Saturday, December 5, 2009

A Bonsai Christmas

My bonsai pendants are currently being shown as part of a group christmas exhibition:

The exhibition is called "small works and jewellery".

Lacated: Marks and gardner gallery @ secret garden
North Tamborine

P.s. I would have likes to have posted this before the exhibition but i needed to print out the email invite to scan it, so i could post it.....very complicated.

Any way enjoy my work.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

50 pieces of jewellery for "Craft + Design = Art"

So I've done it 50 pieces for the " Craft + Design = Art" exhibition in Miles. I love the pressures of an exhibition it just makes the old noggin work better. I design as i work and even though the pressure of pushing my self as i do can be a bit to much at times, Ive learned to work with it and so the reward out weighs the stress by far.

There are a few things I've learned to do under pressure that just seem to help my creative process in a whole. Perhaps these tips will help you.

1. Always go for a walk before working, it gets the my head into the tasks at hand.
2. If my goal is 50 pieces I'll make 60/ 70 work my pieces to a point of almost finished
3. Document as you work. I have a journal, a camera and various bits of paper to sketch on
4. Two to three weeks before the deadline lay out all the work, and begin to group into ranges, or styles or colour, or ....( you'll know what your visual objective is)
5. Make a list of pieces that need to be made to finish of and stick to this (you can stop to document if your mind wants to wonder but at this stage stick to the plan)
6. always eat, break and take the time to express yourself to friends and family....include them in your goal and celebrate your accomplishment.
7. Start to plan the next exhibition.

Here are some photo's of my work.

Bell flower ring

I worked on 5 ranges and created pieces to balance of each other. There was a balance of some old standard pieces and then there are some pieces that i could salivate over in thousands of new directions to take the designs to.

Bougainvillea pendant

Bougainvillea ring series

I hope that my work is received well but now i need to clean my desk and get ready for the next deadline.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Craft + Art + Design exhibition

So i've been frantically making lately, not only to suply my shops but also to put together a collection of 50 pieces for a group exhibition at Dogwood crossing @ Miles, Queensland.
The exhibition is called "Craft + Art = Design" and features contemporary artist in all different art fields from around Australia.
It opens 13 November, so just a couple of weeks excuse me if i get back to work. Wish me luck.

I'll post the pictures of some new pieces as soon as i'm done.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

A spring of new earrings

Here are a few new pieces i have been working on and some are improvements of old ideas. Just making them has got me exited to make more and create variations of these forms. I particularly like the leaf and garnet earrings....i can see the contrasted elements of them being applied to so many other pieces

Leaf and garnet earrings

These are double star daisy earrings that are now being sold as 2 pairs together. They are quite small and individually they just looked insignificant, but together they make a worth while gift.

Double star daisy earrings

Originally i had bell flower earrings on hoops but the wire would always catch or distort not to mention the flower always slipped of. These new versions are more a hook and by having a small detail at the top of the hook it also stops the bell from falling of.

Bell flower hooks

I need to make some extra to add these to my Etsy shop.....that will be my next task.

Friday, October 16, 2009


Progress is a funny thing.
It is not a straight line, nor does it flow a single way.
Sometimes progress is a step back.
Sometimes progress seems dormant, just like the bare braches of trees in the winter. Their sap retreated and in the cold of winter they seem lifeless. That is until spring when without calendars or alarm clocks they begin to show life in the form of tiny buds. A spring shower and a little time the leaves begin to show as a fuzz of fresh green colour.

I have neglected my blog for quite some time now, seeming dormant to the world. But I have been making progress even if at times I feel I’ve fallen back. When I reflect on the past few months there are many things that have helped me prepare for my own growth. So instead of not mentioning them because of lapped time and bad internet reception, I’ll take the time to post the significant events in hindsight. After all this blog is are reflection of my own design journey, and there are no rules for that.

To make it easier ill post links to these postings
• Marian Hoskins, exhibition and talk.• Things I like for September.
• Spring in Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens
• Nick Mount, exhibition and talk.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Spring in Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens

So a spring tradition for me is always to pop over to the local Botanic gardens to see the fresh new flowers, buds, and what ever might inspire me. This trip i was blown away by the colour and the flowering dessert plants that splash the landscape with such beauty.





Wednesday, August 26, 2009

My jewellery has been MoB'd

Such exiting news my jewellery has been MoB'd!

No its not what your thinking, my jewellery has been accepted into the Museum of Brisbane Store, wich showcases contemporary artist from Brisbane.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Marian Hoskins

Marian Hosking
“Living treasures exhibition”
Artisan Gallery, Brisbane

The crisp blue sky contrast against the dormant braches of winter trees, the air is warm but a cool breeze leaves a fresh feel on my face. My inside are bubbling candy floss as I head of to the gallery. I’ve been looking forward to days like this for many years. Today is the day that I meet a mentor, an artist that has inspired my work in many ways. The excitement is more than that. As a part of me misses and longs to be amongst like minded people, not only in the field of botanical jewellery, but also in artistic thinking. It’s been 6 months now since I’ve started this new adventure in Australia and I could use a little normality and inspiration.

