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On first ‘site’

Finally I have my first website. Using ‘Prosite’ on Behance made it easy to put together a site with the look and functionality I wanted. All the previous work I put into my project pages on Behance – images, captions and more – payed off and loaded automatically into my design. See my earlier post about the project page here.

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Starting from a Prosite template (in this case basic white), the web interface made it easy to customise the layout without touching a line of code. I liked the option to create my own icon for  iPad and other mobile devices. This icon appears if my site is added to the home screen of such a device.

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Now I am set to let this site grow over time and become the center of my web presents. Please let me know if you have any comments or suggestions for my site.

Unexpected Pleasures Jewellery Exhibition

With over 200 objects from 26 countries on display Unexpected Pleasures represents a significant global survey of contemporary jewellery.

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The ring by Camilla Prasch features on the cover of the catalogue and the NGV invite.

First on show at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 20 April – 26 August 2012, this exhibition will also tour to the Design Museum in London, 5 Dec 2012 – 3 Mar 2013. Melbourne based designer and maker Dr. Susan Cohn (interview with The Age) has curated this exhibition for the Design Museum and is also co-author of the substantial catalogue documenting this event as well contributing to the discussion about contemporary design and making.

I find interesting that 2/3 of the makers who have been selected to contribute works come from only four countries: Australia, Germany, The Netherlands and the UK. Which seems to make these the centre of global contemporary jewellery.

The following piece of mine was selected for this exhibition:

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Sterling Silver 000/925
11.5 x 66.4 x 52.9 mm

This object has its origin in mathematics. An equation describing a ‘minimal surface’, has been altered to explore its aesthetic properties. This form was built using ‘fused deposition manufacturing (FDM)’ a rapid prototyping process. This process generates a rough machine surface creating an intriguing surface pattern. You can find more information about this body of work by following this link.

Here is also a link to a more detailed review and many more images of works as well as the show in the NGV by Art Blart.

Behance and in good company

A professional looking site to present ones creative works the Behance network is ideal to easily create a portfolio site based on projects that can represent a body of work. Being a web2 service, all one needs to do is create an account on the Behance site and free portfolio pages can be created.

Particular interesting is the option to view your work without any adds,  a URL is provided that can be sent to anyone who might be interested in your work ‘add-free’. Link to my projects.

Add free view of my project gallery

Project gallery on Behance

The projects displays work as gallery pages – the templates are simple and attractive, showing large images and can contain a variety of media.

Behance project page open

project page open

Pixler online image editor 1. Levels, crop and resize

Pixler is a fantastic free image editor showing how powerful online tools have become. Springing to life inside you internet browser t running on both a Mac or PC, all you need is internet access. If you know Photoshop you will find familiar tools in similar places.

You can view YouTube tutorials here.

The following steps illustrate how an image could be improved and resized for online viewing, like an online learning site. The image has a lot to be improved on eg the contrast enhanced (using the Levels tool), cropped  and resized for screen viewing.

This image taken on a cloudy day with out a proper background and lighting serves as a the starting point.

Image to be prepared for screen viewing

Image to be prepared for screen viewing

1.) Open Pixler and the image to be edited.

test image open in Pixler

2.) Enhance contrast. From the ‘Adjustment’ menu select ‘Levels’ use the sliders to set the ‘black and white points’ as well as the balance.

Select 'levels' in the adjustment menu

Select 'levels' in the adjustment menu

levels adjusted, note the change in contrast.

levels adjusted, note the change in contrast.

3.) If needed use the crop tool to ‘frame’ the object in the image.

Crop tool applied to the image

Unwanted parts of the image cropped away

4.) Resize for screen viewing. I recommend to set the image to 1024 pixels wide or 768 high. Please note if the width is 1024 but the hight is more then 768, then adjust the hight to 768 even the resulting width is then less then 1024. An image in portrait format might be 768 pixels high but only a few hundred pixels wide.

Select image size from the 'Image' menu

Select image size from the 'Image' menu

    Image size menu
Image size menu

To save the image, select Save from the ‘File’ menu. I would recommend to change the name of the image to not save over (loose) the original image if  you have adjusted the image size (pixel count).

