untrained eye can see a few changes not marked as yet – mostly noticeable through staff movement.) But even more incredibly – (this will please you, Dr Kevin Murray 😉 ) it includes one Australian jewellery school. Design Centre, Enmore, take a bow!

The AJF twitter account did ask the pertinent question – what would the rest of the world look like? A very good question – and something I’d like to see. As is a visualisation all of the data contained in the SNAG listing, using separate layers for differing program outcomes, like certificate vs associate degree vs degree vs mfa programs, and community vs state vs private colleges. Or in Australia, Tafe vs university vs private schools. And not to forget (again!) the rest of the world.

In fact, I’m ready to appoint editors for the rest of the world. It’s pretty easy to add a layer and drop in points and type in all the relevant data. Does anyone want to take on their country? This kind of data mapped online would be an indispensable resource for students, job seekers and travellers alike. In fact as I’ve already learned the hard way once this week, it might already exist. Do you know of a map with any of this data on?

Also in the directories section of the SNAG website is links to other useful things like guilds, suppliers, photographers and the big one, galleries! Here the rest of the world, including Australia, is far better represented, though it’s harder to tell how recent it is. Lesley Craze is still listed, but then her gallery closure is only a few months old, while relative newcomer Atta Gallery (est. 2010) in Thailand is not. But then again, nor is  Bilk Gallery, a stalwart of the Australian scene.

It’s great to see that SNAG has these resources, though as I have already commented elsewhere, it’s amazing that they never appeared in my numerous google searches over the years – which could be explained by the login wall (mental note, ask TurboNerd). There are, however, AJF and Metalcyberspace lists that are available (Metalcyberspace is slightly more comprehensive, so long as you’re in the northern hemisphere. AJF is only of member schools, and is very short.) And using another engine (DuckDuckGo) the Society of American Silversmiths list came up (which is even more out-of-date unfortunately), so always check your search engine since your browser may be tuned owing to google’s ‘personalised search‘.

Hmmm, interesting…

BTW – thanks for the comments/emails, I’ll geto to adding them on my ‘housekeeping’ day 😉

Mapping jewellery schools

Screen capture of a google map with location data on American jewellery schools
Screen capture of a google map with location data on American jewellery schools

When I moved to the US I was quickly introduced to some of the finer points of the US education system, thanks to the Brigitte Martin co-organised Think Tank that I was a participant of, at Touchstone Center for Crafts in June of 2012.

It was before then, or perhaps at about that time, that I started compiling a map of US jewellery/metals programs in universities/colleges around the country. It’s a complex thing, as some schools have what is termed a ‘metals concentration’, while many others have a couple of jewellery units available to their undergrad students (sometimes taught by jewellers, but sometimes a part of a sculpture or crafts department, for example, and taught by other artists), without offering the ability to major in metals or jewellery. Needless to say, it’s quite different to my Australian experience, and since I’m inexpert at the differences between the two offerings, it likely has effected the composition of my map.

Caveats aside, here’s what I have so far: Jewellery Schools USA.

Based on a presentation at SNAG this year, I think there might be other similar compilations floating around, and given that it’s quite possible I’ve made incorrect judgements, (I did start out on the very conservative side, thus the current listing is only 19 schools and does not yet include Canada) if you have seen/own a better list please let me know and I’ll post it up here in this one’s place. Or if you have anything to add to this list, please email me for permission to edit and we’ll get them on there!

I know I promised a SNAG wrap-up; I just wanted to get this out there as I’ve been thinking about it since SNAG, and it might help answer a question from an email I recently received 😉

JMGA Sydney 2015

    My work from the Caltrops series - 20th C Caltrop, 2015 - will be appearing in the  'Perfect mutations' exhibition will be held at Chrissie Cotter gallery from July 8th (opening) to 20th 2015
My work from the Caltrops series – 20th C Caltrop, 2015 – will be appearing in the
‘Perfect Mutations’ exhibition at Chrissie Cotter gallery from July 8th as a part of the 2015 JMGA conference program. Curator: Michelle Genders

So I’m back from #SnagBoston, and made it home to cap off a great, if somewhat frenetic, conference experience with the 2015 edition of that perennial favourite, #SnagFlu. I’m blaming the 6:30am fire alarm on Thursday morning for getting us all off to a premature start, and costing us the last bit of energy needed to scrape home with immunity uncompromised. I know that I did promise a Snag update (and no, this is not it) immediately following the conference, but it’s been delayed… Sorry chaps!

