on the intertubes

Melissa Online! Now more Online!

Hiya! So, it’s been ages since I mentioned the conference in Perth, eh? Three whole posts have passed; it’s been over a week since the last one went up. In internet time that’s practically years between mentions. Did you enjoy the holiday?

Today my paper Examining the connections between architecture and jewellery from the JMGA conference was published in the Craft Australia online library. I put up links to the images I used in my delivery a while back, but at least half of them appear with it, in its online incarnation. Once again my thanks go to all the artists who gave me permission to use the images of their works, including the ones who were not published.

Also on the Craft Australia site, a review of the conference by Christel van der Laan. Christel is an amazing jeweller, and her new works, which were on display in the JMGA Members exhibition in Perth (see the final image on the RHS of her review), are incredible.


Mel’s applying herself to applying. Wanna join the fun? There’s plenty of links to go round!

First of all a community service announcement for any recent grads in Melbourne:
ArtStart info session
Tuesday 25 May 2010, 6-8pm
Old Council Chambers, Trades Hall

FREE! RSVP: Melissa Habjan, ArtStart Administration Officer,
 on 02 9215 9162 or at m dot habjan at australiacouncil dot gov dot au
2010 ArtStart Grant information
 – Closing date: 4 October 2010. 
Applications available online from 23 August 2010.


In other news, here’s what I’m currently applying for:
a show at Object – closes June 30
a few travel grants – Noosa, British Council and the Samstag Scholarship (the last two for grads) and New Traditional Jewellery.

I made it into NTJ in ’07, so it’s not that hard, but I didn’t in ’08, so it’s not too simple either. (Maybe just getting more popular, yeah? That’s how I consoled myself…)

preziosa young

Melissa’s upcoming opening: Preziosa Young, Florence. This time she’s not going. Awww, poor she.

Yup, feeling very young today… But this is not about me, it’s about precious things going on display, in Italy!

You are cordially invited to the Opening, Friday 21st of May, at 6.00 PM of the Firenze Preziosa Exhibition in Firenze, Leopoldine Cloister Torquato Tasso Square. Open every day, 11.00 a.m.-7.00 p.m. till the 6th of June, 2010. Free entrance.

Artists: Giampaolo Babetto, Johanna Dahm, Ruudt Peters, Helen Britton, Andi Gut, Evert Nijland.

Artist’s Conference on Saturday 22nd of May, from 11.00 a.m. to 17.00 p.m. The participation to the conferences is free: please register on-line at www.preziosa.org, or contact the organization

Collateral Events

PREZIOSA YOUNG Third edition of this important contest/exhibition of young goldsmith/artists selected for their individual research and for the originality of their creations. The selected artists are;

Cheryl Eve, USA
Erin Keys, Australia
Monica Haneckova, Slovakia
Sachiko Shouji, Japan
Edna Yoshie, Japan
Sooyeon Kim, Korea
Adam Grinovich, Sweden
Melissa Cameron, Australia

with special mention to;

Marta Hryc, Poland
Susanne Wolbers, Germany
Elena Ruebel, Germany
Sabine Lang, Germany
Jahyun Baek, Great Britain
Natalie Smith, Great Britain
Tiina Rajakallio, Finland
Lisa Juen, Germany

I have to add the ‘special mentions’, since last year I was on that list.

export exhertions

Melissa goes to school. Well, marketing school. A marketing masterclass, in fact. Where are the masters?

Today I went to a Design Victoria mini-symposium, or what they called a Tools of the Export Trade Masterclass. I found out about it on the Australian Design Unit blog. Owing to the recent shenanigans that ensued when getting works to international exhibitions (thanks Eyjafjallajokull for making it even more stressful), I was (and am) keen to ‘skill-up’ in this area. The marketing insights and the tips from professionals managed to outweigh the the speakers who intoned some very irrelevant information for a small business such as mine. In fact, after today, I’m leaning towards using the term ‘micro business’ when referring to my art practice.

While the info on offer was all well intentioned, and possibly even some of it useful to me; like some of the nuances of the ‘dark arts’ of marketing, and more grants info available from the Victorian Government and Austrade, it’s not likely come in handy when my projected output won’t reach the marketing budget needed to trigger their minimum grant amount.

