Out & about – jewels & jewellers

August, Erfurt and Artist Trust. Heat Exchange 2. All the haps, chaps 😉

August this year is shaping up to be a belter; I have the One Design exhibition opening in Sydney on the 1st with the workshop following later that month, while more of my works will appear in three other exhibitions opening in that same 31 day bracket, in America, Ireland and Italy. And most of this will happen while I’m in Germany!

I’m heading over to Erfurt for a two-week stretch to be with my mentor/friends Elizabeth Turrell and Beate Gegenwart and several of the second group of Heat Exchange artists, where we will be doing a group residency for two weeks at the Kuenstlerwerkstaetten. At the end it is planned that we will present a small showing of our ‘research findings’ to the community there.

To help me get over there, I’m pleased and proud to share that just last week I was amongst those awarded an Artist Trust Fellowship. Artist Trust is a Washington based organisation that supports Washington State-based artists with a merit based (rather than project-based) cash award.

The fellowship awards are given to around fifteen artists annually, with the focus on music, media, literary and craft disciplines every even-numbered year, and emerging fields & cross-disciplinary, performing, visual and traditional & folk arts in odd numbered years.

In receiving the award, artists commit to: “participating in a Meet the Artist event held outside their place of residency yet within Washington State. The purpose is to outreach to underserved populations that are not aware of the artist and/or have little access to art.” So now I’m investigating where and who I should talk to, and hoping that wherever it is they can get past my accent to understand the content.

One thing I do know about it already, it won’t be happening in August…

One Design: Exhibition and Workshop

If you follow the Klimt02 newsletter (and why wouldn’t you?) you might have seen a few hints about what I’m up to at the moment in the basement of chez Queen Anne.

Clouds - One Design

Studio 20/17 in Sydney, Australia will be exhibiting a new series of my work from the 1st until the 31st of August this year. It may seem like it’s a long way off (though I can tell you from my perspective it’s a hell of a lot closer than it looks), but I have good reason to be in your face about it already. Right now I’m making works from the metal incarnations of this pattern – steel and titanium, to join up with a few sterling silver pieces that I hand cut as the prototype  (prototyping in silver, I know, but as y’all know it’s quicker to slice than steel and more robust than copper.) But that doesn’t explain the wood in the picture, does it? Well the bottom version – or at least a piece very similar to it – will be on display and the focus of a workshop in the gallery over the course of the exhibition’s run.

I can hear you from here, “What? Why? How? What do you mean, Melissa?” Well, we’re going to rip it off the wall and pull it apart and put it back together again as  jewellery. So if you have ever thought about my work “Huh, I bet I could do that!”, well now HERE’S YOUR CHANCE!!

The plywood piece will be removed from the exhibition and created into individual works by people attending the workshop on the 23rd of August. These new pieces will go on display, credited to their makers, alongside my works for the final week of the show.

So check out the show, (so you can store away a few ideas of what not to do) and sign up to make yourself a ___(your name here)___ + Melissa Cameron original. I for one cannot wait to see the results.

Collaboration is fun!

Deadlines May 2014

So.Many.Deadlines…

*** With Corrections***

Stanley St Gallery is advertising a juried show, and they are in NSW not in Qld as I first published. Thanks go to Lousje Skala for her copy editing skills 😉

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Making up for a late one last month, this time I’m.. Bang on schedule 😉

For recent CaFE entries I encourage you to see what is being offered by checking out their site and even signing up for the email updates.

Are you in The Britain? Sign up to the benchpeg newsletter, whydoncha? They’ll send you a much more professional newsletter with this kind of material, weekly.

*** This month’s new additions***

Opportunities with deadlines

Mixed (e)Motions: Art Unbound by Media. “Mixed media and multimedia only. All works should exhibit both motion and emotion, with special consideration for unique media combinations.” Entries Due: May 31, 2014 (12am Mountain Time.)

New Traditional Jewellery 2014. As a part of the SIERAAD arts fair in Amsterdam, this competition has taken ‘ CONFRONTATIONS’ as the 2014 theme. Registration due 1st June 2014.

BJ Spoke Gallery: Digital Magic. An exhibition calling for all things digital, including 3D prints. Deadline: June 1, 2014.

The Halstead Grant Call for Entries. “The Halstead Grant is awarded each year to a promising new jewelry designer working primarily in silver.” Deadline June 9, 2014.

