Monday, September 26, 2011

Follow the white rabbit...

Anyone who knows me well knows I have had a life long obsession with the tales of Wonderland. As a child I loved to make believe I was Alice running around my yard in poufy dresses with aprons and mary janes quoting lines from the book to imaginary white rabbits (not too far off from what I still do till this day). My first tattoo many moons ago at the age of 19 was of the original illustration of Advice of a Caterpillar, a lithograph by Sir John Tenniel. I've collected various additions of the book over the years, and so on and so forth.
So to my delight I had the opportunity to make 3 metal smithing items with a Mad Tea Party theme that will be displayed in our graduation show in November. I've almost completed them, just working on the finishing touches.
Curiouser and curiouser...

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Progress from the workshop

More Fluorescence range samples in development.... this one is still a work in progress but you get the idea! Please excuse the messy studio hand ;) This sucker has quite the hefty silver base in real life, it's got a bit of weight to it, also the stone has a more distinctive blues and purples than are visible in this photo.
Cast and bleached sterling silver, raw ultra violet reactive mineral, holographic underlay.

And Alice's chair, with the final coat of paint ready to be flocked...

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Working on my new Fluorescence range, made a few samples.
Cast and fabricated bleached sterling silver, raw ultra violet reactive Fluorite minerals and holographic underlay.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Library jewellery exhibition

The Box Hill institute Jewellery/metal smithing students are currently having an exhibition in the library foyer glass cabinets to correspond with the Open Day we had recently. Here are my earrings I put in the display.
Cake Pops teardrop hoops. I made these a while ago for no real particular project in mind, just playing with ideas, wanting to find a use for discarded evil polystyrene foam packaging that usually has no life after it has been used to pad a box of breakable goods. We all know that it doesn't break down so I trying to find ways of giving it a second life. Designed to be worn through stretched ear tunnels. They were originally ment to look like Flinstonesque rocks but in the end remind me of colourful chocolate dipped Cake Pops, so they're kinda cave woman meets confectionary? Click on image twice to see bigger.

And the work by all the other talented students...

Also there is another display cabinet on the left as you walk through the library entrance with the work of the Jewellery teachers which is truly amazing and if you're nearby you should most definitely have a peek. We are super lucky to have such rad artists as teachers.

And here's a sneak peak at my "school bag" which has my usual stacks of sealable containers which are filled with padded materials, jewellery I'm working on, waxes and supplies. And my Popple pencil case I bought in Tokyo which is filled with colour pencils and silicone tips.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Spoon progress

From last week...hand forging copper rod with a hammer and anvil yo!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Alien Bangle

Have been making lots of new jewellery, experimenting with new materials and techniques, trying to pioneer new things! Lots of playful work. I entered this piece into the Aesthetica Magazine art competition.

It utilises repurposed materials, is fuzzy and also shimmers with light reflection. It's rather heavy for it's size.