Archive for May, 2009

Sculpture

New Sculpture

 

This piece has been made for a Small Works exhibition in the Brunswich Street Gallery in Melbourne.

The first of a series of work that I am starting.

 

The next dozen pieces though will be based on self portraits as a part of my hang-ups series.

More images to come.

New Sculpture

 

New Sculpture

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New Components

Promotional photo

This is a picture I have had taken as a promo photo that I will be using on some brochures I am curently doing.

The following are others are going to be used on a web promotion through arthives who I have my web site with.

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This week I have made new components that can be made into new pieces when multiplied or combined. I have run off a fair few waxes in preperation to cast but as this is going to happen on mass I will have to save some money!! The plan is to have all the pieces put together to present all of the pieces on a mass scale. This will happen on a personal presentation to friends and clients as well as to retailers for a hopeful representation in their stores!!

More on that as it progresses!

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Toowoomba Contemporary Wearables

Amethyst Pod

Amethyst Pod

Pod Pendant

Pod Pendant

pods together

pods together

These are my entries for the Toowoomba Contemporary Wearables. They are based on the Pod Brooch I did for the Pearce Commission but are much smaller being only 2.5cm wide and 1.5cm high. I have entered them in as two separate pieces although they do match. I do not think that you could wear them together, well I suppose you could but Ii think visually that would not be as successful as wearing them one at a time. The would make more of an impact despite their size!

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Gabriella’s Pieces

From Grandma's Necklace

From Grandma's Necklace

The Amber was given to me by Gabriella. She wanted something to secure the pieces as she had them threaded previously but not successfully! Somehow the threading that had been done previously had broken and she had actually lost some of these beads that use to belong to her grandmother and she treasured very much. After consultation I came up with this piece. The beading is done with knots in between each bead so that if a strand does break for some reason there will only be one bead missing and not the whole strand! But that will take a lot of effort and maybe a sharp blade to get through the silk thread!!

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Winter Brooch 20/17 Expression of Interest

Based on Traditional Khmer designs

Based on Traditional Khmer designs

This is one of the pieces that I submitted for the 20/17 Winter Brooch Exhibition -expression of interest recently.

These are the first in a series of works based on traditional Khmer designs, inspired by my trip with Alex to Cambodia. Seeing the carvings on the walls really ignited something in me and has given me  new direction to focus on that will hopefully give me an edge in contemporary design in Brisbane and throughout Australia I am hoping. Something that is not being done and that will not look like what everyone else is doing. These are the first in this direction.

Sterling Silver cast, forged, stone settings

Sterling Silver cast, forged, stone settings

The Bezel setting on this one is rough and ready, paying homage to the traditional look. Having such an ancient looking piece and placing only clean modern lines with it will work and is a process that I will be working with but I need to go through the process of figuring out what it is that I am doing. This is just one of the steps.

Traditional Khmer New Zealand influence

Traditional Khmer New Zealand influence

I wanted to show something other than just the stone setting for this one,but have something  that was going to compliment the stones that were going to be set with the piece. Paua shell that had been purchased from New Zealand when Alex and I had a holiday there this time last year matched the Amethysts perfectly and I was very happy with the results. I always try to collect something that I can use in future jewellery pieces from places that I visit. You never know when they will come in handy!

New pod designs

New pod designs

This piece is is fast becoming a stable component in my work. This design is based on the pod. A pod to me represents a vessel that either holds something, has held something or will hold something. I always think of the things that it has held as either water or seeds. Putting it altogether in this fashion, it represents a flower. This design also allows for enamel to be placed on the inside of the pods to add colour which opens up the possibilities for this piece to be added and tied into other works as a component of that work or left plain like this to become the feature of the work.  There are two more designs smaller than this to be used as earrings and ring components and on cuffs and bracelets.

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Time Runs Out

Well as this year speeds by I am finding it more difficult to get everything that one needs to do, done! Between a web site and a blog I am desperately trying to keep everyone informed of that has been happening and unfortunately seem to be falling short on keeping the communication up. In one way that is ok for the moment as I have not let many people know about this particular blog but with much encouragement to get it happening by Babs, here I am making a concerted effort into the foray of blogging on a regular basis to help my professional practice!

It has been a very busy time since my last posting as you can imagine. I have been in the preperation process for two exhibition expressions of interest as well as working more than full time, as well as starting teaching at the Brisbane Institute of Art. Most of you out there who know me though will know that I love to keep busy and enjoy the challenges of this! Time management is always better when there is more than one task to manage – that is boredom in my books – although I do crave a bit of that every now and then!!!

So the following posts will be of that I have been working on in the past couple of months and I am going to make more of a concerted effort to post news about what is happening on a more regular basis!

Cheers

Dan

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