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Get in Quick! The One Design exhibition is on at Contemporary Metal from 10am – 4pm daily until Friday the 14th of November.


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Liquid Enamel for Steel and Copper

My enamelling workbench in Erfurt - organised chaos

My enamelling workbench in Erfurt – organised chaos

I’m teaching a four-week enamel class at Pratt in a week!

Starting on the 18th of November for four Tuesday sessions from 6-10pm, I’ll be taking a group through how to create great designs with liquid enamel. We’ll start from the start, by preparing metals – including sandblasting – and then we will be talking through the finer points of mixing and applying a base of liquid enamel, followed working over and paring back, and then finishing the enamel surface, on both copper and steel.

If you’ve not used liquid – otherwise known as porcelain – enamel, and you’ve been wondering how to identify and prepare recycled steel for your own projects, then this is the workshop for you!

The class is almost full, so if you’re in the Seattle area, get in soon, and if you’re already enrolled, see you in a week!

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Interview on Klimt02

Hey! Now here’s a thing.. With all the One Design shenanigans (yes indeedy – opening this Friday from 6:30pm at Contemporary Metal in Osborne Park – do check it out!) I completely forgot to mention this: I was recently interviewed by Sanna Svedestedt for Klimt02. She published a lovely article about our chat, and with her she brought Jonas Carboo who took a wonderful array of pictures of our encounter.

Here’s a couple more images by Jonas that they shared with me, not included in Sanna’s post.

Image of Melissa Cameron, 2014 Image of Melissa Cameron, 2014

See how I can relate everything back to One Design this week? You must be so jealous of these mad skillz… OK, so just to assuage my guilt on becoming such a stuck needle on the record, the piece in the top image is actually a work in progress for the Heat Exchange exhibition. More pics of pieces like that to come. (In the mean time, since I’m on the subject, Ramon’s new works up on that blog are looking pretty fab…)

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One Design Workshop – Perth Edition!

Image of the main workshop material, a laser cut pattern in 1.5mm thick timber

Image of the main workshop material, a laser cut pattern in 1.5mm thick timber

Here’s another way to celebrate the launch of my One Design collection at Contemporary Metal in Perth. Come along and try your hand at making a jewel or two to take home, using a timber version of the same components I used to make the whole show!

It’s taking place from 10am – 1pm on 9th of November at Contemporary Metal, Unit 4, 77-79 Howe St, Osborne Park, WA, which is next weekend, and I happen to know that there are still a couple of places left, so what are you waiting for? Sign up and come along and we’ll have a play! And did I mention that it’s suitable for ages 10 and up?

Workshop details and booking info.

But what is it exactly? Well…

How many different objects can you create from one pattern? Be part of a fun DIY collaborative workshop to create unique works from a suite of pre-cut forms designed by jewellery artist Melissa Cameron. The class will be held in the gallery space to ensure that the new works do not duplicate any pieces in the exhibition. The results will be shown alongside the artist’s work for the duration of the exhibition and can then be taken home by the participants.

The pieces will be joined by silk thread and I have hand-made a bunch of stainless steel fixings – brooch pins, earring posts and the like – to attach the pieces to the body. That leaves you to concentrate on the main challenge – making something completely new from the pieces of the pattern. It’s up to you to challenge the material and the design in any way you can!

Yes, this is the second time that this course has been run, but the first time that I have been able to run it personally, so I’m looking forward to collaborating on some more One Design originals.

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One Design at NorthCity4

Was awesome! Thank you to everyone who came out on Saturday, I had a fantastic day, sold a few pairs of ‘Point Line’ earrings (they’re new!) and chatted up a storm about the show, Seattle and the glorious Melbourne day.

The two-day assembly of my ad-hoc carpet and fabric tube plinths went fantastically well, thanks especially to assistant installer Courtenay who had the great idea of providing ballast to keep them from wavering with small bags of rice – that she and Chloe will now have to eat ;) Chloe’s painters eye proved equally valuable in composition, most critically when the jet-lag finally got the better of me.