*** Call for Entries: “Beads (perle e perline)” hosted at Abilmente Fair, Vicenza, Italy, October 2014, 16-19. Deadline June 10th 2014.

*** Stanley St Gallery in NSW (Australia) Invitation to submit contemporary jewellery for a juried exhibition and a chance to gt a solo show. Deadline 11 July 2014.

So Fresh + So Clean. 1st Annual Ethical Metalsmiths Student Exhibition and Emerging Artist Award. Closes 15 Jul 2014.

Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery. Applications close 18 June 2014 (11:59pm, Australian Eastern Standard Time. That’s a day ahead of you US peeps.)

*** New Necklaces: 500+ Designs from Around the World – image request for a book edited by Nicolas Estrada. Due 20th June 2014.

*** National Contemporary Jewellery Award presented by the Griffith Regional Gallery. (Yup, Aussie residents only.) Entries close 25th June 2014.

Call for papers for c+de#7 (2015) NOW OPEN:“Landscape, Place and Identity in Craft and Design”. Guest Edited by Kay Lawrence. (c+de#7 = Craft and Design enquiry issue 7). The Call for Papers for this issue is now open and will close on 30 June 2014.

Harpo Foundation Grants – Emerging Artist Fellowship (residency). (Still not THAT Harpo…) Americans only. Deadline July 5, 2014.

*** Mesa Arts Center – various opportunities from juried craft shows to solo exhibitions. Various deadlines from August 2014 onwards.

Koru 5. Triennial event organized by Finnish Jewellery Art Association. DEADLINE for applications is 1.8.2014. (That’s the 1st of August for you Americans ;) )

Niche Awards. For “craft artist[s] residing in the U.S. or Canada, and especially seeks artists who are designing and making work for resale by stores and galleries. ” Professional Deadline: August 18, 2014

*** Wayne Arts Center juried exhibition Craft Forms 2014. Entries due September 20th, 2014.

Rolling + Undated Opportunities

***** Job Opportunity ***** Curator of Fine Metalwork – Exhibitions Manager
Metal Museum, Memphis, TN. Please email or mail resume, letter of interest and three references to Carissa Hussong, Metal Museum, 374 Metal Museum Drive, Memphis, TN 38106, carissa@metalmuseum.org.

Artist in Residence in the Industrial Monument Jakob Bengel – Idar-Oberstein, Germany. 1-3 month residency for jewellers in the factory, including stipend and accommodation! Looks amazing.

Assistantships, Residencies, Volunteering & Employment at Touchstone Center for Crafts, Farmington, PA.

PORTFOLIO AND EXHIBITION PROPOSALS FOR LINCOLN CENTER ART GALLERIES – entry via CaFE, but instructions on the linked site (hint, scroll down).

The Peoria Art Guild. “Currently accepting submissions, and are sending out a call to artists, around the world and at all stages in their careers, to submit their portfolios for consideration.”

Commissioners’ Choice Invitational Lone Tree Arts Center.– entry via CaFE, but instructions on the linked site (hint, scroll down).

Contemporary Metal in Perth have updated their class timetable and there is some great stuff on offer. Check it!

Dallas County Community College District – Visiting Artist for our Art Metals Summer Workshop in Summer 2014.

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.

And finally

There’s this Art Prize Website for Aussie artists, where you can sign up for regular updates.

The sky is falling?

Don’t Believe the Hype.

G’day contemporary groovers. Just back from a visit to the old country, where I’ve been assured that I’ve no need to brush up on my accent. But just in case, it’s about to get ‘Aus – as’ round here. At least for today.

There’s been a bit a bit of a palaver around the ole contemporary jewellery (we’re going to use CJ for short from now on, and not just because if you squint while you say it, it can sound kinda off-colour..) scene in the last little while. I didn’t want to draw attention to it until I could point towards some more positive views (that weren’t just my own – yawn – ) that could also be found around the place. Since I’m one of those terrible disbelievers that you heard tell of in yer yoof, and because I can barely be bothered with the nay-sayers who seemed to have ganged up all of a sudden, I wanted to be able to present more than one take on the issues being discussed. And perhaps that’s also in part because I am also of the persuasion that a convincing argument deserves a convincing counter-argument. So, here goes:

Are you worried that the sky is falling on the CJ movement on Susan Cohn‘s, Ted Noten‘s and Liesbeth den Besten‘s say so? Is your brow furrowing further because those who leapt to respond to these CJ luminaries –  André Gali and Ezra Satok-Wolman – have gone against the best advice of those soothesayers on The West Wing, and accepted the premise of the arguments that were being made?