Ahh well, back to sweating over the details on Australia Post forms.

out of Perth and back to earth

Melissa gets down and dirty… earthy… sandy…? Anyway, she’s back in Melbourne.

An explanation of my title: I’m now back in Melbourne, and am going back (all of 2.5 weeks) to what I learned in Perth at the workshop presented by Elizabeth Turrell, which was, in essence, about how to apply sand to metal.

So, what’s to know about earth then? Well, very kindly, Inari put her hand up to make an order to Thompson Enamel in the US on behalf of a few fellow Victorians. She is currently studying at RMIT and keen to keep using this process in her works for examination, so was quick off the mark with her order, which I have been told arrived yesterday. (Yup, a Sunday…)

For my order I went over to Thompson’s website where I downloaded their comprehensive catalogue (on the main page) and set about trying to find the enamels we had used during the workshop. In the end I ordered (in 8oz dry powdered form) from the section – Liquid Form Enamel, Water Base, Base Coats:
BC-1070 Medium fusing white
BC-969A Low fusing clear transparent
BC-303L Medium fusing clear transparent (not used in the workshop, I just added this one to be a completist)
and in the Liquid Form Enamel Colors:
533 White
930 Chinese Red
772 Black

Being in the possession of a sand blaster (too many posts to note sorry, do a search if you’re interested) I will be testing these enamels (once I have mixed them with water and got them paint-brush ready) on mild steel and stainless steel (why sandblast? Elizabeth suggests blasting the surface to help the enamel stick). And with any luck on some recycled pre-enameled metals as well. One of our group has already approached her local white goods retailer and been given a bounty of fridge doors to attack/beautify.

Now all I need is a kiln. Coincidentally, TurboNerd sent me a link to this little sucker yesterday. It’s maybe a little small (dimensionally and in possible heat output) for my current needs, and definitely lacking in a thermometer, but it’s perfect for my current price range…

For the moment I think I’ll attempt flame-enameling instead.

discussion – part b

Part B – a magnet for jewellery obsessives. Not just any magnet; a nickel plated, 2kg rated rare-earth magnet. Melissa knows other jewellers will understand.

So, Part A: make jewellery. Part B: discuss.

You’re a jeweller, or an interested bystander, and you want to see some interesting jewellery. Your significant other/drinking buddies/family/friends/acquaintances will obediently accompany you to shows and galleries, but they’re not as ‘into’ the work as you are. You lack discussion time, a sounding board, a sympathetic ear to your obsession(s).

Solution! Come on down to Studio Ingot, Shop 2, 234, Brunswick St, Fitzroy, on Saturday the 8th of May, around 2pm. Meet other jewellers. Chat about stuff that matters. To jewellers. See Michelle Kelly‘s new work. Have a cup of tea. Go home refreshed and rewarded.

Tell your buddies!

Examining links with architecture – image set

Melissa presents links that show links between jewellery and architecture. Got it? Yeah!

I promised at the end of my paper at the JMGA conference that I would have my image bibliography online. It’s taken me a couple of weeks (which is quite slow; I’m genuinely sorry about my tardiness) but they are as follows. If you weren’t at the conference, take a look at the people you haven’t heard of, I think all of these works are genuinely interesting, and not just in the context of the paper.

For reference, the paper was entitled ‘Examining connections between architecture and jewellery in the last 100 years: Using associations outside the profession to inform a vision of the future jeweller’

Image sources; listed in order of presentation.

