The Phenomenology of Jewellery(ness)

The opening of the ‘Handshake3: Reflect’ exhibition at The Dowse signals the end of Handshake3 which prompted me to look at where I was at at the beginning – at the HS3 Jewelcamp in February last year. According to my Jewelcamp powerpoint presentation, I was on a mission to make jewellery with less than one…

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Looking for Evidence of Jewelleryness

Last Wednesday I attended the opening of the Weeds jewellery collective exhibition ‘re-Production’ at Masterworks Gallery along with a whole lot of other Auckland Jewellery Geeks. Here I noticed two most definite examples of Jewelleryness happening amongst jewellers. The Weeds jewellery collective – Fran Allison, Andrea Daly, Shelley Norton and formerly Lisa Walker – have…

sunshine pegs

This packet of sunshine pegs was just so beautiful that I had to take a photo of it before I ripped into it to take a handful of pegs camping this weekend.  I have the funniest feeling that the remainder of the packet is going to be worn. Just stick a string on it and call…

building exhibitions

I have not blogged for a while because I have been very busy planning and preparing: Before starting my Handshake journey in 2011 I thought my only chance of travelling from little old New Zealand to Germany to experience Schmuck week in Munich would be if I miraculously got into Schmuck – something that seemed…

Let there be night

I have been trying to get a bit flasher with my Meteors From Space installation for their next appearance.  My experiments into spacial illumination have shown some positive results, however the universe will only be visible in a darkened room. Similarly it is almost impossible to see stars when the Sun is in the sky.…

Reflecting

Finding my jewelleryness whakapapa – or the lineage to my conceptual development. The next big project we are working towards in Handshake 3 is a show at The Dowse Art Museum curated by Sian van Dyk. In preparation for this event, Sian has invited us to ‘Reflect’ on how and why we do jewellery. Having…

Meteors from Space

Meteors – just stick a pin in them and call them a brooch. My installation at Platina was an adventure into 2d/3d space. I thought making the scatter of 100 Meteors look random would be easy if I started with the smallest ones and progressed up to the longest ones.  This was reasonably successful –…

pot theory

I have been meaning to experiment with aluminium to see how it compared to tin and zinc.  Problem was that we didnt have any aluminium cans in the recycling bin so I put that on the shelf for a while.  Luckily our friends from up the road came round for dinner and left me 4…

test driving the collaborative brooch

Brooch, Fitness Walker, 2016, Special Stars, Possum Fur Slug, Rock Mice, Shell Mouse, Brass, Glue. 280 x 110 x 40 mm. Destined for the HS3 Collaboration show at Objectspace next month. Test drove this brooch at work today. The students were all quite excited about it with the most common response being ‘Woah!’ often followed by…

found moon

Sometimes new pieces are staring you right in the face. As obvious as the moon in the sky. Raewyn was making a cup of tea outside my office the other day. She was staring at the aluminium moon that I found in the shed and hung on the wall a few years ago. That totally relates to what…

clusters, piles and meteors

I am starting to think about display methods if these slugs continue on their orbit to Platina. They seem naturally inclined to pile up together, but if they pile up together, what would happen to the strings.  Originally (back in March) I thought about having them scattered around on a wall with the strings hanging…

runny zinc

  Zinc melts at a fairly low temperature, like tin, but it takes longer to cool down. In its raw form you can see its hexagonal crystal like structure.  As the metal cools it starts to form hexagonals in the middle making it look different to the more boxy horizontal structures that appear in some…