This year’s dynamic speaker line-up includes European jewelry artist Terhi Tolvanen, metalsmith/sculptor David H. Clemons, jeweler/enamelist Deborah Lozier, and repoussé master Douglas Pryor; plus Ideation: From the Belly to the Brain, a panel discussion featuring artists Melissa Cameron, Eva Funderburgh, and Gina Pankowski.
The Symposium will be in Seattle this year, rather than in Tacoma as originally planned. Due to unforeseen circumstances, we’ve had to make a last-minute change, so this year we will be at the Langston-Hughes Performing Arts Institute, with everything the Symposium has to offer: Silent Auction, Book Sale, and a fabulous line up of speakers and panelists, detailed above.
Date: Saturday, October 6, 2018 Location: Langston-Hughes Performing Arts Institute, Seattle, WA
It’s the day before I leave the USA permanently for Perth, Australia, so come say goodbye and join us at the after-party to end all after-parties!
3/ Uneasy Beauty
See my works Drone: Attempts to Kill… and RPG in this exhibition at The Fuller Craft Museum in MA, curated by Suzanne Ramljak the former editor of Metalsmith Magazine.
Uneasy Beauty: Discomfort in Contemporary Adornment will bring together 75 examples of contemporary jewelry and costume that demonstrate the immense power of adornment to impact us physically, emotionally, and intellectually. Showcasing wearable work in various media from regional and national artists, the exhibition will explore the outer limits of comfort through works that constrict body movement, irritate the skin, make extreme demands, or touch upon sensitive cultural nerves. Uneasy Beauty is part of the Mass Fashion collaborative, a consortium of eight cultural institutions that aim to explore and celebrate the many facets of the Bay State’s culture of fashion. This exhibition is curated by Suzanne Ramljak, an art historian, writer, curator, and former editor of Metalsmith magazine.
October 6, 2018 – April 21, 2019
Fuller Craft Museum
455 Oak Street
Brockton, MA 02301
I’m super-proud to tell you that on Friday my work 1.1.2017 was announced the winner of 2017 Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize at the Transformations 10 exhibition in Pittsburgh. I have a total of ten works on view at Contemporary Craft including the prizewinning piece (pictured below) and earlier last week we shot a couple of hours of footage for an upcoming 5-minute documentary which will soon air in the space. So if you do want to see what now feels like a mini-retrospective of my time in the USA, and hear my thoughts on my practice and the making of this work, Contemporary Craft is the only place to go. It runs until March 23, 2019.
55 places. 62 incidents. 66 guns. 73 people dead
1.1.2017 is a large scale jewellery work that contains portrait of each of the 66 guns used in fatal incidents on January 1st, 2017. These gun outlines are made in metal, plastic, fabric and paper, from containers crowdsourced from the 55 places in which these acts of violence occurred. The work was created for the Transformations 10 exhibition at Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, where it won the 2017 Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize competition for artists working in found materials.
And once again I acknowledge the help of the donors who gave me containers for the work, as well as the models and my director, stylist and assistants who helped me photograph the wearable sections.
Closing down US studio sale – all electrical equipment must go!
The USA voltage is 110, and Australia’s is 230. This means I’m getting rid of a lot of cherished equipment. We’ll start with the big one, and work our way down:
PUK 4.1 Micro-welder SOLD
This machine is a workhorse, and had been recently serviced by the PUK US distributor in Chicago, so he is being kind enough to offer a 6 month warranty on my 2nd hand machine. What a guy!
Comes with a new set of 0.5mm electrodes and in its original packaging with 2 alligator clips and a set of pliers and an extra electrode grinding wheel and of course the regulator. Bought new for over 5k, it is the version for which you can also purchase the tack foot pedal, and is the full version, rather than the new US only abbreviated model, the C440. And if you’re in the Seattle area I’ll throw in a 1/4 tank of argon. You’ll be ready to weld in moments!
If you’re not in Seattle I’ll make up the disappointment of not getting the argon tank by throwing in free insured shipping to anywhere in the contiguous states. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll see to the emails in time-stamp order.
OK, and now in order of the gallery (the only other piece I will ship is the Proxxon mini drill press):
Proxxon mini drill press – $100 so many bids!