Francios-Desire Froment-Meurice, Paris ca 1845/50
Brooch: Gold, Silver, Enamel, Pearl | “A female half figure with a dog on her lap in a Neo-Gothic alcove”
Fritz Falk, Schmuck Jewellery 1840-1940: Highlights Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim, Arnoldsche, 2004, (p 22)

Vicki Ambery-Smith
Guggenheim Brooch, 2004 | V & A Spiral, 2004 | Untitled Ring http://www.vickiamberysmith.co.uk/jewel.html

Martin Papcun
Object 2007, 85 x 90 x 45, Aluminium
Object: Buildings 2007 Aluminium, gold plated 4,5 x 6 x 3 cm
(From the Czech Republic)

Erik Kuiper
Ravary Series: Taus II | Weltinnenraum Series  Formalhaut | Scutum I http://www.erikkuiper.com/ravary.html http://www.erikkuiper.com/weltinnenraum.html (from the Netherlands)

Donna Verveka
Necklace: Sofitto, Venezia – Sterling Silver, 18 carat gold, metallic cord, 2007 | Bracelet: Gothic Arcade – Sterling Silver, Aquamarine, 2007 | Ring: Colosseum – Sterling silver, 18 carat gold, 2004 http://www.donnavjewelry.com/

Ben Neubauer:
Spire ring, 18 karat palladium white gold | Isolated Hemispheres Necklace, 2001, sterling and 18 karat gold | Rectangular pin, sterling and 18 karat gold | Roman arch ring, 18 karat gold http://www.benneubauer.com/index.html

Vikki Kassioras
Concrete and Silver rings 2002. Photo: Terence Bogue. http://vikkikassioras.blogspot.com/2009/07/concrete-rings.html

Carlier Makigawa
Bangle: Silver and Monel, 2005 (Hybrid Series) | Ring, 925 silver, Monel, 2003 | Hybrid Series, pins and bangle. Monel, 925 silver, enamel, (coral) http://www.theage.com.au/news/reviews/carlier-makigawa/2005/09/12/1126377251725.html

Simon Cottrell
Brooch: Faceted tubes tagged lumber, Monel, stainless steel, 2006, 9 x 6 x 4 cm| Brooch: Silver blob faceted tubes, Monel, 925 silver, 2005, 7.5 x 6 x 4 cm | Object: Awkward, Monel, 2005, 15 x 15 x 13 cm
Klimt02: http://www.klimt02.net/jewellers/index.php?item_id=9051

Amanda Levete Architects
Corian Showroom from Milan. This won the Interiors and Fit-out prize at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona, in 2009. Taken from article by Rose Etherington. http://www.dezeen.com/2009/11/11/corian-super-surfaces-showroom-by-amanda-levete-architects/

Fritz Maierhofer
(L-R top) Ring – Corian 2005 | Rings – Corian, Gold, 2003 | Brooch – Corian, Silver, Acrylic, Magnets 2005,
(L-R bottom) Brooch – Corian, Silver Magnets, 2005 | Brooch – Corian, Silver Magnets, 2006
From Klimt02: http://www.klimt02.net/jewellers/index.php?item_id=669

David Watkins
Pendant Neckpiece, Dyed Acrylic, Gold, 1974 (The only work to be executed from the programming experiment) From: ‘David Watkins: Artist in Jewellery’, Chadour-Sampson, B. Arnoldsche, Stuttgart, 2008, p9

David Watkins
Necklace: Flat Square 1977, Gold, acrylic, 220 x 220 x 100 mm | Bracelet: Wave 1986, Colorcore, Ø 150 mm Klimt02

David Watkins
Pin: Gardens of Arqua Petrarca 2004, stainless steel approx. 11.0 cm (Ø) http://nga.gov.au/Exhibition/Transformations/Detail.cfm?IRN=142986&BioArtistIRN=1729&MnuID=SRCH

Ted Noten
Pig bracelet (From the seriers; Coming Soon) Sintered nylon, 2008 | Haunted by 36 Women 2009 – Nylon necklace, gold and (titanium?) rings.

