One of the things people tell you when you ate about to head of to vietnam is the traffic. Once you get here and, if you have never been to Bangkok, India or any other major Asian city, you should find the traffic a walk in the park. Slow and steady is what they say but it depends on what is hurtling towards you. A quick side step here or there and you’ll be fine. Just remember to look both ways!!
On this trip i have been taking along a miniature figure called Walter. He has been the travel companion who has featured in most of the photos. Seeming i have started working with #miniatures and small scale i thought it best to travel blog with him too. Of course most of this has been on instagram @dancoxart as it offers up such ease in photo logging what is happening around you.
Here are some photos of Walter’s journey….
These beautiful pieces came into the studio recently for a resize…. some a fair few sizes up!!
Oh and a much needed clean!!
The diamonds sparkle now. Lol
This coming August will see a new series of work created around the theme of 1950’s Sci-fi posters and imagery.
Each piece has been created from old forks and spoons, enamel and small plastic figurines. I am trying to use an everyday object and re-contextualize it into a series of fun sculptures of miniatures.
I am having a lot of fun with creating these works, aimed more at the men in the audience, and hopefully a point of difference in the exhibition from the other jewellery.
So I have been a little absent lately as I have been head down bum up for an exhibition in November called TOPOLOGY at Percolator Gallery. This is a joint exhibition with Lyne Tilt, a good friend of mine who at the beginning of the year discussed the possibility of having an exhibition, and as we both wanted to do an exhibition this year we thought that it would be god to do this together as it saves us the costs and amount of work that we need to do to get this done in time.
It has been a 7 month slog to get this far. We still have plenty to do but we are on the home stretch and looking forward to the opening night on the 25th of November. This will be a showing of all the work we can do so it is rather important to both of us. A variety of work will be shown from painting, sculpture, etchings, drawings and more. I am really looking forward to showing and hopefully selling some of the work!!!
Here are a few of the pieces that will be on exhibition:
So, as I have started to do Lapidary, I have been given a whole bunch of slabs on New Zealand Jade to play with! Exciting new pieces coming from these slabs in the coming weeks!
I have also managed to finish my first cabochon in Gympie-ite and have started a couple of others which are smaller pieces. It will be interesting to see how these turn out. This is such a great experience, learning how to cut gems to the way you want them cut. I am really looking forward to going ahead and cutting some more pieces but in a way that I want to shape and polish them. As I said – this should start happening next week! If I had more time I would love to be doing this more often and at this stage I can’t really afford to be going out and buying the machinery to at least trim the slabs!
This is where I need to be patient and just wait!
Im super excited! Today was my first day at the North Brisbane Lapidary Club in Northgate and I was shown how to create my first cabochon! Although I am still underway with this process and have the polishing to do I am really happy with the progress so far!
Just getting the shape correct is the challenge, but once you have that right you can go ahead and adjust what you like and create unique shapes as you like. I have a plan with this process. I want to be able to cut stones specific for pieces that I am creating and even look at butting up stones against each other in settings. Allowing them to create an image in their own right!
Next week I will have this one finished and polished up with my sights set on creating something else, cut to the way I want them!!
So last night I was sitting around playing on Pinterest (DAP Jewellery School) looking at different landscapes when I had an inspired thought. I have always been a little bit fascinated with Chinese culture and landscapes etc, and I started thinking about the name seals that the Chinese make. I actually have one of these with my Chinese name carved into it. So I thought that I would combine the two passions into the one form. Do small scale sculptures that are in a Chinese landscape theme with the shape of the name seal.
The seals usually have animals or a person on the top as they have to be usable but I like the idea of containing the landscape on such a small scale and only having a single tree or rock or combination on it. even with a bit of the landscape running down the edge of it like a waterfall…..
I’ve already cut the hebel stone and I am on my way!! !
Watch this space!