Let’s try again

It seems I abandoned my blog about a year ago and since my last post I have both finished my website/webshop, made some new work, moved out of the then new studio, taken a break from jewellery making and moved to a new country.

But since moving to Costa Rica this week I have made the decision to bring my jewellery practice out of pause mode. This involves more activity on all platforms online and hopefully some new and exciting experiences to share from a completely new context!

So please join me and let’s try again!

071 redigerad webSafira Blom, Underwater World: Neckpiece Blue, 2015
925 silver, PVC: hand cut and dyed, fabricated

Chrysalis group exhibition

I’m part of a group exhibition on now at Gaffa gallery in Sydney.

Chrysalis is a show with works from 24 artists all current or former students of Sydney College of the Arts’ Jewellery and Object studio. It is curated by Clare Hooper and Angela Porritt who have done an amazing job putting this show together! A special thanks to both of them and everyone else who helped get my work on the wall as I could only take them as far as the post office in Sweden (ok in this case hand it to the UPS-guy as it was a bit last minute). I wish I could have been in Sydney to see the show in person, but from what I’ve seen and heard through the Internet it is looking great. If you’re closer to Sydney than I am, do check it out it’s on until the 20th of January.

There is also an excellent website for the exhibition where you can find more information about each artist and the concept behind the show.

I sent three pieces; one from my graduating semester at SCA (see earlier post) and two new pieces also exploring the theme of proliferating patterns.

Safira Blom, Self Proliferating Patterns: Organic Partial Ring, 2013
Titanium, 925 silver: hydraulic pressed, hand pierced, torch coloured and constructed

Safira Blom, Self Proliferating Patterns: Organic Overlap Neckpiece (images 2-5), 2013
Titanium, 925 silver: hydraulic pressed, hand pierced, torch coloured and constructed

The Organic Overlap Neckpiece can be worn in many ways, some shown in the images above. It is two sided with the blue showing on one and yellow/purple on the other.

New work for Studio 20/17

Studio 20/17, another great Sydney gallery where I am proud to be represented, is doing a New Collections Showcase for the holiday season and I recently sent some new work their way. My new collection is the one I developed after our ”Scmucktrip” earlier in the year (shown here) with a few additions:


Safira Blom, Four, 2013
Neckpiece; 925 silver, hand cut and dyed PET plastic from fruit containers


Safira Blom, Five, 2013
Earrings; 925 silver, hand cut and dyed PET plastic from fruit containers

The New Collections Showcase is on display from the 3rd to the 24th of December at Studio 20/17, 2 Danks Street, Waterloo (Sydney), Australia

A recent commission

I recently finished some work I had been commissioned. My friend Maria really liked one of my pieces from my graduation work and wanted something similar but a little smaller for herself. She also wanted a matching pair of earrings.

I am really happy especially with the earrings and am thinking they might develop further into a small production series.


Safira Blom, Untitled (Neckpiece), 2013.
Approx. 6 x 5 x 1.5 cm (pendant)
Hand pierced titanium with heat patina and 925 silver.

 

 


Safira Blom, Untitled (Neckpiece, detail), 2013.
Approx. 6 x 5 x 1.5 cm (pendant)
Hand pierced titanium with heat patina and 925 silver.

 

 


Safira Blom, Untitled (Earrings), 2013.
Approx. 2 x 1.5 cm
925 silver, titanium with heat patina.

On another note, adding to my general photography frustration is the lack of light in wintertime Sweden. With only about 6 hours of daylight and the sun never reaching full height it is becoming very difficult to take decent photos with only natural lighting, especially on a white background. I almost think the snap shot I took with my phone (admittedly quite a good phone camera) in the studio shows the earrings better. Someday I will invest some time into making a better photo set up with proper lighting…

Here’s the snap shot:


Safira Blom, Untitled (Earrings), 2013.
Approx. 2 x 1.5 cm
925 silver, titanium with heat patina.

Work in the Curio at Sterling by Gaffa

My work has arrived at Sterling shop and will be in the Curio Collectors Cabinet at Gaffa in Sydney from this week until September 3.

