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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 It was, as I understand it, originally made to house the Perth Band.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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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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Metalsmith Magazine Exhibition in Print

I’m pleased as Punch to inform you that my piece King Brown makes an appearance in the Society of North American Goldsmith’s exhibition in print this year. The theme is Animal Instincts.

The exhibition was curated by contemporary jewellery super stars Bruce Metcalfe, David Bielander and   David Freida. I’m tickled pink for my work to be placed next to some beautiful pieces by artists including Emily Cobb, Thomas Muir, Marilyn Da Silva and Rikke Lunneman to name a scant few. I’ve attached my pick of the bunch below however – Meg J Roberts’ Panties for Canus Lupis. Hilarious!

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Workshops, Country Style and a sneak peek

Despite my best intentions, I confess I find it difficult to blog on the regular. As a result, when I do it’s like talking to a dear friend you haven’t seen in a few years; you want to catch them up on the news but it’s kinda hard to pick out the highlights and cram it all in to a conversation. What stops me is my inconstant collection of relevant images, I feel a post just isn’t complete with an image or two to illustrate. So, I’ve been saving up. Poor strategy, sure.

Last time we spoke, dear friend, I was Artist in Focus at Mundaring Arts Centre.  I must say it was a lovely 6 week stint; Jenny, Clare and Co made it extremely easy and fun. I had the immense pleasure and fortune of meeting re-knowned hills based artist Madeleine Clear, whose work I’ve long admired. Speaking with her and visiting her studio was seriously inspirational. The jewellery making workshops, which included four with 10 and 11 year old kids, went over brilliantly. Focusing on roll printing, simple cutting and rivetting techniques, my talented students made a raft of lovely wearables, and took home some new skills to boot. A good time was had by all…. except maybe the poor lady that took to her thumb with a hammer. Ouch.

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In other news; seen this month’s Country Style magazine? They’ve published a lovely article on your truly this month, I even get a mention on the cover. Bless ’em!

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It’s a lovely write up; I’m tickled pink and will be posting a full PDF of the article on the website soon.

I’m also pretty happy about the new series I’m working on for an Perth Fashion Festival affiliated exhibition in September. It’s a bit of a departure from recent work; developing ideas for handcut titanium vessels for my solo show in 2015 left me with little motivation to lace cut anything in the short term. Still focused on my immediate natural environment, I have been looking at Dryandra plants. They’re a breed of particularly prickly native bush that springs up everywhere, and especially where the canopy in Jarrah forrests has been eroded by things like felling and climate change and the other bad things we’re responsible for. As a friend described it, it’s like natures scarring. It feels to me, walking through our property, like a silent reproach.

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Me & Sydney; Like “that”

That’s right folks; I’m deep in the big smoke. Installed the exhibition today and I’m thrilled with it. Now that the install is bedded in I can relax my self. Everything is going to be O.K.

Thanks to Melanie and Alex at Studio 20/17 for making it such fun today. I also got to chat with Jess Dare as she packed away her beautiful work. What a pleasure.

Now I can go eat the east coast; the post install sausage roll I had at Bourke Street Bakery was pretty amazing!

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Key to this City

In other news I just hand delivered my design ideas for the new Key to Perth City! 8 artists were contacted by the City of Perth about 4weeks ago and offered the opportunity to present their initial design ideas for a new presentation key and personal gift item. I was thrilled to number amongst the 8, I have no idea who the other artists are. The deal is, the City selects 3 of the the artists to progress their designs and then, one of the shortlisted to do the job.

The initial idea I have developed for presentation uses the feather of the Swan, in silver oxidized black or deep grey, as the handle of the key. The shaft of the feather (in polished silver) becomes the neck of the Swan, resulting in the feather creating the impression of a Swan body. The final piece will have the feather carved or forged to curve gently inward toward the swan, and will be double sided. The suggestion of the Swan’s body will be continued through the handle of the key, swelling gently at the base of the feather to represent the belly and contouring through toward the head of the key (the shield) to loosely suggest a swan’s leg, culminating in a stylized ‘foot’ resting on the shield.

The head of the Key is comprised of the shield, in polished silver, capped with a gold crown as with the Coat of Arms. The shield is crossed with a red material; either cut red Jasper (a semi precious stone indigenous to Western Australia), red enamel or red gold. The final choice of materials will be made to complement the final, resolved design and to meet budget.

So… if I manage to get a decent snap of some of my drawings, I’ll post ’em here: wish me luck!!!!

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SALE!

This weekend I’m holding my first ever Christmas sale. 30% off everthing in stock (except the new exhibition work) 10% off all orders made over the weekend.

I’ll be in from 11-4 Saturday and Sunday, if you haven’t been out to my current studio before I’m based at Taylor’s Cafe, 510 Great Northern Highway Middle Swan, this is a great opportunity to head down for a coffee and peruse some lovely things. Jude Taylor has just taken collection of some lovely new textiles bearing her gorgeous prints too, which are available to view in the shop Come on down and liberate me of my beautiful things; I’m getting very excited about clearing the cabinets and having room to make and display new work.

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Colour me crazy

Spring has sprung and promptly settled, my hay-fever has all but subsided and summer has slipped in under the radar. It’s been a long time between posts, I know; and how I’ve missed you!

Oh my, it has been a busy couple of months! For those interested the first of 5 sets of handles have been installed at St Georges Cathedral. I’m very pleased with them, and better still with that done and dusted I have moved on to fill orders and start new work.

I have a new love; the past few weeks has found me flirting precociously with a recent acquisition. I have come into possession of a small kiln, a little dog eared, sure, a little dusty, but perfect for me. The upshot is that I now have the wherewithal to experiment with enamels! So far it’s been a scant few samples, but I couldn’t help use some enamelled elements in a hair comb I made for a beautiful bride last week. Just between us; I think I’m onto something!

And next up is Christmas! I have a couple of pieces in ‘Christmas Feast’ opening at Gallow’s Gallery, 53 Glyde Street Mosman Park, 6 30pm December 1. Stop for a glass of wine if you’re in the area. And, if you have a chance, please drop by the workshop for a chat over coffee and view my new works.

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