With only 20 days left until Christmas you might be struggling with ideas for what to get the goth girl in your life this year. My Goth Girl Gift Guide is back for 2013. I’ve included gift ideas to suit every price range. Enjoy.
In the midst of exhibition-preparation-madness, I was invited to attend an intimate supper with renown Melbourne-based jeweller and taxidermist Julia deVille to celebrate the launch of her own exhibition, Can the voices of the living be heard by the dead. The presentation was hosted by iconic Melbourne jewellery gallery e.g.etal and comprised of a 60 piece collection of engagement and cocktail rings, necklaces and bracelets composed of multiple clusters of classic claw-held precious stones.
Works featured asymmetrical arrangements of diamonds (white, cognac & black), sapphires, emeralds and rubies combined with larger cushion cut lemon quartz, London blue topaz and garnets – to name a few – set in 18 carat gold draw upon motifs from Renaissance, Baroque and Victorian jewellery tradition.
Julia’s work is informed by the acceptance of death expressed in Memento Mori jewellery of the 15th to 18th centuries as well as Victorian Mourning jewellery. At the supper, Julia explained that it was her intention for the pieces in the collection to become heirlooms, passed down from generation to generation – a communion between the living and the dead.
It was an honour and a pleasure to be asked to attend the event, not only to have the opportunity to preview the show but to also have the opportunity to meet with a long admired and respected icon of mine.
Event images by Megan Harding Photography
As a student jeweller, the novelty of getting to have supper after hours at e.g.etal was probably something I enjoyed more than any other of the attendees that evening. Known for it’s passionate commitment to promoting locally designed and handmade jewellery, the gallery represents over 60 Australian and New Zealand artists and designers. e.g.etal seeks to promote the essence of contemporary jewellery: a practice defined by considered research, conceptual ingenuity and intrepid technical diligence. The gallery has been at the forefront of establishing Melbourne as the contemporary jewellery capital of Australia, and one of the most vibrant jewellery communities in the world.
Although the presentation Can the voices of the living be heard by the dead is now closed, many of the works have been entered into e.g.etal’s normal retail space and can be viewed during normal opening hours.
PHOTOGRAPHY OLIVIA LORRAINE TRAN HAIR & MAKEUP HOLLY-ROSE BUTLER MODEL YUNJI @ LONDON STYLING & ART DIRECTION ALICIA HANNAH NAOMI
It is my great pleasure to formally share with you the result of the last two years of my studies – my 2014 graduate jewellery collection.
Crafted by hand and combining precious materials with those of scientific origins, the collection is my response to the haunting beauty of dark and mountainous landscapes. Girt by blackened waters and crowned in snow, these rugged terrains are imbued with poetic desolation and natural austerity.
Taking cues from the majesty of geological, glacial and volcanic mountain structures, the works are small-scale studies of shape, texture and pigment. The collection is manufactured in Melbourne from sterling silver, leather and hand-cast resin. Due to the hand-dying process, each resin crystal mountain displays unique pigment characteristics.
There are ten pieces in the collection ranging from rings, bangles, pendants and a pair of earrings. The full collection is available to order online now at www.aliciahannahnaomi.com and if you’re in Melbourne will also be available to view and order from our graduate exhibition ALLEGORY, at No Vacancy Gallery in the QV until November 17th.
I didn’t know quite what to make of this track when I first heard it almost a year ago. Sometimes you just need to be in the right frame of mind to digest certain music. It’s been a while since How To Destroy Angels released their debut LP, Welcome Oblivion – but ever since I found myself in the right frame of mind I’ve been listening to it on repeat.
Ice Age is a funny little track, it sits in it’s own little universe apart from the rest of album. You could be forgiven for misunderstanding it completely as I did at first… but the strange and beautiful video helps conceptually tie the song back to the rest of the album, which has more of a glitchy dark electro vibe. What I love about this track though is the way it gives focus to Mariqueen’s vocals. It’s also one of the only tracks on the album that Trent doesn’t interrupt. I feel like there’s a lot of stylistic overlap between HTDA and more recent NIN (like some of the more experimental tracks on Ghosts and The Slip), so for me the real draw-card is the female led vocals – of which I definitely do not have enough in my collection.
Dark female-led bands or female artist recs? Please comment below.
Otherwise, enjoy the video.