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Hiya folks,

Thought I’d give you an update on my exciting new online store.

You may have seen and tried to follow the link to my online store in my last newsletter, well so sorry I am but that link was broken. Apologies for the wild goose chase. Good news is, Mark Beijer at Emerge Online (my IT rock *hallelujah*) has now embedded a link to the store in my website menu; no mess no fuss. Fact is, you can also view a selection of work from my facebook page. Now it’s an easy skip to shopping some of my new work from the comfort of your own home! Totally handmade, locally designed and home grown contemporary jewellery by yours truly for your viewing, shopping and wearing pleasure. Hells bells, stroll through my online store in your altogether; no need to put on airs or even pull on your uggies. In fact, bring your kids… and your dog. Crack open a bottle of something, light up a jazz cigarette; no judgement here. No one will even know. Blessed be, modern technology is our friend after all.

Currently in store, you shall find some of my favourite pieces from my Florescence range. Also, in the next week or so I plan to upload some of my newest favourites; my sun-babies. You may have seen me post images of these beauties on instagram. I’ve fallen hard for these characters, I hope you do too. In my next post, when I can offer you some worthy images, I will also give you an insight into the inspiration behind them. 

Please remember; if you see something you like but are the type that needs to be able to pick up and handle a piece before you commit to a meaningful relationship all of these pieces, and more, are available to view at my studio in Northbridge, open by appointment. Alternately Aspects of Kings Park, Found at Fremantle Arts Centre, and Botanicalia in York also have (different) pieces from this series to peruse.

Of course, in addition to these labours of love I continue to offer custom designed and hand made engagement and wedding ring commissions in gold and platinum (as well as alternate materials if that’s your bag). Commissioning engagement and wedding rings creates new possibilities, such as incorporating materials and stones from heirloom pieces. If you have been looking for an alternative to mainstream diamond engagement jewellery and would like to work with me to create something beautiful, unique and personal, drop me a line or flick me an email and we can make a time to sit down and talk it over.

With love,

Bethamy.

Ps. with thanks to the gorgeous Eva Stewart, model, and the very handsome and talented Bill Shaylor, photographer.

Eva wearing Florescence Series anodised titanium and sterling silver jewellery

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OPEN STUDIO!

Come on in! We’re throwing open the doors Sunday June 11 2017 from 10 – 4

Where? Robertson Park Artist Studios, 176 Fitzgerald Street West Perth. And bring your pup – that’s us smack bang in the middle of that big, beautiful, dog friendly park.

I mentioned the move briefly before, even shared a couple of pics on social media, but now I’m more settled in my lovely new shared studio it’s time to throw open the doors. I can’t wait for you to see my city digs!… and meet my new mates.

Robertson Park Artist Studios houses 6 artists including me; a ceramicist, Graham Hay, three painters; Sarah Jane Marchant, Chris McClelland and Carol Rowling, and finally Fran Dennis, a multi-media artist. It’s a joy to be working alongside thee six mature, collegiate and personable peeps. I think you’re going to like meeting them and seeing their diverse and beautiful work as much as I have.

The space itself is a gorgeous, architect designed hall. It was, as I understand it, originally made to house the Perth Band. Then the local boundaries changed and well… 18 years ago Graham, Carol and some other rag-tag artists moved in and have called it their second home ever sonce. I feel incredibly fortunate to have stumbled across the space when I did. It now serves as my city studio, a space for me to work on small scale exhibition and commission work when I bring my lovely, grumbly toddler into town to be with his grandparents.

You can find out more about the space and the artists here

As well as my lovely space, I will have lots of beautiful new work to show you, including some works in progress for exhibition later on this year and next. So come on down for a perfect wintery Sunday thing-to-do. Hope to see you!

 

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New Stockists!


Photo by Yasmin Studio

So far this year has been a blur of activity, winding up teaching last year I had the notion that I might develop a line of work for sale through retail galleries. 

This isn’t an activity I’ve pursued for the last six or seven years; notoriously disorganised I struggle to keep track of stock, and my experience with interstate galleries going bust, selling work without informing me and generally being difficult to manage was less than comforting. Not surprisingly, one of the advantages jewellery has for an artist – that of being relatively small and easy to transport, is also a challenge. Galleries have the space and opportunity to represent sometimes over a hundred artists (why wouldn’t they; work is in consignment and costs them very little in terms of space to house) and very few galleries are in a position to adequately promote all said artists in a way that translate to sales that will support their practice’. Naturally, these galleries tend to focus on those artist with whom they have a close relationship, usually local often already established, though not always on either account. 

