Thursday, July 30, 2009

I find it hard photographing jewellery.
Light and scale. A lifetime of learning.
On a number of occasions my friend and guru has recommended that I read my camera manual (this has followed after viewing my photos of my jewellery, where it is hard to tell the type of metal because the light is all wrong, and the backgrounds vary from pink to green.) This week I found my camera manual and took it to the guru and she confirmed that my camera has the function that will give me a white background photographing in artificial light. Then she gave the manual back to me. and I was left standing with the manual and camera. Reading manuals does my head in. But I am trying.
The photos in this post were taking on a light box, before I found and read my manual. I thought that a light box would transform everything. But it didn't. I still had to read the manual and find another light source. Even though these photos are not 'right' I still liked them. My problem now is that I think that I need another camera as now that I have set my camera to the right light function and scale function, I don't want to change the settings in case I can't find it again. So I can't take long distant shots. Maybe from now on everything will have to be macro.

taken outside in natural light

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

I Make Stuff book

The amazing Ramona Barry and Rebecca Jobson of handmadelife have 'made' a book called I MAKE STUFF. The book contains interviews with 29 makers selected by Ramona and Rebecca.
The book will be launched at Craft Victoria this Friday night at 6pm, as part of the Craft Cubed Festival.

( I am in the book, and so is the Davernator )

Monday, July 27, 2009

Pledge ring

18ct yellow gold set with Aquamarine.

I have set a number of different coloured stones in this ring. My preference is for blues/greens. I wanted the ring to look like it had 'captured' a colour, or in this case, like the ring held a drop of water.
This ring is at e.g.etal.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Merri Creek

For the last 15 years I have been walking daily at the Merri Creek. Two different locations from two different houses. Even though I have walked the same path many times, every walk is different.

In 1992 I went to an exhibition in Edinburgh at the FruitMarket gallery, which I found very inspiring. The exhibition was called Poiesis. The exhibition explored contemporary links between poetry and the visual arts. A number of artists contributed to the exhibition.
I brought a small book by the artist Thomas A. Clark who was in the Poiesis exhibition. It is called In Praise of Walking, the title to a body of work exhibited in 1988 at Cairn Gallery. This small book was a reflection on the act of walking. I have carried this around with me since then. Here are some of his words:

Early one morning, any morning, we can set out, with the least possible baggage, and discover the world.

It is quite possible to refuse all coercion, violence, property, triviality, to simply walk away.

That something exists outside ourselves and our preoccupations, so near, so readily available, is our greatest blessing.

Always, everywhere, people have walked, veining the earth with paths, visible and invisible, symmetrical or meandering.

There are walks on which we tread in the footsteps of others, walks on which we strike out entirely for ourselves.

A journey implies a destination, so many mines to be consumed, while a walk is its own measure, complete at every point along the way.

There are things that we will never see, unless we walk to them.

Walking is a mobile form of waiting.

What I take with me, what I leave behind, are of less importance than what I discover along the way.

...Everything we meet is equally important or unimportant.

...The line of a walk is articulate in itself, a kind of statement.

...We can walk between two places and in doing so establish a link between them, bring them into a warmth of contact, like introducing two friends.

There are walks on which I lose myself, walks which return me to myself again.

the day these photos were taken, it had just rained.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Bouquet earrings

Oxidized sterling silver with peridot

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

blue from around the house

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


turquoise is my favourite stone

gold,turquoise, Pakistan,1st century-2nd century,V&A

Gold, turquoise, lapis lazuli, emerald, ruby, sapphire,Nepal, 19th century,V&A

Gold, turquoise, lapis-lazuli, and carnelian cloisonné inlay, Egypt 1279-1213 BC

Monday, July 20, 2009


silk, gauze weave, China 1880-1930

1.the pure hue of clear sky;deep azure (between green and violet in the spectrum).2.the blue,a.the sky. b. the sea. c.the unknown;the dim distance;nowhere: out of the blue 3.Also, washing blue. a substance, an indigo, used to whiten clothes in laundering them. 4. a blue thing...

Pattern woven silk, 7th century to 10th century, China

blue is my favourite colour

Glass, coral, turquoise, China

I am working on two new bodies of work, and have been looking at a number of different things for inspiration. I find that objects inspire me as much as paintings; then sometimes words are more visual than images, and that is all I need. I find that it can take me a while to understand something, which is why I start with definitions. Against that I create my own meanings. Blue at times has been the most precious thing, it signifies more than just a colour.

Iran 1180-1220

indigo-dyed cotton, Pakistan, c.1850

Ceramic tombstone,Iran c.1270

silk, cotton, W.& C.Morley, London,c.1860

glass,gold,Mycenaean c.1400BC

cotton, William Morris,1883

silk with stitching,China,late 8th century to 9th century

Bronze, Tibet c1800

Model faience wig for a statue, Egypt c.1350-1250BC

silk, cotton, whalebone, Great Britain c.1862

cotton, Japan 19th century

images from here and here