Handshake 4

Vivien Atkinson

About mentee Vivien Atkinson / About mentor Benjamin Lignel

Waste not……

Waste not……

At the end of the Pah Homestead show I drove up to Auckland to collect work and ended bringing a load of the planks used for display back as well.  They have been sitting in my studio as no one really wants them.  The contrasting colours are really attractive and have...

All Change

All Change

Packing at Whitereia All change seems to be the theme of late.  I’ve been at Whitereia (the institute where Peter Deckers teaches Jewellery and where I studied and have been mentoring/lecturing) helping with the sorting (30 years accumulation), packing and storing.  A...

Leanings

Leanings

  Blog 16  November 4th, 2017 Leanings, Pah Homestead (https://tsbbankwallaceartscentre.org.nz/)   The install, Pah Homestead Only one day to install and the opening in the evening.  There were a lot of nerves as we gathered at 8.00 in the morning, but everything...

Radiant Pavilion

Radiant Pavilion

Blog 14  September 12th, 2017 Radiant Pavilion, Melbourne Gold leafed steps, graffiti and post-it notes – Sarah Read, Becky Bliss, Vivien Atkinson Binit, Becky Bliss Walking to Ballarat, 24 hours over 7 days, performance, Crossley Street, Melbourne, Vivien Atkinson...

Extracurricular

Extracurricular

Blog 13 - August 5th, 2017 Occupation: Artist (https://occupationartist.wordpress.com/), one of the groups I’m privileged to be part of will soon be off to Melbourne for Radiant Pavilion (26th August to September 3rd).  We participated in this contemporary jewellery...

Avid

Avid

Blog 12  -  July 18th, 2017 Fired & Found, Avid, Wellington, July 1 - 15   From the show at Avid. My work in the foreground and Bronwyn Cornish’s wonderful ceramics (Sirenes and Harpies) in the background. On the right is Walnuhutu 1, by Lauren Lysaght...

Clearing the decks

Clearing the decks

Blog 11 - June 18th, 2017 Clearing the decks. This weekend I realised that I was losing sight of what I was doing and removed all the extraneous bits and pieces from the desk.  What a difference it made – I could suddenly see there were three distinct groups of pieces...

Blog 10

Blog 10

Blog 10  June 14th, 2017 Punched decoration on vintage Britannia metal teapot. Punches made from silver plate scrap. Tests of punched patterns on thin aluminium. I’ve spent a few days playing with the idea of trying to recreate some of the intricate patterns punched...

Blog 9

Blog 9

Blog 9  May 15th, 2017 Time in the studio – in fact lots of time in the studio – I’m there five days a week and at school two days and the feeling of pressure is growing. In the research department have gone back to look again at some artists I was introduced to in...

Questions

Questions

Blog 8, April 10th, 2017  Questions After my first conversation with my mentor there was a list of questions that sent me back to reading research. In my last blog I mentioned that I was interested in trying to form some kind of hybrid using pieces of silver plate and...

Blog 7

Blog 7

Blog 7, April 8th, 2017 I have a number of collections but at the moment I’m focusing on two.  I have been working with (and collecting) silver plate since 2013 – its perceived value, meaning and use has changed, particularly during the last half century.  Developing...

PARKing DAY

PARKing DAY

Blog 5,  March 15th 2017 The preparations for PARK(ing) Day served us well.  We had spent a worrying week with really bad weather threatening the cancellation, but in the end the weather was similar to last year’s event – cool, calm and cloudy to start the morning and...

PARKING DAY proposal

PARKING DAY proposal

Blog 4, 22nd February 2017 At the beginning of February, my proposal to the Wellington Sculpture Trust for their PARK(ing) Day project was accepted.  Now with the help of fellow Occupation: Artist members Sarah Read and Caroline Thomas we are working out the details...

JEWELcamp and Masterclass

JEWELcamp and Masterclass

Blog 3, February 10th, 2017 With quiet excitement and some shyness we gather for the first time.  Most of us meet at Tanel’s opening at Avid amid the noise and tilted plinths holding his exquisite work. The afternoon’s presentations reveal we are a diverse group with...

Viktor and Rolf at the NGV

Viktor and Rolf at the NGV

Blog 2, January 15th, 2017 Although I knew the names of these two fashion designers I really had no idea of the scope of their innovative work.  It was then a fascinating voyage of discovery wandering through the rooms of stunning and sometimes startling garments....

7.8 shock

7.8 shock

Blog 1, January 7th, 2017 The news in November that I had been selected for HandShake 4 was rather daunting.  The 7.8 earthquake had left me shaken – with a recent move into a 12th floor apartment and nothing yet secure in it’s final location – our possessions were...