Make art, not…

Melissa talks conflict.

combatpaperRiparian Sheets. 2014. Traditional size of paper created during the prolific period of hand papermaking production in Baghdad many centuries ago. These sheets were made on site at various water sources (OK, AZ, AR, CA) with a recipe of military uniforms, us currency and flags. #ragsmakepaper #combatpaper #handmade #paper #pulp #veteran #usarmy #baghdad #papertrail #portraits #fortsill #lakepowell #usf #lakecatherine #sanfrancisco #california #papermaker #combatpaperproject
Combat Paper. Riparian Sheets. 2014. (Image credit – Drew Cameron)

A couple of things that are in perfect alignment with current area of research have recently just fallen into my lap. They are sensitive and intimate and multifaceted and beautiful, and I want to share them.

First up, Combat Paper, by Drew Cameron (link is to his amazing instagram, and nope, no relation).

Thanks to my fandom and his generosity, I’m now working with some of Drew’s incredible papers, made from military uniforms, for some pieces that will be exhibited in the upcoming Radiant Pavilion jewellery festival in Melbourne. His ongoing Combat Paper project is a beautiful and compelling project, a truly elegant synthesis of artistic intent, process and resulting artifact.

[As an unrelated aside, watching the social medias on the JMGA Conference in Sydney and Wunderrūma Week in Auckland have only increased my excitement for RP.]

Stephen Mulqueen: Men with Flowers

Stephen’s his essay (on the AJF blog) and recent works made from re-purposed bullet shells are beautiful.

“Jewelry and sculpture are two forms of cultural production that can activate personal and collective memory. The Irish historian Roy Foster suggests that history is made by remembering things; I began to assert that we might also remember and understand histories in other ways—by making things.”

Well said, that man.

Heating up

Melissa shares a work-in-progress for the Heat Exchange exhibition

Image of the work HEAT in stainless steel and vitreous enamel. Photograph by Melissa Cameron.
Image of the work-in-progress, HEAT, in stainless steel, titanium and vitreous enamel.

It’s been a hectic time in the office and the basement/studio, but I finally snapped some images of this finished neckpiece yesterday evening. I’m going to have another look at the panels that this work comes from later in the week – I need some time away from them before I make any more decisions. In the mean time, the brooch from this set is in pieces on the bench, and for that the next step is sandblasting.


The JMGA conference is on. Check it!

Works by Claire Mcardle, Clare Poppi, Bridgette Shepherd, Katie Stormonth, Helen Aitken-Kuhnen, Danielle Barrie, Jess Dare, Sue Lorraine, Catherine Truman.<br /> All famous Australian artists. Trust.
Montage of images taken from Instagram feed of the @JMGA_NSW of the 2015 JMGA delegates exhibition.

My Instagram stream has been taken over by the Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia 2015 Conference, and I like it! If you are keen to see the #jmga2015delegatesexhibition check out that hashtag, or save yourself the time and just follow @jmga_nsw – the New South Wales branch of the JMGA, who are this year’s conference organisers.

I have to admit to being a bit homesick on this one – I’ve been to the last 3 conferences, and spoken at the last two (#bragging) and I’m really missing my people and our biennial inspiring, creative and awesome catch-up – that they’re all enjoying right now. So I really appreciate all of y’all who are posting to the #jmgaconference2015 #edgesbordersgaps #jmgaprofile2015, #jmga2015 and #jmga tags. The delegates exhibition on the @jmga_nsw stream is really incredible; I encourage everyone to check out the works of these very fine artists and artisans.