Giampaolo Babetto
Brooch: 750 white gold, acrylic, 2001 | Brooch Gold 750, pigment, 1992

Helfried Kodré
Brooch: Untitled 2008, Silver, amazonite, 12 x 10.5 cm | Ring: Untitled 2008, Silver, turquoise, rhodonite 3.5 x 1.7 x 4 cm

Peter Skubic
Untitled Brooch: Steel, pink lacquer, gold leaf, 2004 | Untitled Ring (no details)
Klimt02 + http://peterskubic.heim.at/jewellery4.html

Frank Gehry
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain, 1997
http://www.essential-architecture.com/STYLE/STY-M13.htm http://www.guggenheim-bilbao.es/secciones/multimedia/salvapantallas_fondos.php?idioma=en

Four Architect Designed Jewels: Commissioned by Cleto Munari
Peter Eisenman – Ring: gold, black onyx , lapis lazuli, turquoise (p23)
Richard Meier – Ring: gold, black onyx, sapphires, white onyx (p55)
Robert Venturi– Collar: gold, white onyx, black onyx, lapis lazuli, turquoise, red agate, green agate (p109)
Arato Isozaki – Ring: gold, lapis lazuli, red onyx, turquoise (p42)
Barbara Radice, (Gioilli di Architetti) Jewellery by Architects, Electa 1987

Josef Hoffman
Three brooches with sketch
Silver, partly gilt, semi-precious and precious stones, coral,
Weiner Werkstatte Jewelry, Staggs et al, Hatje Cantz, 2008

Frank Gehry
Torque Necklace, Sterling Silver | Fish Necklace, Sterling Silver, Rubber Cord | Torque Bangle, Sterling Silver | 7-Fish necklace in sterling silver, onyx, nephrite green jade, acacia wood, and pernambuco wood
http://au.tiffany.com/Shopping/Category.aspx?cid=288188&mcat=148206 http://blog.miragestudio7.com/2006/06/frank-gehry-jewelry-design-collection-for-tiffany-co/

Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher with Swarovski
Catwalk piece, 2008
(Hadid and Schumacher have collaborated also on lighting design) http://nancyjimenezdesign.blogspot.com/2009/07/swarovski-zaha-hadid.html

Zaha Hadid Architects
Renderings of the proposed Regium Waterfront Development, Reggio, Calabria, Italy. Announced in 2009

Zaha Hadid Architects
Burnham Pavillion Chicago, 2009. Image copyright Michelle Lilvin.

Mitsue Slattery
Leaf Brooch, Fine Silver. Image: Matthew Brown

Wendy Ramshaw
Garden Gate: Fellows Garden,  St John’s College, Oxford, 1993. Mild steel and gold leaf
Images: Bob Cramp http://www.ramshaw-watkins.com/wr/ac.htm
Columbus Screen – Canary Wharf, London. Mild steel, acrylic, stainless steel, glass, industrial paint, aluminium and gold leaf. 1999/2000. 15m x 2m x 6.5cm. Images: Jim Ebdon – http://www.flickr.com/photos/chalkstream/2577431625/

Wendy Ramshaw
Brooch: Metro 1, 18 carat gold, 2008? Photography: Graham Pym http://www.klimt02.net/exhibitions/index.php?item_id=11074
Pipe Dreams: Set of 7 rings | Sterling Silver, blue and purple enamel. Nickel Alloy Stand http://www.mobilia-gallery.com/artists/wramshaw/index.html

MakerBot Industries
Cupcake CNC

return blog + patty cakes

Melissa apologises for not being quicker on inputting photos, and makes up for it with cake!

Yesterday I broke a rule of the internet. Don’t point people in the direction of a site that it still under construction. For those of you good folks who visited the Return blog yesterday and saw one little picture of the gallery when you were expecting shots of artists works, I am sorry. Today (should you care to venture forth once again…) you will find ten whole glorious colour images of our works!

Next week the Return show closes. In honour of the end of our 3 week run (and to keep me occupied in the morning before I arrive) there will be a morning tea on Thursday the 29th from 11am, for which I will bake patty-cakes! (We’ll not be calling them cup-cakes, even if my grandmother was born in Canada and did insist on baking them and labeling them so…) Here’s a sample of one I prepared earlier!

You might have to bring your cup of tea/coffee with you however… Did I mention free cake?


Melissa finally puts up images of works from the Return show. *applause*!

finally! some images of the actual works from the …return show. I haven’t meant to keep you all in suspense, but it’s been fairly busy here in the gallery, so photography of artists’ work has been sporadic. This is just a taster of my works, so for the many pieces by other artists,  (all of them gorgeous, of course!) point your browser at the Return blog.