Since returning from Istanbul, it has been non-stop in the workshop, preparing work for orders and making some new pieces too. I've sidelined a number of works-in-progress in order to get on with more pressing issues, so there are no updates on my Chanel-inspired piece or my tribute to Alexander McQueen, though I have progressed apace with my first foray into electronics in jewellery, "14th Century Nightlife" which I hope to finish finally this coming week after it sitting on my bench for… Continue
Added by The Justified Sinner on May 19, 2013 at 1:47pm —
It is that time of year again, when the degree shows in Scotland all kick off. As usual, the roll is started by Dundee's Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design - DJCAD for short. Regular readers of my blog will…
Added by The Justified Sinner on May 18, 2013 at 8:05am —
This is the main reason of my visit at this year's Collect. Contemporary Jewellery and Silversmithing at its best. Here are a few photos.
Mi-Ah Rodiger statement headpiece at Galerie Rob Koudijs
Koi bracelets… Continue
Added by Vicky Saragouda on May 15, 2013 at 5:54pm —
Well, my final day in Pittsburgh last month was the day of the Out of Hand show at SCC. I got to have some rest time in the morning after the previous day’s efforts. Friday had been my final day of teaching the high school seniors, and had also included making a presentation to more Uni students, this time to…
Added by Melissa Cameron on April 30, 2013 at 3:00pm —
So while I was in Pittsburgh I spent part of Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday teaching a group of seniors at a local high-school the basics of working with recycled materials, so that each could make a small wearable pendant. I don’t have images of those guys, but I hope to have images of their works to share with you at some stage.
What I do have however is an image of what I made on Wednesday before class, after an overnight dumping of 5 inches of snow. It’s…
Added by Melissa Cameron on April 29, 2013 at 6:28pm —
My wonderful, indispensible, reliable, cheerful, friendly, unflappable workshop technician, Fiona, is leaving on Thursday. She's found a better-paid job with more promotional prospects and she'll be superb. The students will all miss her and they arranged a lunch for her today, which was great fun.…
Added by The Justified Sinner on April 23, 2013 at 5:11pm —
The crazy Easter Holiday is over, back from Istanbul, Brighton and the Bowie exhibition at the V&A - quite wonderful, well worth seeing if you are a Bowie fan, probably best avoided if you are not - and back into the workshop. I've been there for a week now, but it has been so hectic that it feels like I've never been away. Continue
My first morning back, I had agreed to help the Physical Education department to train their new personal trainers, so I was sweating buckets on a…
Added by The Justified Sinner on April 22, 2013 at 2:05pm —
COLLECT is one of the leading art fairs taking place at the Saatchi Gallery. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, COLLECT will bring together the world's finest… Continue
Added by Vicky Saragouda on April 19, 2013 at 6:34am —
Now, before I interrupted myself with the last post, I was reminiscing about my trip to Pittsburgh last month. Where was I?
Ahh, yes. Now as I recall… I never actually put up images of the *actual exhibition*. I know, installation shots of jewellery are always a little anaemic looking, but humour me here, ok? These are images of The Bridge 12 exhibition at …
Added by Melissa Cameron on April 16, 2013 at 4:36pm —
The Seattle Metals Guild biennial exhibition has just opened in the South Galleria of the Washington State Convention Center. It runs through til 7th of July, 2013, so don't worry, you've got plenty of time to check it out. More importantly however, our opening celebration is on tomorrow afternoon, so if you're in the area, please come down and say…
Added by Melissa Cameron on April 13, 2013 at 9:00am —
As promised yesterday, here's my second installment about my recent trip to Pittsburgh.
I spent my third day with ceramicist Yoko Sekino Bové, and we were joined for the second half of it by her partner Jim Bové, lecturer in jewelry/metals at California University of…
Added by Melissa Cameron on April 12, 2013 at 4:00pm —
Friday morning, I set off early to cross the Bosphorous and set foot in the Asian continent, the "Asian side" of Istanbul. The weather was clear and warm, by far the nicest of the week, and I boarded the ferry to…
Added by The Justified Sinner on April 12, 2013 at 7:17am —
2013 Northwest Jewelry and Metals Symposium
Paradigm Shift: Reinvention, Redefinition, and Fundamental Change
Is it October already? Nope, the fall is still many months away. But, even as the buds are bursting and the lawn mowers are coughing up blue smoke, the Seattle Metals Guild is gearing up for the 18th Annual Northwest Jewelry and Metals Symposium to be held on Saturday, October 19th from 9am to 4:30pm.
As always,… Continue
Added by Melissa Cameron on April 11, 2013 at 8:00pm —
Following up from my last post that sizzled my then-upcoming trip to Pittsburgh, I'm back with a 'what went down' blog. During my travels I overheard a local mention that Pittsburgh was on its way to becoming 'the new Portland', which proved to be a far-too-tempting title for me to resist.
OK, titles aside, here's what happened:
I started March by flying to Pittsburgh. I was in town to teach my first ever workshop at the Society for Contemporary Craft, as well as lecture, teach… Continue
Added by Melissa Cameron on April 11, 2013 at 6:58pm —
Thursday and the second day I had to be a tourist in the city, I headed off to Topkapi Palace, a place which has held much fascination for me since Dingo introduced me to the 1960s caper movie, "Topkapi", a favourite fun film for both of us. Naturally, as a jeweller, I wanted to see the famous treasury and, as a metalsmith, the armoury. Continue
I can't say that I was disappointed in the objects on display, but I can say that it was one…
Added by The Justified Sinner on April 11, 2013 at 10:56am —
Wednesday, I had the chance to relax a bit and be a tourist in the city, heading off first thing to see the amazing Hagia Sophia, the wonderful Orthodox church, turned mosque, turned museum.…
Added by The Justified Sinner on April 9, 2013 at 1:27pm —
Time for my teaching session, held in Hraç Arslanyan's "Mahrec Art House" workshops.
Hraç Arslanyan is an amazing jeweller, working with…
Added by The Justified Sinner on April 8, 2013 at 3:13pm —
Just returned from my five days in Istanbul where my first solo show was held in the Ayse Taki Galerisi as a result of the kindness and generosity of both the gallery owner, Ayse, and my friend and colleague Umut Demirguc Thurman who worked incredibly hard to make the show a phenomenal…
Added by The Justified Sinner on April 7, 2013 at 2:06pm —
People familiar with my work may be surprised to learn that I use CAD (Rhino, primarily) as a design tool and that quite often, elements of my work are made using CAM processes, such as 3D milling of wax which is then cast in precious metals. My own approach to these technologies is not unique and while I don’t use them as a primary method of production, there are many makers who do – Janet Huddie,… Continue
Added by The Justified Sinner on March 20, 2013 at 4:00pm —
Virtual Insanity - Virtual Expression is an exhibition, taking place at The Goldsmiths' Centre looking at the role of modern technologies in jewellery. Using new technology RCA students of Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork & Jewellery present their experimentations under Silvia Weidenbach's guidance. All work for this exhibition was created by employing haptic arm and 3D printing. I saw Weidenbach's… Continue
Added by Vicky Saragouda on March 17, 2013 at 5:50pm —