Thursday, June 30, 2011

it's really ok


I like this blog,  PS, It's OK

 all images from PS, it's OK


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

website update


 from Figment series
the sun/the sea 2010

 Ballad ring
18ct yellow old and ruby

 Jewel Box ring
sterling silver and yellow sapphires

Carmelo Ortuso from Melo Design has updated my website


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

professional practice


 Craft Victoria is now offering Public and Products Liability Insurance as part of their new Accredited Membership package.

The Craft Victoria website states that:

In short, this new package is designed to cover artists/practitioners who work in a studio, exhibit in galleries and sell their goods at markets.

...Our package is designed to cover accredited 'contemporary craft' visual artists/practitioners. Mediums covered include ceramics, glass, jewellery, furniture, textile work including felting, metal, wood, photographs, sculptures and other materials.

This is an important part of a professional practice and it is reassuring that Craft Victoria is now offering this to members.
It is sometimes hard finding out the right and necessary information concerning insurance especially as a maker. Most makers run every part of their business, and often business strategy is not a big part of training/education, so it can feel like you are fumbling in the dark around issues like these. Or it has felt like that to me.
Now there is some light at the end of the tunnel!
Light and support.


Monday, June 27, 2011

Thin Random ring with engraving


18ct yellow gold Thin Random ring with feather engraving


Sunday, June 26, 2011

jewellery App

There is a great jewellery App available called MetalCalc.

It was developed by Michael Fletcher, who started Studio Ingot with Sarah Ross.

I love it! and it is easy to use
It was recommended to me by Anna Davern, who is in the know about lots of good things

( this image has nothing to do with MetalCalc, but it is from my workroom where Metalcalculation happens)


Saturday, June 25, 2011



My friend Jane took these photos a couple of years ago in Thailand

I love these photos

objects and rituals and daily life

altar n. 1. an elevated place or structure, on which sacrifices are offered or at which religious rites are performed...

this image sits above my work bench


Friday, June 24, 2011

I heart Milly


I have a new phone number and so had to get a new name tag for Milly the dog.
I normally am not into hearts, but when I got Milly as a puppy I brought her a heart tag as she is the cutest dog in the world.
And since then I have always brought heart tags for her.
Last week I forgot my glasses when I went to the vet and I could not quite read the form properly and as a result I think that I ordered her a tag that was meant for a cat or a chihuahua.

new tag on left, old one on right.

she wouldn't look at the camera, probably because she has realised that she is wearing a chihuahua dog size name tag. Milly thinks that she is a German Shepard, or a lion


Thursday, June 23, 2011

a precious ring


18ct white gold ring with white, blue, pink and champagne diamonds


Tuesday, June 21, 2011



I find these images inspiring, they make me want to make things
also, they remind me about what I like about jewellery

all images from sass & bide

collections of objects by Heidi Middleton


Friday, June 17, 2011

lines and feathers


all rings sterling silver


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Longevity, Joungmee Do and Mebae - Red Sprout, Liisa Hashimoto


Two new exhibitions open tonight at e.g.etal

Longevity, new work by Joungmee Do


MEBAE - Red Sprout, work by Liisa Hashimoto

Opening night: Tuesday 14 June, 6pm - 8pm at e.g.etal, 167 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Exhibition dates: Monday 13 June - Saturday 2 July 2011

Joungmee Do is one of my favourite jewellers, I always look forward to seeing any work that she produces.


Monday, June 13, 2011



I now have a Facebook page

you can view it here

( I am still working out how to use it. Thanks to Stephanie Williams for showing me the way)


Australian Chair Survey


The Australian Chair Survey opens this week at the Gallery of Australian Design in Canberra.

The exhibition runs from 15 June until 23 July 2011.

This exhibition is a national survey of contemporary chair design and is curated by Ramona Barry.

The website states:

How do Australian designers respond to material, form and function?
How does their sense of place informs their design: isolation or
independence? A survey show that covers all corners of the country and all
forms of design discipline, from the hand crafted to the mass produced.

and :

Designing a chair can feel like reinventing the wheel. An object so weighted down by it’s own iconography poses perhaps the greatest design challenge for a furniture designer. Is it possible to create a new classic? Can a chair be particularly Australian? What does that mean anyway?
Ramona Barry Monument Magazine Issue 96

Featured in this exhibition are:

Darcy Clarke, Michael Conole, Simon Alexander Cook, Tait Design, Ross Didier, Jon Goulder, Chris Hardy, Andrew Thorton Hick, Nicola Macklin, Betul Madakbas, Laura McCusker, Rock Martin, Paul Morris, Meagan Oglesby, Justin Vecchio, Christina Waterson, Charles Wilson and Simon Zablotsky.

This is an important exhibition curated by an excellent and important curator.
An exhibition not to be missed.


Sunday, June 12, 2011

wild is the wind


Bowie singing Nina, what more can I say?


Monday, June 6, 2011

Giant Leopard Moth (Hypercompe scribonia)


Giant Leopard Moth (Hypercompe scribonia)
image from Catherine Willis, via here and here


I don't know if it is being a jeweller, or if it is my eyesight, but I find myself ( when I see something that I am really inspired by) almost having to put my eye right up to what I am looking at. I find that I can get lost in details, and repetition helps me see and understand things better.


Wayne Guest : Frozen Water

Wayne Guest Frozen Water

Studio Ingot
7 -25 June 2011

Wayne Guest is a master craftsman.
Silversmithing is an incredible craft. A very time consuming, labour intensive process. 
Which is what makes this work so very special and important.

opening 6-8pm Tuesday 7 June 2011

Shop 2, 234 Brunswick St
Fitzroy Victoria 3065


Saturday, June 4, 2011