If, like me, you have accepted the one truth that is The West Wing and therefore have fully absorbed Annabel’s advice to veteran party-room ‘fixer’ Leo McGarry, “If you don’t like what they’re asking, you don’t accept the premise of the question.” and thus have refused to accept the premise of the current dominant argument (ie. that our mate CJ is faaarked), or perhaps simply because you personally are yet to have been pelted with acorns to the head and therefore are stubbornly clinging to the notion that there is a little bit of wind left in CJ’s sails, or, if in fact you never did think that Munich was the centre (apostate! somebody get her!) and you weren’t making works as if you were responding to some greater aestheic in-joke, should you believe the hype?

(Hey, in my defense, turns out I’m not the only person responding to the current cavalcade of words with rap, thanks Alexander Blank!)

Well, lets all join hands, we can get through this together. We’re going to be ok. Or at the least, we’re not alone. If you, like me, were sitting solo in your garret, worried that you’re wasting your life on CJ, let me tell you that you’re not. Not alone, at least, you’re up there nose-to-nose with a massive bunch of people, each of whom is equally wasting their lives in the pursuit of a creative career! Thanks AO Scott of the New York Times, I feel so much better now 😉

But if you’re worried that in the CJ world we’re only preaching to the converted, never fear, over in the worlds of literature and music and fine art, people are worried about the exact same things. Specifically, Charity Singleton Craig for Curator Magazine notes that authors too are being encouraged to buy more books and make more criticism in her article, and artists are being told that, “We can all do it anyway — make our own videos and songs, write our own poetry and personal essays, exhibit our paintings and our selves — even if it doesn’t pay.” according to The Paradox of Art as Work by A.O. Scott for the New York Times (incidentally the article I refer to in the previous paragraph also.) Scott goes on to remind us that CJ is not alone in dwindling audiences comprised of fellow fans/makers:

…The idea that everyone can be an artist — making stuff that can be shared, traded or sold to a self-selecting audience of fellow creators — sits awkwardly alongside the self-contradictory dream that everyone can be a star.”

OK, ok, if that is not the good news story you were hoping for, and you’re still thinking that it might be time to ditch this sport we call CJ and move away from all things creative, perhaps you ought to read this and just feel better about yourself, because by going into your studio and whacking out a beautiful, wearable object, you’re at least achieving something.

And finally, there is some good news for those of you who still feel inclined to stick to the CJ trail – first up, you can call it whatever you like (thanks Glenn Adamson – I’ll continue to do so while citing your backing, mate!) Also, in that same article; we are getting some good, and well educated in the mysterious ways of CJ, press this year in some print media that we didn’t have to create for ourselves, so chin up CJ-er. Don’t believe me? Well even the papers in Australia are razzing up the movement.

Think positive! We’re in this together, and we’re (eventually) gonna make it! (Just like Kellie says!)

And finally… lest all my levity around these treatises gives you the impression otherwise, I really think there is some good reading in what our experienced and knowledgeable forebears have to say, so if you haven’t yet, as auntie Molly would say, “Do yourself a favour.”:

Ted Noten Manifesto, on the Current Obsession blog

Liesbeth den Besten The golden standard of Schmuckashau, in Overview magazine

and while I’m at it, once again here’s their critiques:

André Gali After the End of Contemporary Jewellery for Norwegian Crafts magazine

Ezra Satok-Wolman Identity Crisis: An Essay about the Current State of Art Jewellery and the Future of it, on the Klimt02 blog

If you want to discuss this, lemme know, I’ll be in my studio.

Earthly Delights: Metalsmiths Inspired by Nature

Blue Tin Set, a classic Melissa Cameron Brooch/Pin/Container combo from recycled materials, visits Chicago.

Melissa Cameron, detail of Blue Tin Set, 2011.
Melissa Cameron, detail of Blue Tin Set, 2011.

I’m in a show at the Lillstreet Art Center Gallery in Chicago RIGHT NOW! The show was juried by Meghann Sottile and is running alongside Lillstreet’s annual Annual Art & the Urban Garden exhibition. Entitled Earthly Delights: Metalsmiths Inspired by Nature, I thought it a wonderful opportunity to give this little guy its first outing in the US (hey, it’s first outing anywhere outside of Sydney, in fact #humblebrag).