Foredom SR flex shaft with brand new hand piece – $120
Mini crock pot – FREE (pickup only)
2 Space Heaters –
– Silver – FREE! (pickup only)
– Black – $15 – it’s 7 months old and great desk size for drying liquid enamel, fast
Images from the photo shoot and from Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, with details about the Transformations 10 exhibition
The folks at Contemporary Craft shared these images this week:
I got these and my heart swelled – I’m so proud of Tegan and her son Calder, and of everyone for coming out on the 7th of July to make these images with me. There are so many of them, which I’ve shared with all the participants, but here’s the big group one:
and one of the pairings images I sent to Contemporary Craft
Contemporary Craft sent out their invitations this week for the free and public opening of the Transformations 10 exhibition on Friday the 14th of September, (at that link you can see the Tegan + Calder pairing too) as well as for the public artist talks that happen the next afternoon with some of the exhibiting artists. I told Pittsburgh folks at SNAG months ago that I would be going to this event, and I am making good on that promise. I will see this work installed before I leave the USA, and I hope that if you’re in the Pittsburgh area that you’ll come along and share the experience with me.
Next week I will send out all of the barter jewels to my container donors for this project, so stay tuned to see what they look like – and if you sent me something, your trade jewel will be in the mail next week!
The last post was all about the impending photo shoot of the above-titled work, which took place without a hitch just over two weeks ago. A huge ovation and a raucous Hip-Hip-Hooray! for my 56 intrepid volunteers, who modeled the 73 pieces that I had made in the previous month like absolute professionals. We worked basically by city, so we managed to get the works arrayed across our models.
I then took all the wearable works back into the studio to photograph them with the 73 containers from which they had come. After that I packed up the whole of 1.1.2017 and sent it to Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, and emailed a batch of the finished photos of the piece by the deadline, as per our contract. Then I reclaimed my weekends!
Contemporary Craft are now assembling the works of the 26 artists juried into Transformation 10: Contemporary Works in Found Materials in preparation for opening the exhibition and awarding the Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize on the 14th of September.
Now I’m working towards other deadlines. Have I mentioned that I’ll be in an exhibition With Other Eyes starting at the Ruthin Craft Centre in Wales on the 29th of September? I’m currently waiting on my first ever order of enamel decals (don’t worry, you’ll hear about it) while slowly slicing some 2mm shipping container steel.
So that’s why I regretfully don’t have any images to share of the work, or the shoot, just yet. But if you seek them out on Facebook, a few of my volunteers posted their images and thoughts. And yes, I’m still doing the editing on the pictures that I didn’t send (we shot about 680 images on the Saturday in Fremont, and I took about that many again in the studio), so I will be able to share images of everyone involved, and the whole work, very soon.
I suspect it’s too late to apologise for sounding like a broken record…
Thank you to the big flock of people who have signed up already, and sorry to everyone for still harping on about this, but we’re really, really close to making our volunteer target for Saturday’s photo shoot. If you have been thinking about signing up but just haven’t got around to it yet, I’d really appreciate you (and your mates!) getting on board today.
This will be the only opportunity to see these neckpieces in Seattle, as the whole work (both the pendants and containers from which they were cut – 146 pieces all told) will go on display in the exhibition Transformations 10at Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh in September. And as most of y’all know, not long after that I move back to Australia so I won’t be in the USA to organize a Seattle venue.
And to keep us all sane despite the idea behind the pieces we’re photographing, we are working hard behind the scenes to make this an enjoyable experience for everyone!
For the last time – photo shoot details at-a-glance:
– 7/7/18, 8am – 12pm
– Meet at the parking lot under the Fremont Bridge (not next to the Troll – the one that opens)
– 8am-9am sign in
– 9am-12pm all 73 people in 73 different gun-shaped pendants stand together for the shoot (if we finish early we all go home early)
– You wear something comfortable with dark top-half and no logos, I loan you a pendant to wear for the morning
– Drinks and snacks provided
– Kids, families welcome – but no pets please.
Jewellery is meant to be worn. Please come wear these pieces for a few hours
55 places. 62 incidents. 66 guns. 73 people
It’s take one month of drawing, drilling, sawing and slicing to make a portrait of each of the 66 guns used in fatal incidents on January 1st, 2017. These gun outlines are made in metal, plastic, fabric and paper, from containers sourced from the 55 places in which these acts of violence occurred.
Now we are seeking 73 people to wear the outlines, small and large, while we take an image to help tell the story.
Please come and stand in for the people we lost to these guns on that day.