Paper, Scissors, Metal

On the 7-9th July, I took part in a workshop with one of my favourite artists, Julie Blyfield, in conjunction with the Jewellers’ and Metalsmiths’ Group of Western Australia (JMGA WA). Julie is internationally renown contemporary jeweller, based in Adelaide, South Australia. The workshop “Paper, Scissors, Metal” was held at Central Tafe in Northbridge and focused on design process and development rather than just finished pieces of work.

On the first day, the group of workshop participants were required to bring in objects from their personal collections and draw them on large sheets of paper. We drew standing up, loosely holding markers and pens to allow the creativity to flow. We drew the objects from different angles, turned the paper upside down and drew over the top of our drawings to see how different shapes and patterns were created with layers. A few of us were a bit hesitant about our drawing skills, but we soon had fun and each had to present our drawings to the group. We discussed how the drawings would be used to create paper models and later samples in metal.
After contemplating our designs over lunch, it was time to create with paper! We used a variety of paper, card, tissue paper, sticky tape, glue and other materials to make 3D models. After a fun but exhausting day, it was time to sleep on our ideas overnight.

On day two, we were in the workshop. We learnt how to use tool steel to make our own little tools and filed them by hand as well as chasing and repoussé  techniques. We made different sizes and shapes according to our personal preference. Julie makes all her tools by hand as she finds you have the most control with your hand rather than a machine. She made comment that it was good to have a variety of shapes and sizes of tools as they each have their own purpose. Once our thin rectangular file was ready, we annealed copper sheet, heated up the pitch and began texturing the metal using our little tool and a chasing hammer to practice lines. Julie demonstrated each step and reminded us to make sure we stopped and stretched so we didn’t come away with sore necks.
In the evening, workshop participants, students and JMGA WA members were invited to attend a presentation by Julie in the lecture theatre on campus. Julie had a great photographic display and you certainly got a sense of where and how her ideas develop. There was a good turn out and despite the wet weather a few of us enjoyed a delicious meal at Aisuru Japanese in William St, Northbridge.

On the third and final day of the workshop, we were keen and eager to work on texturing the metal and create patterns. Some participants even made final samples complete with brooch backings in copper and silver. It was a race against time to get as much done as possible in the workshop, before we presented works in the art studio. When we were ready, we placed our drawings, paper models, metal samples and displayed some of our own previous work. We each presented and discussed our thoughts on the workshop and how we would develop our ideas further. Overall, it was a fantastic three day workshop which was jam packed learning new skills and working with like minded people. At the conclusion of the workshop, each attendee received a Certificate of Participation.
Thank you to everyone that participated and assisted in the organisation of the workshop. There may even be a few repoussé pieces included in this year’s JMGA WA Member Exhibition later in the year.


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Young Achievers


Earlier this year, I was privileged to be nominated for a Western Australian Young Achievers Award. In May, I received a Certificate of Achievement for The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award category.

The purpose of the Young Achiever Awards, is to acknowledge, encourage and promote the positive achievements of young people up to the age of 29 years. 2016 was the first year Western Australia participated in the Awards which is part the national organisation Awards Australia.

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Gold Achievement

In October, I was presented with the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Gold Award by Her Excellency, the Honourable Kerry Sanderson, AO, Governor of Western Australia at a ceremony held at Government House. The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award consists of three levels (Bronze, Silver and Gold), having completed both Bronze and Silver, it was always one of my goals to achieve Gold before the cut off age of 25 years. The Gold Award consists of five components including community service, skills, recreation, residential project and an adventurous journey. You can read more about the award here. It takes hard work, perseverance and commitment to achieve the Award. Many hours of technical and concept development were spent making at the bench to complete the skills section of the Award as well as attending workshops with local and international jewellers Stefano Marchetti from Italy, Master Cho Sung Joon from South Korea and Kyoko Iio from Japan. I also met world renown artists Philip Sajet (Netherlands/France) and Norman Cherry (U.K) in Perth.


Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award Ceremony. Photo: Ross Swanborough

I had the privilege to meet Prince Charles when he was in Perth at St George’s Cathedral and we had a wonderful conversation about the Duke of Edinburgh International Award. Prince Charles commented on the Duke of Edinburgh pins I was wearing at the time and even noticed the design had changed. He was delighted and said that his father would be very proud. Here’s a snap of the royal moment! 


Photo: Bernadette Liew.

