Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Illuminate


Illuminate is a group exhibition on now at Studio Ingot. It is part of the  contemporary jewellery and object trail, Radiant Pavilion. This incredible event is on all this week all over Melbourne (1- 6 September). Check the website via link for full details.
The brief for this exhibition was to create 3 important neckpieces exploring the continuum of individual practice. 
I have further explored my interest in the spiritual and symbolic relationship between ourselves and the natural world. These are pieces to contemplate, let the imagery and the material move something deep within. I do not want to intellectualize them too much. They are part of a story that you already know.    
 The first piece is Snake/ Earth. The snake is also ouroboros, the powerful ancient symbol of the eternal cycle of life/creation, forever beginning and ending. 
The second piece is Whale/Sea. Within the whale all things are transformed. The breath of the whale is the very nature of divine energy. 
The third piece is Bird/Sky. The bird flies through the night sky, lifted by currents of air, rising and falling. From its beak stream stars...


                             Snake/Earth- fine silver, sterling silver, fine gold, oxidized and sealed with beeswax.
                              Reverse
                             Whale/Sea- fine silver, sterling silver, shell, oxidized and sealed with beeswax.
                             Reverse
     Bird/Sky- fine silver, sterling silver, meteorite, oxidized and sealed with beeswax.




                               Reverse







Thursday, October 2, 2014

Firebird

Sterling silver, 18ct rose gold, solid white opal.






Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Studio Ingot

My work is now available at Studio Ingot! They are an extremely knowledgeable bunch of jewelsters (I believe I have made this word up!)  They are at 234 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. 



This  lemon/ smoky quartz bee neckpiece is there...

and so are these honeycomb earrings with yellow sapphires, citrine and carnelian.
As well as lots of other pieces...

Monday, August 11, 2014

Over Your Head Exhibition

 The Potala in a whale in a bottle is in this  group exhibition in Sydney at the Stanley Street gallery. It's an exhibition of neckpieces, the opening is on Thursday the 14th of August.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Instagram

 I'm now on instagram!  Find me at  jennifermartinjewellery Here's a peek at some of the images I've been posting.
Lilly Pilly earrings
The Aviary
Bee necklace and twig bundle earrings.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

In Beauty May I Walk

  
                       Feather net- 2014
                      

                     In beauty                                               may I walk
                     All day long                                           may I walk
                     Through the returning seasons              may I walk
                     Beautifully will I possess again
                     Beautifully birds
                     Beautifully joyful birds
                     On the trail marked with pollen             may I walk
                     With grasshoppers about my feet           may I walk
                     With dew about my feet                          may I walk
                     With beauty                                            may I walk
                     With beauty before me                           may I walk
                     With beauty behind me                           may I walk
                     With beauty above me                            may I walk
                     With beauty all around me                     may I walk
                     In old age, wandering on a trail of beauty
                                                                    lively,      may I walk
                     In old age, wandering on a trail of beauty
                                                          living again,     may I walk
                     It is finished in beauty
                     It is finished in beauty

Anonymous- translated from the Navajo by Jerome K. Rothenberg

Saturday, April 26, 2014

A Short story.

When I was a child there was a whale that beached itself, or more likely now I think about it 
was injured and washed ashore at Phillip Island.
 I remember watching from the clifftop.
Blood and cold salty water mixed together as the whale rolled helplessly in the breakers. 
It was on the news. 
There were pictures of people sitting atop the whale. 
My mother said, "that is disgraceful that those people are sitting on that poor whale".
 I searched the world wide web but could find no record of this whale.
 I'm sure it happened I remember it clearly.
 Some men and machines, I imagine, dragged the whale all the way up the cliff and buried it at the top. For a long time there was a big mound of ugly dirt there.
It slowly sank deeper and deeper, till there was a depression there.
It took years.
There is no marker there. 

The End.



Friday, April 25, 2014

ANZAC DAY




Returning, We Hear the Larks 

Sombre the night is,
And though we have our lives, we know
What sinister threat lurks there.

Dragging these anguished limbs, we only know
This poison-blasted track opens on our camp-
On a little safe sleep.

But hark! joy-joy-strange joy.
Lo! heights of night ringing with unseen larks.
Music showering our upturned list'ning faces.

Death could drop from the dark
As easily as song-
But song only dropped,
Like a blind man's dreams on the sand
By dangerous tides,
Like a girl's dark hair for she dreams no ruin lies there,
Or her kisses where a serpent hides.

Isaac Rosenberg (1890-1918)

Monday, April 21, 2014

Galaxy Earrings.

    Sterling silver, snowflake obsidian.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Stone Feather


    I am stone
    I am air
    I am one thousand years old
    I have only just arrived
    I am light
    As a feather

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Contemporary Art Society Brooch Show.


Winter is coming! Time for a new brooch to smarten up your outfit and brighten the Winter world. Get down to the Fitzroy library 3 April- 30 May and the South Yarra library 3 June - 30 July to view this unique show. Borrow a book while you're there! No better place to get inspired than the library. These three birds will be there.




Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Monday, March 31, 2014

Faith


Be soft in your practice. Think of the method as a fine silvery stream, not a raging waterfall. Follow the stream, have faith in its course. It will go its own way, meandering here, trickling there. It will find the grooves, the cracks, the crevices. Just follow it. Never let it out of your sight. It will take you.

Sheng-yen (b.1930- d.2009)


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Happy Day!

    At last I have my own packaging! So when you purchase from my exclusive shop you will receive  something like this!
 
and inside something like this! 

or this! 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Red Bird and Blossom Brooch.

      Sterling silver, fine silver, felt, thread, fabric, plastic.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Swan Brooch

     Sterling silver, fine silver, shell, felt, thread.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Bird brooch

Sterling silver, fine silver, felt, thread, fabric.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Shop Open!


My shop is open ! At the moment it is the only place to find my work. I think that makes it exclusive!




Thursday, January 30, 2014

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Everything ends...




                                                       
                                                          Everything ends...

                                                          Doors close,
                                                          Windows open,

                                                          Everything begins...





Thursday, January 2, 2014

I'm over here...thinking...

    I'll just be sitting over here for a bit...See what this little bird has to say...

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2014

  
The New Year is here!

                             Power Owl calls in the New Year.
                             Repoussed and engraved using Fine silver, Sterling silver and Obsidian beads.
                             Formed from volcanic glass Obsidian is a mysterious and compelling stone.
                             It has  been used in antiquity to make mirrors and in shamanic rituals. It is a powerful
                             reflective stone.                    

Monday, December 23, 2013

Star seekers.

There is a story told in the Christian scriptures of three astrologers who followed an immensely bright star (Matthew 2:1-12). They were so drawn by this star that they followed a hunch in their hearts that it would lead them to the Divine. So set were their hearts on this bright vision in the sky that they pursued it over great distances and through many struggles. Following the star meant that they had to do their traveling at night. They did not know where they would be led. They only knew that they had to follow. They lost sight of the star, and in great humility, they had to rely on other starseekers to tell them where to locate the star again.
This star "filled their hearts with delight"(Matthew 2:10). They continued to follow it in the darkness of the night, journeying until finally they found themselves at the feet of the one whom they had long sought...
from The Star in my Heart by Joyce Rupp




Friday, December 20, 2013

Wings of Gold and drop of divine.

                             18ct gold, parti sapphire, 45cm chain.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

The stars on the way...

                     The stars on the way... necklace- Sterling silver, fine silver
     Star earrings- Sterling silver.
    Star Spangle earrings- Sterling silver.
    Star Spangle bangle- Sterling silver.