Solstice exhibition

Image collection:
Vicki Mason, Winter Wattle Brooch, powder coated brass, linen, cotton, fabric pen. 60 x 30  mm
Melissa Cameron, Sunset Study Necklace, found steel tyre ring, vitreous enamel. 2mm diameter chain, 400mm diameter circle.
Zachery Lechtenberg, Cluster Brooch 1, copper, Silver, Steel, enamel. 50 x 10 mm
Mio Kuhnen, Fritillary Butterfly Brooch, Champlevé enamel, copper, stainless steel. 38 x 43 x 18 mm
Claire McArdle, Small Tools for Change (Swift Parrots), 2021. Recycled red ironbark (Eucalyptus tricarpa), car exhaust, leather cord. 155 x 40 x3 5mm 

Solstice – celebration marking the beginning of summer and the new year coming.

Opened last Saturday, 13 November 2021

Aurélie Guillaume, Bic Tieu, Claire McArdle, Carlier Makigawa, Daniel DiCaprio, David Walker, Eugenie Keefer Bell, Helen Aitken-Kuhnen, Johannes Kuhnen, Julie Blyfield, Kath Inglis, Marian Hosking, Mio Kuhnen, Melissa Cameron, Sean O’Connell, Vicki Mason and Zachery Lechtenberg.

This year we wanted to mark the end of the year by celebrating the beginning of summer and a new year coming. Through winter we have been looking forward to when shadows become shorter and warm days linger. This year has been a hard road for many of us and we wanted to focus on the positive and look towards the renewal of the new year coming through the summer solstice. 

For this exhibition there are new collections of works by many of our artists and a few new artists to join us at Bilk.  We look forward to showing these new collections to you as well as celebrating the summer solstice.​

For those unable to visit us at Bilk Gallery, the complete new collection is available on-line.​

Gallery Hours:  Friday and Saturday 11.00 am to 5.00 pm or by appointment until Saturday 18 December 2021. To view the collection of Artists at Bilk Gallery, please make a private appointment by contacting us via email gallery@bilk.com.au or telephone: 0433694669.

Connexions tonight!

A-US brooch 01 – found steel, hand-mixed grey vitreous enamel

Connexions exhibition opening is tonight!
Thursday September 30th
5:30 – 7:30 pm
Gallery Central: 12 Aberdeen St, Perth.

Opening address by Katherine Kalaf.
Artists: Emily Beckley, Fatemeh Boroujeni, Melissa Cameron, Blandine Halle, Eden Lennox, and Sultana Shamshi.
Connexions is honoured to be a festival event of the Indian Ocean Craft Triennial – IOTA21 and is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and the Department of Local Government, Sports and Cultural Industries. IOTA21 is also sponsored by (my former employer – as an interior architect) Lotterywest!

Gallery hours: Monday – Friday: 11am – 4.30pm & Saturday: 12pm – 2:30pm
Artist Talk: Saturday 2 October 12pm

Feel free to bring a friend!

the saga of the two tire/tyre rings

If you’d like the opportunity to choose the outcome of the tale of the rings (in typing that I just realised I’ve made a mmp ‘choose your own adventure’ game!) please get in touch. You can comment below, reply by email – or go to my instagram and click on the relevant poll toggles in my stories.

The questions are:

  • to enamel or not to enamel – the ring wants to know
  • should there be 2 rings (should I replace the fabled Seattle ring, aka, ring no.1?)

And the Bilk Brooch Show invite I hyped up in my last post is next, I promise!

Upcoming talk

this picture is just me showing off. it gets worse…

Next Tuesday, the 24th of September, I’m going to be talking to some of y’all at the JMGA WA monthly meeting. If you’re not across it but you’re in the WA area (visitors welcome, just let me know and I’ll look out for you) you’re hereby invited to come hear and see what I’ve been up to over the last couple of years, jewel-wise.

It’s on at 7:30 pm@ WA Lapidary and Rock-hunting Club 
31/35 Gladstone Road, Rivervale WA 6103 

As for the photo, this was taken by Helen Aitken-Kuhnen (*clang* first name drop) at last weekend’s masterclass with these legends of jewellery in Australia. For the finished product of David Walker’s endeavours (as you might expect, he put us all to shame with his work ethic and the quality of his output), and to hear me spill the tea about another jewellery-legend that I lunched with this week (*hint* he’s over from Europe [just…] and been at #RadPav and The Jam in the last week) you’d better get in on time to claim a seat.

In all honesty, I could fill my time just talking about the last two weeks. BTW, does anyone know how much time I have??

Marfa, TX

Please join us this Friday to meet Melissa Cameron and view her solo exhibition opening of Marfa, TX. 

Opening Friday 13 September August 6pm – 8pm

Exhibition dates 11 September – 13 October 2019.