But I digress – as it happened the thought occurred to me, I started to develop the work and in the weird and wonderful way of the universe I soon received three unsolicited contacts from local retailers looking for work. I figure that’s a clear sign right? I took it upon myself to offer the work to Aspects, with whom I’ve had a relationship for 13 years now (gasp!) and i also started to investigate the possibility of an online store. So here I am three months later, and if you’re looking to find my work our there in the physical world you can now go to;
Aspects to Kings Park, Fraser Avenue West Perth

Found, Fremantle Arts Centre

Botanicalia, York

Sittella winery, Middle Swan

Margaret River Gallery, Margaret River.

In addition my own online store is just days (read an indeterminable number of weeks 😳) away from launching. I even have my an effortlessly beautiful model at hand to demonstrate just how lovely the work can look on you. I’ll keep you posted. 


Photo by Bill Shaylor

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Happy New Year!

Heya folks, been a while, sure. But, as always, I’m planning to change my wicked ways, starting with this blog. Expect to hear from me more often.
2016 was a pivotal year for my practice. After years of not engaging with Linton Silver (the heritage range of cutlery and tableware designed by my great grandfather, grandfather and father) illness in the family prompted me to make the decision to take it on again. I took over the mainstay of my father’s business, and in doing so realised that I had more work than I could handle on my lonesome. So the decision to stop teaching for North Metro TAFE was born and I handed in my resignation, working out the year. Of course, I’m already missing my fabulous students and the excellent facilities but I’m also excited for the opportunities the additional time will afford me.

2017 is already shaping up to be a game-changer. I have some super exciting things in the works already:

  • I’m starting 2017 with 4 new West Australian stockists for my jewellery works
  • developing an online store,
  • moving into an awesome shared studio space in Northbridge (happening February, stay tuned!)
  • working on a contemporary range of silverware to complement the tradition Linton Silver work
  • developing work for a second solo exhibition at Gallows Gallery in 2018.

So watch this space, and I’ll keep in touch – and if you’re not already doing so, you can keep track of me on Instagram and Facebook. I post a lot of commission and work in progress shots there.

Big love, and I hope your year ahead holds as much promise.

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(cr)After-noon Delights

Cheesie headline, I think my joie de vivre is getting the better of me; finally friends, my studio reno’s are complete. The space has changed completely, it feels like a lovely refuge from the outside world. I just want to hole up in here and contemplate my beautiful, new, relatively unblemished concrete floor… is that weird?

We had a lovely time on the second Saturday in March at the first beginners workshop on premises at Linton Studio. My three students for the day, Liz, Susan and Delia made some excellent pieces using the simple techniques we were dealing with – they all left wearing their creations. It was great! And it’s inspired me to keep offering workshops throughout the year. See below for the three I’ve planned over the next three months, if they go well (and you lot out there seem interested) I’ll schedule in some more!

Workshop schedule April – June 2015

D.I.Y silver earrings 2 hour Beginner’s Workshop, $85 pp, materials provided
Make a simple pair of textured and embellished silver earrings assembled using components provided. Techniques you will learn include roll-printing metal, riveting and bending sterling silver shepherd (earring) hooks.8 places available, no experience necessary
Saturday April 11
11am – 1pm

Jewellery Making 101
6 hour Beginner’s Workshop, $335 pp, materials provided
If you’re serious about learning tool skills you can continue to use to make your own jewellery designs at home this is the workshop for you. Participants will learn to pierce and saw silver sheet to produce a fretwork pendant or pair of earrings. Tools and materials provided.
4 places available, no experience necessary
Saturday May 9
10am – 4pm

Pattern Making
2 day Advanced Skills Workshop, $425 pp, materials provided
Learn how to carve low-relief designs directly into silver to produce master patterns for repetition by casting. This technique produces cleaner masters with a greater level of detail and a better finish than wax carving and avoids the double handling associated with wax carved patterns. 4 places available, a working knowledge of basic tool skills is essential
Saturday June 13 & Sunday June 14
10am – 4pm

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2015, we’re (finally) ready for you

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Ok, so It’s a bit of a stretch to wish you a happy new year… forgive me if I’m running a bit behind the 8-ball, but for those who haven’t heard I am just now returning to work from Maternity leave. Yes, it’s true; my gentleman friend and I welcomed our Son and Heir last September (cue fanfare).

