Saturday, September 7, 2013

Now Roots a workshop by Ruudt Peters in Ravenstein, The Netherlands

So I went to the most sensational workshop called 'Now Roots' in Ravenstein in the countryside in The Netherlands taught by Ruudt Peters, a certified excellent artist and wonderful teacher, preacher and guru. Assisted by the very wonderful Estela Saez. The workshop is for jewellers and for the week long duration of the course we do not make jewellery, infact we are discouraged from that. Instead we make art, meditation and deep thoughts that go deeper and deeper into the "Head, heart and Belly" to deliver the our most authentic and essential voice through making.

Here are some pictures and lessons learnt.

Ravenstein, Southern Holland workshop garden


notes on Alchemy and stuff



Monday, September 10, 2012

Street Sweeper Keeper finalist in the NCJA- national contemporary jewellery award

Street Sweeper Keeper, copper, sterling silver, steel street sweeper bristles, found paint and home made graffiti ink. 2012
Selected as a finalist work in the 2012 NCJA National Contemporary Jewellery Award.
Street Sweeper Keeper is a keeper of urban muck and debris. Inspired by a city’s streets speckled with gum splats and paint drips- The patina and weathering of old buildings, the blistering painted facades with miss matched patches covering vandalism ink that bleeds through- The mangled old wires and metal that jut out of walls where something used to be. 

 The opening was pretty fantastic to say the least, warmly supported and celebrated by the Griffith and MIA (Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area) community. It is obvious that this place has a strong connection and appreciation for Australian craft and the hand made. I don't think that I have been to a show with such huge patronage from the community at large, very impressive, very impressive indeed!

Here are some pictures from the road trip to the opening of the show in Griffith and some extra curricular activities...

on the road near Harden

stopping on the way

canola in season
opening night

Bin Dixon-Ward's piece

My Piece


Bridget Kennedy's piece

and then off to the griffith cup horse races

to the farm with uncle phil in Yanco

Packing the oranges in the packing shed, in Leeton


Driving home in the sunset

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Street Sweeper Necklace

This one belongs to Lisa Furno 
swapped for a sweet as yellow Lucky Dip Necklace

Street Sweeper Necklace, the first of its kind,
Street Sweeper Bristles gleaned from Sydney Kerbs and oxidised silver chain

Series ongoing, so far it has 4 relatives...

A few pics from jemposium an excellent conference of contemporary jewellery in Wellington NZ

A late post of photos from The trip to NZ for Jemposium Feb 2012, Great conference, excellent trip. Many new friends, inspiration and food for thought.

Ted Noten's installation wanna swap your ring


Pin Swap, lucky dip

pin by Peter Deckers

Saori with jewellery on and in background, j
ewellery dripping mass magnitude

Jewellery dripping mass magnitude #2

Sarah Reads This too shall pass workshop

This too shall pass, help pins

giant squid in the museum

Local coast, not too shabby...rugged good looks

Ground inspiration! green bits from wethered road marking decals


Saturday, May 19, 2012

new prototypes

some new prototypes: brass 'squashed packets' I used my anvil to make them.