confer-ence-ing

Resource: 14th biennial JMGA conference in Perth, WA. This is an event during which Melissa refers to both Melbourne and Perth as ‘home’ with equal conviction, and regularity.

Excellent presentations today, a really solid line-up. This morning seems so long ago already! (Though I guess it’s technically now yesterday.) Oron Catts got lots of questions and feedback (in equal parts awed, amazed and mildly disgusted) for his work growing little objects with live tissue.

Maureen Faye-Chauhan’s talk was informative and insightful – you can share a studio yet still have much to learn about someone’s work, and processes. I really appreciated the clarity of her slides – her drawings and the explanatory drawings on photos of patterns were a great expository tool, and she had great photos too. (And along with her own beautiful works was a cameo of  a couple of Melissa Cameron pieces – I knew some images were coming but was still surprised.)

I also really enjoyed Dr Eugenie Keefer-Bell’s presentation on goldsmith-artist-sculptor Albert Paley. I’m going to have to study this man, and read more of Eugenie’s work too.

I managed to find enough voice to make my presentation and answer questions, and with the calibre of the responses and the general feedback, I think I can safely judge my first paper a success! (For those interested, post pin-swap party I am once again seeking voice…)

Lastly, I will have my bibliography and image references up at my main site as promised, very soon.

seeking…

Melissa has talked a lot today, and still won’t shut up…

lost; one voice. went wandering late this afternoon, and was last seen hovering around the CIT complex in Perth. If found, please tell it to go home, its owner is anxious for its safe return. Preferably by 2:15pm WST tomorrow… The opening was  massive night, we can hardly hope to count the numbers. Sales were good, and the popularity of our venue was such that we had to boot out about 30 people at closing.

My sincerest thanks to my co-conspirators, who surprised me with a gift at the end of the night, and to Justine for her excellent work on plinths (including some stellar project management). And Bruce, who kept his hand on the tiller all night, ensuring safe passage for all, especially me. No, go to bed, the lot of you! We start again at 9am sharp!

PS – If in WA, check out the Seven Days magazine in the paper, p6. The best publicity is free!

… space

Melissa populates a space with plinths. Feels compelled to blog about how clever this is.

This is an image taken today of the Showcase Gallery, at the CIT, Northbridge. (WA, y’all) Next door is an even larger gallery being used for the massive Graduate Metal XII show, that was also in the process of being mounted today. When I say also, the plinths finished and the wall boards prepped is as far as I got today in our space. This is the calm before the storm. Tomorrow, it pours jewels!

t – 1 week and counting

One week until the Return exhibition in Perth. Expect to see Melissa looking a little dazed from here on in.

There’s plenty of action round these parts at the moment. And all to do with one thing. I’m putting on a show! Of course you’re all invited, so long as you can get to Perth some time in the next month… If not, maybe you can live vicariously. I’ll try my best to keep y’all updated on the shenanigans of the show, and hopefully the conference too. But if I fail, please don’t judge me. Like they say on the Iron Chef, “I will do my best!”

where’s my trumpet?

‘you don’t know how far you’ve travelled, until you return’

… ahh, here it is!

Earlier this week I made a new website. It seems to be becoming a common occurrence for me, which must say something about my online activities, but I’m not entirely sure what that is.

This one is for an exhibition that I’m curating to coincide with this years JMGA conference in Perth (as I have mentioned before.) Return is being held to showcase the works of several ex-West Australian jewellers, while they’re in town for the conference in April. I wanted a place to show some examples of the artists’ older works, so those in the audience unfamiliar with these artists could see what has shifted in their works whilst away; hence the website.

The show is based on the idea that ‘you don’t know how far you’ve travelled, until you return’.

Conference Call

Melissa and her mates to invade Perth for the JMGA conference in April 2010!

In other news (no restrictions here, it’s already been published 😉 ), I got the nod late yesterday from the JMGA in Perth. I’ll be delivering a paper at the upcoming biennial Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia Conference, and I’m in good company. A whole lot of good company as a matter of fact; the list is bursting at the seems with local and international talent. I do have to mention my friends though – Maureen Faye-Chauhan is also delivering a paper (ignore the misspelling of her name on the website), while Jin-Ah Jo is the subject of another.  I’m organising a show to coincide with the conference too, loosely based on the idea of “Return”, but more details as it gets closer. I found the last conference in Adelaide in ’08 really motivating and inspiring, so for me the standard has been set (and there is no home-town pride on the line here at all… no way!)

It’s going to be a beauty!