November 2015 :
tenmoregirls present absence @ studio 20/17

October 2015 :
Silicone Mould Making Workshop – Beginner to Advanced

Over 2 Saturdays, in this fun hands-on workshop students will learn how to make silicone moulds for jewellery and small objects.

BOOK YOUR SPOT TODAY at SquarePeg Studios

Course dates:
14 November – 21 November
Saturday, 10am to 4pm
$295 inc GST

In this fun two day workshop contemporary jeweller and experienced mould maker Erin Keys will take students through all the steps involved in mould making for jewellery and small objects. Students will be introduced to the uses and possibilities of mould making, as well as tools and materials that can be used.

Students will have the opportunity to make several moulds using models we have, and can also bring along their own models for discussion with the tutor. Erin will demonstrate how to make a block mould and how to cut and release the models, and share tips and tricks from her experiences making moulds for her artworks.

A wax model will be taken from the moulds made in class, and these waxes can be sent to the commercial caster for casting into metal. The cost for this will depend on the metal selected and the weight of the piece.

What you will learn:

The best mould making technique for your project

What materials/ surfaces can be moulded

How to adapt and modify models to easily mould

Making support and spacers

Cleaning and securing (sprue tips) models

Preparing mould making compound

Mixing / measurements / process

How to make a one piece block moulds

Cutting and releasing models

Tips and tricks

What you will make:

Several pinkysil moulds

Models using wax and or plastimake (depending on model)

Waxes that can be cast at the commercial caster (additional cost applies)


June 2015 :
Fallen Collections Solo Exhibition at Gray Street Workshop Adelaide

Dear Friends,

Please join us for the exhibition opening of Fallen Collections by ERIN KEYS,
to be opened by Jane MacFarlane, CEO Helpmann Academy.
This exhibition of exciting new work explores daily life in India,
observed during an arts residency at the Sanskriti Foundation, Delhi.

Thursday 2 July 2015
6:00pm to 8:00pm

Gray Street Workshop Gallery, 10 Sydney Place, Adelaide.

Exhibition runs until Sunday 2 August.

Erin Keys will be giving an artist talk at 5:30pm before the opening.
Please RSVP to info@graystreetworkshop.com.au

Please pass this invite on to anyone you think will be interested

May 2015 :
WHITE † BLACK Jewellery Collection Launch

SO EXCITED to launch my latest jewellery collection WHITE † BLACK.

Beautiful white and black cuffs, earrings and necklaces made from laser cut, powder coated mild steel are now available at Jason Moss.

December 2014 :
New Stockist for Erin Keys Jewellery

NOW STOCKING AT JASON MOSS JEWELLERY!!!
Visit the store at 325 South Dowling Street, Darlinghurst.

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October 2014 :
Solo Exhibition and Funding.

Wihuuuu!!!

Gray Street Workshop in downtown Adelaide have confirmed that they will exhibit my first solo exhibition in July 2015.

For the exhibition Faith, Fear and the Female I wish to explore the duality of fear and faith in the role of women in contemporary Indian society through a series of jewellery and objects that incorporate Sujani, the embroidery tradition of Bihar, India.

In addition to this wonderful news, The Helpmann Academy has approved my project grant funding to assist with presenting and documenting this exhibition.

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October 2014 :
Spectrum Exhibition

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Please join me at the opening of SPECTRUM an exhibition showcasing the works of the 5 artists that travelled to India and participated in the Helpmann Academy Arts Residency at the Sanskriti Foundation, Delhi.

October 15th 2014, 6-8pm

June 2011 :
InterfaceFLOR – Saturday In Design

Invited to work alongside designer Matt Woods, designer of Newtown’s Bloodwood,
Edward Horne of Tortuga Studios and Ben Stegh, we were asked to create a concept to create
a ‘pop up’ type interior for InterfaceFLOR.

The idea is a one off industry based event, turning the space in to a bar for one night only. There is a heavy emphasis on green design, therefore we will be upcycling atleast 60% of their waste to build the interior.
This includes: carpet tile samples, scrap yarn, bobbin cones and cardboard drums.

The event is not until August. But, I am very excited to work alongside such established and esteemed designers such as these three.

