Thursday, November 15, 2012

Day Dream

Day Dream Fine silver and glass enamel necklace

Here is a sneak peak of my new body of work Day Dream, for a closer look head to Studio Ingot.

My (obligatory) artist statement...
As a child and as an adult Jessica Morrison is still looking out the window and daydreaming.  In this body of work Day Dream, Morrison is drawing on treasured time spent being still and letting the mind wander. Blurring the lines of focus and just relishing in light, colour and possibility.
The stillness of dreamy thoughts is transferred into the works through the
meditative processes applied to create these ethereal pieces.

Fine silver and glass enamel earrings
Fine silver and glass enamel earrings
18ct Gold and glass enamel earrings
18ct Gold and glass enamel ring

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Artifice store

Artifice store
Customs Wharf Galleria
126 Nelson Place
Willimastown, Vic.
It started with a cup of tea six weeks ago and since then we have designed, made and opened the doors to our new venture Artifice Store!  Artifice store is all about (awesome) Australian art and design.  Not content to leave art just on the walls we, Matthew Bracken, Coconut Lu and myself have began the exciting task of curating and presenting an evolving range of clever, playful and beautifully made art and design products.  Here is a sneak peak of our store....

In store you will find beautiful pieces by the talented artists, designers and labels such as Amor Amor, Boqil, Simon Browne,  Coconut Lu, Anna Davern, Nicky Hepburn, The Hungry Girls, Lightly, David Neale, Cass Partington, Princess C Lady J and The Uppercrust, Valerie Restarick, Voyager, Katelyn Sheldrick, Sunday Morning Designs, Third Drawer Down and TreeHorn Design!  (...and more coming soon! Wooooooohooo!!)


Come and visit us next time you are in Williamstown. 
We are located inside the Customs Wharf Galleria (as pictured in the colourful picture above). 

Friday, September 14, 2012

The year was 2006

'The year was 2006'

An exhibition of 100 jewellery pieces made in 2006

19th – 30th June 2012

Image taken at Studio 2017 6b/2 Danks st, Waterloo NSW of exhibition The Year was 2006

Okay I know this is very late....even appalling late but I have been flat stick and this is the first chance I have had to record this event in my blog. Naughty really considering I was lucky enough to be evolved in this great exhibition with the clever cats at Studio 2017  June this year.  Read their blurb below and check out the the number of great artists included in this show.  I was in excellent company.

The Year was 2006

2006. It was a common year that started on a Sunday. John Howard was PM and Pluto was no longer classified as a planet. It is often bandied about that art is a reflection of our society; intrigued, we set out to find what 2006 might have looked like in terms of contemporary jewellery. 100 jewellers from across the globe have been invited to present one piece of jewellery they made 6 years ago. Presented as a salon hang, this exhibition will showcase an incredibly diverse array of jewellery and will give an overall snapshot of what these jewellers were thinking, making and the materials they were using all those years ago in 2006.

Alice Potter, Alice Whish, Alida Cappelletta, Amy Renshaw, Andrew Welch, Barbara Cotter, Bernadette Trainor, Beatriz Ruiz, Birgit Laken, Claire McArdle, Coconut Lu, Bridget Kennedy, Danielle Butters, Danielle Sweeney, Deborah Rudolph, Diane Beevers, Elfrun Lach, Elfi Spiewack, Emma Fielden, Erin Timony, Francine Haywood, Heidemarie Herb, Helen Mok, Ilse-Marie Erl, InSync Design, Jacomien Labuschagne, Jandy Pannell, Jane Millard, Jane Pollard, Jane Reynolds, Jasmine Matus, Jennifer Gehbauer, Jessica McMullen, Jessica Morrison, Jessica Page, Judy McCaig, Julie Usel, Julie Kiefel, Justine Austine, Karen Thompson, Karin Jakobsson, Karina Hunnerup, Karola Torkos, Kate Barton, Kath Inglis, Katrina Freene, Kelly McCallum, Kim Ebbeck, Linda Blair, Linda Van Niekerk, Lisa Furno, Luke-John Matthew Arnold, Madeleine Clark, Manuela Gandini, Mark Vaarwerk, Melanie Ihnen, Melinda Young, Melissa Cameron, Mervi Kurvinen, Michelle Kelly, Michelle Taylor, Minnette Michael, Mirca Maffi, Miriam Andraus Pappalardo, Nadine Smith, Naomi Schwartz, Paula Rodrigues, Phoebe Porter, Rachel Bell, Radka Passianova, Renee Damiani, Robi Szalay, Rudee Tancharoen, Sandy Marker, Shan Shan Mok, Sharon Fitness, Sharon Massey, Shauna Mayben, Shimara Carlow, Sian Edwards, Simon Cottrell, Sonya Scott, Stefanie Koelbel, Susan Frisch, Susanna Dwyer, Suzanne Esser, Szilvia Gyorgy, Tatjana Panyoczki, Teresa Faris, Vernon Bowden, Vicki Mason, Ximena Natanya BriceƱo, Zoe Brand

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Bling Nation!!!!

