Velvet da Vinci San Francisco exhibition
March 1 – April 14, 2013
Opening reception Friday, March 1, 6-8 pm
112-page exhibition catalog available with an essay by Jillian Moore

Velvet da Vinci and crafthaus present FERROUS, 60 international artists working in iron, steel, and their alloys. 

Participating Artists:
Nanz Aalund, USA • Anne Achenbach, Germany • Dauvit Alexander, Scotland • Talya Baharal, USA • Michael Berger,  Germany • Lisa Björke, Sweden • Aaron Bray, USA • Elizabeth Callinicos, UK • Melissa Cameron, USA/Australia • David Choi, USA • Kat Cole, USA • Dialogue Collective, UK • Andy Cooperman, USA • Donna D’Aquino, USA • Jaclyn Davidson, USA • Ann Catrin Evans, Wales • Maureen Faye-Chauhan, Australia • Réka Fekete, The Netherlands • Mirla Fernandes, Brazil • Peg Fetter, USA • Rebekah Frank, USA • Motoko Furuhashi, USA • Susie Ganch, USA • Elliot Gaskin, USA • Janna Gregonis, USA • Dana Hakim, Israel • Masako Hamaguchi, UK • Tom Hill, USA/UK • Heejin Hwang, USA • Rob Jackson, USA • Mary Frisbee Johnson, USA • Lisa Juen Sinnott, USA • Satomi Kawai, USA • Maya Kini, USA • Amy Klainer, USA • Jenny Laidlaw, UK • Lorena Lazard, Mexico • Roxy Lentz, USA • Timothy Information Limited, UK• Kajsa Lindberg, Sweden • Tara Locklear, USA • Sarah Loertscher, USA • Drew Markou, UK • Judy McCaig, Spain/Scotland • Lindy McSwan, Australia• Chris Nelson, USA • Iker Ortiz, Mexico • Claudio Pino, Canada • Jo Pond, UK • Suzanne Pugh, USA • Meghan Patrice Riley, USA • Mackenzie Sala, USA • Natasha Seedorf, USA • Sondra Sherman, USA • Marjorie Simon, USA • Melissa Stiles, USA• Barbara Stutman, Canada • Tore Svensson, Sweden • Sarah West, USA • Katie Wright, UK


A collaborative exhibition by Velvet da Vinci and crafthaus

crafthaus online exhibition
March 1 – March 31, 2013

Contemporary Metal

In October of last year I got a heads up email from Perth jeweller Claire Townsend about a new venture that she and local luminary Philip Noakes had started in Perth, aptly called Contemporary Metal. I’ve waited patiently for more news, and in the interim chatted with another amazing Perth maker, Christel van der Laan, who told me more good things about the space and their mission.

Contemporary Metal - new collaborative studio in Osborne Park, Western Australia. Image © Claire Townsend.
Contemporary Metal – new collaborative studio in Osborne Park, Western Australia. Image © Claire Townsend.

Finally this week Claire posted on Kit and Caboodle, and on seeing that their website was still MIA, I decided to take the bull by the horns and email her directly, to see what the deal was. Happily she was very forthcoming with news and photos, so I can present a few images of the studio and tell you their raison d’être.

Philip Noakes, hard at work at his bench, located in Contemporary Metal - new collaborative studio. Image © Claire Townsend.
Philip Noakes, hard at work at his bench, located in Contemporary Metal – new collaborative studio. Image © Claire Townsend.

First up, from their Kit and Caboodle spiel:

“We are Claire Townsend and Philip Noakes, contemporary jewellers teaching and creating a vibrant, supportive scene for contemporary jewellery in Perth. We offer classes, casual bench and workshop hire, design consultation, custom makes and remodels, a gallery, and a studio [where] jewellers can come to learn, discuss and develop their work”

this from Claire’s initial email:

“We are planning on running classes for beginners and more advanced, specialist technique workshops, casual bench rental and workshop usage, design talks and lots of information about contemporary jewellery in general.”

and finally this from our email conversation:

“We … hopefully can create a place makers and students can come and develop their work, so we can “raise the bar” so to speak.”

