Drawing the Line @ Facèré in Seattle

“Attempts to kill…” 2016

I’m really pleased to share the Drone works (half of which is in the image above) will be showing alongside the the Drawing the Line exhibition at Facèré Jewelry Art when it opens this Wednesday, May 3rd, in downtown Seattle. Come to the opening lecture from 4pm to hear me talk about the works in the show – the new additions to the Body/Politic series, and their progenitor, the Drone series.

May 3, 2017 – May 23, 2017
Lecture: Wednesday, May 3 at 4:00 PM
Reception: Wednesday, May 3 at 5:00 PM

More upcoming

my studio, circa 2016

Announcing more stuff! Here’s some other things that I’ll be doing over the coming months:

March: Starting March 18th I’ll be in an exhibition curated by the irrepressible Maggie Smith (not the dame, but a grande dame) called Tech in Craft. So far we have two dates, from the 18th-27th of March at Libbie Mill Library, Henrico Co Virginia, and then directly after at CodeVA’s Eureka Workshop, Richmond VA until May 5th. These are non-traditional exhibitions venues as this series of exhibits is focused on education, so I can’t wait to see what people have to say! More on this shortly.

Studio disruption – Also in March we’ll be having our basement – aka my studio space – waterproofed. On the place side I won’t have to navigate through the space on pontoons during the wet season (and being Seattle, it rains only a paltry nine months.) but on the down side I have to pack up the studio to keep the sensitive equipment – and the sandblaster – away from the dust. (It is well timed to sort out the taxes though…)

May: From the 9th of May I’ll have work in a show at the new Studio 2017 Project Space in Sydney organised by the impressive Sarah Heyward, entitled:

FORCES: Strength and Fluidity in contemporary jewellery and object practice using steel – the dirty metal

Also in May: Along with everyone else I’ll be at the SNAG Conference in New Orleans – come along to the Trunk Show where I’ll have my little collection (including some of the RESISTance) laid out and bag yourself a pretty.

July: I’ll be speaking at the Association for Contemporary Jewellery’s 20:20 Visions Conference in Sheffield in the UK. My presentation will be on my work, and the political turn it has taken which began at a residency I undertook at the University of the West of England in 2011.

August: It’s looking very likely that I’ll head over to Arrowmont for the Enamel Society Conference, where you can see my previously mentioned latest attempt at curating, the exhibition Plate Glass.

At Arrowmont I’ll also have works in the exhibition Alchemy4, the 16th Juried International Enamel Exhibition, sponsored by the Enamelist Society. So please come along to see that too! I plan to be there for the opening on the 4th of August. After Gatlinburg the show will tour, first to the Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OH and then beginning early in 2018 it will be exhibited at the National Ornamental Metals Museum, Memphis, TN.

September: In the first week of this month I’ll be teaching an enameling workshop as a part of the Radical Enameling Workshop series presented by the Center for Enamel Art at The Crucible in Oakland, California.

 

So, if this is ‘more stuff’, what was the original stuff?

In addition…

… to the presentation I’m doing tomorrow on the SnagSpark theme of holistic practice (where I’ll go into how and why to sustain your creative existence and ways to attain and maintain flow from 3:45pm at the On Broadway Arts Building) I’ve also been added to the 20/20 lineup for Friday night.

“What is this 20/20 that you speak of, Melissa?”

I’m so glad you asked! This Friday, May 20th from 7:00-10:00pm at the On Broadway Arts Building (49 Broadway Ave) in Asheville there has been added a group of 20 x 7 minute slide presentations where people are going to “Show us their vision.” More specifically, I’m going to talk about my recent solo show Body Politic that took place earlier this year at Gallery Bilk in Canberra.

I’ve lots of things to say about the show, the work and the inspiration for each work, and only a tiny time to do it in (SEVEN MINUTES!!) so come watch me talk my own face red trying to squeeze too many words into far to little time. I’m on second so y’all better be on time!!

And of course, let’s not forget the Trunk Show – 3pm – 6pm in the Grand Ballroom at The Renaissance on Saturday.

