Tuesday, December 30, 2008
In 2004 I exhibited my Master of Arts folio at Craft Victoria. The title of this exhibition was These are the things that hold me here (a house, a vessel, a shell, a ring). There were three parts to this body of work. The first I called 'The Koroit Series'. These jewellery pieces were part of this series.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
About an hour out of Lisbon is the beautiful town of Sintra.
Sintra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, because of it's architecture. There are some amazing details on buildings, I especially liked the 'bobbly' decoration on the image of the doorway.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Lisbon is a very special city in that the buildings are 'adorned' with beautiful tiles.
The last image was taken inside a building - Cafe Pasteis de Belem. Whenever I saw an image of a boat I thought of Vasco Da Gama, all those years ago, going off to discover the world.
2004, Copper, cotton thread.
(if you click on the image, you can see the image larger)
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
In 2004, I designed this ring for my gold range at e.g.etal. When I started this process I looked at the engagement ring market and wondered how I would fit into it. Eight years at RMIT had informed my concept of what jewellery is, and I felt that it was important to carry that with me on my journey into the commercial market. The beauty of jewellery is that it is an artefact used to mark/commemorate important events. Often big events ask for big gestures. I like to think that big events can also be honoured with small gestures, that are still large in their intent. Things that are believed in become precious through this sentiment. My 'Pledge' ring is about this. The first ring that I made had a tiny diamond in it, only 1.5mm round, but it was the best quality that I could get for that size. So I chose to buy stones that I loved for their colour, or cut rather than just because it was expensive. Perhaps not the most sensible market decision, but one that I have followed all the same. Sometimes with this ring the stone almost fills the top. Other times, it is grain set, or just simply set straight in the middle. You can see this ring at e.g.etal, Flinders Lane store.
When I was away in October friends looked after my dog Milly.
Here are some pictures of what she got up to!
Unfortunately the images are out of order ( I am still working out how to do this), but the two photos where she is rolling on grass are meant to be the other way around. My friend said that she was rolling on the grass, but it was on a slope and she rolled right down into the lake. The image with her legs in the air is just before she got to the water.
The other images are of her trip to the beach. I think that fun was had by all.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
After eight days in Paris, I met two friends in Portugal. Paris was the art part of my trip and Portugal was the eating and drinking part. Pictured is an amazing store in Lisbon, Conserveira de Lisboa, that sells tinned seafood: sardines, tuna, octopus and bacalhau. The tins are all hand wrapped in paper, and then displayed in stacks according to their ingredients. I thought that this was a really beautiful store, my photos do not do it justice. One way of discovering a place is by seeing the art/ galleries of a country. Another way, and equally as important, is to experience the local food. This store helped me understand Lisbon better. Every morning we would start the day with a coffee and pastry at a local cafe, here is one of them. The last image was taken at Cafe Pasteis de Belem, the home of Portuguese tarts, and I have to say they were the best custard tarts I have eaten.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Here is an installation shot of the work in the gallery. I wanted the work to look very formal, as if the work had been pulled out of storage from a private collection, and had simply been placed on a shelf for viewing. Alongside the work I exhibited a series of drawings which recorded the pieces made, as well as suggesting other works yet to be made. I have also included an image of a box that formed part of the collection, the crocheted bags grow out of the side of the box.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
In August this year I had an exhibition at Pablo Fanque in Sydney. It was called 'small things'. This is what Pablo Fanque wrote about it:
small things has been conceived as a collection by established Melbourne artist Katherine Bowman for her inaugural jewellery exhibition. It is a private collection; a collection of disparate objects that found their way together. Their materials, details, and colours, link and separate each piece from the other, but together they are a collection
Here are some of the 'small things'.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Some of my favourite things in the Louvre.
I always find I get lost when I go there, partly because I get tired of looking at maps. It is sort of like being in the library and not knowing the proper call number of a book, but you roughly know the section, so you come across unexpected things.