meet the particles…

Melissa invites fellow jewellers for a dialogue. Fancy a chat and a cuppa?

Part B – jewellery dialogue group

This Saturday the 4th of December we’re off to see Fresh! at 2pm at Craft Victoria. Coffee afterward in Flinders Lane. Or beer. Or tea – we’ve a lot of tea drinkers amongst our ranks. Not funny, but factual 😉

This is our last discussion meet before Christmas, so we would love to see you there!

as promised… more on Sydney!

Melissa finishes off her Sydney recollections. Well, almost – the name of at least one artist has already slipped her (admittedly slippery) mind.

So, I went to Sydney and caught up with a bunch of makers, and met a whole host more. In the catchup camp were Zoe Brand, Erin Keys, Carrie McDowell and Linda Blair amongst others. I also got to meet for the first time a bunch of artists and probably greeted even more than just this list, but these were the people I had sustained conversations with; Emma Fielden, Mark Vaarwerk, Jasmine Matus and Nina Baker (whose names I remembered, yes, I admit it, I am blanking on one name and I am so very sorry.)

I realised during this trip that I have met a lot of makers via education – short courses and uni courses of course as well as the odd symposium. Of makers that I have never met, like many artists I guess, I only need to see an image on a business card or a piece of theirs and I can usually place them. In fact, maybe all jewellery artists at maker events should wear one of their pieces to save redundant introductions?

And where does one glean such knowledge of others’ works? Well, sometimes at jewellery galleries – I’ve seen Mark’s work around for years and can pick it, despite the fact that it has normally moved in direction between my encounters – but on further reflection I realised that I saw the works of Nina (t) Baker and Emma Fielden via Kit and Caboodle. Good work, Cate!

can you help?

Melissa is on a mission to find the right drill bits…

Drill bits. Normally I don’t worry much about them, it’s true they’re important, but you can’t let them get above their station, y’know?

But now I’m working on a piece that needs a drill bit that is longer than the usual length of your Busch which has a cutting length of approx 10-12mm, before it tapers to the ⌀ 2.35mm shaft. I’m after a ⌀ 0.5 – 0.8mm  bit that has a length of at least 15mm or that is continuous all the way up the shaft.

I have a set like this that starts at ⌀ 1.05mm, and I have found my local hardware store stocks ⌀ 1.0mm bits, but I’m still trying for smaller.

Does such a beastie exist? If it does, I’m keen to find it, and quick!


Melissa shares some good news, and it is jewellery related!

My (first) little sister got engaged over the weekend! Congratulations Meghan and Rhys.

(Yes, that is the wrong finger – it’s being re-sized soon I imagine…)

I went to Sydney!

Melissa visits Sydney for two show openings; and fits in time for some professional development

Zoe Brand coaches TurboNerd at Burgerman while Nina Baker muses at the fact that he’s not yet selected the right game…

In Sydney we went to the University of Sydney to see Beauty and Betrayal at the Nicholson Museum. It was an interesting collection of ancient and some more modern works with some really thoughtful and interesting curatorial input on the surrounding panels, taken from the catalogue essays. (I bought the catalogue and learned even more about these finds.)

I also finally met Jasmine Matus, the curator of The Box Project as well as a bunch of other artists at both this show and the Wrapped one at Studio 20/17.

More soon!

colourful jewels

Melissa likes, and makes, colourful jewellery. So do her friends!

I like to colour my works on the odd occasion, as you might have spotted. It’s pretty easy with titanium and stainless steel, and even easier when I start with a coloured object.

There are other ways though. One, from my good friend, Jill Hermans, is explained here;

and another, which involves some brand new technology, is explained here. Thanks to the ubiquitous TurboNerd for spotting that one.