To have all of the pieces that came from a pattern named ‘Cloud’ floating on watercolour-paper clouds from the same design was beautifully poetic and perfectly complemented the One Design ethos.

Thanks again to everyone for coming out, and I’m looking forward to catching up with more friends at Contemporary Metal next weekend!

One Design One Design One Design One Design

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One Design in Perth!

Hey Perth! I’m bringing the circus – my One Design exhibition – to meet the family in my birthplace. It’s gonna be huge! (Actually, it’s going to be as big as it was in Sydney and Melbourne, but believe me, that’s quite big enough ;) )

We’re having the opening celebration at Contemporary Metal, Unit 4, 77-79 Howe St, Osborne Park from 6:30pm on Friday the 7th of November. Please feel free to come down!

One Design, you say? Don’t know what I’m talking about? (How could you have missed it – it’s all I’ve been talking about for MONTHS!) Check out the video below for an explanation.

I’m coming over after I’ve finished this weekend’s Pop-Up edition of the show at Northcity4. Looking forward to it – see you there!

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Melbourne Countdown!

Look out, my fellow Victorians! I’ma coming on home, baby!

Northcity4 has been kindly beating the drum about my pop-up show at their space 61 Weston St Brunswick, coming THIS WEEKEND! As they have promised, I will talk all they have mentioned, and more, on Saturday 25th October from 10-4pm.

One Design - #03 Bracelet 03

Get along!

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Symposium 2014

I live-tweeted the 2014 Northwest Jewelry and Metals Symposium yesterday, presented by our hardworking committee, on behalf of the Seattle Metals Guild. It was a great event! (And I’m not just saying that because I was on the committee.. ;P )Check it out in my little Storify below. Or you can also check it out on the web!

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Deadlines October 2014

It’s that time again…

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 posting from their newsletter – it’s just too long…)
  • Sign up to the benchpeg newsletter,  professional jewellery news, delivered weekly. 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 you. America focused.

*** This month’s new additions ***

Seattle Metals Guild 19th Annual Northwest Jewelry and Metals Symposium: Continuum. Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA. Saturday Oct 18 2014, 9:00am. I’ll be there – get amongst it!

Gallery 110 CALL FOR ART – International! 5th Annual Juried Exhibition February 5 – 28, 2015. Deadline for entries October 22, 2014.

The next JMGA conference will be in Sydney in 2015 and the call for Papers is out” – Due October 27.

GIA is accepting scholarship applications online for its 2015 Gemology and Jewelry Manufacturing Arts programs” (Quote from SNAG Springboard). Deadline October 31st, 2014

*** Haptic InterFace – Conference/event at the Wearables Lab (a research hub at the Academy of Fine Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University.”)  “Please submit images of your work (max 10), a short biography and a covering letter stating why you wish to be involved not later than 1st November 2014.”

*** SNAG’s Uniques sale – 2014 edition. Deadlines November 1st or when all 40 SNAG slots are filled. Get in quick!

*** Naughty Narrative:Lives Revealed – 18 years or older. “A concurrent exhibition during ECU’s Material Topics Symposium.” Deadline 11:59 pm EST November 7th, 2014.

15th Biennial International Juried Enamel Exhibition &11th International Juried Student Exhibition. Submission Deadline: November 12, 2014.

*** 2015 CVG Show. “A juried art competition with over $9,500 in cash & purchase awards for artists in Washington State.” Submission Deadline: November 17, 2014.

Preziosa Young 2015. “Worldwide goldsmiths, silversmiths, designers, artists, professionals, students, may submit their candidature, provided that they are not older than 35 years at the end of 2014. The selected artists (6 to 10) will be invited to take part to PREZIOSA Exhibition in Florence.” Deadline: 15 Nov 2014.

