status report

Melissa has many ‘works in progress’, including ‘paperwork in progress’. Yup, could be more interesting…

As per my post outgoing, I have entered/am entering some competitions.

So far I have been notified that I am into the Travelling Scholarship exhibition at Noosa Regional Gallery, which starts on the 29th of July. Yep, just me and 39 other ‘3d artists’… The piece the judges chose is the piece in the picture above – Planar Iteration.

I’m currently whittling down my word count for the Realise Your Dream travel scholarship, which is due on Friday at 5pm.

And news just to hand, the Powerhouse: Love Lace competition judges have had to go into extra time (700 entries!), so not details on that one as yet.

showtime…

Melissa’s works captured on film. In Italy. She wanted to go to, but the postage proved too costly…

Just in from Le Arti Orafe, organisers of Preziosa Young.

And here is another vid, of the day long symposium that coincided with the exhibition opening, and people milling about the works. (Not sure about the choice of music, though the live opera towards the end is molto impressionante.) The second campus of LAO (the first being in Firenze) is located in Lucca, the HQ of Puccini fandom. The famous opera composer was born and raised in the hills surrounding this ancient town. Normally this exhibition occurs in Lucca, but my catalogue tells me that this year LAO and the Commune didn’t see eye to eye, so the who shebang decamped to Firenze. Maybe live music’s a regular fixture…

drawing is oooo-ver!

Melissa talks camera, and lights, aaaand action!

So today it’s back to… photography. There will be studio time later today, (HOORAY!) but for the moment, I’m working on shooting straight.

I have a Leica D-Lux 4 which takes a pretty good shot. I know very little about cameras, but I have several friends with Leica’s, (and one with the cheaper but identical Panasonic Lumix LX3, you know who you are!) and generally, they rave about them. I try not to, but hey, here I am now…

Having said that, I’ve had this Leica with and without a lighting setup. I have to say, the lights are probably more important than the camera. I didn’t realise back in Perth (given the unmatchable access to powerful natural light year-round) how important lighting is, so I struggled in Melbourne for a while with my previous (but still not too bad) camera.

Now I have the camera, and the modest light setup, and I can shoot this;

and turn it into this!

(hopefully there’s detectable improvement)

distribution

Melissa does the jewellery version of housework. Getting organised in autumn? Man, it’s like it was spring!

Today was a ‘jump outta bed’ kind of day. But oh, what to do with the sudden burst of energy? After writing a list of what I’m meant to get done in the next couple of months, I sorted into physical piles what pieces are going where. Then I stored each collection with a big yellow label attached for easy identification.

After this, it turns out there’s a small pile of pieces left over. Time to do something about it!

outgoing

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.

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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…)

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.

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
http://www.papcun.net/
Object: Buildings 2007 Aluminium, gold plated 4,5 x 6 x 3 cm
http://www.klimt02.net/jewellers/index.php?item_id=680
(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
http://www.turnergalleries.com.au/church_gallery/3exhibit_funaki.php
http://www.galleryfunaki.com.au/gf/artists/29/carlier-makigawa

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.
http://www.tednoten.com/

Giampaolo Babetto
Brooch: 750 white gold, acrylic, 2001 | Brooch Gold 750, pigment, 1992
http://www.babetto.com/
http://www.klimt02.net/workshops/index.php?item_id=6735

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
http://www.klimt02.net/jewellers/index.php?item_id=7705

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
http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com/index.php?fuseaction=wanappln.projectview&upload_id=11047

Zaha Hadid Architects
Burnham Pavillion Chicago, 2009. Image copyright Michelle Lilvin.
http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com/index.php?fuseaction=wanappln.projectview&upload_id=12136
http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com/index.php?fuseaction=wanappln.showprojectbigimages&img=5&pro_id=12136

Mitsue Slattery
Leaf Brooch, Fine Silver. Image: Matthew Brown
http://www.shopmoose.com.au/artists/mitsue-slattery

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
http://store.makerbot.com/catalog/product/gallery/image/86/id/47/