Submission information
Applications are due by October 30th 2009

Graduate Metal 12 is a graduating students survey exhibition held in conjunction with the 14th Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia (JMGA) Biennial Conference taking place in Perth, April 2010.

Graduate Metal is a way in which the JMGA recognises emerging artists within the contemporary jewellery and metalsmithing fields.

Entry to Graduate Metal is available to graduates from Australia, New Zealand and from selected educational institutions in Japan, Korea, Thailand and Singapore who have completed an Associate Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Undergraduate or Honours degree in jewellery and/ or metalsmithing since the last JMGA Biennial Conference in Adelaide in 2008.

Final selection is based on contemporary jewellery and objects of the highest quality.

Students submit a completed entry form and a maximum of two digital jpeg images (in high resolution) of their graduating work. Entries will be judged by a panel including WA JMGA Committee Members and a respected contemporary practitioner in the field. Successful entrants will be notified and supplied with the terms and conditions should they intend to exhibit. They will also be required to send specific information about the work they intend to exhibit, images of the work for the catalogue (if different from the images sent for initial entry) and to pay $60 exhibition entry fee. Please note – students are not required to pay the entry fee for the initial selection process, they only need to pay if they are selected and intend to exhibit.

Important points to remember

  • Top graduates from Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, Korea and Thailand are invited to participate
  • Students are only eligible if they have completed an Associate Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Undergraduate degree or Honours degree in a Contemporary Jewellery or metalsmithing course since the last JMGA Biennial Conference in Adelaide, 2008
  • The work must have been made in their graduating year
  • A $60 entry fee is payable after students have been selected and if they intend to exhibit
  • If the quality of the actual work is not consistent with the images provided the entrant may be refused the right to display the work in the exhibition
  • All initial entry forms and images for selection must be post marked by October 30th 2009. Entries will not be accepted after this date

Brisbane Spring / Summer Markets Applications last 3 weeks to go!

The very first Brisbane markets is gearing up to be a great event! If you are an artist or designer that is interested in being involved don’t miss out on applying here:

Apply for the Brisbane Markets Now!

Applications close on the 11th September

Sydney Spring / Summer Markets Applications Now Open!

All designers and artists interesting in being apart of the Spring/Summer markets in December at CarriageWorks are invited to now apply! The applications are online now along with frequently asked questions and criteria.

Apply for the Sydney Markets Now!

Applications close on the 16th October.

Over two special nights residents of the Nicholas Building will be opening their studio doors to the public.
4-9pm Thursday 29th August and 4-9pm Friday 30th August
37 Swanston St

Includes lots of jewellers such as:
Karla Way (Floor 2, Studio 4)
Natalia Milosz-Piekarksa (Floor 2, Studio 4)
Emma Grace (Floor 4, Studio 11)
Helen Bowman (Floor 8, Studio 21)

Thursday September 3, 2009

m1 pollinate
Jane Pollard

Sydney based, self taught jeweller Jane Pollard has been creating wearable objects from found and collected materials for the past 15 years. Pollard is fascinated by the nostalgia and passion held by vintage haberdashery, buttons and buckles and adds to the objects stories and lifespans by transforming them into contemporary jewellery.

The forms made are inspired by the objects Pollard finds and receives, and are underpinned by her commitment to utilise recycled materials. As her collection grows so does her appreciation of the individual objects, each piece drawing on the inherent qualities of the component objects – their colours, shapes and patterns – to create unique wearable pieces.

Pollard’s earlier works were inspired by her experiences with string spun from the plant fibre Agave; a skill she learnt while teaching in an Aboriginal community in the Northern Territory. Jane has revisited this string making technique for pollinate, her first solo exhibition. pollinate reinforces the collector and hoarder within Pollard as she beautifully brings together objects, ideas, styles and materials to create a plastic landscape. All flower shaped, the pieces are built using an array of materials including hand cut, melted polypropylene with hand spun string, buttons, buckles, silver, found objects and beading.

m2 Coral Wreath
Pennie Jagiello

Jagiello celebrates the beauty and fragility of the ocean in her first solo Sydney exhibition Coral Wreath. The work replicates her own intimate interpretation of the beauty within the sea, alongside that which is destroying it.

Twisted recycled plastics replicate the products that are destroying our oceans, while also emulating the fragility of sea life and the changes associated with the increase of human impact.

The pieces also reference Pacific art and adornment, emulating materials and techniques a speaking of the impact of global warming on coastal communities and the effect the environmental changes will have on the future of coastal towns

Recycled materials are an intrinsic component in Jagiello’s work, materials are not so much sourced, but chanced upon, influencing and moulding the piece to be made. Discarded plastics can live in the marine environment for up to 600 years and so sings a significant song in this body of work. Previously Jagiello has also utilized telephone cables to communicate the need for urgent awareness of the extreme danger our beautiful oceans are in and how we are rapidly destroying them.

Running until September24

*CALL FOR ENTRIES * pyd design markets
24-25 October 2009

Running to coincide the 2009 Danks Street Festival, the pyd design market is a new initiative developed to provide Australia’s brightest design talents a powerful sales platform from which to reach consumers. Last year the Danks Street Festival drew a crowd of 20,000 design savvy consumer, many of whom were thrilled with the discovery of a design market in pyd. It provided not only a potent selling opportunity, but also a powerful brand awareness and ‘word of mouth’ opportunity for participating Designers.

Designers will be hand chosen by an influential expert panel including David Clark, Editor of Vogue Living magazine, and Geoff Clark, Principal of pyd. To assure quality of product and design, only 80 designers will be offered a coveted space within the pyd precinct. New to the event is the expansion of the markets, which will now run over two days. There will also be live craftsmanship and design workshops taking place over the weekend.

As part of the weekend event two awards will be given at an intimate pyd cocktail party and awards night on Saturday 24 October, hosted by Vogue Living. The award categories are ‘pyd Designer of the Year’ and ‘pyd Market Space Design of the Year’.

Submit your entry now!

Event Dates: 24 & 25 October 09

Entry Deadline: 1 September 09

Application Form: pyd design markets application form

Submission Details: Please email your submission to Continue reading ‘pyd design markets’


OPEN STUDIO DAY at the Pieces of Eight Workshop, part of Craft Victoria’s Craft Cubed festival. Come behind the scenes and meet the six resident jewellers. Share in a cup of tea and some homemade sweets while you visit us: Nina Ellis, Lucy Folk, Rachel Gorman, Melanie Katsalidis, Krista McRae, Suzi Zutic. From 3 -6pm

ARTIST FLOOR TALK, featuring exhibiting artist Tessa Blazey who will discuss her current exhibition, ‘Fabrication’, 18 Aug – 12 Sept, 2009. In this exhibition Blazey creates intimate sci-fi worlds and geometric wearables through a series of new jewellery pieces for Pieces of Eight Gallery. The collections exhibited are highly sculptural and unified by their common conceptual origins – Blazey’s fascination with mineral specimens, their formal geometries and structures From 5pm

For more information, link to the website and read an interview with the artist on the blog.

Artists: Lisa Walker
Place: Neues Museum. Nuremberg (Nuremberg, Germany)
11-Aug-2009 – 24-Oct-2009

Thanks to Klimt02 for this post.

At the age of 35 she knew she was good

Walker’s jewellery is delightfully risky, a poetry of found objects treated with serious intent as well as playful humour.In the face of Walker’s willingness to transform pretty much anything into jewellery, I find myself scurrying to keepup. Continue reading ‘Lisa Walker: Her Last Show Made In Munich’