A little leica for a benefactor and a good friend.

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DSCN0281 DSCN0267 DSCN0270 DSCN0271 DSCN0273 DSCN0275Julie Blyfield Relic Neckpiece 2013 Oxidised sterling silver,wax, cord photo by Grant Hancock Julie Blyfield Relic Neckpiece 2013 Sterling silver,cord photo by Grant Hancock Julie Blyfield Relic stud earrings and brooch 2013 Oxidised sterling silver, enamel paint,wax photo by Grant Hancock Julie-Blyfield-Relic-Brooch Julie-Blyfield-Remnant-web Julie Blyfield Fragment Brooches, Sterling silver, Oxidised st.silver,wax 2013 photo Grant Hancock Julie Blyfield Relic and Remnant Earrings 2013 Oxidised sterling silver, enamel paint,wax photo by Grant Hancock Julie Blyfield Relic Neckpiece 2013 Oxidised sterling silver,enamel paint,wax photo by Grant Hancock

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Quite a few people have been asking about the very thin gold honeycomb element in my three rings that were exhibited in the Earth to Earth, Ashes to Ashes exhibition. They were made using CAD with the fabulous help of Vernon. I really wanted to explore the limits of possibilities of thinness and play with pattern variatons. Vernon, a fellow artist and experienced 3-D designer, was willing to give it a go. Because he also has a background in contemporary jewellery, he totally gets where  we’re coming from! He can be contacted at gewgaws@iinet.net.au. If anyone is looking for someone who can think a bit outside the square, he’s your man. It was lovely to deal with someone outside of the trade environment who was willing to be involved in the creative/experimental process. – Bridget

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Vernon Bowden

Object #04, Fetish, 2013, Elysian Creations Maltese cross Swarovski crystal necklace, spray-paint, gallery
Object #02, Fetish, 2013, Dolce & Gabbana Swarovski crystal necklace, spray-paint, gallery
Object #03, Fetish, 2013, Nina Ricci bridal rhinestone necklace, spray-paint, gallery
Object #01, Fetish, 2013, Bridget’s pearl necklace, spray-paint, gallery
Object #05, Fetish, 2013, Pandora choker necklace, spray-paint, gallery

 

Emma Fielden

Untitled, Neckpiece, 2013, Tracing paper, human hair. 150mm length

Bridget Kennedy 2

In memory of bees, 18ct gold, beeswax
Claire 1

Neckpiece I (Gilty), 18 ct yellow gold, chocolate, gold leaf
Neckpiece II (Gilty), 18 ct yellow gold, chocolate, gold leaf

Emma Fielden

Untitled, Neckpiece, 2013, Tracing paper, human hair. 150mm length
Untitled, Neckpiece, 2006, Eggshell, silk. 150mm length

mel young

I can still imagine myself wrapped in the smoky shroud of you.
Neckpiece, Sal Wood, 24ct Gold, Glitter, String
After you had bathed, I drank in the smell of your skin – it clung to my clothes, a clean embrace.
Neckpiece, Pears Soap, 24ct Gold leaf, String
The sweet caress of your perfume lingered, long after you had left…
Neckpiece, Frankincense, 24ct Gold, String

mel young 1

Untitled (a material play I) Neckpiece, Frankincense, Amber, 24ct Gold, String
Untitled (a material play III) Neckpiece, Amber, Pears Soap, 24ct Gold, String
Untitled (a material play II) Neckpiece, Pears Soap, Amber, 24ct Gold, String

melanie Ihnen

Cameo appearance (pendant), unfired porcelain, silk thread

melanie Ihnen 1

Cameo appearance (neckpiece), unfired porcelain, 9ct white gold
Cameo appearance (brooch), unfired porcelain, 9ct white gold
Cameo appearance (brooch), unfired porcelain, 9ct white gold

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Zoe Brand

“REALITY CONTIUNES TO RUIN MY LIFE” – A SERIES OF CYNICAL SOUVENIRS
pantograph engraved, sticky backed trophy plaques
Series includes one of each:
TOO CLOSE
LOST PARADISE or PARADISE LOST
“HAPPY”
THIS IS ALL MY SADNESS
BLAND
NOT TODAY
AS GOOD AS GOLD
PRECIOUS LITTLE
EASY COME, EASY GO
YES NO
STOP BEING PERFECT

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Thanks to everyone for coming on along to the opening. The mulled wine was enjoyed by all!!

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I didn’t know this but Tracey Clement offers an editing service for students essays, theses and dissertations. I studied under Tracey and believe having her eagle eye look over your work is a fantastic investment in your future, particularly if you want the best possible chance of success.
She’s an expert in the field of art and design and offers a special discount to students. She’s probably already found a few grammatical errors just reading this!

