Sunday, July 31, 2011

boxes of sorts

.



3 boxes/amulets that I have had for many years

the first, a turquoise and coral pendant/box
the second a gift from India,
the third I can not remember where I got it from, I think that it is also from India

I like that you can work out how they have been made just by looking at them
also, they are all designed to hold something, so they are not just about what they look like, but have an intention

























































































































































































An anthology devoted to small boxes, such as chests and caskets, would constitute an important chapter in psychology.These complex pieces that a craftsman creates are very evident witnesses of the need for secrecy, of an intuitive sense of hiding places. It is not merely a matter of keeping a possession well guarded. The lock doesn't exist that could resist absolute violence, and all locks are an invitation to thieves. A lock is a psychological threshold...

Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space, drawers, chests and wardrobes




.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Large Pledge ring with parti sapphire and diamonds

.







18ct white gold Large Pledge ring set with natural Australian parti sapphire and white diamonds
























this ring is going to e.g.etal






.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

golden bell

.



image from here









image from here


2000 year old bell found in Jerusalem







.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

.
in the house





































































.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

a bit of a story

.
















I have been wearing a pair of earrings that I have made as a prototype for work that I want to put in my online shop.
I often do this with new work, to see how a work feels to be worn.
The other day I saw Nella Themelios from Craft Victoria and she mentioned that the earrings reminded her of images from a book that she really likes.
The book that she referred to is Ndebele, photographs by Margaret Courtney-Clarke, 1986,
and the crazy thing is that I have this book, and have had it for more that 15 years and I don't think that I had looked at it for about 8 years, as I had stopped seeing it in my bookcase. Our conversation led me back to it. Anyway, I remembered that I loved this book, and was really influenced by it at the time.






































































Many years ago I was given a ceremonial apron from the Ndebele tribe, it is one of my most treasured possessions , and it hangs in my living room and I look at it every day. So even though I hadn't looked at the book for many years, maybe these geometric patterns have been quietly influencing me without me realizing it.

So this round about story has led me to the realization that I can not open my on line shop until September, as this has been a crazy busy year for me so far and now I am faced with the fact that my exhibition at Craft Victoria opens in a month and that this work must now take priority.

So www.katherinebowman.com.au will be closed during August, but Katherine Bowman at e.g.etal and Studio Ingot will be open as usual.

In September, new work will be available at www.katherinebowman.com.au and jewellery will be my focus for the rest of the year ( as well as some other things)






























.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

it would nice to go for a walk here

.




 great photo from here




.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Precious ring with Cherish ring

.




Precious ring, 18ct white gold with white diamonds
Cherish ring, 18ct yellow gold







.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Madame Gres

.

inspiration 





beautiful sculptural dresses by Madame Gres (1903 - 1993) from an exhibition at Musee Bourdelle

all images from here








































































.

Bless - Craft Victoria

.




BLESS N° 38 Windowgarden is a new exhibition at Craft Victoria, by European design studio BLESS.
I like how the exhibition uses the space in a different way, focusing on the right side of the space, utilizing the windows in an innovative way.

Gaston Bachelard  writes on space that :

Space that has been seized upon by the imagination cannot remain indifferent space subject to the measures and estimates of the surveyor. It has been lived in, not in its positivity, but with all the partiality of the imagination.

The Poetics of Space, Gaston Bachelard, p.xxxii 


space here has been addressed and changed by a number of people in a positive way


I most like the windows and the crazy chair


It is on for 2 more weeks.


17 June – 30 July 2011


































































































.