Friday, August 22, 2008


My rings

I often start with a ring when I'm working out a new element or idea. For me that's what best suites the sculptural aspects of my work and even though i work " the shank " as a completed piece and " the setting " they both need to come together as one cohesive unit.

Design for a conceal and reveal sead pod ring

These are pics of a ring i made in 2006, i called it a "conceal and reveal" ring because the viewer or wearer needs to pear into the cavity of the ring to see the flower within or they could be distracted by the seemingly exploding seeds.

The ring reminds me of Andy Goldsworthy sand sculptures, or little treasures to conceal in the hand like Jacomyn van Der Donk's rings.

"conceal and reveal" ring 2006
silver and Job's Tears seed beads

Other rings

To get a true sense of rings as inspirational ideas you only have to look at The carrot box. This site has a blog attached to it that deals with inspirational rings and has been active since 2003. For me this blog is a reference "book" of note and I so encourage everyone to look though it a couple of times.

Individual inspirational rings

Nora Fok:

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Trying out an open day

An old Tudor house seems untouched by time. The tranquility of the foliage, birds, and well placed water fountains invite you in to relax as they cocoon you in from the out side hassle and bustle. An old would smell of fresh muffins and scones fill the air and the only thought that seems to fill your head is " I'm home!". This is the place that i found myself displaying my work recently.

When people mention the words "open day", i generally cringe. For those of you not in the know this is an event held at someones home usually to sell clothing, make up or in the old day probable Tupperware. Now a days its a little more stylish with beautifully decorated homes being the backdrop of high fashion and designer ware.Opening their homes to the public or a large group of Friends.

Seems just a little pretentious for my taste, that is until now.

When my sisters friend Kim offered to have an "open day" at her house i found my self jumping at the opportunity to try out this form of retail once more. Perhaps its because Kim is such a vibrant person that i felt it ought to be given a second chance.

There is so much that you can get from these opportunities that i recommend you give it a try. Besides exposure to a new market that is unbiased to your type of work, you could as i did take the opportunity to test your versatility when setting up your jewellery in a different setting. I used white plater plates because the showcases just did not fit in with the decor.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Poetry and motion

Its stormy out side and the wind seems charged with energy. I have just set up a research blob. I am finding that i need my gathered information at hand more and more. As i have packed up so many items over the last months I clutch on my past journals afraid to loose them in the move. So a blog seems perfect.

Whilst i was looking through one of my journals i came across this old poem/descriptive writing that just seem to be appropriate.

27 Feb 2006

She clutches a bouquet of emotions
Close to her heart,
The weight ways heavy on her soul.
The tears run down her cheek
As a small glimmer of hope from within,
Tells her that change is possible and emotions can be controlled.
The first step is hard but with time and hindsight the path will become easier.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Angelica pendat

Its definitely the year for stones!

My niece had her 13th birthday recently and what better present for a 13 year old girl than a silver pendant with a topaz, especially when its an Angelica pendant from your Aunt.

The angelica pendant actually derives from an interpretation of a stags horn fern which i made into an element in 2004.

When i made my element into a mold, i played around with the way the positives came out, often miss injecting them and manipulating the wax form. They began to transform into individual angel like pieces which i called "Angelica". No two ever come out the same by making them in this laborious way but i would not change a thing.

Friday, August 8, 2008

A warm moment in the sun

Wind swept and broken
It holds endless journeys

Sleeping awake, my mind
Drifts to lands unknown
Captured moments
In a seed pod of memories and fantasies

By Michelle Pujol

I've just come from my favourite gardens, were i took a moment with some friends to stop, breath, and chase butterflies or at least attempt to. I feel some what refreshed after a really stressful week of deadlines, moving, teaching and adjusting. The gardens are my constant in a shifting world. I look forward to "that" feeling in a new gardens in Brisbane with new plants and new butterflies to grab my attention.


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