Thursday, 29 November 2012

Museum Trip

Yesterday, I had the good experience of attending the Australian Museum's exhibition of Alexander the Great.  This exhibition (of over 400 artifacts) is excellent and I highly recommend that people go and see it.  Loads of good stuff to see, much of it is about 2,000 years old. 

Alexander III of Macedonia (356-323 BC) owes his epithet ‘the Great’ to the enormous territory that he conquered: from Greece in the west to the river Indus in the east, the largest empire in antiquity.  This is all the more remarkable when you read  that he subjugated this vast region within just eleven years, and that he was only twenty years of age when he came to power.  

Last night we were welcomed with cocktails and Greek-themed canapes on arrival, in addition to some sideshow stuff like face painting, temporary tattooing, themed photography, balloon sword making and even one of the Museum's live snakes was brought in (this last one being in honor of Alexander's mother, Olympias, being a devout member of a snake-worshipping cult of Dionysus).  ACU drama students provided a comic relief via their performance of "Alexander - the Great"? - a humorous reflection of Alex's life, narrated by his tutor, Aristotle.  Naturally, no camera's were allowed to be used in the exhibit, but I managed to locate pictures of a few of the artifacts to share here.  

Chariot shaft


Ancient textile 

The Gonzago Cameo

Really nice example of repousse work in gold

Greek Tetradrachma in silver

Friday, 16 November 2012

Spring Flowers

I love it when people give me flowers and this has inspired me to create a range of floral earrings.  Set against my lovely peonies and roses, I think they are very cheerful.  The basic flower motif is designed to be worn alone, with colour variation and/or embellished with beads or set stones.  You get to pick.  Which style do you like?

Sterling Silver Earrings by VIX.  Floral arrangement courtesy of Denis.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Working with children and animals...

Acquired a bunch of totally gorgeous peonies from a friend.  Decided to photograph said peonies with a cat.  Cat has other ideas, being a model is not one of them.  The result below.

Lulu and Peonies

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Melbourne Cup Day Lunch at Craigieburn

Another big day out - this time, heading off to Craigieburn in Bowral for the annual Melbourne Cup Luncheon.  Table Four consisted of chatty, fun people, luckily every one of them displaying a keen interest in jewellery!  The food was fine and we all won a prize or two from the raffle and Tombola.  Alas, the Sweep winnings went to others.

Table Four

Champagne Jelly with Tropical Fruits

Chocolate Mousse Cake with Candied Hibiscus Flower and Clotted Cream