Looking for inspiration to nourish me, I walked through the streets of New York City and slowly noticed details underfoot. I was particularly drawn to the metalwork embedded in the pavement and bitumen: steel and iron grates, utility hole covers, cast metal steps and urban metalwork garden edging. As I encountered many circular and geometric solid and open grid constructions, I began to see the beauty in the formal elements and repetition. I could visualise fragments transfor
Visiting The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) was such a good experience. Situated diagonally to Central Park and Trump Towers(!), MAD explores making across all fields of contemporary creative practice. Its main focus is on the ways in which "artists and designers transform the world around us, through processes ranging from the artisanal to the digital. MAD’s exhibition program is dedicated to creativity and craftsmanship, and demonstrates the limitless potential of material
Kirrily Hammond and I presented two new collections of work for Keepsake at Bundoora Homestead Arts Centre in August to October 2017. By all accounts, the show was very well received with great attendance at the gallery and positive feedback--this may have had something to do with the fact that there were eight other shows on at the Homestead at the time of our show. However, this did mean the audiences that saw our show was diverse and went beyond the typical contemporary je
Here is a sample of what's to come. Kirrily and I will install our show at Bundoora Homestead Art Centre on Tuesday 8 August, and our work will be open to the public from 9 August 2017. The opening, to be held Saturday 26 August from 2-4pm, is delayed to coincide with Radiant Pavilion in late August-September. More information to come! Souvenir Series #3 (framed), 2017, digital print on archival paper, foam core, wood, 123 x 67 x 15 mm. Courtesy of the artist and Pieces of Ei
Momentarily Here is a year-long photography & art jewellery project. I will present a selection of work from my current investigation Momentarily Here in a two person show with painter Kirrily Hammond titled 'Keepsake'. The exhibition will be featured as part of the Radiant Pavilion exhibition program in August in Melbourne. Keepsake plots a unique course across time—small traces captured on an iPhone between night and day, home and work, travelling from one place to another.
I've started a new piece-a-day project that documents a moment each day over the course of one year. The project, MOMENTARILY HERE, plots a new course across time—traces captured between night and day, work and home, travelling from one place to another. The quiet moments when we consciously pause and ruminate before ‘busy’ takes over. The piece-a-day collection will inform work that will be created for a two-person exhibition KEEPSAKE at Bundoora Homestead in September 2017.
As I start to get into making new work for 2016 I am reminded of the work I created in 2015, which will inform the direction of new work created this year. There will be some one-off work, another piece-a-day project and some hand-made limited edition work. At this stage anyway. Here are some favourites from last year... #simluttin #contemporaryjewellery #melbourne #silver #oxidised #banner
It's taken a little while to settle in to our new home and for me to unpack my studio and finish set ting it up, after thinking I'd be all good and ready to go in January. While it's been a slow start in terms of making, there are a lot of projects on the go including a new piece a day project, so stay tuned for more details and progress images in the near future. #simluttin #studio #contemporaryjewellery #craft
After five or so years working in studios in Northcote and Fairfield, it's come time to move my studio home. To weave my art practice back into everyday life. I work full-time in an art gallery as well as work as a professional art jeweller, and it's often tricky to juggle my teo lives even though I love them both, equally. So, my solution is to bring the studio into our new home, a little way out of Melbourn'e CBD and the familiar North haunts. And to be honest, I can't wait
Without a doubt, Radiant Pavilion was a huge success. Contemporary jewellers and audiences from around Australia and abroad, descended on Melbourne to partake in the contemporary jewellery trail. The installations took visitors to galleries, down alleyways and into butcher's shops to discover new contemporary jewellery from talented makers across the country and beyond. It was such a fabulous feast and festival directors Claire McArdle and Chloë Powell should be proud of ever
ALLEY WAY Peeking down narrow alley ways, while walking home avoiding people. IT'S ALWAYS DARKEST JUST BEFORE DAWN is a year long time-based digital & art jewellery project that runs 1 July 2014 - 30 June 2015. The project is a contemporary multi-disciplinary enquiry that explores the significance of handmade objects at a time when people are engrossed in digital culture and mass-produced products. IT’S ALWAYS DARKEST JUST BEFORE DAWN will pursue the creation of authentic rep