Material Matters: Process to Product. Juror Mariah Lee Ross, with the exhbition to be “held in conjunction with East Carolina University’s Material Topics Symposium. The exhibition will be housed at the Greenville Museum of Art, from January 16th – 22nd.” Deadline November 21, 2014.

*** Influence: “is an exhibition in which artists pay tribute to their mentors and/or someone who was pivotal to their artistic development.” In conjunction with the  annual ECU Symposium. Entry  deadline:  November  24,  2014.

*** Four Hands are Better Than Two: An  Exhibition  of  Collaborative  Artwork, in conjunction with the  annual ECU Symposium. Entry  deadline:  November  24,  2014.

*** Handcrafted. “Maria V. Howard Arts Center in Rocky Mount, NC. Open to all U.S. artists 18 years of age or older working in ceramics, fiber, glass, metal, wood, or paper.” Juror – Gwynne Rukenbrod. Entry  deadline (materials due via post on a CD):  November  24,  2014.

Art Jewelry Today 4. Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. is calling for images for their new publication. Email me for the address to contact them for a submission form. Submission deadline for all materials is December 1, 2014.

*** Impact. “The Brookline Arts Center (BAC) invites student jewelry and metalsmithing artists to submit work that demonstrates the relationship between heritage and innovation. IMPACT will be held onsite in conjunction with the 2015 Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) Conference May 20-23, 2015.” This opportunity closes on January 4th, 2015.

*** The Power And The Beauty. At the gallery Alchemy 9.2.5., Boston. Deadline for application: 1/30/15

The Emerging Artist Platform Award + The Emerging Writer Platform Award from Sienna Gallery. Submission start October 1st, entries due Jan 31st, 2015.

Call for Entries: Mindful: Exploring Mental Health through Art. Exhibition at the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, submission proposals due Feb 1st, 2015.

CAST: “We are seeking high quality images of cast jewelry and objects.” Authors Jen Townsend and Renee Zettle-Sterling (SNAG President Renee and board member Jen) are calling for images of cast pieces, as well as the casting process. Application dates: Aug 1, 2014 – Feb 1, 2015.

Cooperation Garnish. “Metalsmith and jewelry artists are asked to form two-person working partnerships.  Each pairing should consist of a maker who self-describes as “traditional,” the other self-describing as using nontraditional materials and/or decidedly current techniques. In essence: 2 diverse approaches should be clearly evident in the resulting work.” Deadline: Feb 15, 2015.

*** Call for papers craft+design enquiry Issue 8 (2016)  ‘Global Parallels: Production and Craft in Fashion and Industrial Design Industries.’ Expressions of Interest close on 30 April 2015.

American Society of Jewelry Historians, scholarship award competition, for current and recent graduate students. Deadline June 15, 2015

Radiant Pavilion. Melbourne. 1st – 6th September, 2015. I can’t explain this incredible event in one line, just go to the website. Or Klimt02.

Rolling + Undated Opportunities

*** 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) Paulmichaeldesign.com. 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.

And finally

There’s this Art Prize Website for Aussie artists, where you can sign up for regular updates.

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Melbourne Exhibition!

So I’ve been bigging it up for a few weeks now, but in case you’ve not yet heard… I’m bringing my One design exhibition to Melbourne for a one-day-only pop-up exhibition at Northcity4!

One Design - #25 Titanium Pendant 05

This is my first solo exhibition to go on display in Melbourne outside of my MFA graduate show back in 2009, so needless to say I’m very excited to be presenting this work to a place that I still call home.

Stainless steel bracelet #3, 2014

One Design – #3, stainless steel bracelet, 2014

I’ve spent some time working on a suitable display for the Northcity4 space that can be installed and broken down as fast as possible, the bulk of whose parts can be secured without my physical input and which suits the aesthetic of the of the works as well as the display space. It’s a challenge, and it’s very likely that it’s one that won’t be over until about 9:59am on the 25th of October…

I’ll be hanging around all day, so please come along and we’ll have a chat. See you then!

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