June 2011 :
SquarePeg Studios

The newest contemporary warehouse space for jewellers in Sydney.

http://www.squarepegstudios.com.au

Located in Newtown, established by Brenda Factor with the help of friends and volunteers, the peg was officially opened in April. I’m happy to say I am now working from here, alongside Sian Edwards, Majella Beck, Sebastien Terracher, Linda Blair and Brenda. SquarePeg provides a place for emerging and established makers to work together in a supportive and creative environment. At SquarePeg we will also provide a range of activities for the Sydney jewellery community and general public, including master-classes, evening classes, day access, residencies, mentorships, talks and studio sales.

We are currently calling for applications from jewellers interested in being part of this new studio.

Need casual workshop access?
We are offering casual day bench hire for students and jewellers wishing to access a range of equipment including: soldering torches, drill press, flexi, rolling mills, polisher and ultrasonic.  A hydraulic press and enameling kiln will be available in the near future.

Cost
Student: $30 per day
Non-student: $45 per day

Weekdays: 10am – 4pm
Booking at least 24 hours in advance is essential
mail@squarepegstudios.com.au

Learn how to make jewellery

  • evening and weekend classes from beginners up
  • specialist classes
  • small class sizes
  • experienced tutors who are also contemporary artists
  • 3 hour classes

Beginners Class starts 19 July 2011
Learn silversmithing techniques and how to design and make a range of jewellery including rings/pendants/earrings. Cost: $295 for 7 weeks – 6.30 – 9.30 pm (bring a friend and each receive a 10% discount)

Intermediate Class starts 21 July 2011
Build on existing skills and learn how to make more complex pieces of jewellery.
Cost: $330 for 7 weeks  – 6.30 – 9.30 pm (bring a friend and each receive a 10% discount)

Specialist Workshop: Stone Setting starts 20 July for 5 weeks
The stone setting course is aimed at makers with existing jewellery skills who want to gain additional expertise to allow them to make more complicated rings and settings.
Cost: $275 + material costs (or bring a friend and each receive a 10% discount).

Enameling with Linda Blair
This course is aimed at participants with a general interest in liquid enameling.
Weekend 6 and 7 August
Cost to be confirmed.
For more information contact mail@squarepegstudios.com.au

March 2011 :
International Lace Award Updated

I was ‘removed’ from the Powerhouse Museum’s International Lace Award.
I was told “Your work smells and has been deemed unstable”.

I was also told that “You should think about using a more appropriate material for jewellery”.

I have decided that I ought not slip in to a diatribe on, what i deem as unfairly, removed from such a high profile exhibition. So, a few photos of the trouble maker, stink bomb in question.

Certainly makes me wonder what is an appropriate material for contemporary jewellery though.

January 2011 :
Upcoming international shows

The pieces that were selected for Preziosa Young will be exhibited at the Inhorgenta Fair, Munich,  from the 25th to 28th February 2011.

Zbigniew Kraska, Director of the Gallery of Art in Legnica, Poland, will then host the exhibition in May at www.galeria.legnica.pl

Check it out on my behalf.

October 2010 :
On the move

I have moved! So long Gray Street Workshop, Hello Surry Hills…

It’s been a long time coming… two and a half intense years in Adelaide.
The eerily quiet streets, the oddly accented vowels and the 15 year gap in fashion trends scare me no more!

I fell in love with Adelaide and will stand up for it. And, if you’ve never lived there I won’t let you say bad things.

I arrived in 2008 from a bitterly, cold winter in Bosnia and was faced with a 45degree, 10day heat wave.
Talked in to swimming at night, gambling probable death with hungry, white pointer sharks, I drank cider and slowly made, life long “buddy’s” with fellow artists and beer binging bike riders.

I was quiet and didn’t say much. I was still, very much haunted by my experience in Bosnia Herzegovina, as well as arriving, yet again, to a land that was foreign. Not knowing one person and having to start over. Again. The new girl! And, although I was back ‘home’ in Australia, I had grown to feel more at home in Bosnia. Life in Bosnia, however poor, had become normal to me. When I first returned I struggled in coming to terms with my decision to leave that existence to pursue, what at the time I deemed a hedonistic dream of being an artist.