Study space @ Contemporary Metal - new collaborative studio in Osborne Park, Western Australia. Image © Claire Townsend.
Study space @ Contemporary Metal – new collaborative studio in Osborne Park, Western Australia. Image by Claire Townsend.

The space itself looks great, and alongside the images Claire mentioned that:

“there is one big main room, with benches for 8 plus Philip and myself, then a hammering room, and glass wall with a couple of plinths which will eventually be a small exhibition space, and a office/library/coffee room.”

The workshop is Unit 4, 77-79 Howe St, Osborne Park, and you can expect a visiting/returning artist talk to happen there one evening around mid-March. Oh, I hate being coy… Just pop Tuesday the 19th in your diary, eh?

Gallery space @ Contemporary Metal - new collaborative studio in Osborne Park, Western Australia. Image © Claire Townsend.
Gallery space @ Contemporary Metal – new collaborative studio in Osborne Park, Western Australia. Image © Claire Townsend.


The Badges, Buttons, Waistcoats and Vests show from Velvet da Vinci and Society for Contemporary Craft has been profiled on Art Jewelry Forum. Check it out here.

It’s a long piece, so I’d suggest getting a cup of tea (northern hemisphere) or a cool drink (for you southerners) before sitting down to have a read about how Elizabeth Turrell and Bob Ebendorf came to curate this show.

Oh, and as a point of order, the Australian artist did send Elizabeth her statement 😉

Deadlines February 2013

Upcoming opportunities to exhibit, learn, earn or perhaps even teach, from all over the place (but mostly in Australia and the USA.) ** New additions

See also SNAG’s Springboard, (the successor to SNAGnet) to check out and add new opportunities.

** Patina Gallery seeks Master International Artists. Make ‘Soul-Stirring’ works? Wanna be one of 3 artists added to their stable? No deadline, but post went up Jan 23rd, so perhaps sooner rather than later?

** Tributaries: Call for entries. The Metal Museum, in Memphis, has an ongoing call for exhibitions from emerging and mid-career artists. First deadline Feb 2013, for upcoming shows, and they keep applications on file for 2 years.

** The Imperial Centre for the Arts + Sciences in North Carolina have a permanent exhibition call out, with shows booked 2-3 years in advance.

Haystack’s Open Studio Residency. Open to anyone who can get themselves there. Deadline March 1 2013.

** Neddy at Cornish. $25K prize open to artists in the Puget Sound region (Seattle), one award will go to a painter, the other open to any visual artist, with six x $1000 finalist prizes. Deadline March 3.

Confluence: 2013 SNAG Juried Student Exhibition. North American students, to go on show in Toronto at the SNAG conference in May. Entries due March 1st (check time).

Building Jewelry from Found Objects. I’m teaching a class in Pittsburgh at the SCC (I know, I know, how sneaky…) on the 2nd and 3rd of March, 2013.

Design Sans Frontières: Metal Artists In Collaboration. Two designers, one vision. One major clause – one of your pair must be a member of the Metal Arts Guild of Canada. Due March 15th 2013.

** Earrings Galore! Submissions wanted by Heidi Lowe Gallery. Due March 15th.

Society for Contemporary Craft Studio apprenticeship and Judy Cheteyan summer scholarship. For college students and recent grads (presumably from US schools). Both opportunities due March 15th, 2013.

Artist Blacksmith Association of North America – first ever convention. Lumpkin and Columbus, Georgia. March 15-17 2013.

Revolt. 22nd Legnica international Jewellery competition. Cash + silver prizes and/or exhibition opportunity. Actual works due (which must include silver and respond to the theme) March 29th.

** Appalachian Center for Craft: Call out for solo or group exhibitions 2014-2015. Due March 31st, 2013.

** Finally, Lord Coconut in Melbourne has outdone himself by publishing this listing of opportunities for artists in his gallery. As ever, this is to exhibit jewellery for men. Thanks to Karen at Melbourne Jeweller for the heads up.


