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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 It was, as I understand it, originally made to house the Perth Band.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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