An open invitation to the ‘gentleman’ who was responsible for the unleashed dog that ran through my artwork on exhibit at The Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability as part of the North Sydney Art Prize and then insulted me by giving me $10 towards the costs of damages.

When I received the news that I had been selected for the North Sydney Art Prize I was ecstatic. As an artist, we invest heavily in our time and own financial resources to create work for both ourselves and the wider general public, to hopefully extend the experience of their world, create beauty, get people thinking and to create a sense of something beyond the economic rationalist view point that seems to have somehow dominated our society.

I was even more excited to find out that I had received the Encouragement Award. All too often an artist life is an uphill battle.

Unfortunately my experience during the first  two days that the exhibition has been open to the general public has left me far from encouraged.  This is the third installation of this artwork but it is the first time I have observed it being treated with such an incredible lack of mindfulness and respect.

While the installation is slightly problematic in that it is a floor piece and there are a number of works in the room, it is not so problematic that anyone knowingly walking into a space to view artworks as part of the North Sydney Art Prize would not be able to navigate the space in a respectful and mindful way.

While minding the space as a volunteer (of course, artists are not expected to get paid for their time) I have seen adults walk over the work, damaging elements with no acknowledgement of their action or apology. This has also applied to the parents of the numerous children who have run, walked or fallen onto the piece.  Parents please hold on to your children’s hands if they are not familiar with appreciating art.

The last straw for me was Sunday when a gentleman allowed a dog, unleashed and in his care to run frantically across the work, scattering the elements widely and destroying many. I took yet another deep breath and remained calm, as accidents happen. People are careless without even realising it. It is an offence to have a dog unleashed in a public space.  North Sydney Council officers, where were you to offer him his on the spot fine?

I invited the ‘gentleman’  to help me repair the damage that his dog had created (actually not his, he was minding it for his daughter, and agreed that it was out of control…”so why not leash the beast I thought to myself”). He seemed a man educated in the arts, discussed the similarities that he thought my work had with a work displayed in the new Kaldor Wing at the AGNSW……I  made light conversation while taking deep breaths to remain calm…in an attempt to keep him from ‘feeling bad’ about the damage that had been done to my artwork……and then, when it was ‘fixed’ to a level that seemed suitable, he offered, hastily, a $10 note towards the damage that had occurred and quickly disappeared.

I was stunned. Still in a state of shock from what had happened, I took the note but felt deeply insulted.

My work takes a minimum of 18 man hours to install. The elements were made over an intense period of 21 consecutive days working 15-17 hours each day. There are 10,000 elements in the piece.  I realise that the Visual Arts is increasingly undervalued and continues to be de-funded but the disregard shown by that $10 left me speechless. If not for the tireless commitment, and financial investment of the participating artists to their practice, the works in this exhibition would not exist for the public to enjoy.

So I invite the ‘gentleman’ to the opportunity of a lifetime, to experience what it is like to be an artist. To, in effect, recreate the commitment and effort it took to create my artwork that was then made available for him and others to enjoy; so that he can be educated in the life of an artist. He will have the opportunity to create his own artwork, learn new skills, experience dedication, persistence and focus.

I offer to take the time out of my life, to make him a commitment over all my other commitments (as a mother, wife, business partner, gallery director, student and artist), to make his experience my primary motivation, to take him on a journey that will open his heart and his mind to the joy (and heartache) of creativity and to the focus required to create an artwork like this.  All he needs to do is commit, as I did, to 17 hour days for 21 consecutive days. I will even provide him with a gallery exhibition space to exhibit the resulting work in where he can celebrate his creation with friends, family and colleagues.

I will also commit to giving him $10 to compensate for his efforts in the event that his work is damaged by persons showing a lack of respect for his creation.

Call me.

Signed Bridget Kennedy.

damage after dog

Bridget is a contemporary jewellery artist and a director of Studio 20/17 (studio2017.com.au). Her works are respectfully exhibited within the galleries at 2 Danks Street in Waterloo (2danksstreet.com.au) and elsewhere.  Her floor installation “just help yourself why don’tcha” is on exhibition at the Coal Loader as part of the North Sydney Art Prize until Monday 5th August 2013.

2 Danks Street Award for Contemporary Art Criticism

The 2 Danks Street Award for Contemporary Art Criticism has been established by the permanent galleries of 2 Danks Street Waterloo to foster new writing on, and extend discussion about, the visual arts. This award is initially being given for writing about exhibitions at galleries in the 2 Danks Street complex. In subsequent years, the intention is to extend the award to exhibitions in other Sydney based commercial or private contemporary art galleries.

For more info visit – http://www.2danksstreet.com.au/press_details.php?newsID=6

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