Thursday, December 9, 2010


Bloodier than Black Brooch, 2008

We have a Wonderful exhibition on in our main Gallery at the moment, be sure to stop by and have a look. The Exhibition will run until January 16th 2011, before touring nationally.

Robert Baines is one of Australia's most prominent and influential jewellers and goldsmiths. His exceptional craft skills and extraordinary body of work are being honoured through the 2010 Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft Series.

Each year Object Gallery celebrates the accomplishments of an Australian Maker. 6th in the series, “Robert Baines: Metalwork” is sure to delight and intrigue. Gallery entry is free and open late on thursday nights during December.

Baines has profoundly shaped Australian jewellery, object-making and international historical scholarship. With wry humour, his work challenges our understanding of the world as much as they delight with their technical brilliance.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

10 Christmas gifts for the man that has everything...

Me and Amber hand screen printed card – car $7

Tony Cameron Puzzle box $44

Gerry Wedd book $45

Paperweights between $58-$175

Pair of F!NK beakers $66 or a F!NK storage vessel $110

'Claystone pottery' mugs $55 each

George Plionis money clip $130

Andrew Bartlett wine rack $180

Husque bowls $171ea

Cufflinks - Lisa Cahill $110, George Plionis $280, Janis Valdivia $159

Ps. We are open late on Thursday nights on the lead up to Christmas, so you can stop by for a visit after work.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Five fantastic, festive, fresh fruit cocktails to compliment the Edols and Elliot jug

The Social Silly season is here and to help impress your guests while entertaining, try these 5 Festive summer recipes that look great in an Edols and Elliot Jug.

Watermelon, lemon and rosemary
2 cups (500ml) water
3/4 cup (185g) white sugar
1 sprig rosemary (about 10cm long), leaves stripped and chopped
2 cups lemon juice
1 medium watermelon, seeded and cubed
8 cups ice cubes

Bring the water and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan over high heat. Stir in the rosemary, and set aside to steep for 1 hour. Place half of the lemon juice, and half of the watermelon into a blender. Strain the rosemary syrup through a mesh strainer into the blender. Cover, and puree until smooth. Strain into an Edols and Elliot jug, then repeat with the remaining lemon juice and watermelon. Refrigerate till cold. Stir the drink before serving over ice.

Pineapple and ginger
1 tin (850ml) unsweetened pineapple juice
1 bottle (750ml) good ginger beer (like Bundaberg)
½ an ice cube tray of tea ice cubes (To make the tea ice-cubes just make some strong black tea, let it cool then pour into an ice cube tray)
a handful of fresh mint sprigs
the pulp from one large passionfruit (optional)

Pour it all into an Edols and Elliot jug, stir and serve immediately. Make sure each glass gets some tea ice cubes.

Frozen strawberry whip
1/2 cup (125ml) lime juice
2 cups (500ml) cold water
1/4 cup (60g) white sugar
1 1/2 cups (250g) frozen strawberries, sliced
5 cubes ice

Place lime juice, cold water, sugar and strawberries in blender and blend on high until smooth. While blender is running, add ice cubes one at a time. Pour into an Edols and Elliot jug and serve immediately.

Lavender lemonade
2 cups (500ml) boiling water
1 cup lavender flowers
2 cups (500ml) cold water
1 cup (250ml) lemon juice
1 cup (240g) sugar
In a large saucepan combine sugar, water and lavender. Heat to boiling, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Sieve to remove the Lavender. Stir in lemon juice. Cool for 15 minutes. Refrigerate lemonade at least 1 hour, or until chilled. Serve over ice, if desired, and garnish with lemon slices.
Note: This recipe also works well using fresh root ginger or fresh mint instead of the lavender.

Pimms Punch
1 cup, 250ml Pimm's Orginal
1 wedge cucumber (about the size of a finger)
1 red apple, sliced
1 orange, sliced
1/2 fresh lemon, sliced
1/2 fresh lime, sliced
2-3 leaves fresh mint
1 litre bottle sprite or lemonade
Optional ingredients:
2-3 fresh pineapple rings
2-3 fresh strawberries, sliced

Mix all ingredients in an Edols and Elliot jug. Serve chilled or over ice.
Note: Adjust the amount of Pimm's and lemonade to your preferences.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

New Edols Elliott

Edols Elliott aim to create breathtaking effects in glass and make objects that they would like to see in the world. Indeed these skilfully decorated cane glass pieces make it a delightfully colourful world here at Collect at Object. Benjamin Edols has been blowing glass since 1987 and is undoubtedly one of the best glass blowers worldwide. His work has received great international recognition and he is invited around the world to teach specialist glass workshops. Through technical and creative success, Edols Eliott pieces continue to be sourced for leading public and private art collections.
We have a new range of Edols Eliott colourful cane glass vessels in store including jugs and beakers, bowls, vases and paperweights. Prices start at $99, a trifle for a beautiful and collectable piece of Australian made Edols Elliot glass.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

