Yes ten year shop anniversary next month. I am putting a show together of ten Ari besties. Choosing works that best represent that year is rather tricky, so I decided it was going to be a combination of a number of factors such as best sellers/personal favourites/good ideas/good design. So 2004 kicks off with the shape shifter earrings. These shapes are still in production simply because the design is super pared back. Variations within variations means I never get bored making them and clients still rave about how they wear them death. Ten Volcanic Years opens Friday 28 March 2014.
Today I made a batch of quartz crystal earrings displaying some lovely twinning. The unusual colour is achieved by heating the quartz crystals to about 870 degrees celsius in a vacuum. A mist of vapourised metal (copper in this case) is added to the chamber resulting in a striking metallic coating. Happy birthday. Quartz drops $48.
I first came across Clayschool when a client mentioned she was doing some claywork in West End. I eventually got around to visiting the school/studio and was blown away. The very knowledgable Ray Cavill runs small weekly classes practically tailored to your needs. The school is located in an old wood fired bakery at 350 Montague Road West End. There will be artworks for sale. Check it out Clayschool
Image above Ray Cavill cups.
This time of year I try to squeeze out at least one painting for Edwina Corlette Gallery Small Works Summer show. Blue pot is a recurring motif for me this time of year. Enamel on steel 50x50x5cm.
Silver is a new exhibition at the wonderfully restored Museum of Brisbane. Curated by Jacqueline Armistead, six jewellers have been paired up with six photographers to collaborate on new artworks inspired by Brisbane. I was lucky to be paired up with the talented Michael Cooke (as pictured) I won’t say too much about the show and let the art do the talking. Until 27 April 2014.
First and last images by Museum of Brisbane photographer Chelsea Sipthorp. Museum of Brisbane
The Fashion Archives is an online publication dedicated to Queensland fashion and is created by Madeleine King and Nadia Buick. There is a new issue each fortnight with original and commissioned content from designers, artists, historians and industry leaders – so it’s well worth subscribing to.
The Fashion Archives in house questionnare really had me thinking about what Queensland fashion is and what fashion means to me. An old photo was requested for the questionnare and I found this one from 1984. Sweet 19 sporting a handmade and hand painted pattern cotton blouse I made. The perm came soon after that. To read more click on link http://thefashionarchives.org/?tfaqanda=ari-athans
There is something really lovely about the feel of stone on skin. The weight, the warmth, the way it absorbs your skin oils over time which adds to the depth of colour and not to mention wearing million year old materials and most importantly our connection with the earth. I recently sourced these stone bangles from one of my fav gem merchant in Hong Kong. Now for a quick geology lesson for the stone bangles rom left to right
Serpentine is a basic silicate of magnesium, iron, aluminium, nickel, zinc and manganese – a metamorphic all rounder. The main varieties include antigorite (pictured), chrysolite (asbestos) and talc. It has a lovely waxy lustre and comes in many shades of warm olive greens. The really good stuff is bowenite and is often marketed as ‘new jade’.
Sodalite is a sodium aluminium silicate chloride. It’s name is a reference to it’s soda content. The best varieties are bright blue (often confused with lapis) however I really love the inky dark blues, nice cut too.
Silver flat bangle paired up with any of these stone bangles is pure geochemistry.
Graphic Jasper - Silicon dioxide usually with impurities of iron oxides. It is a cryptocrystalline quartz, a fancy chalcedony. There are hundreds of varieties. The black scribbly lines are manganese veins.
Quartz – straight silicon dioxide. Colourless, clear and occurs in every mineral environment. It’s hardness of 7 means that it is highly resistant to physical and chemical weathering hence you will find it on the beach, mountain tops and rivers. It’s name derives from the Ancient Greek “krustallos” meaning ice because they believed that quartz was ice that never melted because it was formed by the gods. Because of it’s piezoelecric properties it is believed to be the most powerful healing and energy amplifier. It absorbs, stores and releases energy.
Stone bangles in very limited numbers $88 each.