Tuesday, December 13, 2011

This and That.

Zoe Brand - Neckpiece 2011
Materials: leftover exhibition flyers 'agda poster annual 2011', faux wood laminate and sterling silver.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Just a selection from 'The Curio - A Collectors Cabinet' hall of fame at Sterling by gaffa

Friday, August 19, 2011

for the best.

NEWS about JMGA Conference - Thanks to Contemporary Jewellers of Adelaide for posting the below on the old FaceBook


After much consideration we have decided to postpone the 2012 JMGA Conference.

We had previously indicated we would hold it in 2012, as is expected of a biennial conference. This is not a decision we have taken lightly. We apologise for being a little slow in responding to requests for information, but we were hesitant to publish information until we had made some crucial decisions.

Most of you will be aware that Queensland has had its fair share of natural disasters this year. In Brisbane while most things are up and running, there is still a long way to go in terms of returning to 'normal'. The effect of such an event cannot be underestimated; many people are still without homes, and many businesses are yet to reopen. To put it simply, we’ve had to direct our attention and energies elsewhere in the short term. We are confident that scheduling for 2013 will allow us the time and space we need to organise an exciting and dynamic conference. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

What we can tell you now is that we are extremely pleased to have confirmed the title and theme, the venue and the dates.

Participation and Exchange valuing the participative community
12-14 JULY 2013
State Library of Queensland.

We are pleased to confirm the State Library of Queensland as a sponsor and will be using their fabulous venue for the conference.

Monday, August 8, 2011

oh so fresh.

ok so my photoshopping skills aren't too crash hot, but yeah you get the idea.
I must admit it feels good to be making something new and FRESH!


Some context perhaps?

So, my Grandmother was a hoarder. I don't think she ever got rid of anything. A little while ago we had to sort through her house, her life, and remove everything.

This was not a cathartic experience.

It was intense and emotional and still gives me panic attacks thinking about all the stuff we had to throw out, and not to mention all the stuff we kept. My mother and I have boxes of jewellery, fabric, buttons, paper punches, paper bags, books, fake leaves, single earrings, as well as furniture, crockery and heavy memories.

This is how I'm going to work through these feelings:

For my 21st Birthday my Grandmother gave me 21 gifts of jewellery.
For her 82nd birthday I would like to gift back 82 pieces of jewellery.
Constructed from all the items I have salvaged from her home,
or from items she had gifted me to me over the years.
The above pieces have been made from paper bags.
Some bags still have their receipts in them, others I can only guess age/origin.
These bags are in pristine condition, having been piled up and stored for over 25 years.

I hope this will be a cathartic experience.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

making making.

If you click on the images they get BIGGER and you can see WAY more detail.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

unnatural and strange ACTS.

So I got myself some new jewels! These beauties are by the lovely Melinda Young.

Lauren Simeoni and Melinda Young are the powerhouse behind unnatural, naturally. Recently they asked me to write a catalogue essay for their branch-off show unnatural Acts that opens in at Velvet Da Vinci (that's in the USA) tomorrow night! Woop Woop!!

Oh boy do I wish I was there!!!

Anyways my new jewels are payment for the essay - I love swapsies!


oh and something strange has been happening. I've actually been making some jewellery. I know, crazy huh!! I'll post some images soon, I think you might like what i've been making. I'll give you a hint: It is CRICKET related. Surprised?? Didn't think so.

Also I'm going on a holiday! I'll be spending a week in Brisbane and a week in Melbourne. Woop Woop and I'm very excitedly doing the Benjamin Lignel workshop at RMIT. jealous?

If you want to hang out in either Brisbane (20th - 28th August) or Melbourne (29th August - 3rd September) let me know. I'm always up for a beer.

Cheers - Zoe

UPDATE - Mel and Lauren have just put the catalogue essay up on their blog, so if you want to have a read - click here.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Welcome Home.

After months of traveling about the land and NZ, the piece I bought from THE BOX PROJECT is finally around my neck. YAY for new Jewellery.

Piece by the fabulous Melissa Cameron. YAY.

Cheers - Z

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

jealous much? part 2.

oh yes.

jealous much?

Sunday, May 22, 2011

a quiet afternoon.

So I guess you're all still waiting on some awesome jewellery related posts that will knock your socks off and get you super excited about life, the universe and everything in it. Well, sorry. You're probably not going to find that here today. But if you are having a quiet afternoon and need some pick-me-up content, I suggest you follow your nose, I don't think you'll be disappointed.

- Bangable Dudes in History


- Z

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Like a Japanese cowboy!

