23 November 2008

climb up my apple tree

After my relational aesthetics kick, I got back to making.
This is a ring project. I got caught up with wood and couldn't let go.
The idea was a series that gets progressively.....

bigger and chunkier.

I couldn't bring myself to paint the kauri, it just seemed wrong.
I found that I was very fond of the pine because it is so soft against the skin.
It is cheap and lacked the preciousness of kauri or ebony,
it was the perfect licence to play.

I have the feeling this is only the beginning....

20 September 2008

Broach of the Month Club

Introducing the side project.

"I would argue that craft will revive its radical aspect only if it returns to engaging in collaborative production and addressing its audience by speaking in the vernacular."
Technophilic Craft by Ezra Shales
American Craft Magazine April/May 2008

"Borderline jewellery is about borders, about going beyond borders, over the border. Borderline artist jewellers can't live in the reality of showcases, galleries and museums. They need other ways to establish a bond with people, with people other than the usual jewellery audience."
"Borderline Jewellery." Liesbeth den Besten
On Location making stories: siting, citing, sighting)

The central theme of this project was to revitalize the sense of community between craftsmen in a contemporary context. This project focuses on emerging jewellers and creating a 'place' to bring their work together, in a public space. Incorporating the involvement of non-art, non-jewellery related people in the creation process allows for exploration and emergent communities. With these objectives in mind, Broach of the Month Club was born.

01 June 2008


Last week I got the chance to stand up and give a 3 minute presentation on my most inspriational artists: Shelton Walmsith, Jon Pack and Craig Foltz. It was a lovely evening with lots of great presentations and interesting projects.

25 May 2008

life inside this box

i have been wallowing in the wondrous world of boxes. i decided to marry two of my favorite things, antique boxes and technology. or more simply put, an excuse to go on an antique box hunt. my favorite was a tiny, brown, ring box with a lovely little penciled in date of 1932. i just love the idea that someone looked after that box for nearly a century. one of the less precious little capsules, the Parker pen, fell victim to the laser cutter, and i fell victim to faulty planning. i only had time to complete one box/brooch, but there will be others.

implied jewellery

Incorporating aspects of the Skin and Bones exhibit (2006) at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angelas,CA as well as Le Corbusier's use of grid and human dimensions my attempts here are to investigate implied jewellery objects that can be interwoven with the aristocratic symbol of white gloves. My idea is to challenge traditional notions of why jewellery is worn, ideas about class, and the origin of adornments as they relate to the grid of the human body.