And after that??

Whisky!

(that’s just one, of course, before an early night after which I head out to Spruce Pine to see our Shared Concerns show at Penland Galleries on Sunday the 22nd…)

Tomorrow night!

“San Título”, courtesy of Cristina Celis and Sin Título
“San Título”, courtesy of Cristina Celis and Sin Título

Two things..

Sin Título is opening their new studios in Mexico City tomorrow night, and with it they open an exhibition of jewellery for their patron saint, San Título. (Head back in time and read what happened when I met with them last year, and the event that kicked off this collaboration.) During last year Part B teamed up with Sin Título to work on a project together. We have created jewels for the saint, photographed them in Melbourne (and Seattle…) and these will now be displayed on the walls of Sin Título’s new digs in their first studio exhibiton. If you’re in Mexico, please check it out!

Jueves 30 de abril – 7pm
“Sin Título” Estudio de Joyería
Dr. Mora 9, 2o piso interior 22
Centro, Cuauhtémoc
México, D.F.

– A quick reminder that I’m giving an artist lecture tomorrow night at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.

“Join artist-jeweler Melissa Cameron as she presents her work through images and words in the BIMA Auditorium. This event is a special Meet the Artist presentation in conjunction with her 2014 Artist Fellowship through Artist Trust. Thu, Apr. 30, 2015 6:30pm — 8:30pm”

Doors open at 6:30pm | Reception with light food and beverage | Admission is free of charge with advance reservation.

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art
550 Winslow Way E.
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

And yes, discard my last few days of complaints via social media; I have found my voice and I will be able to speak tomorrow. See you there!

Upcoming lecture: Bainbridge Island Museum of Art

Melissa Cameron - Infinity Affinity II

Hello America! Yes, I’m back in Seattle, and just in time too. I’ve got a little over two weeks to prepare for my upcoming lecture at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, (known to locals as BIMA.)

I’m going to be talking about my art, my heritage, my moves across OZ and to the US, my inspirations and my work – the laser cut pieces and the hand-cut object series, and I’ll include a sneak peak of the Escalation Series that I’ve been working on for the last two years. Don’t know what I mean and live within a 25 mile radius of Seattle? I encourage you to come along and listen to my tale. We can take the ferry-ride across to BIMA together!

Tickets are free but you do have to reserve a seat and there will be light refreshments served. Fancy!

Looking forward to seeing some of you there.

19th Annual Northwest Jewelry and Metals Symposium

Something for the Table, 2013. Myra Mimlitsch-Gray Hand wrought silver. 2.5x12x8"
Something for the Table, 2013. Myra Mimlitsch-Gray Hand wrought silver. 2.5x12x8″ Reproduced with permission.

Announcing the 19th Annual Northwest Jewelry and Metals Symposium

Saturday, October 18th

Washington State History Museum

1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402

The volunteer members of the Seattle Metal Guild’s Symposium Committee are pleased to announce this year’s lineup of speakers for the annual Northwest Jewelry and Metals Symposium. Working to the theme of Continuum, we have selected six speakers – curator Suzanne Ramljak, historian Stephen Fliegel, metalsmith Myra Mimlitsch-Gray, artist Jennifer Trask, jeweler Todd Pownell and sculptor Vivian Beer to share their expertise and wisdom with our audience.

This year the event coincides with the unveiling of the exhibition Protective Ornament: Contemporary Armor to Amulets at the Tacoma Art Museum. Speaker Suzanne Ramljak, editor of the prestigious Metalsmith magazine has curated this exhibition, which also features many Northwest artists. She will be on hand to celebrate the opening along with its initiator Carissa Hussong, of the Metal Museum in Memphis.

The beautiful Washington State History Museum, located a short stroll from TAM, will play host to this incarnation of the Symposium. The date also coincides with the annual Tacoma Arts Month, which this year will again feature Metal-Urge, a celebration of metal arts with multiple events planned for locations throughout the city during October.

The close-of-day speakers’ reception will also double as the opening celebration for the Protective Ornament exhibition, meaning Symposium attendees will be among the first to see this beautiful collection of wearable objects.