Get out the jimmy bar, crack open those piggy banks, activate all credit cards and get online to Edition X as Bling Nation has landed! Those clever pirates at Pieces of Eight have many pieces to tickle your X spot.... With a 24 hour, 7 days a week online store, plus a showroom in Fitzroy. It's time to shine..... and we mean that literally... Swarovski's, 22ct gold and pure animal essense await your creditcard details... no free steak knives or ab toners though....

So, you are asking what is Bling Nation?

A body of *Bajishered Beasts that have crawled from the creative loins of Princess C and Lady J.

Jessica Morrison and Coconut Lu have taken Bling Nation to a level that resembles the love child of Indiana Jones and Temple of Doom meets Ravi Shanker (and it was humid).
These 22ct gold leafed godly creatures are detailed with the finest Swarovski’s sourced from a planet far far away… Like Queensland or somewhere…

These magnificent beasts are set to redefined the fashion world as we know it… As they put the Coo in Couture.

*bajishhering: a completely made up word by us meaning the
collective noun for Swarovski crystals, gathering
i.e; school of fish, mob of kangaroos, bajishering of Swarovskis.

As Edition X opens on the 5th November, we thought we would introduce some of our limited edition friends.. So limited in fact that there are only 3 of each ever ever ever made....... Whoa....

Princess C and Lady J would like to present:
This ageing punk rocker's "natural" beauty doesn't come cheap.... Thousands of years of tanning in beachside Florida will give you that antique golden glow. This outrageous lady is not just a pretty face she has some health and beauty advice for you youngsters.... Smoking does give you crows feet, eating paper does give you worms and tattoos are for LIFE.... Get it right the first time. Cos, bloody hell, translations are not guaranteed and those chinese tattoos, while they look cool, who wants people ordering dim sims from a menu off your upper thigh??? Wearing animal prints are slimming... rrreeeoow ra pur lick lick muuuaa
Oh yea and dancing in the dark is an acceptable form of exercise.

Stay tuned for more party people on a runway somewhere near you....

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor....Quinton Bryce


The exhibition Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor celebrates 100 years of International Women's Day and features 100 stories of great Australian women, with 100 brooches made in response to these stories by 100 of Australia's most talented women jewellers.

And yes I was one of the lucky ones invited to be apart of this exciting show.....My great Australian was Quinton Bryce...and yes I did feel the pressure she is very gutsy!!

Fine silver, sterling silver, 24ct gold and glass enamel, 2011.

When researching Quinton Bryce I was overwhelmed by her countless personal academic and political achievements. From lecturing at T.C. Beirne School of Law at the University of Queensland to becoming the Governor General of Australia. Her 43year career to date has been full of many challenging and powerful roles. All of which at a closer inspection have been to better the conditions for others and in particular women and children. It is this focus that I found my inspiration to make the brooch.

I chose the form of a flower to represent the fragility and beauty of those she strives for. Each fine silver petal in this form represents a year in her career.

To depict her journey I have used the colours of International Women’s Day, through the use of glass enamel I have applied these colours with a painterly approach.
Through white, purple and green, I have told her story.

I usually don't include many making shots but when I found myself in this situation I thought it should be documented. For a piece that looks so organic i planned every detail. You can see Quinton's career timeline and my colour coding. Phew....

Artisan 381 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, QLD until the 12 November 2011
and then it tours nationally from 2012 to 2013.

Monday, August 22, 2011


Treasure drop earrings,
18ct yellow gold.
Treasure studs, 2011
Sterling silver and 18ct gold with oxidised finish.
Treasure drop earrings, 2011
Sterling silver and 18ct gold with bleached finish.
Treasure drop earrings, 2011
Sterling silver and 18ct gold with bleached finish.
Various earrings and rings, 2011