Tuesday, 18 December 2012

End of Semester

The semester has been over for almost a week and I am home and enjoying some well deserved rest and relaxation.  Now that I am settled here at home I can finally do a little bit of an update. 

There was a point where I was worried that I was never going to get my Precision Fabrication project done.  But all of the milled and lathed elements polished really nicely. I enjoyed working with the acrylic a lot, I can exploit the optics of it and it only take a fraction of the time to cut and polish as compared with glass. 

The laser cut components were equally as stressful.  There was a long period of time where Adobe Illustrator and I were not friends.... but it all got sorted and I am very happy with how they turned out, especially the one on the right

Electroforming, but mostly the copper paint I have, were not friends for awhile either.  For no clear reason we could not get the copper paint to work in the bath that we have at NSCAD.  The copper was growing as if the amps were way too high.   

After a ton of troubleshooting and nearing the point of "all the work while crying" I gave up on the copper paint for now and stuck to the tried and true silver print.

After I knew that it was working I built a small army of wax nests!

And done! There are some issues in plating that need fixing before I document this piece properly but it is finished!  

Now I have to try and not panic for my show at the Anna Leonowens gallery in March.  I brought a bunch of wax home so that I can get enough done so that I don't panic when I get back to Halifax in January!

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Canadian Contemporary Jewellery

25th Annual Contemporary Canadian Jewellery Exhibition

13 Murray Street
Ottawa, ON

December 6th - 31st
Opening Reception: Thursday December 6th, 6:00 - 9:00

Gallery Hours
Mon - Sat: 10:00 - 6:00
Sun: 12:00 - 5:00

Gallery Contact
t: 613 241 2767
e: info@lapaigallery.com

Here is a little sample of what I will be showing there! Tiny Beer! 

green + stubby

green+ amber 

stubby + amber

amber + pale

green + pale

pale + stubby

Tuesday, 27 November 2012


Seeds Gallery + NSCAD Jewellery Department proudly present: 


Prepare to be dazzled by this year's jewellery show and sale, ADORNication!  You are invited to attend this annual show to support emerging artists and their locally handmade jewellery.  There will be various styles and price ranges suited for everyone.  A percentage of your purchase will also be donated in support of the NSCAD Jewellery Department! 

1099 Marginal Road, Suit 116
Halifax, NS

December 11th - January 6th
Opening Reception: December 12th @ 5:30 pm 

Gallery Hours

Sunday: 10 - 2
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10 - 5
Wednesday: 10 - 5
Thursday: 10 - 5
Friday: 10 - 5
Saturday: 10 - 4

Note: the gallery will be closed from December 23rd - January 2nd.

Gallery Contact
t: 902 494 8301
e: seedsgallery@nscad.ca

Seeds Gallery is a revenue generating, not-for-profit commercial art gallery featuring the work of students and alumni for the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University. Their goal is to provide a commercial venue for students and alumni to promote a diverse range of artistic practices, and to enhance the Halifax art community.

Behind every item featured, from mass produced multiples to fine art, is the creative mind and skillful hand of a NSCAD artist.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Midterm and Beyond

Hey, I have a new computer!  Now I can finally do the mother of all updates!  My title for this post seems sort of ridiculous since we are way beyond midterm now, in fact there are only 21 days left for me this semester.  This post is going to be a lot of pictures and not a lot of writing as I have one 10 page paper to write and another 12-15 page paper (which really should take priority over this, oh well).

Anyway, here are my final pieces for the first casting project!  They were a little bit of a soldering and riveting nightmare, but I am so happy with how they turned out. 

After I made the rubber mold, I started injecting waxes.  It took awhile for me to get the timing right, and it was definitely a test of my patience waiting to pull them out but I got some good ones for my duplicates. 

All sprued up and ready to go! 

After many hours that included investing, casting, cleaning, grinding, chain making, soldering and patinas it was done! 

I have been playing around more and more with electroforming, especially since that is going to be a huge element in my show at the Anna Leonowens Gallery next semester.  I am still finding it slightly difficult to get consistent results, but I am still really happy with the tests I have done so far. 

I did a small test with some of my wax rejects from my duplicates project. Success! 

More testing, this time with wax wire.  The interior is really interesting, that's something I want to play around more with later on. 

And then there was more laser cutting!  For my sample, I cut two of these out of a piece of paper-backed veneer. 

There were some riveting issues, but it was a good test to see some of the possibilities with laser cutting/engraving.  

During my long absence from blogging, Kai Chan did a lecture at NSCAD in conjunction with the opening of a retrospective show at the St. Mary's Gallery.  His work was incredibly inspirational, especially in regards to our alternative materials project in jewellery.  He talked about having collections of things and not wanting anything to go to waste.  The images he showed during the lecture were fantastic but they paled in comparison to what they looked like in person in the gallery.  The image below is from Kai's website and shows his piece La Primavera - Homage to Bottocelli.  It was my favourite piece at the show by far.  Kai was not only inspiration he was hilarious too, he even earned a quote in my quotebook: "I'm going to die soon, so I better throw away some of my things.  Maybe a few boxes." 

For my alternative material I used scraps of fabric mostly acquired from Katrina who was glad to be rid of all of these tiny scraps!  I will have to post more pictures of the materials project when I get around to taking good photos of them, but here are a few.  This one is one of the pieces in progress:

This is the pink and purple one completed. 