Meanwhile, amidst recovering from the shock and attempting to adjust, I managed to send work off for a few exhibitions, including the Shanghai International Metalsmithing & Jewelry Art Exhibition, Artistar Jewels in Milan (customs almost killed me!), and right now I have work in the final Shire of Mundaring annual acquisitive exhibition at Mundaring Art Centre InMaterial. It’s a beautiful exhibition showcasing local craft artists across different media, if you are in the area I urge you to make time to see it.

But what then, for the rest of 2015?

Well, I have been busy renovating my studio at Taylor’s Cafe in the Swan Valley. I have a new floor, new paint and a new way forward. I’m shaking things up and re-organising the studio, creating a private gallery and teaching space.

From here on out I will be open for business every Friday from 10 – 4 and otherwise by appointment, you can come there to see me, discuss commissions or just have a chat and view my work. I will be having private viewings of new collections throughout the year which I will let you know about here via my blog, and on my facebook page.

I’m also planning monthly jewellery-making workshops which will be an ever-changing feast of new skills for beginners through to experienced jewellery makers. These start this month!!!

The inaugural workshop will be on Saturday March 14 from 11am – 3pm.
In this 4 hour workshop I will guide you through making hand cut and patterned jewellery pieces to take away with you. You will learn basic roll printing, riveting and cutting techniques.
The workshop will be held in my studio at Taylor’s Cafe, 510 Great Northern Highway Middle Swan. Maximum of 10 students per workshop. Contact me for bookings; Telephone 0430463736 Email mail@bethamylinton.com

Hope to see you!

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M.A.C. artist in focus

Hello!!! Just a quicky;

The annual acquisition show and my own exhibition opened at Mundaring Art Centre last Friday; I encourage you to go if you reside here on the west side, the acquisition show this year, Women Artists of the Hills 1930 – 1980 is truly worth seeing.

There are also some workshops and talks attached to the exhibitions (I’ve attached M.A.C.’s  program below) if you’re interested coming along to a workshops give them a call, they’re taking the reins bless ’em. I’ll be everywhere you see my name, and also at the Forum on March 6 as a keen listener.

Tues 25 Feb 12.30 – 2pmMAC & Shire  Artist Talk & Exhibition ToursVisitors will meet at the Mundaring Arts Centre and take a guided tour of the SOM Art Acquisition exhibition with curator Emma Mahanay Bitmead and exhibiting artist Madeleine ClearBethamy Linton will talk about her arts practise as visitors enjoy her work in Gallery TwoEmma will then take visitors to the Shire of Mundaring Administration to see a selection of the Shire’s Art Collection rarely seen by the public
Sat 1 March 11am – 3pmMAC Jewellery workshopBeginners 16yrs + Adult workshop $85 per personAll materials providedBring your own lunch

Bethamy will guide you through making a piece of beautiful hand cut and patterned jewellery to take away with you. You will learn basic roll printing, ribbling and cutting techniques

Sun 2March 1 – 4pmMAC &3 x Open Artist’s studios

 