Rather than history, we’re looking forward, as it’s time to remind y’all that coming up from the 10th – 12th of July is the biannual JMGA Conference, this time hosted by the wonderful team in Sydney, which is this year entitled edgesbordersgaps. From the exhibition media:

In 2015 the broader conference project includes 3 days of talks; an exhibition program; a workshop program (pre- and post- conference); social events, including the infamous Pin Swap; and additional satellite events [that] include a multitude of jewellery exhibitions.

Guest speakers include:- Peter Bauhuis, Pravu Mazumdar, Atinuj Tantavit, Gitte Nygaard & Josephine Winther (Makers Move). Workshop hosts include Philip Sajet, Peter Bauhuis, Vick Mason, Sue Lorraine and Catherine Truman.

For the extended blurb see the website; I’m going to cut to the chase on this:


The name might not immediately ring bells, but if you keep up to date on the AJF website (RSS that sh*t, c’mon people, it’s important) and blog you will know him as the author of two (or one, if you push the halves of what was intended as a whole back together) of the best posts that went up last year. His critique of criticism is  well reasoned and beautifully written, and his analysis of Bruce Metcalf meticulous and incisive, and the whole piece a master work on the subject, both necessary and timely. But don’t believe me:

Against Criticism pt I
Against Criticism pt II

Not yet convinced? He’s spoken in Munich during the Schmuck week at Die Neue Sammlung – The International Design Museum Munich, and written catalogue essays for Alchimia amongst others. If I had not already made my quota of trips back home for the next 3 years in the last 12 months I’d be stomping onto an A380 and getting my butt to Sydney for his presentation alone. I cannot wait to hear what else has been forming in this person’s brain. I will willingly give this little stage to any person who wants to share, or perhaps even critique, his presentation in Sydney.

And there’s more! For some more detail on the rest of the presentations, check out the Speakers tab on the website.


Image courtesy Platforma
Image courtesy Platforma

Going to be in Boston for the SNAG conference this week? Come say hi! Not going to be there? Follow along with the shenanigans on Instagram or Twitter by following @thejewellist (t) or @thejewellist (i).

Don’t know/care what I’m talking about with all that #@ nonsense? Then stay with me here on the blog and I’ll wrap it up at the end of the weekend. But for those of you needing a hit beforehand, here’s the skinny on where I’m going to be…

1/ OK, first up, permit me one more hashtag while I explain what I’m going to be doing on Friday:

Collect- from our Artist-Agents (announced soon)
Photograph- on yourself or a friend
Hashtag- #stickitsnag
Post (fb/insta/twitter)

It’s a secret no more! I’m an Artist-Agent (always wanted to be agent melissa!) for Platforma’s 2015 #‎STICKITSNAG‬ SNAG adventure. Come get yourself a sticker from me any time on Friday, put it on, snap a pic and post it – oh and hashtag yourself and the gorgeous work/non-work. And might I add, one of those images is actually a work from me… It’s simultaneously the most/least effort I’ve ever put into a pin-swap 😉

2/ My video (need I remind you?!) is IN COMPETITION! I’m keen to get it played in front of a whole auditorium of my peers – am I? Well, lets say I am, and let’s say you could be a decisive figure in actioning my wish.

I know, actioning?

3/ Trunk Show!!

The Sieve Pattern of 2010, lasercut in Arches watercolour paper, 2015 along with a work from The Sieve series, Layered Window, 2010-2015
The Sieve Pattern of 2010, lasercut in Arches watercolour paper, 2015, along with a work from The Sieve series, Layered Window, 2010-2015, stainless steel.

I have amassed a beautiful collection of my Sieve series works – including some rare 2015 jewels that I recently made made from parts that I had been holding on to for a rainy day –  and today I’ve taken delivery of a limited edition set of full-sized laser-engraved prints of the Sieve pattern from my laser-cutter, all of which will be for sale at the Trunk Show this coming Saturday! The laser-engraved prints pictured are full size and in miniature, with the smaller versions to be packaged with works sold at SNAG only!

(I had a copy of this pattern pasted on my wall over my computer in Australia, under which I had written and signed “When I die I want this pattern etched onto my casket.” That’s how proud I was of this work/how much I love this pattern.)

All of these, along with some pieces from the One Design Series (yup – as shown in the video above) as well as a few earrings and pieces from the La Geometrie Series will be on display this Saturday, so if you’ve every wanted to check out an array of my all stainless and titanium works, Saturday is the day.

The Trunk Show will be held on the 23rd of May in the Plaza Ballroom with VIP entry from 3:30 pm and open to all from 4:30pm – 6:30pm. Not at the conference? No worries! Come along – we’re at the The Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Tower, 50 Park Plaza at Arlington St. Boston, MA 02116

And for those of you who are nowhere near the conference – let’s talk. Email me for a price list.