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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Green D 27

strangely the only photo I snapped whilst away. weird.

Melbourne, some might say Australia's contemporary jewellery capital, others, may not. Either way it so happened that last week I managed to escape the world of gaffa/sydney/keeper and headed south for a little time out and some jewellery nerd excursions.

First stop - A studio visit to see/meet Natalia Milosz-Piekarska and Karla Way. These ladies know how to rock a studio. Thanks for having me and good luck with the show preparations.

Next stop eg.et.al, Craft Vic, Studio Ingot, Gallery Funaki, and finally to the Ian Potter Centre to see the amazing work of the late Mari Funaki.

Believe me, it wasn't all beer and skittles, there was pizza and cocktails too.

However the main reason for my trip down south was to attend a jewellery symposium (*cough*nerd*cough*). you bet.

If you want to actually know what the papers were about and what other lovely jewellers thought, you're best off going here (Melbourne Jeweller) and here ( Melissa Cameron).

I, on the other hand, am unsure what I could tell you about the day, tend to have a different approach to taking notes and remembering things. It's not a straight up science, more catch phrases, words and nuances that are left marked on my pages. Ideas and concepts that seemed to resinate with me, that made me nod my head in an appreciating silence. I collect words. They aren't special words. They contain all the meaning they need (for me) without the use for other words. Sometimes, however, they gain strength when combined into a small bunch.

responsibility.
I walk.
recovering - recovering.
garnish.
art with a punch line.
whatever.
jewellery way of seeing.
DEAD.

can contemporary jewellery save the world? does it need to? would anybody care? does any body care?

can you be maker, wearer and viewer? do you have to chose? which one would you give up?

I left Melbourne perplexed, concerned and a little disheartened. This trip wasn't the pep talked I so desperately wanted, it wasn't the cute boy asking me to meet him behind the shed after school, and it most certainly wasn't a triumphant mastering of a Croquembouche.

Now it seems I have more questions, more worries and more thoughts about the world of contemporary jewellery, but those I guess you'll hear another day.

4 comments:

melbournejeweller said...

Thank you for the link!

It's very sad to hear the seminar left you a little disheartened.

I hope you will share your concerns in the near future - you never know who may have just the right pep talk for you, or in fact who may agree entirely and perhaps encourage you that you aren't alone but can soldier on too!

Also sad I had to leave before meeting you ... really though, I was a mere shadow of my true self and was not super company at all...

Hope the shows are going well; hope to visit you and the gallery when I'm next in Sydney

Karen

Kate said...

I too am here for a rousing pep talk if you ever need but i've shelved it for now to say I'm so excited about all the things you've achieved in the last 2 years zoe!

I know it's been a long time since we sprawled on the floor with curry and wondered whether we could maintain the dream of the bright and shiny future for much longer but it's happening. right underneath us. so i guess the big dark eye circles and the long hard slogs are getting us places. but possibly we need more curry!!
xo

鐘王惠文美惠 said...

做好事,不需要給人知道,雖然只是一件微不足道的事,但我相信,這會帶給我快樂。..................................................

瑰潼 said...

卡爾.桑得柏:「除非先有夢,否則一切皆不成。」共勉!.. ...............................................................

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