*New* Polli Jewellery

We are pleased to announce that Polli jewellery has hit our shelves!
Designed and handmade in Australia by Maja Rose and Tess Lloyd, Polli jewellery is inspired by Japanese and Danish paper designs, and also by sustainability. Indeed the Polli girls have a social conscience- the company has a low CO2 rating, manufactures products locally and donates a part of their proceeds to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
We have pieces from the stainless steel and kohl gold collections in stock, featuring botanical graphics and also geometric woven patterns.
Pop in store to have a look at this lovely new range and perhaps tick a few Christmas pressies off the list. :)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Have you made the pledge yet?!?!

The gift giving season is soon upon us, so lets make it our mission to encourage all our family and friends to buy handmade this Christmas!!!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Exhibition opportunity in the Collector's Cabinet!

For all those glass artists, and in conjunction with the Ausglass 2011 conference being held in Sydney in January 2011, Object is dedicating it's Collector's Cabinet to glass. We are looking for your stories...

OPEN CALL OUT FOR GLASS SUBMISSIONS: we want to know your stories!!
Object presents an open call out for artists, of any stage of career, to create a glass artwork that is collectable, covetable and engaging. It will be displayed in the Collectors Cabinet at Object Gallery from the 20th – 30th January 2011 and will form one of the exhibitions that will be part of the AusGlass Conference 2011 Peripheral Vision

What you will need to do:
· Find a piece of glass in a second hand store that will be suitable for cold-working (remember to collect your receipt) or ask a friend to ‘gift’ you a blank (remember to document the story as to how this came to be)

· Cold-work it in any way that you like, perhaps it reflects the shape and feel of the original piece, perhaps it re-invents it from Nanna to nice, it’s up to you!

· Write a 50-100 word explanation about where the original piece came from, or who gifted it and your relationship to them. These stories will be displayed with each piece.

All the pieces will be available for sale, so this will be a great chance for collectors, family and friends to own a one of a kind piece. Please note that due to the size restrictions of the cabinet, the object cannot be larger than 30 x 30 x 30cm. Limited spaces available so click here to get more details from our gallery staff.

Friday, October 1, 2010


Paper pom poms with Ebony

Well, a champagne breakfast with delicious homebaked treats (recipes from Frankie magazine's Sweet Treats and Afternoon Tea cookbooks!) and now....could it get any better...craft workshops all day long with the folks from the We Craft This City exhibition...

Ebony Bizys with papercraft and lovely Japanese paper knick knacks, Craft Cartel show us how to make crocheted explosives and Knitty Gritty & Loopy will teach us how to make amazing knited baskets out of plarn (plastic yarn, sourced from all those plastic bags that invade our homes) If you are in the area, pop in, or join us next week for the Crafting Power Hours...12.30 - 1.30pm. If you can't make it during the week, come along next Sunday from 2pm and bring your crafting projects or learn new skills over a cuppa..

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Stereotyped in Object’s Project Space 4- 26th September (Final Week)

Stereotyped: Sound and Typography is an experimental exhibition that brings together composers and graphic designers, film-makers and sound engineers, musicians and typographers to challenge the definition of the ‘designer’ in the 21st Century.

Sound design, the manipulation of audio elements to achieve a desired effect and, typography, the art and technique of arranging type, were once highly professional fields of specialization. Now, both mediums are used by a myriad of disciplines to create meaning in diverse forms. Moreover, with the evolution of digital technologies a plethora of amateur sound and typography ‘designers’ have cropped up- anyone with a computer can create sound and type at home.

Consequently, Stereotyped is a cross-disciplinary collaboration that tests, interrogates and pushes the stereotype of a designer. Curated by Joan-Maree Hargreaves, Object’s Producer- Digital & Publications, Stereotyped is an unforgettable sensory experience that challenges commonly held beliefs.

Crafternoon this weekend!

Knitty, Gritty & Loopy. 2009. Photo: courtesy Liane Rossler

Celebrating one of Sydney’s most loved green spaces, ArtPark turns Hyde Park North into a craft workshop and exhibition space. As a part of Art Park, and in association with Art and About 2010, Object Gallery presents Crafternoon.
Bring your craft project out of the closet and join us in Hyde Park. Be inspired by some of our most eclectic and exciting crafters.
Bring your own materials, or work with some of the existing materials supplied by each workshop host. There will be a focus on reuse and repurpose of materials, so keep in mind we would like you to contribute!
Bring your own: plastic shopping bags, red yarn, toilet paper rolls, old toy parts, crochet hooks, weaving materials, and icy pole sticks

Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 September 11-3pm
we will be hanging out in the park, chatting and making.
Drop in at any time, and join in on a variety of workshops!!