This is the saved file in full resolution (click to open)

Final image for screen viewing

Final image for screen viewing

You can find out more about Pixlr on its FAQ site. You can also see tutorials on YouTube here.

Soon I will post how to remove the background and add a shadow to the image.

Wall Vessels, 3D object from 2D sheeting

Wall Vessels are a new series of objects formed by combining digital and manual processes. These objects are both utilitarian and decorative and are more then 600mm long and about 450mm wide. Please find more images on my web site here.


I design the CNC engraving patterns and save them as digital files, these in turn control the CNC router’s path. The machine cut pattern then guides the manual deformation of the sheet into a 3d object. Using composite aluminium panel, this high performing material is lightweight, durable and colourfast, making it suitable for creating lasting individually designed works. Aluminum Composite Panel is best described as a sandwich panel consisting of a Polyethylene core sandwiched between two aluminum sheets with the entire panel consisting of three layers.

I am interested in experimenting with the surface treatment, as the appearance will translate this material from industrial back to the manually formed and finished object.

A paper folded ‘sketch’ object serves as a mock-up. The creases in the paper are translated into a digital vector drawing in Illustrator and saved as .eps file. This file is then used for the CNC router.

craft and design experience in Canberra for Vicki Halper

Below you can find a list of craft & design organisations and individuals relating to the Canberra part of the visit to Australia by Vicki Halper a USA based Smithsonian Senior Fellow.

Robert Foster, Vicki Halper, Gilbert Riedelbauch and Catrina Vignando at GAD

Robert Foster, Vicki Halper, Gilbert Riedelbauch and Catrina Vignando at the Gallery of Australian Design

Her visit was made possible through funding from the Australia Council. Her dense Canberra itinerary reflects the surprisingly active and rich design scene in this city, however one has to know where to look or whom to contact to get a true sense of it.

Her visit coincided with a symposium about Design education at the Australian National University and the ‘City of Design’ talkfest at CraftACT. Vicki’s contribution to both events were very well received and stimulated informed discussions about important contemporary issues in the craft/design field. I am particularly grateful for the time she spend with our design arts students.

Craft Australia, Host organisation

School of Art, Australian National University

The following speakers presented at the ‘DesignPlan ACT‘ a discussion about design education:

National Gallery of Australia

CraftACT – craft and design centre

The following presented at the ‘City of Design’ talkfest at CraftACT:

Canberra Glassworks

  • Ann Jackle, Executive Director,
  • Clare Belfrage, Artistic Director

Gallery of Australian Design

Gallery and Workshop Bilk contemporary jewelery and glass & metal objects

Here are a few links to makers who were mentioned frequently:

and Gallery Metalab, Sydney

I tried my best to put this list together for Vicki. If you think I have forgotten someone she has met or should know, please let me know.

It was a great pleasure to meet and get to know Vicki during her stay in Canberra.

CAD to gold-plated stainless steel

Web-based fabrication has gotten even more exciting with a new material/process offered through the Ponoko system. Getting computer models ‘printed’ in 3D using online rapid prototyping processes is established but having the CAD parts arrive in stainless steel with a gorgeous rich gold coat is quite something.

ponoko stainless steel gold-plated parts

This new material/process is offered through the US hub and is equally as easy to order as the 2d laser-cutting service. I found that dimensions ‘shrink’ slightly eg holes I had modeled as 3.9 mm turned out to be 3.4 mm in the finished parts. Being mostly stainless steel (with some bronze wicked into it) it proved very difficult to drill the holes to the right size. High speed drill bits (even titanium tipped) are blunt after drilling only 6mm deep. Reducing the speed from the recommended 1000 rpm to a third helped to improve their staying power slightly. I look forward to the carbon-nitride drill bit I ordered to finally finish the job.

These parts are for a new light using a mix of digitally fabricated and manually made elements. The ‘gold’ parts are intented to connect carbon fiber rods forming the main structure of the design.

design sketch and wire model


images of work

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