The exhibition actually opened last week (and I completely forgot about it in all the SNAG conference hullabaloo) so if you’re in the Illinois region why doncha go check her out? You’ve got til the 1st of June.

Visiting hours…
Monday – Thursday: 10am – 7:30pm
Friday – Saturday: 10am – 6pm
Sunday: 10am – 5pm

4401 N Ravenswood (at Montrose)
Chicago, IL 60640 / 773.769.4226

Deadlines April 2014

Hmm, does anybody have the time? Whoa, well, better late than never, right??

If you’re keen on more recent CaFE entries I encourage you to see what is being offered by checking out their site and even signing up for the email updates.

Are you in The Britain? Sign up to the benchpeg newsletter, whydoncha? They’ll send you a much more professional newsletter with this kind of material, weekly.

*** This month’s new additions***

Opportunities with deadlines

*** JA New York New Designer Gallery. “The New Designer Gallery is eligible to all designers who have not yet exhibited at a fine jewelry trade show.” Deadline, May 1st, 2014.

Harpo Foundation Grants for under-recognised Visual Artists. (Nope, not THAT Harpo…) Americans only. Deadline May 6, 2014.

BKV Prize for Young Applied Arts. 9th May 2014.

*** Mixed (e)Motions: Art Unbound by Media. “Mixed media and multimedia only. All works should exhibit both motion and emotion, with special consideration for unique media combinations.” Entries Due: May 31, 2014 (12am Mountain Time.)

New Traditional Jewellery 2014. As a part of the SIERAAD arts fair in Amsterdam, this competition has taken ‘ CONFRONTATIONS’ as the 2014 theme. Registration due 1st June 2014.

*** BJ Spoke Gallery: Digital Magic. An exhibition calling for all things digital, inclusing 3D prints. Deadline: June 1, 2014.

The Halstead Grant Call for Entries. “The Halstead Grant is awarded each year to a promising new jewelry designer working primarily in silver.” Deadline June 9, 2014.

*** So Fresh + So Clean. 1st Annual Ethical Metalsmiths Student Exhibition and Emerging Artist Award. Closes 15 Jul 2014.

Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery. Applications close 18 June 2014 (11:59pm, Australian Eastern Standard Time. That’s a day ahead of you US peeps.)

Call for papers for c+de#7 (2015) NOW OPEN:“Landscape, Place and Identity in Craft and Design”. Guest Edited by Kay Lawrence. (c+de#7 = Craft and Design enquiry issue 7). The Call for Papers for this issue is now open and will close on 30 June 2014.

Harpo Foundation Grants – Emerging Artist Fellowship (residency). (Still not THAT Harpo…) Americans only. Deadline July 5, 2014.

Koru 5. Triennial event organized by Finnish Jewellery Art Association. DEADLINE for applications is 1.8.2014. (That’s the 1st of August for you Americans ;) )

*** Niche Awards. For “craft artist[s] residing in the U.S. or Canada, and especially seeks artists who are designing and making work for resale by stores and galleries. ” Professional Deadline: August 18, 2014

Rolling + Undated Opportunities

*** Artist in Residence in the Industrial Monument Jakob Bengel – Idar-Oberstein, Germany. 1-3 month residency for jewellers in the factory, including stipend and accommodation! Looks amazing.

Assistantships, Residencies, Volunteering & Employment at Touchstone Center for Crafts, Farmington, PA.

PORTFOLIO AND EXHIBITION PROPOSALS FOR LINCOLN CENTER ART GALLERIES – entry via CaFE, but instructions on the linked site (hint, scroll down).

The Peoria Art Guild. “Currently accepting submissions, and are sending out a call to artists, around the world and at all stages in their careers, to submit their portfolios for consideration.”

Commissioners’ Choice Invitational Lone Tree Arts Center.– entry via CaFE, but instructions on the linked site (hint, scroll down).

Contemporary Metal in Perth have updated their class timetable and there is some great stuff on offer. Check it!

Dallas County Community College District – Visiting Artist for our Art Metals Summer Workshop in Summer 2014.

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.

And finally

There’s this Art Prize Website for Aussie artists, where you can sign up for regular updates.