wedding bells

No, not me, obviously, cos TurboNerd wouldn’t allow it…

Tomorrow I’m going on holiday for a couple of weeks or so. It’s for an event that does involve a smattering of jewellery, thought not much of it made by me. (And that which is I may not be putting my name to…)

I have started a tradition, however, of making ‘bride’ brooches for hens days (rather than a tacky veil, the bride signifies herself amongst her peers by wearing a groovy, perhaps even enamelled, brooch), so I did pop out another of those last weekend. I’d like to show you it…. But The Bride may be watching..

All will be revealed soon though, very soon…


I did my first proper repair the other day.

For myself, I have to fix my work often, since I do have and wear a few of my own pieces. Sometimes I just want to change the configuration, or after I play with it a lot (maybe trying to prove how robust it is… Murphy’s law perhaps?) it needs restringing.

In this case though, I was a little worried that it might be a fault of the piece. No one feels good about sending out a works that breaks, but in order just to get on with it, in the end I just had to figure that it’s jewellery, it travels a lot (if you’re lucky and your piece is worn) and sometimes it does break.

I picked up the piece, and was surprised. The chain, which had been blackened and afterwards waxed to help the patina stay, was silver. The patina was worn through, and in fact, the silver had a burnished shine.

I was genuinely touched. I can only assume that the break came after consistent wear. It changed my whole perspective of the situation.


Sunday saw Part B’s ManJewellery event at Beer Deluxe in Melbourne. There will be an online exhibition of all of the works coming up soon, but I thought I’d share some images of the piece I created for ManJewellery, as worn by TurboModel on Sunday afternoon.

The piece features stacked coasters, sliced into slivers, which sandwich a piece of sandblasted steel between the layers for strength. I liked the aesthetic of the slivered coaster so much I made myself a brooch to match, out of enamelled steel.

In that case I redrew one of the slivers onto the enamel using graphite. I was pretty happy with the outcome, I have to say, even if the work looks a little unfinished at the edges. I’ll be posting about that over on the Heat Exchange blog soon.

it’s heating up…

Beate Gegenwart and Elizabeth Turrell and myself have staked out another piece of web real estate for the Heat Exchange project. The project brings together enamel artists from Australia, Germany, the UK and the US, to narrate their processes and progress, and to interact with one another as they prepare for a group exhibition. The Heat Exchange exhibition will take place in Phoenix, Arizona, to coincide with the Snag conference in May.

Beate is an educator and enamellist who lives in Wales, whom I met earlier this year while in Bristol doing my enamelling residency under Elizabeth at UWE. The three of us are curating the exhibition, with me as junior curator. Head on over to the blog to see the show as it develops, as chronicled by our artists.



PS. For anyone attending who owns a smart phone, QR code scanning software such as this one for iPhone or this one for Android, is recommended.

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sharing is…


I’ve read a few really interesting articles this week that I thought I’d share.

The Subjectivity of Perception on David Byrne‘s journal, amongst other things, talks about how the eye and brain collaborate to feed us misinformation, and how some cool artists are using this research in their work.

On Unmaking Things ‘At Cross Purposes? When Art History Meets Design History’ by Justine Boussard, on, you guessed it, design versus art history, and how we all can get along, yet that each is still important.

and finally

Dr Marcus Bunyan with a review of the Man Style exhibition at the NGV. Part B took a trip out to see both parts of the Man Style exhibition a few months back, so it’s interesting to see a review of the show. The first thing I thought when I saw the photos in this article was ‘they look better than what we saw on display’, so I was interested to see that Dr Bunyan thought similarly of the presentation.