Artist Open Studios Visitors are invited to come to MAC and see the stunning exhibitions on show as the starting point for an afternoon visiting local artist’s studios.Philippa and Bethamy will be at MAC from 11am – 1pm to talk about their work and Bethamy will be demonstrating her jewellery techniques
Tues 4 March 12.30 – 2pmMAC & Shire  Artist Talk & Exhibition ToursVisitors will meet at the Mundaring Arts Centre and take a guided tour of the SOM Art Acquisition exhibition with curator Emma Mahanay Bitmead and exhibiting artist Philippa O’Brien.Bethamy Linton will talk about her arts practise as visitors enjoy her work in Gallery Two, Emma will then take visitors to the Shire of Mundaring to see a selection of the Shire’s Art Collection rarely seen by the public
Thurs 6 March 6.30 – 8pmMAC Forum: Women of the Hills: Influential artists from the 1930s to 1980sJoin us for an evening of informal conversation led by curator and facilitator Emma Mahanay and a panel of art collection professionals, including Winthrop Professor Ted Snell, Sue Starcken, Philippa O’Brien and Melissa HarpleyThe panel will focus on West Australian women artists from the 1930s to 1980s, discuss key works, the significance of art collections and provide new interpretations of the history of West Australian art
Sat 15 March 11am – 3pmChristine’s Studio  Pastel workshopChristine invites the public to join her in her studio for a day of learning colour theory and application techniques. Christine uses black paper and vibrant colour layered to make the artwork glow.
Sun 16 March 11am – 3pmMAC Jewellery workshop Beginners 16yrs + Adult workshopAll materials provided Bring your own lunchBethamy will guide you through making a piece of beautiful hand cut and patterned jewellery to take away with you. You will learn basic roll printing, ribbling and cutting techniques.

 

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2014

Happy New Year!!!!!!

I’m inexplicably excited about 2014 folks, I really can’t explain why.

Not yet back to work, I’m meandering about my property in the hills trying to untangle the tomatoes and conunding (pretty sure that’s not a real word) on the water issue. Where is it, how do we get it, where do we put it; it’s a whole different beast when you’re not on scheme water.

Soon however; Monday even, these concerns are going to be relegated to the weekends and holidays as I get back to making madly.

What was I doing in 2013? Where have I been? Well hells, I been busy I swear! Up until just before christmas I was an applied and dedicated craftsperson.

  • I got a new website up (see!!!) which is great! (Thanks Mark!)
  • I joined Klimt02, (an international contemporary jewellery network),
  • I was awarded my certificate 3 in jewellery manufacture (that’s my fine jewellery apprenticeship for those that don’t speak TAFE),
  • I made a lot of pretty things for lovely people.
  • Winged Alates, the piece acquired by the National Gallery in 2012 was selected for Bodyworks, a travelling exhibition of 40 contemporary jewellery pieces from the National Gallery collection which is touring regional galleries in Australia for 2 years.
  • I took my first solo exhibition to Studio 20/17 in NSW
  • I participated in 2 group exhibitions in Brisbane and attended the JMGA conference
  • I participated in an Artsource 6×6 in November
  • Participated in a masterclass with professor Norman Cherry
  • My work King Brown was finalist in the Bendigo Contemporary Metal Awards

There’s more, I know it, I just can’t think.  But all that’s old hat!

This year, for starters, I’m working toward a second solo exhibition, I’m making a guest appearance as artist in residence at Mundaring Art Centre in February, and I’m committed to getting regular with this blogging thing. Wish me luck!!!

I hope every one of you has a frikkin-fantastic new year and had a wonderful time over the Christmas period.

All the best!

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pleased to meet you

Well hello, weren’t ready for that big ol’ face staring back at you now were you! I’ve had my dear friend Michelle back in to take more snaps of me, the studio and some of the hound for good measure.

A lot’s been happening in my little studio; it’s been custom-made diamond jewellery central around here. Starting with my best girl’s wedding rings (congratulations Angelique and Brian Kraft!), and then rounding out with the unique rings pictured below for two lovely clients that are getting hitched in 2014. They were a pleasure to make, the gold and diamonds were re-cycled from three rings given to them by his family. Just quietly I’m particularly taken by the ladies ring, I have an urge to use the idea in a series; watch this space.

For those of you who don’t know, many moons ago (think late 90’s) I spent 3 years as an apprentice jeweller. Due to circumstances beyond my control (and a natural aversion to formality) I never completed said apprenticeship. Recently inspired by my proximity to other people learning, I bit bullet and signed up for my qualification by recognition of prior learning! It probably means very little, except that I have the opportunity to learn a few tips and tricks from the trade that I missed with my final year, and that once I have my qualification I will have the freedom to take on an apprentice of my own should I wish. And I’m having a ball picking and choosing tricky tradie exercises to do to prove my skills set is complete!

So, any of you out there want a fancy setting for your precious stone, a handmade eternity ring or a tennis bracelet, hells bells, I’m here for you; more now than ever before!

PS. I have a new facebook page; have a look, there’s lots of lovely pics.

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