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I’ve been invited to show at this year’s Brisbane Grammar Art Shows’ jewellery exhibition, Impressions and I made some new work for it, some work that I had been thinking of doing for a little while. I played on a theme of camouflage after being inspired by a trip to Hawaii and California. I found the tropical plants, sea creatures and lichen there to be quite different to what we have here in Australia. It was really cool to see. I did a little reading up on camouflage when I got back and found out that camouflage covers a large range of different techniques or ways to disguise or conceal, which was great for me as I could use what ever inspired me for my jewellery.
If you are interested in camouflage, even a little bit interested, then I recommend a starting point on Wikipedia. It had me nerding out! My favourite kind of camouflage is the Dazzle Motion camouflage. This is something animals do to confuse their attackers. Think of a herd of zebra all blending in together so the lion has a hard time figuring out where the animals starts and finishes. Think a peacock splashing out and quivering it’s tail feathers, all those quivering eyes would render an attacker useless.
My next favourite topic is the use of camouflage in war. Did you know that artists were employed to create and invent camouflage techniques for war? Truly fascinating. Artists were used to make fake ports and rail heads so that the enemy would attack those instead of the real ones. And also to make an important desalination plant look like it had been successfully bombed so that the enemy would not be tempted to destroy it. (Think pavement chalk drawings that look as though there is a dangerous hole in the footpath!) Among many other things.
And my query is, as humans, do we camouflage ourselves? Do we dazzle or do we “wallpaper flower” ourselves with our choice of jewellery? Do we deceive even with our choice of jewellery? I don’t know but it is a very interesting topic and I LOVED colouring my faux gem-cut (oooh! see? some deception going on there!) glass beads into a type of camouflage print. Have a look at my Instagram feed to see more pictures.
Impressions exhibtion 5 – 6 August 2016
Centenary Hall at
Brisbane Grammar School
24 Gregory Tce
Any pieces not sold will go into my shop on line, here, at avrilbowie.com/shop after the 7th of Aug, 2016.
Apologies for only writing this the day before – I had been working so hard on this work that I’ve managed to come become bedridden with a cold. I plan to be there Friday night, hopefully my voice as well.
I’ve been loving the look of white and black for a little while now. Especially when white is paired with white. And black paired with black. There is something so sublime there and I can’t put my finger on it why I love it so much. But these looks stuck with me so much that I had to make the necklaces. And I added in a black, white and a black and white speckled look into the mix – for those that love contrast.
Black and white earrings coming soon.
So please check them out in the shop. They are luscious to behold!
These little glass earrings have been popping up on my Instagram over the last couple of months and I’ve finally listed them on my website. I love these colourful little things. Playing with the colour combinations has been my favourite job over the last few weeks. And the cutest thing, they tinkle softly if you move suddenly. Distraction, hello?
I’m listing new colour combinations next week – sign up to my newsletter and I’ll let you know when I list more colour combinations. Are there any colour combinations that you’d like to see? Let me know and I’ll see what I can do!
Hello! The busy Christmas period has passed and now it’s almost the end of school holidays. I can’t wait for school to start 🙂 I haven’t been able to make any glass beads over January and I’m looking forward to getting back into it next week.
But it hasn’t been all crickets and thumb twiddles. The fantastic arty people over at Artisan Qld asked me a bunch of questions about my craft and work and put together a Q ‘n A over on their site. Go read it. It’s a great read and has a few pictures of sources of my inspiration.
And I tidied my studio! What a relief that was. It feels amazing to walk into now and I got all sorts of inspiration buzz every time I walk in there.
Hello! Just thought I’d pop in to say I’ve redesigned my website – how do you like it? I think it’s looking a lot better – much more modern. I’m looking forward to getting more pictures up on it and I’ll have my own online shop on here very soon, too. I’m a bit slow with creating it but I love mucking about with websites, so I’m enjoying the process immensely.
I will have some new-ish necklaces and earrings up here soon. I have made more transparent blue necklaces from the Blue Exhibition, they will make an appearance on my online shop and at Artisan, in Fortitude Valley. So if you like to try on your necklace before buying, then look out for a future update. I’ve also made a few other necklaces, again in that transparent coloured glass look, so there will be a few choices coming soon. The picture above shows a sneak peak at a couple of them.
Next new thing, I have a new email subscription for newsletter updates. This makes it easier for you to get updates from me, such as blog posts or notifications of new collections and store specials. I was thinking of doing this as a monthly newsletter and the occasional special announcement for new pieces appearing in store. Sign up to get this newsletter in your inbox rather than surfing or by RSS. let me know if you have any suggestions of what I could add to the newsletter to make it really interesting for you 😀
And lastly, I am enjoying the warm weather, not for humidity or heat, but for the new inspiration that hits me around this time of the year. Bright greens have peaked my inspiration board lately, so I might have to make something to indulge it. Take a look at the Green Pinterest board (plus a Glass one) I put together to help me collate ideas. Get inspired, too!