**disclaimer – please check all dates for veracity, and watch out for time zone shenanigans**

Once More, With Love

Melissa Cameron, Timber Pendant, 2013.  Recycled Timber, stainless steel, silver solder. © Melissa Cameron
Melissa Cameron, Timber Pendant, 2013. Recycled Timber, stainless steel, silver solder. © Melissa Cameron

Hello Melbourne! A gentle little reminder to you that the Once More, With Love exhibition opens at Northcity4 this Saturday evening in your fair city. I have three new works in the show (they’re so brand new they missed the earlier OMWL shows) for its final opening/homecoming. Check it out this Saturday 16th of Feb from 5pm to 7pm at 61 Weston St, Brunswick, and from then until the 2nd of March 2013, from Wednesday to Saturday, 11am-6pm.

And there’s other great events at Northcity4 that are going on to accompany the show:

Conversation Forum: Sat Feb 16, 1-5pm Six speakers discuss ethical and sustainable jewellery practice in Australia – suitable for both jewellers and interested community members. And the timing dovetails nicely into the opening of the exhibition where the conversation can continue around the works on display.
Weekend Workshop 23/24 February 10am – 4pm Make new jewellery pieces from recycled jewels, under the guidance of Emma Grace and Suse Scholem.

And lastly, while I’m on the subject, a word from our curator Suse Scholem about supporting the Once More, With Love project:

We would like to invite you to become a supporter of the exciting national jewellery project Once More, With Love by making a tax-deductible donation via the Australia Cultural Fund.

Once More, With Love is a not-for-profit project touring Australia, raising awareness of sustainability, recycling and ethical production in the jewellery industry. The project involves a broad and exemplary selection of twenty one contemporary jewellers receiving unwanted jewellery donated by the Australian public and reworking them ‘with love’. Through the resulting exhibition tour, Once More, With Love engages the community around the sustainability and ethics of jewellery production, with events accompanying the exhibition in each host city, including community workshops and artist talks.

A lot of love and volunteer hours have gone in to make this project a reality. We’ve already secured several donations which have helped make the project possible so far, and received in-kind support from the likes of Little Creatures Brewery and Koodak Jewellers Supplies. Now what we really need is some financial assistance to help get us to the end, covering the expenses necessitated by large touring projects like this one.

You can help contribute to costs such as venue hire (over $2000), promotion (nearly $500), presentation costs ($1000), and the payment of artist wages. Every little bit helps! You’ll be supporting a fantastic project, and all donations are tax-deductible!

My thanks go to Suse for curating such a great project, one in which I’m proud to be involved.

Jewellist, where are you?

Good question. I’ve just come up from the basement (to where I plan to return, pronto) for a day to get some paperwork done. Yes, it’s bid-ness time.

I’ve been making (shock horror!) after a couple weeks of full-time paperwork, preparing abstracts for papers that I’m hoping to deliver at upcoming conferences, and a really big grant application. If you keep up to date with the Deadlines posts around here, you’ll probably be conversant with a few of these opportunities. I did miss one I wanted to get in on, the renamed Contemporary Australian Silver Exhibition (formerly Buda, named for the former hosts in Castlemaine) owing to the fact that they changed their requirements now that they’re being run by the Bendigo Gallery, so want applications on CD. Someone forgot to study the conditions carefully at least one week before the deadline…

But that in turn is a stroke of luck, [alert, MASSIVE humblebrag ahead] as the works which I was completing to photograph for that will now provide me with new work to put in the Seattle Metals Guild (SMG) Biennial Exhbition, as in this show I will have a whole case devoted to my work. Why? Well, I’m so glad you asked. [OK, just watch me regular bragging now.] It’s because I have recently been named as the recipient of the first ever SMG Emerging Artist Award..! While I’m up in the office I’ll be gathering images for a 15 minute talk to be presented at their General Meeting on the 15th.

So, once I have done my fidgeting and fiddling up here in the office (which includes a bit of Cad work and finding a new local laser-cutter) I’ll be back in the basement, attempting to keep from freezing as I work. [Thought I’d finish on another humblebrag – oh woe is me, I have a basement…]