I’ll be in the gallery for a bit today and tomorrow if you want to come say hi and have a guided preview 😉

Master Class Workshop – Liquid Enamel for Steel and Copper with visiting artist Melissa Cameron.

fuckthispresidentandtheregimeherodeinon 2017. Stainless steel, titanium, vitreous enamel

14 – 15 September 2019

In her practice Melissa Cameron has perfected the application of liquid enamel onto small objects. It’s a unique enamelling method, well suited to both flat and dimensional forms, with coating found objects like wire and tiny laser-cut parts being Melissa’s specialties.

In this workshop with the artist, learn her tips and tricks for using liquid enamel on steel and copper, from metal surface preparation to enamel mixing, application, and firing. Extend your decorative palette with textures and patterns using simple techniques, well suited for use on items of jewellery and small objects.

This masterclass is being held in conjunction with Melissa Cameron’s solo exhibition at Bilk Gallery opening on Friday the 13 September 2019, 6pm – 8pm.

Workshop details
Time: 9.30 am – 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 14 – 15 September.
Location: Workshop Bilk, 403 Captians Flat Road Carwoola Queanbeyan NSW Australia. Attendees will need to bring their own lunch. Coffee and tea will be provided.
Materials: All materials and tools will be supplied.
Cost: $450 per person for the two days. Maximum of six places available.

The Perth things

Checking the date stamps will tell you that this post has been a month in the making, so thankfully I do have something pretty special to share for the elapsed time. Last week we had an offer accepted on a new house – 6 weeks to the day after arriving in Perth. It settles in January, so then we’ll finally be able to unpack our shipping container (which is now in storage) and I’ll be able to set up my studio and get back to work in earnest. In the mean time I’ve been compelled and coerced into a couple of seasonal shows.

For my fellow West-Australians, I’m going to be at two exhibition openings/Christmas parties on the 7th of December, where I’ll be showcasing some enamel works that I brought back to the country with me. For my fellow Perthlings and the nearby Freo dwellers, this is the first time that my works have been on display west-side since 2014. Catch you early at:

Galvanise
Artsource Member Exhibition
Opening 6pm – 8pm and running until January 5.
Old Customs House
8 Phillimore Street, Fremantle WA 6160, Australia
Open 10am – 4pm daily, excepting December 24-28, (these dates inclusive)

Then later at:

Contemporary Metal Christmas Drinks

 Select wonderful Christmas* gifts of hand-made jewellery by Contemporary Metal practitioners and W.A. contemporary jewellers.

6pm-8:30pm, December 7th – one night only!
Unit 6 · 77-79 Howe Street
Osborne Park, WA 6019

In the first exhibition see some enamel pieces that have never been sighted on this side of the country, and in the Contemporary Metal show, some pieces never before seen on these shores.

 

(*why do Aussies, and I’d probably add Brits in there too, use Christmas as the all-encompassing seasonal word, often notwithstanding their own religious denomination, while the US and Canada say Holiday/s? All answers accepted. [Including – you’re clearly white trash, Melissa, we don’t use that Christian word here.])

Attention Enamellists!

Helen Aitken Kuhnen’s prize-winning work. Photo courtesy Gallery Bilk, Canberra.

Thus far I have collected scant new items for the The Enamelist Society (TES) newsletter, aside from the wonderful news that Helen Aitken-Kuhnen has received the President Award in the 52nd International Exhibition of Japan Enamelling Artist Association.

So, if you in an upcoming exhibition; have you seen a cool collection; are leading a workshop; doing a residency, or are in the know about some enamel event that needs more media coverage, then…

enamel (at) melissacameron.net

Include details, dates, images (with artist and photographer captions at the very least) and other relevant info and I put it into the prestigious TES newsletter. And I’ll email you back, though probably not until within a week of the next first-of-the-month deadline. Which is next week. Submissions due to me next Wednesday, please 😉

Global Enamel News

Brace yourselves Team Enamel.

It’s Global Enamel News time once again. My deadline for copy is next Wednesday and I’m running a little late on the round-up, so if you have an enamel story to tell, I’ll take it right up to midday of that date.

Is Wondernamel happening at RMIT? I can find nothing on the web this far out, but someone must know? Will your end-of-year student shows have enamel in them, Australia? In fact, do you have a Christmas/holiday exhibition in the works, Canada? If so, please drop me a line – blog@melissacameron.net

This won’t publish until October, and as I’ve complained before, finding venue and date info of practically anything more than 2 months out is tough (except maybe airline, or Hamilton, tickets,) so I’ll take conjecture.

At this stage I have a document that has the second set of dates added to the With Other Eyes exhibition, so I’m faced with the possibility that this will become a creative writing exercise about the chipped enamelled butter dish that well-known feminist enamel person Marissa Saneholtz sent me last month. There’s a lot to say there, sure, in fact it could be quite a story, but maybe the Enamelist Society Newsletter is not the best audience for that.

You know what to do.