A lot of the painting Ive done for the current exhibition involves stone dusts/ making my own paint from gemstones. Here Ive used marble, turquoise and lapis lazuli.
So I crush them into dust and mix them with binders.
Many people ask me how I do this...
With a hammer of course: Bam bam bam!
The surfaces are matte, and absorb the light a little.
In a jewellery context, this is a kind of weird gemology I suppose, but then again, in a painter's context, its very traditional. I recall that Lapis Lazuli was worth its weight in gold during the renaissance- because it was highly prized as a blue pigment. Typically it was used only for the most important features in religious paintings, like Mary's robes and so on.
If you havent seen the show yet, there's still time;
Amazing! sections of tourmaline crystals, opposite colour configuration...
I dont usually use gems in my own jewellery work, Ive been pursuing other kinds of preciousness and luminousity. Like gold and paint.
My uncle, Andrew, happens to be a gem trader and general mineral man- when I was a kid he sent me a box of awesome rocks, all kinds of sparkly and geometric stuff that he had prospected. ( Tip; excellent present for kids, paired with one of these)
Andrew also specialises in Tektites; which are weird glassy blobs that no one really knows much about , except they have definitely been in space. ( meteorites? volcanic spewage that went off-world and then came back down? etc, etc)
And what's possibly even more perplexing, is that no one really knows what to do with them either, but if you want one, Andrew Neale is your go-to. He's got boxes of them.
He can be found most saturdays at the St.Andrew's market or sundays at the Camberwell market. Or just ask me for whatever rocks you're after.
Duffel bag. I bought this one when I was 16. There wasnt really anyplace to put my name on the bottom, what with all the different soldiers names and ranks stencilled or texta'd. So I just drew a stag on the front.
Happily, since then, its been on lots of adventures, like this one, aboard the Marisa
( thanks for the pic Jesse)
Ive lost the brass D-lock that goes through the holes. Do you know where I can get one?
Otherwise I am definitely going to have to make one. Sure, rope is fine. I'm just making conversation.
In England they have the 'dustman's coat', in the States, all kinds of denim Carhartt kind of work coats, here in Oz we have The BLUEY.
The workman's coat of choice. Standard issue. Except nowadays construction workers have to wear high-viz flouro stuff, so the Bluey isnt seen so much.
Having extensively field-tested my Bluey whilst digging trenches, nailing up roof frames, enduring harsh pic-nics and other miscellaneous adventures, I can tell you its great. Lay it on the ground for your girl to sit on, or fill it up with apples you just picked, or just tuck your hands up in the sleeves and nod off while the other lads are having smoko.
I like it how the bloke on the label isnt even wearing a Bluey.
I think the Bluey is called that because it isnt blue. ( that's an Australian thing... do you have that too? Like we call a redhead 'bluey' )
Actually, it isnt black either, really, its got a crazy multi-fabre fleck to it; blue, hot pink, yellow, whatever- I think its made from recycled wool rag. Its a rugged cut, with unfinished edges. Very cool. I'm posting this because the other night my Dad wore his Bluey to the Emma Price / David Neale opening at Gallery Funaki, and that made me smile. The rugged and the refined.
I'm looking forward to seeing Emma's beautiful necklaces, ( pictured above) they are simple and very subtly arranged... I'm calling the linear elements 'beads'- because they're strung square tubes - which are made of variously coloured metals.
As for my work, it will be only brooches this time- with a focus on colour combinations...
lots of muted tertiaries with some bright accents...
Stone dust mixed in too, mostly marble, but I've been playing with Lapis Lazuli and Turquoise as well... for that velvety, powdery texture, like on a butterfly or an old bone, or a Pompeiian fresco, you know?
If brooches arent for you...well, look out for new works from me; especially earrings and rings coming soon!
ps. sorry for the scanty posting here- I'm out of bandwidth 'til thursday...