Old new work

I can hardly believe that the last time I worked on an art project was more than a year ago! Here’s an update, then, on what I’ve been doing since last year, apart from having a two year old and various other life events. These are fimo and resin, with gold leaf. They feel a bit like finds from Atlantis, eaten away by time.

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Rockpool: exhibition at Gilberd Marriott Gallery in December 2014/ January 2015



Feeling so great about my exhibition!  I can hardly believe I managed to make this happen with a three month old baby.  I imagine the next one won’t be for several years! (although I’ve got heaps of ideas already).

The opening was nervewracking but fabulous; after I get over my nerves and into the swing of it, I love having the opportunity to talk about my artwork, how it’s made and what it means.  One of the reasons I wanted to have the exhibition was to have the chance to share all I’ve been learning about 3D modelling and printing – it seemed so mysterious.

Here are some of my prints hanging:

IMG_20141128_165327Me taking my baby to see the exhibition even though she’s too young to appreciate the finer points…


3D printed brooches




3D printed ceramic bowls



3D printed metal jewellery

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Wunderrūma at the Dowse

I was so lucky to not only get to the Wunderruma exhibition at the Dowse, but also to the artist talk the first saturday it was open.


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I have been looking carefully at methods of fastening lately:

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Beautiful textures on this wood:

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I was as interested in the presentation as I was in the jewellery – I loved the jewellery displayed on those long clean planes that seemed to hover in space.

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Jewellery techniques: setting faceted stones

Another fantastic course at Workspace Studios on how to set faceted stones, tutored by the fabulous Annie Collins and Vaune Mason This is going to be the perfect technique for me – if only I had known when I made this ring below.  I love it, but it could have been better with a few beautifully controlled settings.  Next time!

jemssmall1Anyhow, here’s a few pics on the process.  I’ll just say that these photos are more for my own memory than to be a good explanation of the technique.  If you want to learn how to do this yourself, my advice is to take the Workspace Studios class – Vaune is a great teacher!  If only I could explain it as well as she did during the class.


Jewellery techniques: creating claw settings for stones

I recently attended a great course at Workspace Studios on how to create claw settings, tutored by the directors Annie Collins and Vaune Mason, both talented practicing jewellers.  I’m really happy to finally know how to do this properly!

For the record, here’s some photos of the day:

Electroforming 3

Decided to give the practical aspect of this project a rest for a while.

I have been doing some reading from the excellent “Jewellery Concepts and Technology” by Oppi Untracht (Robert Hale, London, 1982), particularly Chapter 16 “Metallic Buildup – Electrolytic Molecular Creation of Surface and Form”.

It’s got about 40 pages of detailed info about all aspects of electroforming and electroplating, including this recipe:

Typical Acid Copper Plating Bath

  • Copper Sulphate (26-33 ounces per gallon)
  • Sulphuric Acid (4-10 ounces per gallon)
  • Current Density (20-40 amps/square foot)
  • Voltage (6)
  • Temperature (21-48 centigrade)
  • Anode (copper)

Experiment to be continued in November!