Go check it out (try some on and buy some ;-)) if you’re in Sydney. If you haven’t been to Gaffa yet I highly recommend it! It’s a really cool creative space in the middle of the city (two blocks from QVB so no excuses!) with galleries, workshops and retail spaces. You’ll find it on 281 Clarence Street, Sydney CBD. For more info go to their website www.gaffa.com.au

The Curio is a collector’s cabinet dedicated to featuring one designer/maker for a period of two weeks. Housed in two of Sterling by Gaffa’s retail cabinets, The Curio aims to showcase not only an artists’ production range, but to give the audience an extensive inside look into the makers practice. On display will be a sample of exhibition work, the maker’s production range as well as images/text about their practice.” (text from gaffa’s website)

I’m showing new work from my Underwater World series, a piece from Self Proliferating Patterns and production earrings inspired by it.

Here are some images:

Safira Blom, Underwater World: Neckpiece Redpurple, 2013
925 silver, PVC: hand cut and dyed, fabricated

Safira Blom, Underwater World: Neckpiece Redpurple (detail), 2013
925 silver, PVC: hand cut and dyed, fabricated

Safira Blom Underwater world blue pin

Safira Blom, Underwater World: Electric Blue Coral Pin, 2013
925 silver, PVC: hand cut and dyed, fabricated

Safira Blom Underwater world clustered coral ring orange

Safira Blom, Underwater World: Coral Cluster Ring, 2013
925 silver, PVC: hand cut and dyed, fabricated

Safira Blom Underwater world earstuds light teal

Safira Blom, Undewater World: Teal Coral Earstuds, 2013
925 silver, PVC: hand cut and dyed, fabricated

Safira Blom Underwater world earstuds red stars

Safira Blom, Underwater World: Red Star Earstuds, 2013
925 silver, PVC: hand cut and dyed, fabricated

Safira Blom Self Proliferating Patterns Bubble Earrings

Safira Blom, Self Proliferating Patterns: Bubble Earrings, 2012
Titanium, 925 silver: hydraulic pressed, hand pierced, torch coloured, fabricated

Safira Blom Titanium Bubble Earrings

Safira Blom, Bubble Earrings, 2013
Titanium, 925 silver: hand pierced, torch coloured, fabricated

Past and future exhibitions

Time flies and all of a sudden it’s nearing the end of summer and I’m busy figuring out what I’m doing this autumn. I have my eyes on a few call outs for exhibitions and awards and would like to enter into everything I see! But I’m quickly realising this isn’t possible as there isn’t enough time nor other resources…however, here are some of the call outs I am considering:

Suspended in Green
Beijing International Jewelry Art Biennial
Talente

In the meantime I’ve completely forgotten to mention the exhibitions my work has already attended this year. I say work has attended because they have all been exhibitions in Australia, unfortunately while I have been here in Sweden.

But I am happy and honoured to have been represented by my work in:

Next Generation at Craft NSW

An exhibition organised by the lovely Natalie Fong together with Craft NSW. It was our class from SCA getting together and showing our work outside of the university context, for many for the first time. This is a photo I took just before I sent my work.

Safira Blom, Bells and Baskets, 2013
Brass, cotton thread, 925 silver, driftwood: hand constructed and woven

Safira Blom, Bells and Baskets: Blue Neckpiece, 2013
Brass, cotton thread: hand constructed and woven

The next exhibition was Contemporary Australian Silver & Metalwork Award. The work selected is from my Scar series which I am hoping to develop into a production line/series later this year.

Safira Blom, Scar Series: Frostbite Neckpiece, 2011
Titanium, 925 silver: hand pierced, torch coloured and constructed

And as a part of the JMGA conference Participation + Exchange my work was also shown in Graduate Metal 13.

This is my favourite piece from my graduating work.

