Closed July 15 2017
I pop into Bilk every now and then and it is always exciting. The visit in July encountered Bro.och – a set of exquisitely crafted examples of pin on jewellery. Nothing that goes up at Bilk at Manuka is rough. There is always a focus on precision and thought through detail.
There was a great review in the Canberra Times of this and I have included that link and some poor quality pics. A visit to Bilk is always a treat.
24 March – 29 April 2017
Bilk is a centre of excellence for the sale and display of metal jewellery and craft skills. Their exhibitions never include the amateur. Every object is a celebration of high skill and expertise in the crafting of metal into decorative beauty.
Julie Blyfield has on display this month a set of exquisite small objects and jewellery that draw from the natural world. In the hands of Blyfield they weave their often soft origins into the hard metal surfaces in a way that makes them look soft and flexible. See the website below and the great Canberra Times article below for pics and detail
Bilk Web page for this exhibition
Canberra Times review
One of the great features of Belconnen Art Centre over the last year or so has been the Out of the Box displays. Near the coffee counter there are a set of glass cases and the centre staff display works by artists for sale in these cases. The displays some times have a strong focus such as creations out of felt or wood but more often they are a mixed display of artists and artistry.
The display at present has some great jewellery, remarkable glass works, woven plant material and knitted cacti. I have included some pics below but my pics of the price list and artists was blurry
Some areas of creativity evoke awe in me. High end jewellery is one such area. Bulgari have been a standard setter in the field for around 100 years. Their styles have led the market in decade after decade, Their products have decorated celebrities at all the right events and they still have a reputation for creativity and excellence.
At the NGV right now there is a glitzily mounted exhibition of items from the company’s heritage collection and it demonstrates all the features of their craft. Mounted in glass cases with notes “Do not touch the items” are a collection of sumptuously laid out integration of jewellery,high quality metals and gemstones. There are notes that explain their connection to significant people and events. My phone battery had gone dead so I have put below the gorgeous website of the Bulgari Heritage Collection so you can get the sense of these extraordinary creations.
Bulgari Heritage Page Gorgeous pictures and text
NGV Web page