WHO

Founded in 1989, The Seattle Metals Guild is a non-profit community dedicated to promoting educational and networking opportunities for metals artists at all career levels and skill sets through lectures, workshops, social gatherings, and other enrichment opportunities, in order to strengthen our creative community.

CONTACT

http://www.seattlemetalsguild.org/

Bookings via the SMG website

Out & about – jewels & jewellers

August this year is shaping up to be a belter; I have the One Design exhibition opening in Sydney on the 1st with the workshop following later that month, while more of my works will appear in three other exhibitions opening in that same 31 day bracket, in America, Ireland and Italy. And most of this will happen while I’m in Germany!

I’m heading over to Erfurt for a two-week stretch to be with my mentor/friends Elizabeth Turrell and Beate Gegenwart and several of the second group of Heat Exchange artists, where we will be doing a group residency for two weeks at the Kuenstlerwerkstaetten. At the end it is planned that we will present a small showing of our ‘research findings’ to the community there.

To help me get over there, I’m pleased and proud to share that just last week I was amongst those awarded an Artist Trust Fellowship. Artist Trust is a Washington based organisation that supports Washington State-based artists with a merit based (rather than project-based) cash award.

The fellowship awards are given to around fifteen artists annually, with the focus on music, media, literary and craft disciplines every even-numbered year, and emerging fields & cross-disciplinary, performing, visual and traditional & folk arts in odd numbered years.

In receiving the award, artists commit to: “participating in a Meet the Artist event held outside their place of residency yet within Washington State. The purpose is to outreach to underserved populations that are not aware of the artist and/or have little access to art.” So now I’m investigating where and who I should talk to, and hoping that wherever it is they can get past my accent to understand the content.

One thing I do know about it already, it won’t be happening in August…

Heading east-side

From tomorrow until Monday you’ll find me haunting Kent State University in Ohio. I’m heading over for the opening of The Digital Hand exhibition at The School of Art Gallery on this Thursday night, the 13th of February, from 5-7pm. At the invitation of Kathleen Browne, the curator and head of jewelry/metals, I will also be presenting a public lecture on my practice on Friday the 14th from 12pm. The School of Art Gallery is located on the second floor of the Art Building at 400 Janik Dr. in Kent, with the lecture taking place in the adjacent auditorium, room 202.

I’m really please to be invited to exhibit amongst a pretty amazing array of artists (from the Kent State News and Events site):

Pam Argentieri, Kristin Beeler, Allyson Bone, Doug Bucci, Melissa Cameron, David Choi, Joshua DeMonte, Arthur Hash, Matthew Hollern, Nicole Jacquard, Amy Klainer, Plural Studios (Courtney Starrett and Michael Gayk), Phil Renato, Rebecca Strzelec, Kim Tatalick, Jess Todd and Linda Threadgill.

And once I’m done there, if you’re in Asheville I’m spending an afternoon and evening in your town next Monday, before I take a day trip out to Penland on Tuesday to visit with the wonderful Elizabeth Brim, blacksmith extraordinaire.

Then I hop a flight to Richmond, VA, where I’ll be chillin with Susie Ganch and team at VCU for a few days, particularly as one class starts their Radical Jewelry Makeover project, making new jewellery from old. And as I’ve just learned, other artists participating in the project are welcome to join us!

I’m going to give a public lecture there too, in room 535 of the Bowe St building, on the afternoon of Thursday the 20th from 12pm. I’m sticking around for a few days, as guest artist, hanging out in the classroom to help out as the students begin work on their recycled jewellery project. I’m planning to have a dabble with the tools myself if I get a chance, since I will have work in the upcoming RJM exhibition that opens in Richmond on the 4th of April. I encourage you to check out the RJM site, as they’re posting up images and text about what each of us participants are getting up to, as we go along.

Oh, and if you do have some old jewellery that you’re keen to have upcycled properly, please send it along to Susie and her team as their call for donations ends this Friday!

Phew, ok, I gotta go pack…