Safira Blom, Self Proliferating Patterns: Organic Neckpiece, 2012
Titanium, 925 silver: hydraulic pressed, hand pierced, torch coloured and constructed

All the finalists in Graduate Metal got teamed up with a student taking the curatorship course at Queensland College of Art to write the catalogue statement. The lovely Naomi O’Reilly interviewed my by e-mail and wrote this lovely piece about my work:

Stockholm artist, Safira Blom’s work draws inspiration from the natural environment that surrounds her. She utilises her own photography, as well as sourced images of nature and draws inspiration from scientific drawings by artists like Ernst Haeckel. Blom creates designs which mimic the organic patterns and connate repetition present on all observational layers of the environment. She states:

“I’m interested in the way nature – both on a macro and micro level – uses repetition and pattern to grow and create larger structures. You can often find similar patterns looking at aerial landscape photography as you can looking at cells through a microscope.” (Blom in interview with the author, 2013)

Blom’s practice focuses on elements of pattern, colour, form and repetition. Self-proliferating patterns organic neckpiece brings all these elements together. Constructed from titanium, which is heat treated to create the unique colouring, Blom begins by sketching the pattern. ‘A pattern that grows through each added line and can adapt to any shape’ (Blom, 2013). The desired form is then molded into the titanium using a hydraulic press and completed by painstakingly sawing the organic design by hand. Blom’s attention to detail can be observed in the care she has taken in contracting the chain, which continues the lines and patterns present in the pendants design.

Blom’s work is a beautifully constructed juxtaposition between the natural world and the hard industrial material intrinsic to metalsmithing. Her pieces combine elements of delicacy and strength as she carves these fragile patterns from solid metals. Blom has been working with the medium of jewellery for the past 5 years and is a recent graduate from the Sydney College of Arts.

Naomi O’Reilly

QCA Art Theory Elective Curatorship 2013

Safira Blom, Self Proliferating Patterns: Organic Neckpiece (detail), 2012
Titanium, 925 silver: hydraulic pressed, hand pierced, torch coloured and constructed

From what I’ve heard the exhibitions have been great and I’m eagerly awating some catalogues!

Photography Frustration

Last time I promised to show you some more work from my Fingerprint Pods series. Over the past week I have been trying to take some decent photos of them. My goal is to soon put my first listing on Etsy.

Photography….I actually really enjoy taking photos and I use it a lot as inspiration material and a medium in its’ own right, but when it comes to taking photographs of my work the perfectionist in me comes out and it takes a lot of frustration and retakes to get something I can live with. Silver is especially difficult I find as it doesn’t come out too well against a white background. This time I tried again but decided, after one too many blueish grey (when they were supposed to be white) backgrounds, to try a neutral, slightly darker colour background. The old bench top close to the window had good lighting so I tried that and am quite happy with the result:

Ring, 925 silver

Bracelet, 925 silver

Pendant, 925 silver

Earrings, 925 silver

Earrings on posts, 925 silver

But the big frustration this time has been on the body, I wanted to get some shots of the jewellery on the body. Within the contemporary jewellery scene there seems to be a preference to photograph on a plain background and pieces are seldom shown on the body where they are “supposed” to be. There are some good reasons for that and perhaps the difficulty of getting it right; showing off the piece in a context but not taking focus away from the jewellery is one of them. But I still think more contemporary (or art) jewellery should be shown in context; the relation to the body. When it comes to more commercial jewellery the industry is much better which is natural as you have to be more focused on the perspective of a potential buyer. It’s easier to see oneself wear something if you’ve already seen it worn.

Anyways here is the result of some of the “on body” photos. Let me know if you have any advice on how to improve these kinds of shots 🙂 

Bracelet, 925 silver

Earrings, 925 silver (photo Lisa Blom)

Earrings, 925 silver (photo Lisa Blom)

Ring, 925 silver (photo Lisa Blom)

Earrings on posts, 925 silver (photo Lisa Blom)

My lovely sister Lisa Blom helped me out with some of the photos when I had to wear the jewellery otherwise all photography is by me.

I know this post ended up being more about photography than Fingerprint Pods but next time I will tell you a little more about the inspiration behind and creation of the actual pieces.