Thursday, 25 June 2015

buon giorno Firenze

In a couple of days I will be heading off to Florence, Italy to participate in a four week summer course to learn traditional jewellery techniques specific to Tuscany.

I entered a design competition last year and I was awarded a scholarship to attend Academia Riacci. Academia Riacci is a private art school which specialises in, amongst other things, Jewellery. They also have a leather working program which focuses in shoes and bags (how much fun), interior and graphic design, and all the usual programs found in an art school including sculpture and painting.

I will be learning Incisione (Florence engraving) which is delicate metal chasing and carving using a specific engraving tool. I will also be learning Florence Openwork - exciting! 

Example of Incisione
Image courtesy of Aceademia Riaci

Example of openwork
Image courtesy of Stefano Oro

I am looking forward to learning these new skills in such a fabulous location. We have an interpreter, and class is four days a week. Its going to be challenging to get to class by 9am whilst I am holidays, although I am sure the excitement and lure of adventure will prompt me to get to class on time. My accommodation is about a 25 min walk to school, and I am hoping to find some great coffee shops along the walk that will help to wake me up with an expresso and a delicious Italian pastry.

One day a week is set aside for 'Art visits' which I am guessing will be viewing some of the amazing art on display in Florence. I am hoping this includes a visit to the Uffizi Gallery, one of the oldest museums in the world with an amazing collection of great Italian artists, including my favourite, Botticelli, who is famous for The Birth of Venus.

The Birth of Venus by Botticelli
I am planning to travel lightly and will be taking a super small suitcase. As you can see it is just big enough to fit a cat, who was a great help by assisting me what to pack. The case used to be the right size for carry on luggage (back in my London days), but I think they've shrunk those sizes recently.

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The Venice Biennale is also on whilst I am there and I am looking forward to returning to such a beautiful city. Squee! 

Ciao Bella

Thursday, 18 June 2015

sPIN exhibition at ANCA

sPIN is ANCA Gallery's fifth annual exhibition of miniature wearable artworks Australian artists.

Some of my fence brooches have been selected to be displayed in the exhibition. They continue to explore surface (lichen markings through enamel), construction (using beads to explore mesh techniques), and repair (textile techniques to mend broken fences). 

Fence Study #3
Copper, sterling silver, enamel
8 x 5 x 1 cm

Fence Study #5
Sterling Silver, glass beads
5 x 7 x .5 cm

Fence Study #2
Sterling silver
8 x 5 x 1 cm

The exhibition's OPENING EVENT will be from 6pm-8pm Wednesday 24 June and the show will run until Sunday 5 July 2015. 

ANCA Gallery: 1 Rosevear Place Dickson ACT 
Gallery hours 12-5pm Wednesday to Sunday

Thursday, 4 June 2015

IOTA Pop-Up Gallery

Mireille Bourgeois is the curator and owner of IOTA Gallery, an invigorator of unconventional artistic and social practices, and a producer of forward thinking contemporary art discourse. 

I was approached to be part of the IOTA:Gallery's Pop Up show that is being held as part of the Credit Union Atlantic's Small Business Saturday.

Along with 13 other artists who working various disciplines such as printmaking, performance, painting, text-based, jewellery and sculpture, our work will be available for viewing on Saturday, 6 June, at Credit Union Atlantic, 5670 Spring Garden Road, Halifax. 

The exhibition will continue online and artwork will continue to be available for purchase until 20 June 2015.

Here's a sneak peek of some of the works that I created for the show: 

Fence Study # 1 Brooch
Sterling silver
8 x 5 x 1 cm

Fence Study #2 Brooch
Sterling silver, porcelain, decal
8 x 5 x 1 cm

Fence Study #4 Brooch
Wood, sterling silver
8 x 5 x 1 cm

For the complete online exhibition visit IOTA:Gallery's website.


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