Yesterday I was joined by Elaine, new to Australia, having travelled via Shanghai from Baltimore, and Liz and her dog, Mo. While enjoying this glorious weather, we brainstormed ideas on what to do in Sydney, and shared information on upcoming craft and workshop events in the area. Elaine is working on an interesting contemporary cross stitch and Liz is new to basketry – making a small bowl out of plastic bags and silk thread. Mo didn’t seem too enthusiastic with either project! Craft and Coffee happens most Wednesdays between 1-2pm and anyone is welcome….just let me know prior that you’re thinking of popping by so I can make sure to be there! xx Bridget.
‘FORCES’ – Fluidity and strength in contemporary jewellery and object practice using steel – the dirty metal
ON EXHIBITION FROM – 10th to 27th May
An exhibition of contemporary steel art , curated by Melbourne artist Sarah Heyward.
The use of steel in contemporary jewellery and object practice is intriguing. Whilst traditionally used for manufacturing purposes, steel is seductive with a beautiful luster and sheen. Investigations into industrial landscapes, enamel on steel, heat treatment methods, and the repurposed object are all areas in which notable makers have been exploring and engaging with this material within their practice.
SATURDAY 27th MAY 2-4pm- artist talk accompanied with celebratory drinks from 2-4pm. The artists speaking are Sarah Heyward, Susan Buchanan, and Lindy McSwan; all welcome.
Artists participating: Sarah Heyward, Jin ah Joh, Lindy McSwan, Melissa Cameron, Alicia Carriero, Inari Kiuru, and Susan Buchanan
I’ve had some fun recently playing with a bit of colour – just finished a new selection of organic beaten gold bands embellished with black and white diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds. Now at Studio 20/17 Project Space, North Sydney. These can also be made from your own gold and gemstones if you have some heirloom jewellery that you’d like to give a new life to. – Bridget Kennedy
I’m a big fan of the work of Sean O’Connell so am pretty damned excited to have a series of his fabulous wedding rings at Studio 20/17 Project Space, North Sydney!
Tantalum is rich, heavy, and deep grey in colour, creating simple yet distinctive rings.
Sean makes each piece individually, using manual machine tools and hand-working wherever he can. He enjoy the process immensely, and this direct contact lends the jewellery a potency and depth that reveals the intimate handmade nature of every ring, bracelet and necklace.