Talk tomorrow night!

Team Connexions will be at the JMGA-WA meeting in Perth tomorrow night as the feature speakers for the group’s October meeting. If you’re about you can come chat it up with us as we wander through our process of organising-funding-making-filming the Connexions exhibition, which is currently on show in Paris.*

For those of you unable to get there, picture seeing your little exhibition being awarded close to 30K in funding to send your whole beautiful artist cohort to an opening literally across the globe. Then add one pandemic…

A/US 01, 2020
Found steel objects, vitreous enamel, stainless steel. Melissa Cameron.
Photo: Rob Frith

*our run has been extended at Galerie Asemblages, 66 rue Legendre, 75017 Paris, France until October 31st.

Connexions officially open!

After a hiccup and a delayed start, we opened our window display in Paris overnight on October the 13th. So you can finally see the (admittedly abbreviated) Connexions in the real! We’re at Galerie Assemblages as a part of the Parcours Bijoux jewellery festival:

66 rue Legendre, 75017 Paris, France

Exhibition dates are being extended so we can keep our 3 week engagement, so likely closing around November 7th.

Hours: We’re a window display open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The original COVID-19 friendly way to see a show! And because we’re clustered in a window there’s a few works we couldn’t fit (ok, more like 3/4 of the show) so please peruse those works at your leisure on our website.

Connexions live online!

Connexions website – short film lineup

Today we’re celebrating the launch of the Connexions exhibition website! While you’re there be sure to check out the short films of each exhibiting artist by our mate Brendan Hutchens of Vam Media, with filming assistance from Kantesha Takai of Lola Digital for Emily on Horn Island.

Connexions showcases new contemporary jewellery works by Australian artists Emily Beckley, Fatemeh Boroujeni, Melissa Cameron, Blandine Hallé, Eden Lennox and Sultana Shamshi.

And don’t forget this Saturday is our artists’ talk; click on the link that says Link to Zoom Meeting on this page. It’s on at 11am– Sat October 10th, Paris time, or at:

2 a.m.: Seattle
10:00 a.m.: UK
11 a.m.: Paris
1:30 p.m.: Iran
2:30 p.m.: India
5 p.m.: Perth
7 p.m.: Horn Island
8 p.m.: Sydney
10 p.m.: New Zealand

Hope to see y’all there!

PS.

We are proud to be supported by The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries in Western Australia and the Australia Council for the Arts.

Connexions is coming

Melissa Cameron, Emily Beckley, Eden Lennox, Sultana Shamshi, Fatemeh Bourejeni, Blandine Hallé, photos by Rob Frith – names listed clockwise from top left.

Connexions showcases new contemporary jewellery works by Australian artists Emily Beckley, Fatemeh Boroujeni, Melissa Cameron, Blandine Hallé, Eden Lennox and Sultana Shamshi. It debuts at the Parcours Bijoux International Triennial in October 2020 at Galerie Assemblages in Paris, France, then travels to the Indian Ocean Craft Triennial in Perth, Australia, in 2021.

Exhibition dates: 6 – 25 October 2020

Hours: Window display open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Galerie Assemblages, 66 rue Legendre, 75017 Paris, France

See the expanded exhibition online www.connexions-exhibition.com from the 6th of October (we have a lot of content in development, since we couldn’t use our grants from the DLGSC and Australia Council as they were intended – to travel to France for the opening) and more via the Connexions Instagram page, where we’re sharing nuggets like this:

And finally, please put the date of our Zoom Artist Talk in the diary: 11am– Sat October 10th, Paris time, or at:

2 a.m.: Seattle
10:00 a.m.: UK
11 a.m.: Paris
1:30 p.m.: Iran
2:30 p.m.: India
5 p.m.: Perth
7 p.m.: Horn Island
8 p.m.: Sydney
10 p.m.: New Zealand

Looking forward to see y’all there!

Deadlines November 2012

Jewellery competition, learning and exhibition deadlines, November 2012

Upcoming opportunities to exhibit, learn or perhaps even teach, from all over the place (but mostly in Australia and the USA.)

Sienna Gallery: State of The Union. Share 5 of your latest pieces with Sienna GalleryNEW Deadline November 9th.

Indiana University Program for International Visiting Artist-in-Residence (PIVA): International artists are paid to teach for a term at Indiana University Bloomington. Entries open September 1st and close November 15th.

Ketel One – The Modern Craft Project. In concert with Wallpaper* magazine, a bunch of exhibition opportunities as well as the chance to win $100,000. (Not sure of what currency.) Entries online for ppl 25 years or older, and due November 30th.

Fabricated: Art Jewellery/Jewellery Art, Juried exhibition, online application. Due December 3rd.

Preziosa Young 2013. Must be under the age of 35 for all of 2013. Eight finalists are selection for exhibition in Florence, Italy, in 2013. Due December 15th.

Snag Exhibition In Print 2013 – Call for images of jewellery. Guest Curator Susan Cohn wants your images. One smart, one casual and one… well… your choice. Due Jan 15 2013.

SNAG 2014 Conference Presenters. Want to speak at SNAG? Due Jan 15th 2013.

