Thursday, 28 August 2008

Artist profile - Maureen Nugent

Maureen Nugent - jewellery

Growing up in Brisbane with three talented sisters, an artist Mother and mechanically minded Father, I began my working life in advertising, and my love for all things ’visually creative’ grew from there.

Having worked with many of the artistic mediums, I finally found my niche in ceramics and Mud Pies Handpainted Ceramics was born. This became my creative outlet for 14 years. The painting of tile murals then led me to painting ‘whimsical’ walls and panoramas in local schools and private homes. Yearning for a new form of self expression, my sister introduced me to lampworking (the making of glass beads using a torch and rods of glass) in 2005. From that day on I have been consumed with passion for glass.

I now work full time from my home-based studio in Melbourne. Even though I have been involved in art & design for most of my working life, having the ability to turn a stick of glass into a beautiful, mesmerizing, wearable object is a magical experience that just grows with each day spent at the flame.. My love of roses and hearts feature strongly in my designs, this is perhaps a reflection of the way I feel about this totally absorbing art form.

Most recent achievement:

Beads Etc. Magazine: Overall Winner of The 2008 Australian Jewellery Designer of the Year Competition

Wednesday, 27 August 2008

Artist profile - Stephanie Winther

Stephanie Winther - jewellery

After being invited to study Design and Technology jewellery at Box Hill Senior Secondary College during VCE, I then studied at Northern Metropolitan Institute of TAFE. After graduating I curated the Diploma of Arts – Product Design Jewellery graduate exhibition at Synergy Gallery and also won the Koodaks Product Design Award.

I have studied Small Business Management and am now in the second year of running my own business.

My work reflects the simplicity of basic design elements; line and form. The clean textures and flowing surfaces relate to the tools I use and my working environment. I enjoy the problem solving process of taking an idea and creating a physical piece. I plan to teach jewellery in the future, to pass on the skills and knowledge others have given me.

Monday, 11 August 2008

Birthday cake on a rainy day

Our birthday celebrations went off very well with this beautiful cake, with Jenny Mulholland, our very supportive local councillor, making a lovely little speech and cutting our cake. Champagne was duly poured and drank.
Thankyou to all the stallholders who attended. Our market is a very friendly place to be. Thankyou to all the people who came out, braving the cold and the rain. We hope you enjoyed the market.

Saturday, 9 August 2008

New stallholders at the market

We welcome the following stallholders to our August 10th market. They are:

Cath McKinnon and Jacqui Hourigan - Children's clothing
David Missingham - Yarra Valley coffee tables - timber coffee tables, wine racks, etc.
Karen Glahn - Silversmith
Michelle Garibaldi - fudge

Come along and have a look.

Thursday, 7 August 2008

9"x5" QMM celebrates its' first birthday

We've officially been going for a year, so we're celebrating with a birthday bash at the market on Sunday, the 10th. There will be cake and a raffle, demonstrations and lots to look at.
See you there.