Slowly, I realised that the path that I chose was far from hedonistic. Far from easy.

Adelaide required immersion. The JamFactory required absolute immersion. I discovered that we, as individuals, require immersion. By allowing ourselves to sink in to the great unknown, to take risks, to listen and observe we will stretch ourselves in ways that are hard to conceive. I think this is necessary.

Throughout my 2year tenure at The JamFactory I became a jeweller. It was 10years after first studying jewellery, yet for the first time I was making honest work. I was making work that was my style. Not quite resolved, not quite technically resolved, but… what I produced was from my experiences. A way of making sense of all that had, in recent times, occurred. I am a creator and I am able to let my ideas, however intangible they can seem, speak on behalf of me. It’s a beautiful tool (when I can remember to ease up on myself).

However,
Adelaide I love you, but you’re bringing me down.

I’ve moved my jewellery practice to Sydney to be and to live closer to the person I love who has moved to Sydney from Melbourne and to continue to develop my practice.

Right now, I am in a new place of limited control.
New city, new home, new work to be made, new way of relating.
Things will progress, but I just don’t know which way yet.

PS Adelaide I will not miss your filthy bad, burnt, weak, never washed milk encrusted steam wand, coffee.

September 2010 :
Maker-Wearer Guest Blog

Zoe Brand asked that I write a guest entry, in response to a few questions, for her blog called Maker-Wearer.

I obliged and here it is.

http://mwvbrand.blogspot.com/2010/09/maker-wearer-viewer-erin-keys-guest.html

July 2010 :
Powerhouse International Lace Award

I was selected to exhibit in 2011 at the Powerhouse Museum in LoveLace.
Over 700 entries from 33 countries were received. Remarkably, my submission was noticed!

A HUGE list of finalists can be found here.

I am not entirely sure what I will make… something big, bold and wearable!
And, lacey!

June 2010 :
A New Worldliness in Contemporary Jewellery

Written by Kevin Murray, his thoughts on the impact that jewellers may have in society and about the makers in the exhibition, Signs Of Change, curated by Elisha Butler and Kevin Murray at Form Gallery.

http://kitezh.com/text/a-new-worldliness-in-contemporary-jewellery

The exhibition was held at this years JMGA Conference in Perth, WA.

June 2010 :
ArtStart Grant Recipient

I received a $10,000 ArtStart Grant through The Australia Arts Council and am exultant! Along with fellow JamFactory Associates and SA makers, Peta Kruger, Amanda Dziedzic, and Andrew Bartlett.

This website would not be live if it weren’t for this grant. Thanks Ozco.

The ArtStart grant is from June 2010 to June 2011 and has helped me to develop this website, build a professional portfolio, purchase new equipment, and seek financial / business advice (to name a few).

I recommend all eligible applicants look in to this grant and talk to Laura Naimo and Kath Melbourne.
This is such an invaluable grant that has helped my confidence as a practitioner and enabled me to work towards a more professional practice.

ArtStart information here.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.


April 2010 :
Preziosa Young

I was selected from 111 international applicants to exhibit at Preziosa Young in May 2010

The international jury was composed by Giampaolo Babetto, Johanna Dahm, Evert Nijland,
Helen Britton, Angelika Wildegger, Dora Liscia Bemporad, Maria Cristina Bergesio, Giò Carbone.

That I was chosen IS MASSIVE and I think I smiled for a week!

with special mention to;

Marta Hryc, Poland
Susanne Wolbers, Germany
Elena Ruebel, Germany
Sabine Lang, Germany
Jahyun Baek, Great Britain
Natalie Smith, Great Britain
Tiina Rajakallio, Finland
Lisa Juen, Germany

January 2010 :
Appellation Restaurant

Jim and Helen Carreker, owners of The Louise resort in the Barossa Valley, SA purchased a wall piece that I made; it was on exhibition as part of Generate 09. They have placed it in their fine dining restaurant called Appellation. I was fortunate enough to be invited to meet the lovely couple and experience a tour of their fine establishment. They are huge supporters and collectors of Australian design, art and craft and I feel thrilled to have my work on their wall and be part of their dedication to Australian arts.