Australia Council Early Career Residencies. They are what they say, and they offer up to $30K for artists and/or organisations. Due Jan 29th 2013.

La Frontera (trans. the borderlands). Exhibition about the US/Mexico border at Museo Franz Mayer, Mexico City and Velvet da Vinci gallery, San Francisco. Submission deadline Jan 30 2013.

Contemporary Australian Silver and Metalwork Award, the award/exhibition formerly known as Buda. This year it’s headed to the Bendigo Art Gallery after many years being hosted by the Buda historic home and garden in Castlemaine. Deadline Feb 1 2013.

National Humanities Award – Medal Design Competition. For artists in the USA, chaps. Deadline Feb 1st 2013.

Amberif Design Award. Polish competition to produce a ring in amber. Deadline Feb 10th, 2013

Haystack’s Open Studio Residency. Open to anyone who can get themselves there. Deadline March 1 2013.

Building Jewelry from Found Objects. I’m teaching a class in Pittsburgh at the SCC (I know, I know, how sneaky…) on the 2nd and 3rd of March, 2013.

Design Sans Frontières: Metal Artists In Collaboration. Two designers, one vision. One major clause – one of your pair must be a member of the Metal Arts Guild of Canada. Due March 15th 2013.

Artist Blacksmith Association of North America – first ever convention. Lumpkin and Columbus, Georgia. March 15-17 2013.

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**disclaimer – please check all dates for veracity, and watch out for time zone shenanigans**

The kiln finally speaks

Melissa is working on her kiln, but the kiln is working on her too…

Few dramas with the new kiln. At this stage it likes to function only when on a lean. TurboNerd has been contracted to look into it, with the first attempt suffering from a bit of mis-diagnosis. Tonight we hopefully will come up with the goods.

In the mean time, I did manage to fire some test pieces on Monday. Yes, this if from a steel (tin) can. It’s a great material! And chickpea salad makes a great lunch…

Melissa Cameron - enamel sample, 2011. Liquid enamel on steel shim.

Melissa Cameron - enamel sample, 2011. Liquid enamel on steel shim.

Melissa Cameron - enamel sample, 2011. Liquid enamel on steel shim.

Melissa Cameron - enamel sample, 2011. Liquid enamel on steel shim.

Anamika got me onto this material while I was in Bristol. She kindly let me keep a couple of her samples. I think they’re beautiful.

Anamika Vijayaveeraraghavan - enamel sample, 2011. Liquid enamel + porcelain slip on steel shim.

Anamika Vijayaveeraraghavan - enamel sample, 2011. Liquid enamel + porcelain slip on steel shim.

Anamika Vijayaveeraraghavan - enamel sample, 2011. Liquid enamel on steel shim.

Anamika Vijayaveeraraghavan - enamel sample. Liquid enamel on steel shim.

Day 18 in Bristol

The photo-journal of Melissa’s final day in Bristol.

Curtains for me…

On the newest building on campus, the one that now serves as the main focus at the entry points – either by foot or via road, there is a neon sign which reads (their capitals):

I AM FOREVER CHANGED I WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN

Looking at it now makes me miss the lack of punctuation. On first appraisal it reminded me of a Ben Folds song Not The Same, and the old maxim that everything you do – or don’t do – changes you. That train of thought made it seem a little naff; in that someone would choose to have so obvious a text serve as the introduction to a cluster of campus buildings, especially at an art school.

And yet…

As I was driven out of the car park today for the last time by Jess I stared at it pretty hard.

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Curtains for Elizabeth…

Elizabeth is now in the throes of cleaning out the enamel research studio at UWE. Her position has been made redundant, and without her in enamel research, there is no-one to fire the big kiln, so it will close. She will take her enamels, her work, and her knowledge away with her.

She, and everyone in the studio, has been working hard to finish up Antony’s commission, and Anamika (the last artist-in-residence, from Chennai) left Bristol early in May. Elizabeth and Jessica hope to set up their own studio in the near future, and as for the immediate future, Elizabeth will be teaching at Penland for the summer.

Meanwhile, I’m in the market for a kiln.

Day 17

Day 17 in the Centre for Fine Print Research in Bristol. My second last day…

This morning I’m late in – yup, out collecting more washers. The studio shifts in my brief absence. There’s wall-to-wall artists in here throughout the day, starting with Roger right next to me. Later he’s replaced by Carol, and later still, by Peter Daglish.


 

Day 16

Day 16 in Bristol, Melissa is up to more shenanigans with enamel and enamellists.

We’re on the home stretch of my Bristolian odyssey. Day 16 and I’m still in the studio, working on my latest hoard of washers. I’ve finally caught Antony, he of the large cooker panels. He also happens to have an interest in hexagons, so later we bond over their architectural and jewellery potential. Ergo, me photographing him as he shoots my pieces;

Antony photographs my works-in-progress. We're all papparazzi in this studio...

As for me, I’m trying to average 100 freshly coated and fired washers a day. Yeah, that’s loads of washers…

What Antony was taking a photo of... More washers!

More trussed washers, fired - foreground section has a second coating of a beautiful GREEN!