So travel broadens the mind, well why am I still taking pictures of flaking paint? The truth is, it still excites me. Yes the truth is out, but I have come to realise that life is just one big contradiction. Now I know this is not rocket science, but from all the images I have taken over the 6 weeks of travelling with the family. I have realised there is a great deal of variety that makes me go ‘ooooh’ about.
Off to Brisbane I go.
This piece is part of the Graduate Metal 13 Exhibition
which is in conjunction with the 15th JMGA (Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia)
It is said, ‘truth will out’ and I can no longer hide what I truly love. Earrings !
They may not be the main focus in contemporary jewellery but I am always drawn to them and the making of them.
So here are some examples of earrings recently made. They are made from oxidised silver or copper with enamel. They all reference my interest in imperfection and so no two are the same.
It has been so long since I posted anything I will be amazed if anyone is still remotely interested in what I am up to. But never the less it is a new year, a new phase in my life so it is time to make this blog work.
Firstly a quick résumé of what has happen since grad show. Five students from Unitec were selected for Best in Show, currently running at ObjectSpace in Auckland. I was one of the 5 and a selection of my work is on show, along with graduating students from AUT and Hungry Creek. The show is an opportunity for emerging makers and designers to be promoted in a Gallery space, it is a curated show and a great experience at the beginning of the creative journey outside of college.
To complement this award, I am still coming to terms with being nominated for the Graduate Fingers Gallery Award.
Fingers Contemporary Jewellery Gallery is a prestigious gallery in Auckland, next year 2014, it celebrates its 40th year of operating! It is the third oldest Gallery of its genre in the world. An amazing achievement for any gallery especially one situated this side of the world. So I am presently working on a body of work that further develops my approach to enamelling along with my continued fascination with impermanence, imperfection and incompleteness. It is a great personal achievement for me, one that I intend to make the most of. For me it proves that hard work and doing what you love can pay off. My aesthetic will not be for everyone, but it allows me to address questions of value and worth that the wearing of jewellery has done for many, many years.