So it's a lovely autumn evening, I'm hanging out with my mateys Mr V and Miss Baker, curry, beer and love is just rolling on through the house. I have already hijacked Miss Bakers blog, and hence she has insisted that I should post here, because clearly I have been a bit slack of late. So here is a very non jewellery related post (execpt the fact that I'm hanging out with jewellers). Conversation has digressed, dear, I wish you were all here hanging out and talking troll dolls and shrinking Styrofoam with us.

next time.

- Z

Friday, April 8, 2011

*note to self.

you should probably update it more often.
yes. mum.
I wonder if anyone comes by here any more*.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Good people doing good things.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Guest Post (Raewyn Walsh)

Still exploring my interest in the vessel as jewellery. Here I have raised a vessel from thin gauge copper and where it has split I have mended it with gold. Decided to use only the rim of the vessel because its function is not intended to hold liquid. Handles become device for cord to hang from. This is play time for me but I always find the marquette making part of the process quite interesting so thought I would share.

A 10 minute necklace by Sharon Fitness that is quite hard to photograph. I am part of a jewellery group that gets together to talk jewel, organise shows, and engage in guerilla jewellery activity around town. (See more here.) To celebrate each others birthdays we drink lots of wine, lashings of tea, and and give jewellery that only takes 10 minutes to make and that uses the scraps from our workbenches. It was my birthday recently and this is what I got. Thanks Fitness!

Viewing (Reading)
The essays from European craft initiative, Think Tank. Every time they get together they have an essay and exhibition prepared around a theme. 'Speed' is the most interesting one. Masterworks Gallery here in Auckland has all the books for sale and recently hosted a floor talk by NZ potter/curator/writer Moyra Elliot who sat in on this years meeting. Great to read some critical craft discourse but it is Euro-centric and really highlights the need for more contemporary craft writers round these parts...


Now, if you didn't already know, Raewyn is one part of the Amazing NZ Duo (Kristin D'Agostino being the other) who put together Touch Pause Engage . She is also one of my favorite people to talk jewellery with (yes we are self-professed geeks), sometimes I think I would want to climb inside her head, set up a hammock, grab a beer and just absorb her brain waves all day.

If you know what's good for you, you will head along to her website here.

Thanks a bunch Raewyn!!!

Cheers - Z

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

all about me. thanks.

Thanks to Chloe Cooper (of Toy Balloon fame) from the Lighthouse Blog, that features interviews with some cool kids (like me. ha.) and general inspiration. Follow the link to read my interview. But you should really check out the other interviews on the blog as well (here & here). Nice one miss Cooper. Thanks a bunch.

Monday, February 21, 2011

I got TAK. Hurrah.

Check it out. Look what arrived this morning. whooooo ha ha. excited? I think so. If you have no idea what i'm on about go here and here and that should give you a bit of an idea of what the fuss is all about. Isn't everything so much better when you have a new piece of jewellery?

Friday, February 11, 2011

I believe in low lights and trick mirrors.

In the last few weeks I have met a whole bunch of exciting, inspiring, interesting and fresh new people. I've hung out with some of my favorite people on the planet in Auckland, I've had some of the best conversations I've had in years, and I'm starting to feel a little less unsettled. One might even say I feel a bit more balanced (how long this will last is anybodies guess).

On two separate occasions, in two different countries, and with two people I had never met, the topic of my 365 Brooch Project came up. I tend to feel a bit embarrassed about this subject, mostly because I never finished it and because after about 100 brooches, it was beginning to get on my nerves. Of course I had these romantic notions of the end result up on a gallery wall, a catalogue and world wide fame and fortune, but the real fact of the matter was, it started out purely as an exercise in making, making anything, with anything, and not really giving a damn about what it was that I was making.

I still get the guilts that I never finished it, and perhaps even more now after these two recent conversations, that took place in two different countries, and with two people I had never met.

Conversation ONE took place in the car on the way to the Airport in Auckland, NZ (Jasmine and I had just spent a few days hanging out with the Jewellery Geeks and attending the opening of Touch Pause Engage). The topic of my 365 Project was broached (sorry), I squirmed in back seat of the car. The comments were positive, they loved the way I used different materials, and the excitement of coming back to the blog every so often and seeing a whole bunch of new and interesting brooches to peruse through, that they were inspired by the project.

Conversation TWO took place in my office at work, with an artist who had just opened her show in gallery 2 (go and see it, it's freaking GREAT). She mentioned that she always enjoyed looking at project (cue guilty squirming) and seeing the what materials I would use and even suggested that once she was back in Japan, that she would send me some crazy materials to see what I would do with them.

All these comments have had me thinking. Should I start again? I had always thought this project was just for me, but it appears that it connected with more people than I could have ever imagined.

While I ponder these thoughts, below are some images of work that I made last year, some of it just for kicks and others for shows.

Let me know what you think.

