way back when

Melissa and Chloe collaborate. Fun for all the family!

The girl with shopping bag, 2010. Chloe Vallance and Melissa Cameron.

Way back in March I sent out the teaser that Chloe Vallance and I had enjoyed collaborating on a spoon piece for the One Cup exhibition at Hand Held Gallery, so that people should “Look out for some more shared works in the future.”

As you can see in the image above, we have been true to those words. With still over one month until the opening at Hand Held Gallery I thought I’d share some of the works and the process  of our collaborative exhibition.

Chloe has (mostly) finished her part, so it’s now up to me to finish up the details on the jewellery and object works in my studio. It’s been really fun for me to interact with all her little people; finding homes for them amongst my own patterns and forms.

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Since we are working on these objects in our separate studios, we went on several trips to gather materials, and after working on these we then arranged clandestine meetings where we could swap our packages of pieces.

These semi-impromptu gatherings, to trade parcels of newly festooned objects, were enacted more like a child’s birthday party – big smiles, hugged greetings then stright down to the business of unwrapping gifts. We shared the nervous excitement of co-conspirators, and we delighted in seeing what each other would bring to the party. The excitement of a finished work, while being awe-struck by the talent of the other, kept the smiles on our faces and giggles tumbling from our mouths.

This state of expectation was half the fun; I never could guess what she would have done with the pieces I instigated, nor did I expect the surprise in her face when she saw what I had done with those begun by her. The tools and tricks of the jeweller surprised her often, while the scale and imagery invoked in her drawings still have me musing at her creativity and daring.

At this stage I have been left alone to finish up many of the works – the nature of jewellery and of our collaboration has had me working alone on the final details. But soon we will meet to share the finished objects. I can’t wait!

to the streets

Melissa shares some more clever ways to get art into the world.

Found out about another brilliant idea for exhibiting work this week via Aaron Meyers blog. It’s a concept called The Speed Show, which has its own exhibition format;

“Hit an Internet-cafe, rent all computers they have and run a show on them for one night.”

Their format text then goes on to say: “All art works of the participating artists need to be on-line (not necessarily public) and are shown in a typical browser with standard plug-ins.”

The Speed Show concept appears on the Free Art and Technology website, which goes on to explain that “The contents of the site are all in the public domain.” and then encourages users to “Enjoy, use, modify, snipe about and republish all F.A.T. media and technologies as you see fit.”

It would seem that anyone is free to take their idea and run with it. What kind of benevolent genius came up with this? It would have to be the craziest yet possibly best way to mount a touring show I’ve ever heard.

I wonder if you’d get thrown out of Starbucks/McDonalds/Hudsons if you attempted to do the same with laptops using their free Wifi? Probably…

part b: in haiku

Melissa bangs on about this week’s Part B meet – in the form of a haiku!

this saturday we
meet to discuss jewellery
at R.M.I.T.

(nobody says haiku’s can’t rhyme…)

The Part B meet this Saturday, the 30th of October, is at RMIT First Site Gallery from 2pm. On show is the end of year exhibition for first and second year RMIT students, entitled ‘Got a nice ring to it’.

playing favourites

Melissa has a favourite brooch! (yes, yes, it’s one of hers…)

Isn’t it always said that you shouldn’t play favourites? Well, too bad.

As of last week (when it came off the bench – as in ‘it was finished’, not ‘it headed onto the field’…) this is my new favourite brooch. It’s gone already, so I have only this picture to remind me of our time together…

*sigh*

deadlines revisited

Competitive? Me neither. But it’s a way to get your work out there…

Having posted about upcoming deadlines last week, I find now there are a couple more competitions that have piqued my interest.

Fresh – courtesy of SNAG, is courting images of works for the Metalsmith Magazine’s Exhibition In Print 2011. (Thanks go to Crafthaus for the heads up.) Deadline for that one is the 10th of December.

Wear Art – is for original wearable art as well as reproductions of art to go onto T shirts. It’s a interesting concept, and from what I can tell the profit from T Shirt sales is going to fund the establishment of a physical gallery for BECA (Bridge for Emerging Contemporary Art) in the US. Now that part (given my lack of proximity to Albuquerque, New Mexico…) matters little to me in the long run, but the potential to get my work in front of an American audience could sway me to entry. The deadline isn’t clear, but the ‘display’ is meant to go live on the 7th of November, so I take it entries (such as they are) will have to be emailed soon.

grazie preziosa

Melissa shares the changes to Preziosa’s deadline for this year.

Preziosa Young has announced on Klimt02 that due to public request they have changed the deadline for entry to this year’s competition to the 18th of December 2010.

At this stage however their website does not reflect this news, but it has been announced on Le Arti Orafe’s main website.

Phew!

So many entries, so little time…