Friday, April 30, 2010

reve(name)lations ...

A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege to attend a workshop by the renowned enamel specialist Elizabeth Turrell (UK) in Perth, as a part of the JMGA conference. It was an amazing experience. Hello fellow enamelists around Australia and back in Bristol : ) A fellow jeweller, Melissa Cameron, talks about the workshop in her blog, too, and check out the beautiful images of work also!

In short, liquid enamel on steel is my new passion. It is like painting and drawing, but on metal and glass. I love it.

Here are a few small samples (90 x 90 mm) from the three intensive and unforgettable days, and a very recent attempt (this afternoon at rmit) which began my experiments with enamel on 3D steel objects, for a silversmithing research project.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

not that kind

Monday, April 26, 2010


Brunswick West 25 April 2010, sky changing within half an hour

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Life as a jewellery student 1: Imagination / Survival

imagination / survival (2008) steel wire, polymer clay

While processing new photos, I've been able to have a look again through the picture archival from the two and a bit years past. A little time in between then and now adds a certain tenderness and mercy to the way we look at things … there was a lot of emotion and learning, plenty of sweat and tears, which went into this first semester piece.

I thought about this work as a "portable garden", something that could be a physical manifestation of imagination, and also a place to seek comfort in, to hide in sometimes.

– Click on the images for more detail –

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

April sky in Perth

Going to Perth felt like going home, this time. It was exhausting and beautiful.
Images from the post-conference workshop by master enamellist Elizabeth Turrell soon …

Monday, April 5, 2010

melbourne morning – a pin for perth

I feel very happy and very lucky to be going to the 14th biannual JMGA Conference from 9-11 April (this coming weekend) in Perth. So many great guest speakers and exhibitions to look forward to!

This is a pin I've made for the traditional pin swap–hoping it's not supposed to be a secret–with a Melbourne morning in mind … wood, brass, steel, enamel paint and 925 silver, very light and quite tiny in size. Maybe it also works as an antenna to tune into some things?

Can't wait to visit my old stomping grounds and catch up with the jewellers who originally pointed me to the right path, especially the amazing teachers with hearts of pure gold, Brenda Ridgewell, Claire Townsend and Sarah Elson.

four odd brooches

Here are the rest of the brooches which were born as a result of combining treated plastics with metal and organic, found materials (RMIT jewellery work for this semester). Together with the "blue and yellow brooch", shown in an earlier post and again below, these pieces form a little series which I think of as an "odd garden" – each of them a strange plant of mixed origins. A bit like myself, really.

As always, click on the images for better detail.

Odd 1, 2010, stone, 925, steel wire, melted medicine cup, acrylic paper, 110 mm

Odd 2, 2010, wood, 925, melted laboratory plastic, silk, enamel paint, 120 mm

Odd 3, 2010, 925, 18ct gold, brass, steel wire, melted medicine cup, crayon, silk, rubber,
60 mm

Odd 4, 2010, 925, 9ct gold, laboratory plastic, silk, brass, acrylic paint, varnish, 110 mm

Odd 5 (blue and yellow brooch), 2010, 925, steel wire, laboratory plastic, silk, oil paint