Cheers - Z

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Guest Post (Nina Baker)

Street Sweeper Jewellery:

The first 7 finished pieces exhibited at gaffa

More pieces in the making on my bench

Is about collecting street sweeper bristles that are scattered all over the cities kerb sides. So far I have made 7 finished pieces. I must make 50 to finish the series. A wise Tutor once taught me- that to make 50 variations will make your brain hurt and suck out enough useful possibilities, then pick your favourite and make another 20 variations...maybe, maybe I wont do that hmm. So far It has been a bit of play, I want to give the project more depth and make clearer my observations which are:
1.Its quite ironic and funny to be picking up the debris and garbage that the city's cleaning device leaves behind
2.To bring such rubbish into the jewellery realm juxtaposed with pearl and silk.
3.What Is Rubbish / What is Beautiful...
4.Because after all pearl is oyster spit and silk is worm poop.
Finally, I think there is a possibility for this work to fit really nicely with an outside public installation project "To put it back to were it came" I don't know how to approach this yet- I'm all ears please let me know if you have any ideas on how this could work!

today I am wearing two humble shonky novelty elastic bands I found on different streets on the same day, a purple crown and a glow in the dark boat. I swear I'm not a bag lady! I don't find all my jewellery on the street, really!
Found Bracelets

Me wearing my wares, brooch plywood with paint.

And Also this wooden Brooch(not found on the street) sometimes I make these at home just for fun, to get away from thinking conceptual studio work.

New Works by Rui Kikuchi (Japan) was the last show I went to at Studio 20/17

Rui Kikuchi (photo via 20/17 blog)

This was a really beautiful fun show, Rui had taken pet bottles and dyed and formed them into wearables that resemble sea corals, anemones and the like, very colourful, delicate and beautiful. Meeting Rui was great and we had a good old chat and two days later we crossed paths again at the cafe I work at which was all very friendly and excellent.


Thanks Miss Baker for a great post. If you want to know more about Nina and her adventure fun times and recent activities visit her on her goodtimes blog.

Cheers - Z

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Show me what you've got!

click on the image to make it bigger.
Please email me if you would like a PDF version and feel free to spread the word.


Thursday, January 27, 2011

Guest Post (Phylicia Gilijamse)

Finished and unfinished Tak pieces on my bench


I am about to graduate. My final presentation will be on February the first. So right now everything is chaos! My graduation Project is called “I want Tak and the project consists of one hundred necklaces that seem identical but are all unique if you look at them carefully.

The repetition of something presupposes that there is or was an original. I am interested in working with the principle of the copy instead of the original.

If one hundred people were to record the same song from the radio onto a cassette tape, the song would appear to sound the same on all tapes, but if you were to analyze all one hundred tapes, you would hear differences in all one hundred recordings. Background noise, quality and clarity; even though each contains the same song. Additional sounds are added and details from the original are lost. The work I am making somewhat resembles this effect.

I have never really been interested in producing series in larger quantities. In fact, I enjoy producing my work myself, this means I can produce a smaller quantity then when I would use intermediate goods. I am working on the theme “copy”, so it seemed appropriate to develop a series that would actually reach more people than the pieces that I normally make. A series that is relatively easy to produce, yet unique. An affordable series consisting of unique pieces. Better yet, unique copies!

The enamel I use is light transparent and a bit stubborn, which I normally wouldn’t like. In this case this particular enamel, helps me to make all the pieces slightly different from each other. Somehow it is impossible to make to perfectly homogeneous pieces with this powder, all the parts are basically imperfect. The sizes of the ornaments are the same and the colour is about the same, but they are all a bit different, all with their own flaws.

Wearing Anne Achenbach’s jewellery


Today I was wearing a necklace, or a pendant made from a bike, made by my dear friend Anne Achenbach. She took an old folding bicycle and sliced them in to elegant pieces. Her series consist of brooches and pendants.

Kolor Exhibition Cologne


For the last past weeks I have only been working on “I want Tak” and haven’t had a lot of time for other stuff. But there was one exhibition I visited last week. It was a mixed exhibition from students who study on the FH Duesseldorf departments; Photography, Architecture and Product Design.

The location was one of my favourite things about the exhibition. The Exhibition was in an old cream factory in Cologne, Germany. -


What a great post!!! Thanks a bunch Phylicia!!!! Totally Rocking!

I first came across the "I WANT TAK" project on the AJF blog. It was just so nice to see something so fresh and new, and as I've mentioned before, I was totally sucked in by the concept and the marketing. Brilliant! I've placed my order and can't wait to receive it in the post in the coming weeks (I hear Miss Baker has two coming in her direction). Whoo Hoo! There may still be a few left, so I reckon you too should support this great project.

I can't wait to see what Phylicia does next.

Cheers - Z

ps. Just a heads up. You might notice that some of the links aren't in English, thats because Phylicia lives in Germany. ya.