As I walk in the gallery there is a bustle of activity and even though the gallery is not exploding with people as it would on opening night, the excitement of everyone in the room fills the air. Crisp long rectangular showcases are filled with remnants, specimens, cast artifacts impressions and impressions of Marian’s world. Each showcase seems random at first until you see the careful selection that leads to a central vessel. Themes are explained in blown up artist statements on the wall as these four showcases begin to take on new meaning. Reading and looking, reading and looking, we all take our time to take in each piece before she begins to talk about her work.
In the centre of the room a large irregular circular table stands, upon it a thin ribbon of silver sit. This silver ribbon has no braking points even though the joins are obvious, and there is texture to each piece as it meanders around its stand. A video playing behind it explains the process of taking a wax impression of a tree’s circumference and then casting each piece, to form this large central sculpture. The magnitude of the tree is now apparent.

As Marian speaks I begin to make my own connections with her methods, her inspiration and her modesty of her work. It seems to reinforce my own views on sharing knowledge and teaching others. As she talks about her doctorate, that this exhibition is a part of, I realize my need to study. Studying gives you goals, time frame with in to produce as well as the supportive structures to help you develop as an artist. It also makes you fight for what you want and in doing so you begin to define yourself. Having people ask you “why?” or “how” you do something, are the most critical things you can do as an artist to develop. This is probable something that I miss the most sitting in the isolation of my home studio. What this means, however, is that I need to study further too!

What a delight it has been to see the work of an artist such as Marian Hosking

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The daisy chain

So I had a wonderful market this weekend at south bank even though I was running a little late. But because I had done a market there before it was easy to set up and get started. I love meeting new and interesting people and I must thank all those who popped past and gave me wonderful words of encouragement, its always welcome.

I've been working the past few weeks on new daisy rings and earrings, working as I do on a number of things at a time, on "a daisy chain" of work. My mind drifts from piece to piece until I work in the "right look" and until I'm happy with it. I find that by doing this I don't over work pieces, which can happen. It might seem a little scatty to some but I find it works for me, it also means that I get a group of jewellery made taking two weeks to finish 20 to 30 items as apposed to 5 days to finish 1 piece.

This is the state of my work bench this past week.....its organised chaos.

I finally bought my own doming punch set, these are my favourite tools of choice.

These daisy rings and earrings will be sent to my Sydney outlet G2 Shop, Surry Hills, NSW.
So all those in Sydney can soon go view these new pieces.
Now I just have to put the finishing touches on them.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

winter blossoms of white

It might be winter in Brisbane....(getting closer to spring), but instead of snow there are beautiful white blossom treasures that i come across on my walks...i feel a few more ranges are in order. I'll get started on some prototypes

Monday, July 6, 2009

Young Designers Market, South Bank, Brisbane

So its been a busy couple of weeks for me culminating in my first designer market. The Young designers market, on South bank, is put together by a judging panel. They have the argues task of choosing the creme de le creme of design, fashion, jewellery and craft for a once a month market that is held on a closed of rd on South bank.

I was fortunate to get into this one and set to polishing and tagging all my jewellery. I also had to be selective as a busy stand is always off putting. A simple black and white crisp display was made possible by stretch canvases of different heights and length, a black sheet pinned back and a few perspex stands. The table was finished of with beautiful cards and a flip through catalogue. No over the top draping or frills....which i was tempted to do and then stopped by my husband. My pieces are so organic that they need a clear crisp display and I'm glad it worked so well.

There were a few new issues i had to work my head around with this market. As we needed to bring our own tables and chairs as well as displays i had to think of portability as well as compact storage. I was expecting to take public transport to and from the market so it also had to light.
We'll with the ingenuity of my husband i managed to solve all of those things and still have a grate display so yes all of that (above) packed into this (below).
Not bad i don't think!

Look out for my jewellery at the Young designers market, South bank, Brisbane on the following dates:
2 August
6 September
4 October
1 November
6 December

Thanks to everyone for their wonderful support.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Cards and boxes

So its that time of year or at least it feels like a yearly event, for me! Yes its that time when you re-do business cards, to look fresh, change details or you might just have simply run out. I like to do my own cards, well at least the art work for them even though sometimes it may go back and forth to the printers with dimension alterations and ink bleed issues at least a 1000 times.

These are the pics of this years cards:

Perhaps one day I'll have an exhibition of past business cards, they seem to be a little diary of their own


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