Reef Knot will be making pin cushion flowers from an array of second hand fabrics and other materials
Denise Litchfield will be transforming discarded plastic toys into junk fashion
Knitty Gritty & Loopy will be using plastic shopping bags to weave baskets and other forms
Cecilie Knowles will be hosting a paper crafting workshop, using scraps of paper that were destined for the rubbish bin
In Stitches will be hosting a collaborative experiment whereby visitors repurpose materials into a larger collective sculpture
Craft Cartel will be crocheting and knitting their soft, decorative explosives.

Don't forget to come and visit the exhibition 'We Craft this City' featuring some of these amazing makers. Exhibition starts on Saturday 2nd October at Object Gallery (417 Bourke St, Surry Hills) and runs till 10 October, with daily 'Crafting Power Hours'. Go to object/spring series for more info.


Monday, September 20, 2010

Secrets & Stories Exhibition at Object Gallery 11-26th September (Final Week)

Is the result of a unique collaboration between Object, designer Michael Alvisse, students, staff and parents from Dulwich Hill High School of Visual Arts and Design.
After recent trips to Bali where family and community are clear priorities, Michael was inspired to share his experiences. With this in mind, students were encouraged to uncover secrets and stories drawn from the shared memories of their families. Over many months, Michael guided the students through a design process, showing them how to develop and realise a concept.
As you enter the exhibition you pass through a balinese arch and into an alternate universe, reminiscent of a Pop-Up picture book. Walking amoung the vines, animals emerge, representing each student and what they hope to become in the future.

Calling All Parents and Kids!!!!!

FREE Mask Making Workshop in conjunction with the exhibition SECRETS & STORIES. Join the students of Dulwich Hill High School of Visual Arts and Design as they take you through this fantasy like Pop Up Book Exhibition, read stories and help you create your own mask to take home!
Saturday September 25TH FROM 10.30AM- 12.30PM

Collect Welcomes Spring

The earth wakes
Butterflies kiss flowers
Love letters of Spring
Butterfly necklaces by Melinda Young

Flowergirl brooch by Rosie Hannam

Chrysalis Butterfly wall pieces by Lightly

Vintage Flower earrings by Liana Kabel

Ceramic brooches by Sandra Bowkett

Small Measure Up brooch by Liana Kabel

Butterfly brooch by Katrina Freene

Washi Flower jewellery by Sonya Edbrooke

Pendants by Jyoti Peart
Flower ring and brooch by Jane Pollard

Notebook by Poppies For Grace

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

What everyone needs ...

I thought I would share with you my most prized possession, a Tamara Hahn pourer. It is simply elegant and softly beautiful and ingeniously designed. It sits on my kitchen bench full of delicious olive oil.

It’s hard to see in the picture, but there are two soft indentations on either side of the pourer, so it sits comfortably in your hand when holding. The spout is long and slender, and only the perfect controlled drizzle flows out (no accidental gulps). I had never used an oil pourer, until I owned this one, and I didn’t realise how much pleasure it could give me, I recommend it to anyone who will listen.

Tamara once explained to me that it is nearly impossible to design a spout that will pour oil without a dribble, so instead the pourer has been designed to embrace the inevitable dribble, and sits upon a turned timber base, that absorbs and is nourished by the excess oil, without leaving a mess on my bench.

Tamara works from her studio at the JamFactory centre for contemporary Craft and Design in Adelaide, where she has recently completed an associatship. Tamara’s ceramics revolve around the idea of imperfect beauty. Forms are deliberately altered or taken out of symmetry. Swollen bellies are added to some, and deliberate indents to others. Tamara is inspired by human form and her work comments on what is perceived as beautiful in our society. The work is about self-expression, personal narrative and social comment. By pushing forms out of the symmetrical, the idea of perfect, flawless beauty is lost, and the beauty of the unusual is highlighted.

I use this subtle unassuming pourer almost daily, and I can’t speak highly enough of the richness it has added to my time in my kitchen. So if you haven’t got one, I think you should consider coming in to our store to have a look at it maybe even try holding it. I think it would also make the perfect gift for a special master chef in your life. In the collect store, we also stock the equally beautiful Tamara Hahn decorated beakers and bowls.
I hope you are keeping well and warm,