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The theme of this years Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia (JMGA) conference was EdgesBordersGaps. It was an action packed three full days learning about the world of contemporary jewellery held at the Sydney College of the Arts. I was fortunate to meet with some talented artists from around Australia and international guest speakers from Germany, Thailand and New Zealand. As part of the conference, there were a number of exhibitions to view. I managed to see most of them and it was fantastic to see so much contemporary jewellery in a short time. A number of delegates were surprised we didn’t have our own designated contemporary jewellery gallery here in Perth, but you never know, things may change. I also took part in Bridget Kennedy’s Choice Mate exhibition where I decided to ‘mine’ my own ‘rock’ primarily made from beeswax. By taking part in this project, the artist requested I send a photo of the ‘rock’ in its new home.


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Young Collectors


My collection of contemporary jewellery will be on display in the Young Collectors 2015 exhibition. The works are owned by 10 Australians under the age of 30 with a collection of contemporary jewellery (not all participants are contemporary jewellers themselves). A catalogue of the exhibition will be available for purchase and contains more in depth conversation on how and why these collections came to be. With the majority of collectors from N.S.W, I am the only Young Collector from W.A.

The exhibition runs from 8 July – 1 August 2015 (opening Thursday 9 July 6 – 8pm)
SCA Entrance Foyer
Sydney College of the Arts, Balmain Rd, Lilyfield, NSW 2039
Mon – Fri 11am – 5pm, and Sat 11am – 4pm

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In-Transit showcases the works of 22 Western Australian contemporary jewellers. The exhibition coincides with the Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group Biennial Conference: Edgesbordersgaps. All the works will be displayed in suitcases at Depot II Gallery, 2 Danks St Waterloo, N.S.W. The works are varied and are made from precious, non precious, founds objects and recycled materials. My work explores the transition of changing landscapes from the East Kimberley region of W.A and incorporate West Australian Sandalwood, Jam wood and sterling silver.

The exhibition runs from 7-17 July, 2015 (opening Sat 11 July 4-6pm)

Depot II Gallery

2 Danks Street, Waterloo, N.S.W

Tue-Sat 11am-6pm (Closed Sun-Mon)

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L’esperienza di Milano

Last December, I embarked on the journey of a lifetime to check out the Artistar Jewels exhibition in Milan, Italy. This was the first time my jewellery travelled internationally and I was one of 120 worldwide jewellery artists, selected to participate in the exhibition. I was the only Australian artist to travel the long distance and brave the cold European winter. My work was exhibited alongside two well established West Australian artists Dr Dorothy Erickson and Bethamy Linton. I made my way to Milan by trying to pack in as much as I possibly could in a short time. I flew to London and saw the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London, tried to visit as many galleries and museums as possible and did some touristy things. Next destination Paris via the Eurostar. In the two days I was in Paris I managed to catch up with my host sister from Lyon whom I had a high school exchange and my French penpal from Marseilles whom I’d never met previously but had been writing to since I was 14 and just happened to be in Paris at the time. It was then onto Amsterdam where I stayed with friends in Houten, visiting the university town of Utrecht and some sightseeing in the rain around the capital city. I then made it to Rome followed by Florence and Venice where I saw Murano glass being blown. The last city in Italy was Milan for my exhibition. The exhibition organisers couldn’t believe I made the journey all the way to Milan from Australia and was still smiling. As part of the exhibition, my work was also available for purchase online and a catalogue was produced and distributed worldwide. Finally, I had a stopover in Dubai where I enjoyed browsing at the gold souks with friends before flying home to Perth Christmas morning.
The entire trip was an interesting experience and I certainly learned a lot in international relations! I have since been asked to exhibit again in Milan at the Artistar Jewels 2016 exhibition and design fair in Milan, however I declined due to work commitments and financial constraints but still look forward to my next overseas adventure.

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Exciting news – I have been selected as one of the 120 artists worldwide to exhibit in the Artistar  Jewels exhibition in Milan, Italy. This is the first time my precious creations will travel overseas. It will be interesting to see what doors open from this experience as I look forward to developing my creative practice.

Artistar Jewels

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This pendant is all boxed up, ready for its new owner. I remade the chain for  the Whirlpool pendant according to the client’s requirements. This is a retirement gift for someone. I hope they like it! If you would like your own custom made design, then please fill out a form on my contact page.

Sterling silver, pebble.

Sterling silver, pebble.

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Wear Ware Where

Wear Ware Where

Hi Everyone!

I have some jewellery on display amongst other local artists at a pop up exhibition in Fremantle, in conjunction with the Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of W.A.

Exhibition open: Friday 17 Oct ~ Sunday 26 October

Open Daily 10am ~ 4pm

Friday 10am ~ 8pm

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