Love Lace

Melissa’s works are up on the Love Lace site. So are lots of other peoples!

Blue Tin Set, Melissa Cameron, 2011. Painted steel tin, stainless steel cable, 925 silver, surgical steel.

The artists works have gone online on the shiny new Powerhouse Love Lace website. Mine is up, as are a few of my buddies. There’s also a slide show of ‘works in progress’ images, and in this one you can see a snapshot of my work in the sand-blaster (towards the very end) as well as shots of Robin Wells and Mary Hackett‘s pieces in progress also.

brooches

Melissa shows some rather Autumnal brooches. They *were* made last month…

These brooches are available in Canberra at Bilk Gallery.

Autumn Lines. Melissa Cameron, 2011. Stainless Steel, 925 silver fixings.
Icy Stacked Window, Melissa Cameron, 2011. Stainless Steel, 925 silver fixings.
Gothic Window Brooch, Melissa Cameron, 2011. Stainless Steel, 925 silver fixings.

been shopping

Melissa’s been shopping for materials. Special materials. Rusted old ones. Best kind.

I finally joined Ebay, in order to purchase some special materials. In the end I got frustrated with the process, and slipped out to Chapel St Bazaar instead.

I often get pieces at the Camberwell Markets, but I have to say that there seems to be a bit more more variety at the Bazaar. Slightly more expensive though…

Silver at the Arts Centre

Melissa finds out what other silverware the Arts Centre has in their Maxwell and Merle Carroll collection.

I’ve suddenly developed an interest in the Maxwell and Merle Carroll Silver Collection at the Arts Centre in Melbourne. This link explains some of the pieces, and at the end mentions augmenting the collection with the acquisitive prize. The previous link shows an image of some pieces, presumably from the collection.

I thought the award had been going on for longer than that (the article states it began in ’07), but having moved to Melbourne in 2007, and having first visited Buda during the Silver Exhibition that same year, I just assumed that the format it had that year was the way it had always been.

So there isn’t a vast vault of recent silversmithing acquisitions in the Arts Centre that we’re not seeing. Not just yet. Though there is a large collection of Max and Merle’s trinkets. Must be worth a look?

tin can

Melissa has found some of the cheapest material to work with. Tin cans.

So, I showed yesterday the results of some liquid enamel samples on tin cans. Deconstructing a tin can is a matter of a few minutes. Accurate sawing probably wasn’t necessary for sample material, but it turns out that slicing off the top and bottom is a doddle.

deconstructing
instant bangle

You get a lovely bangle if you do take the time to saw off the ends. Still, slicing with some tin snips was the preferred separation method in the end.

quite a bit of test material - ready to sandblast

 

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.

earrings

Melissa’s earrings are now in Canberra!

These are pieces that have recently arrived at Workshop Bilk Gallery in Canberra. I think some may have sold already, but never fear, I’ll be sending up some newbies tomorrow.

Roundel Earrings - Small. Melissa Cameron, 2011. Stainless steel, 925 silver posts.
Roundel Earrings - Large. Melissa Cameron, 2011. Stainless steel, 925 silver posts.
Stacked Roundel Earrings 1. Melissa Cameron, 2011. Stainless steel, 925 silver posts.
Sail Earrings - Posts. Melissa Cameron, 2011. Stainless steel, 925 silver.
Sail Earrings - Hooks. Melissa Cameron, 2011. Stainless steel, 925 silver.

The Paduans are Coming!

A new show of Paduan jewellers opens at RMIT gallery tomorrow. Yipee!

Thanks to Christine Scott-Young for the heads up on this article from The Age:

A treasure chest from Italy

And here are some more details on the show:

Gioielli d’Autore. Padova e la Scuola dell’oro

(Italian Contemporary Jewellery. Padua and its Jewellery School)

Exhibition dates: 17 June – 14 August 2011

PUBLIC PROGRAMS

Friday 17 June 12-1 pm
Italian jewellers Alberta Vita and Lucia Davanzo speaking about the Padua jewellery school.
Location: RMIT Gallery

Friday 24 June 10.30 am – 12 noon
The EU Centre at RMIT and RMIT Gallery present:
Jewellery in Europe and Australia: Alberta Vita and Lucia Davanzo in conversation with Melbourne jewellers Elfrun Lach and Teresa Lane
Chair: Mark Edgoose, the coordinator of undergraduate studies, (Gold and Silversmithing), School of Art, RMIT
Includes Italian morning tea. Free. Reserved seating. Bookings essential 9925 1717
Location: Location: Storey Hall Conference Rooms 1 & 2, Level 7, Building 16.

Admission free. All Welcome. RSVP 03 9925 1717 / rmit.gallery@rmit.edu.au

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See you tomorrow!