A photo essay of the re-imagining of a simple bracelet, quirky brooch and a couple of necklaces into a pair of earrings.
In a little beach town called Torquay lives a gorgeous little workshop named Zeally and Cliff. I recently delivered a full-day workshop here and had a delightful day with the ladies who came to learn how to fix and re-create their old jewellery.
Here’s what some of the students had to say about the workshop:
“I learnt some great skills and Emma is a very lovely, relaxed and patient tutor and was generous in sharing her skills. A warm and cosy room” Sarah, Jan Juc.
“Thought [it was] fantastic from start to finish, great, thoroughly enjoyed the day. Emma explained things really well…. it was great to be shown and then do it myself. I was also inspired by what everybody else was making.” Deb, Parkdale.
Zeally and Cliff was a beautiful place to teach; the workshop room was sunny and open, and our host Kathryn is one of the loveliest people you’ll meet. If you’re in the area, I recommend checking them out!
Oh wow, festivals come in thick and fast this time of year. You’ve just started to look forward to some time at home after the State of Design festival and now the Craft Cubed festival pops up its crafty little head to offer you even more events, workshops, open studios and exhibtions!
Of course the first Craft Cubed event I have to mention is The Treasury – we’re doing TWO very special classes with guest designers Anna Davern and Dylan Martorell. Anna is one of Melbourne’s most famous and talented jewellers, and Dylan is an illustrator, sculpter, musician and all-round creative master. I’ll let you know more about this later but bookings are already open so check it out and book it quick!
Apart from being involved in The Treasury, Anna Davern (along with Cass Partington aand Nicky Hepburn) is also presenting her studio to the public as part of the Open Studios program. If you’re not familiar with Anna’s work check out her website and blog, it’s lovely.
The Nicholas building is again having Open Studios. Unfortunately I won’t be involved this year as The Repair Workshops is taking priority, but check out the work of my very talented studio mates Jessica (illustration), Min (eco fashion), Eva (creative stuff) and Jake (jewellery).
The Social Studio will be stationed in the Atrium at Federation Square from the 5th to the 24th of August. On the 20th there’ll be a special performance from RISE – these people are amazing, don’t miss it!
It’s almost been a year since I started stocking the most beautiful jewellery gallery in Melbourne; e.g.etal.
If you haven’t been before then I suggest you leave your desk, or couch, or wherever it is you are reading this right now and head for the closest form of PT (or a bike, even better) that will get you to the basement of 167 Flinders Lane. There you will find the lovely Lil, Tess, or Liv who will happily show you around and make you feel at home amongst the sparkles and blings. The jewellery is so amazing and so unlike anything you see anywhere else that you’ll probably want to shed a little tear, or laugh manically while peering into the glistening cabinets – but don’t worry, I’m sure they’re used to it by now 😉
While you’re there, make sure you take a little peek and see my latest designs. Here’s a detail of a neckpiece made out of Sterling Silver and oxidised for my Facets collection:
If you can’t make it in to the store then you can check out their blog. This month’s artist interview is with the very talented David Parker.
e.g.etal is also going to be part of the State of Design festival’s Look.Stop.Shop this year with an exhibition entitled ‘Covert Jewels’ by Cinnamon Lee.
Some time during the middle of last year, a lovely lady named Christina Laria got in touch with me to ask if she could do a short documentary on The Treasury. I had my reservations as, The Treasury was still in its infancy, but in the end I thought ‘why not?’, its not every day you get an offer like this. And what a lovely thing it is to see this version of The Treasury suspended in time. We’ve come a long way since then, but I’ll hope you’ll enjoying watching this version of The Treasury jewellery fixing workshops as they were in 2010.
World Environment Day is coming up on the 5th of June, and to celebrate, the good people at the City of Port Phillip are putting on a little do!
Future Fashion Now is a showcase of Melbourne fashion designers and crafty-persons that apply environmental or social sustainability principles to their creations. It’s a free event held at the St Kilda Town Hall on Friday 3 June 4.00-7.30pm.
You can bring along clothes to swap. And learn how to: make gorgeous jewellery from old/broken pieces (The Treasury) transform worn t-shirts into accessories; learn origami using old magazines; make a bolero from old jumpers; manipulate fabric on old garments for new effects; make sock monkeys, dolls and baskets from reused materials; and learn to knit.
If you’re planning on coming, make sure you say hi, and join me for a quick-fix. The sessions are 20 mins each – a good chance to get an idea of what The Treasury is all about.
Speaking of The Treasury, I have now added a new ‘page’ to this blog (the link is top-right on this page), with dates for the rest of the year. Spaces fill up quickly as soon as the word gets out, so if you’re thinking of joining us for a workshop, now is the time to book!