Category Archives: Projects

365 Project

In April 2016 I participated in Creative Sprint. Those who are up for the challenge are sent a prompt by email each day. For 30 days we make something new everyday and share it on social media with one another.

During the sprint, I decided to continue making something every day and got hold of the Creative Sprint leader Noah Scalin’s book 365: A daily creative journal.

I started by making something out of sticky notes each day. I wanted to keep it simple, fun and not too daunting while I’m putting a lot of hard work into my other art work.

I know from studying jewellery at art school that small is not always easier, but being bound to a relatively small scale means less labour. I’m someone who tends to make ridiculously labour intensive art so I definitely need a labour limit!

Other advantages: I can carry a sticky note anywhere, they are relatively cheap and I already have lots of materials to use with them. I’m interested to explore the possibilities within this small scale.

Sometimes I still make some thing out of sticky notes. Sometimes I make some thing else. I go where the momentum is taking me at that time. It’s interesting to see the cycles in my creative process.

Sometimes I’m inspired by the prompts in the book. Other times I make something just because I get the idea to do it. Basically, it is just about making some thing every single day so that you generate momentum.

My daily making project is being documented on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

 

Etsy team interviews

When I opened an Etsy shop I found myself in an unexpected new world.

One of the things that I had no idea existed was Etsy “teams”. Etsy teams are groups of online shop owners that communicate with one another within a forum type format. A team can be based around location or a type craft or particular interest or pretty much anything.

The idea is that you band together to promote one another’s Etsy shops and items for sale on various social media platforms, as well as help one another to learn and refine the various aspects of running a quality Etsy shop.

 

I became an active member of two particular Etsy teams:

  1. Australian Wandarrah

As per the team blog “the Australian Wandarrah Team is Etsy’s largest Australia/New Zealand based team, with over 2000 members. The team was created in March 2011, and we are a base for sellers and shoppers to meet, share, support and encourage each other.” I observed the quality of items sold and the way that they are presented to be of a high standard in the team. Through this team, I’ve gotten to know friendly and supportive makers of many different types of crafts from around my country and across the Tasman sea.

  1. Rainbow Artists

A particularly vibrant and eclectic team, Rainbow artist’s hail from all corners of the globe and make all sorts of items. I never came across another team like it – there was no obvious specific thing that everyone had in common. What I think holds the group together is a sense of authenticity and genuineness. The other thing that holds it together is Debbie, the team captain and the team leaders who do a truck load of work for the team.

 

I was curious to know more about the people behind the shops in these Etsy teams. Where do they live? Where do they make their craft? Why do they make the things that they do?

Below are links to the interviews that I completed with fellow crafters:

Alison K

Alison M

Carola

Catherine

Debbie

Emma and Ivan

Erik

Gina

Hanna

Jan

Jules

Lindy

Monika

Nadya

Rebecca

Tanith

 

These interviews were originally posted on either the Australian Wandarrah team website here or the Rainbow Artists team blog here.

 

Deep Scarlet Red Pen Project

I order my pens from the USA to come all the way to Australia. This is because there are some colours that are not available in shops here.

In my last order I accidentally ordered 10 ‘DEEP SCARLET RED’ pens instead of 1. It’s not worth returning them. What am I gonna do with all these pens?!

I decided to send a deep scarlet red pen and some paper to a number of other creative folks that I know. There are no rules. They can use any media. They don’t even have to use the pen.

It’s just a bit of fun to see what people come up with. And cause I love sending and receiving snail mail!

View all of the the project contributions here.

 

Moving Towards Light

Moving Towards Light 

Group exhibition curated by and including artwork by Michelle Genders

2nd to 20th September 2015

Tacit Contemporary Art Gallery

Part of the ‘Unlimited Substance‘ series of exhibitions curated by Michelle Genders

 

Artwork included:

For those who would like to defeat their fears

 

About the exhibition:

This exhibition included a select group of 28 contemporary jewellery/object artists from Australia (NSW and VIC) and the rest of the world (UK, Germany, Taiwan, New Zealand, Slovakia, Japan, Greece, Spain, Mexico and USA). The selected pieces engage with the concept of light and its opposites: as it is conceived as a wavelength, a physical quality of mass, an emotional state, and/or a spiritual path. This exhibition was a part of the ‘Radiant Pavilion’ jewellery and object trail in Melbourne.

Find out more here

 

Perfect Mutations

Perfect Mutations

Group exhibition curated by Michelle Genders

2nd to 20th September 2015

Chrissie Cotter Gallery

Part of the ‘Unlimited Substance‘ series of exhibitions curated by Michelle Genders

 

About the exhibition:

45 pieces by 45 artists from Australia and the rest of the world. Showcasing the diversity of practice in the field of jewellery and object making. Communicating poetry, expression and narrative through objects that we interact with. This exhibition was included in the ‘Edges Borders Gaps‘ conference program.

Find out more here

 

On The Horizon

On The Horizon

Group exhibition curated by Michelle Genders

20th to 30th March 2015

Gaffa Gallery

Part of the ‘Unlimited Substance‘ series of exhibitions curated by Michelle Genders

 

About the exhibition:

An exhibition of jewellery/objects that speculate on possible futures. How will out bodies, society and environment change as we continue to develop advanced technology?

Find out more here

 

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Group exhibition curated by Michelle Genders

6th to 16th March 2015

Gaffa Gallery

Part of the ‘Unlimited Substance‘ series of exhibitions curated by Michelle Genders

 

About the exhibition:

An exhibition exploring jewellery, or anything else wearable, as a medium that can make comment on politics, ethics and contemporary society because it is worn in a public space.

Find out more here

 

Let Your Hair Down

Let Your Hair Down

Group exhibition curated by Michelle Genders

20th to 30th March 2015

Gaffa Gallery

Part of the ‘Unlimited Substance‘ series of exhibitions curated by Michelle Genders

 

About the exhibition:

Undo your hair and let it fall freely.
Relax and enjoy yourself.
Go wild.
Tell me your innermost feelings.
Don’t keep anything a secret.

Featuring experimental jewellery by a collective of artists from Taiwan.

Find out more here

 

Dark Metamorphosis

Dark Metamorphosis

Group exhibition curated by Michelle Genders

6th to 16th February 2015

Gaffa Gallery

Part of the ‘Unlimited Substance‘ series of exhibitions curated by Michelle Genders

 

About the exhibition:

An exhibition of jewellery/objects that are in transition. An exhibition about powers that we don’t fully understand that cause a change. A large and amorphous feeling that you can’t quite pin down. Something you feel in your gut or your heart or the field of your whole body. We will be going to dark places in this exhibition. We will be facing our fears and perhaps finding something to protect us from them.

Find out more here

 

Honed

Honed

Group exhibition curated by Michelle Genders

23rd January to 2nd February 2015

Gaffa Gallery

Part of the ‘Unlimited Substance‘ series of exhibitions curated by Michelle Genders

 

About the exhibition:

This exhibition featured a select group of  jewellery/object makers who are, or in the process of, becoming masters of a particular technique. Each uses a different technique and materials, and has spent many hours crafting the pieces on display.

Find out more here

 

For the exhibition catalogue, I interviewed each of the artists included in this exhibition regarding their art practice.

Read the interviews here

 

For the ‘Insights‘ event, that was a part of the ‘Radiant Pavillion’ festival in September 2015, I undertook a presentation about this exhibition.

Read the presentation here