And then I started working with glass again. This is one of the times of year where balancing school and business is a fun adventure.  On top of all of my school work I am making work to send to L.A. Pai Gallery for their 25th Annual Contemporary Canadian Jewellery show (more info on that later).  I am making little beer bottles!  After some of the more elaborate things I have been doing in school, I have definitely missed doing simple production work, it's been nice to get back at it. 

Final projects are also well underway.  Here I am having fun with facets on the mill for my final project in precision fabrication. 

Transformation is the theme for our final project in intermediate jewellery, which is also the theme for a call for entry for a show that will be running during the SNAG conference and Toronto International Jewellery Festival next year. 

My wax is all prepped and ready to go in the e-bath tomorrow! 

Assuming I am not melting down while trying to write papers I will hopefully have another post up soon. 

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Nocturne 2012

Well it was a cold night, we needed warm coats, hats, mittens and scarves but that didn't stop us from exploring the city and checking out some great art at Nocturne 2012.

First stop: the bubbles! They were surrounding a house that was under construction and glowed so beautifully. 

Across the street at Nova Scotia Power they encouraged visitors to write down "what lights up your life".  Our contributions included mitten claws and alpaca hugs, but this one was my favourite. 

Gorgeous work by NSCAD student Jack Candlish at the Seeds Gallery

This lady was setup in front of the Mary E. Black Gallery.  We thought it was just a warping mill at first but it's a loom! 

This photo really does not do this justice, but I loved this installation so much.  There were tons of these little guys scattered all over a little hill.  It was mildly unsettling to see  all of their glowing LED eyes though. 

We also got to go on one of the ships in the harbour.  Apparently there was art on it, but we were more interested in just exploring. 

Some more beautiful cut crystal at Nova Scotia Crystal.  They gave us chocolate and let us drink apple cider out of their glasses!

There was a really fun exhibit at Gallery Page and Strange.  It was set up as a club where the women were only allowed in one side and the men in the other side.  You go with a sense that you are missing out on something but once you get in there were television screens hooked up to a camera feed of the other side.  

My absolute favourite thing that I saw we accidentally stumbled upon on the way home: Interactive Tetris! A camera followed the movement of whoever was standing in front and the pieces would move or rotate based on their actions. AMAZING! 

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Thanksgiving Adventure in PEI

Before I get into any more exciting school updates I have to do a post about my amazing thanksgiving weekend.  Aimee and I went to Prince Edward Island with our friend Katrina to her parent's house. It was a lovely hero quest of a drive (and we only got lost a little bit!) 

We had a little bonfire with plenty of marshmallows when we arrived and then we went apple picking at a local orchard the next day!  Honeycrisp apples are my new favourite, so delicious.

Despite being closed, we still went to the alpaca farm.  My dreams of hugging one were shattered though.  I may yet get my chance at Easter though... maybe...

We had to wear mittens because it was so cold but we decided to check out the red sandy beaches of PEI. It was a little cloudy, but still unbelievably beautiful.  Of course I witnessed something strange there: one of the friendly locals was shovelling some sand into a trailer attached to his 4-wheeler.  Random? Yes! 

Beautiful barnacles at the beach!

Katrina's parents have chickens! They are hilarious and amazing creatures. 

They even let you pet them! 

This one was particularly amusing.  She was twice the size of the other ones, tried to lay eggs on the driveway and best of all: she was pigeon toed! 

Katrina's parent were so amazing and welcomed us into their home with open arms. They cooked delicious food for us, joined us in our crokinole games, and sent us home with fresh veggies from the garden, fresh eggs from the chickens and freshly baked bread! 

What a wonderful contrast from last year! While I usually lament having to openly declare what I am thankful for I have to say that I am so thankful for the friends I have here.  It's unfortunate that sometimes it takes someone being really horrible to make you move on to people who are so incredible that you can't imagine going through school without them.  

Ok I am done being sappy, back to the art!

Thursday, 4 October 2012


It's October already and midterm is creeping up fast!  Precision Fabrication keeps getting better and even more exciting with possibilities every week.  I think my (fluorescent orange) milling sample worked pretty well.  There were a few complications when I was working on it and I had to change my plan a few times when I couldn't get the rotating chuck to turn, but it worked.  I do prefer the lathe though, milling is kind of limited. 

I really enjoyed working with the acrylic too.  It polished up nicely and was much easier and quicker to polish than glass!

Today we got a demo on the laser cutting machine.  Let's just say I'm in love.  We did some test cuts on some plywood and acrylic sheet.  Some inverted tests:

They also looked really great stacked on top of one another.  The edges are my favourite thing.  The burned edge on the plywood and the super shiny edge of the acrylic. 

Casting is getting even more exciting too.  I made this wax on Tuesday:

And cast it today!  I have to make a rubber mold of it and then make 5 more! 

Oh and electroforming is amazing.  I finally put a patina on a few things, the jax black patina worked really nicely.  I want to make a few more of these for a necklace!

Still not sure what I am doing with this one, but it's more exciting now. 

In other news I am so excited for Thanksgiving this weekend (which is a far cry from last year since Thanksgiving 2011 will forever live in infamy).  I am heading to Prince Edward Island to go to my friend Katrina's house and we are going to go to an alpaca farm.  What is better than that?