Spending more time at the bench than on the blog lately
Generally speaking, the quieter things are on the blog means the more hectic things are in my offline world. This last month was no exception. Organising the silent auction dominated a significant amount of my time outside of school and work hours – the event was last week and a big success, thank you to all who came to show your support!
The preparatory frenzy was compounded by a rather large challenge of a digital nature – my laptop’s hard-drive rather unglamorously died at the start of May and I’ve been without a primary computer since. The last month has been interesting not spending every night tethered to my laptop, and part of me is tempted not to replace it because I can see how unhealthy my relationship with my computer really was. In the time I’d normally spend religiously checking blogs, idly scrolling through tumblr, refreshing forum threads, trawling through online stores or (sometimes) blogging, my non-digital productivity has increased. I don’t think I’m quite ready to go rogue and break-up with computer ownership for good, but the exercise has certainly given me the perspective I need to limit my time in front of the screen to what’s necessary.
In order to compensate for the cost of a replacement computer and help pay for new studio equipment I’ve decided to reluctantly list some more items from my wardrobe for sale. They’re pieces I love but can admit that I don’t need. I’m also taking pre-orders via e-mail for ELCHO FALLING and SERPENT’S NEST- the two non-gemstone rings I created for the Whitehorse Jewellery silent auction.
The Whitehorse Jewellery Silent Auction is less than one week away. I am excited to finally post about the pieces I’ve hand-crafted as my donation to the auction.
By now you’ll know that I’m fascinated by the juxtaposition between dark and light, hard and soft, the organic and the austere. For this project I wanted to combine natural, non repetitive erosion with traditional ring forms. I used the flawless, high polished finish of the edges, table and inside bands to contrast the dark and irregular texture of the outer surfaces. These rings were hand-carved and then cast in solid sterling silver and are very heavy.
The mountainous ELCHO FALLING has proved to be a favourite on social media getting a lot of love on instagram and tumblr. I have had a mold made of it so I can re-cast it because it would be impossible to recraft it and get it exactly the same.
The signet ring SERPENT’S NEST is probably my favourite simply because it’s the most wearable for every day. I have also had a mold made of it so I can cast another one for myself.
The stone in PRIESTESS OF THE COIL is grey glass. It was by far the most challenging design in the set of three and due to the nature of the hand-fabricated setting could not be re-cast. I have a maternal-like attachment to it and will be very sad to see it go.
If you’re in Melbourne next Wednesday, June the 5th I urge you to come down to New Guernica from 6pm to view and bid on an impressive range of hand-crafted, locally produced jewellery – including these three rings that are sure to sell for a fraction of their retail value. If you are a reader and are attending the event please find me and say hello, I would love to meet you all.
My 2013 graduating jewellery class is proud to invite you to the Whitehorse Jewellery Silent Auction, to be held at New Guernica on Wednesday the 5th of June.
I have designed and hand-crafted three new pieces especially for the event, which I believe are my strongest works to date. They will be exclusively available to bid on at the event.
Also available to bid on are pieces that have been kindly donated from a selection of talented local contemporary jewellers, as well as pieces hand-crafted by the other graduating students. With reserve prices starting from just $50, it is a fantastic opportunity to secure a piece of beautiful contemporary jewellery for an amazing price and support the local emerging art and design community.
All funds raised at the event will go towards our graduate exhibition in November.
Viewing and bidding starts at 6:00pm.
Winners announced from 7:30pm.
This was my first go at making outfit GIFs. They’re pretty fun but I wish the images didn’t lose so much quality. I’ve had this dress for over a year – an easy wearing long-sleeved jersey dress is a trans-seasonal staple in my opinion. The looseness lends itself to being dressed up with a belt and heels or down as pictured for a casual Friday afternoon.
I’m spending mine catching up with friends, but afterwards I’m heading into the city to see OM. It’s been a good 12 months for gigs – in the last year I’ve managed to see a bunch of great international acts including Radiohead, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Earth. Sadly I’ve missed out on seeing Tool and APC (again) and Opeth, hopefully they’ll all tour again in Australia soon.
Rick Owens Lilies Top (buy here) Helmut Lang Leather Leggings (buy here) Maison Martin Margiela Tabi Boots (buy here) Alexander Wang Handbag (sold out) Alicia Hannah Naomi Jewellery (buy here)
Heading out tonight to two different events revolving around jewellery – one is a media preview for a soon-to-launch jewellery and accessories online store with a twist, the other is the NMIT Jewellery Silent Auction; a fundraising event for graduating jewellery class at NMIT’s end of year exhibition. My graduating class will be having our own silent auction for the same fundraising goal in about a month – so if you’re in Melbourne please keep an eye out as I’ll be posting details soon.
I was so excited to pair these tabi boots with my leather leggings, I’ve been envisioning this leather leg effect for months and am really excited to finally put it together.
For those asking about the tabi boots – they are quite comfortable although slightly strange to walk in at first, and if you’re buying from recent seasons they are true to (Italian) size. Just don’t forget to pop into Daiso because you’ll need some tabi-toed socks to wear them with! I had to buy the men’s size because my feet are so big.