Wednesday, November 21, 2007

MoB Workspace Christmas Sale!!!

Next Thursday and Friday 29th & 30th November.
Come and visit us at our jewellery workspace, and purchase unique Christmas gifts direct from the makers!
Exciting new designs and Special sale bargains!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Jewellery Party!

Thursday 15th November 5-7pm

QUT Art Museum Foyer
U Block, QUT Gardens Point Campus
2 George St, Brisbane

Just starting to think about unique Christmas gifts? Come along to the Arc Biennial Christmas Jewellery Party to score a bargain and buy works direct from the makers. Local jewellers Liana Kabel, Bibi Locke and Rebecca Ward will all be there. Drop by after work and get some Christmas shopping done while supporting local artists.

(click on invite to view full size version)

Thursday, September 20, 2007

MoB Store Summer Collection Launch

New jewellery from the MoB Workspace Jewellers will be included in MoB Store's Summer Collection, along with a diverse selection of work from a range of talented Brisbane artists.

The launch event takes place Wednesday 3rd October - 5:30pm for a 6pm start.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Young Designers Market

MoB Workspace Graduate Jeweller, Eleisha Nylund, has been selected to be a stall holder at the very first Young Designers Market coming up on Sunday the 9th of September from 10am to 4pm.

It's being held on Ernest Street at Brisbane's South Bank, and is situated between Grey and Little Stanley Street (near where the main South Bank Markets are held).

Eleisha tells us, "There will be lots of new designs alongside a few classics. I have created ranges for both women and men that include rings, necklaces and cufflinks."

- Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007


Curio is a contemporary jewellery exhibition featuring 3 MoB jewellers. The show has now opened and will continue until 23 September. Click on the invite for a closer look!

We all went along to the exhibition opening on Sunday and I must say the jewellery all looked fabulous. Many of the pieces were featured on the wall as well as in cabinets, which also made a nice change. I'll be popping up to the gallery tomorrow so I'll take some pics and post them here shortly.

Bibi Locke neckpiece (centre top), Elisha Nylund ring (top right) and Liana Kabel neckpiece (bottom centre)

Monday, August 13, 2007

Changes At MoB Workspace

It really has been a long time since this blog has been updated. A Reaaally long time! I guess that happens when you are part of a group and everyone is busy and some members aren't sure how to blog or don't know what to say or one member gets jack of doing of all the work (not me)!

Anyway there is lots of news to tell and since I'll be taking over blogging duties for now I'm not going to tell you it all at once. I plan to update this blog at least once a week and hopefully I'll get a few other MoBies to blog too.

A glimpse of our last studio sale - pictured above.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

MoB Mother's Day Sale - ONE DAY ONLY!!

The MoB Mother's Day sale is happening this Friday. If you are in Brisbane please feel free to come along and see what the MoB jewellers have been up to. There will be a range of jewellery for sale and ON SALE for one day only.

Friday 11th May
11- 4pm

MoB Workspace (via MoB store)
Museum of Brisbane
Ground Floor, City Hall
King George Square, Brisbane
PH: 3403 5518

cash/cheque only

We hope to see you then.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007


MoB Workspace has 3 people in this upcoming show up the street and across the road from our studio: Bibi Locke, Elizabeth Gray and Rebecca Ward. The jewellery/objects in the show have to consist of 80% foam. Come along if you are able!

JMGQ presents:


May 4th - May 30th 2007

Brisbane Square Library
Brisbane Square
(Opposite the Treasury Casino)

Opening: Friday 4th May 5pm - 6:30pm
phone: 07 3403 4166 email:

Miriam Carter Dan Cox Renee Dillon Branka Doncevska
Clare Dyer Kylie Gartside Elizabeth Gray Hannah Kelly
Kath Kerswell Bibi Locke Sue Preston Elizabeth Shaw
Joan Teo Rebecca Ward Patsie Wishart Susie Woodhouse

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Mark Vaarwerk's new website

Fellow Brisbane jeweller and MoBStore stockist, Mark Vaarwerk has revamped his website with lots of gorgeous images of recycled plastic and precious metal jewellery. There is also an active news page about his current travels in London and Europe where is on an Australia Council grant promoting his work.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Suzie Rodgers at MoB Store

This delightul range of hats, bags and jewellery has been created by the talented Suzie Rodgers (pictured at right), for the Museum of Brisbane Admit One exhibiton about the history of cinema in BrisVegas. All are for sale and displayed in the front window of MoB Store. They conjure up days of yore when Brisbanians used to dress up to go to the pictures and be seated by lovely usherettes such as MoB Workspacer Bibi Locke.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Virgin postscript

Newsflash: there are actually 3 MoB Workspacers in the Virgin mag! Our new casual jeweller, Susannah Dwyer is on the same page as Rebecca and Liana with her groovy "Fire Escape" pendants made from recycled curcuit boards. She sells them at MAD and Reverse Garbage in Brissy. Susannah is in the studio on fri arvos. Close up 'fire escape':

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

20 20 Exhibition at MoB

Mel Robson, fabulous ceramicist friend of MoB Workspace is in a group show called 20/20 at the Museum of Brisbane.
The opening event isn't until April 19th but the show is open to the public as of now! It's on until July 15th.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Richard Branson Hearts MoB Workspace

The current April Voyeur in flight magazine for Virgin Blue features fab work from 2 MoB Workspace designers in a feature on green design. Pick one up on your easter holiday! And check out our work in Pomme (Vic) and Object Collect (Syd).

Liana Kabel Knitwit bangle (recycled knitting needle)

Rebecca Ward Sea Jewels Crossroads Earrings (recycled window and bombay sapphire glass)

Saturday, March 17, 2007

New Graduates Announced

Renata Fojtikova's work explores the relationship between human and machine

Eleisha Nylund: technical sophistication

We are pleased to announce that we have selected 2 new graduates from a pool of excellent applicants for the MoB Workspace Graduate Jeweller position.

Congratulations to Renata Fojtikova and Eleisha Nylund who both come from the Jewellery and Small Object programme at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. We are very impressed by their enthusiasm for jewellery as well as the excellent project plans they have for their time in MoB Workspace. As you can see above, both Eleisha and Renata create very beautiful and original work and we look forward to working with them in a sharing environment. Renata will be coming in on Thursdays starting next week and Eleisha will be commencing in June.

We were initially only searching for one graduate, but as Jesika Hanford has left her residency for a position at Flying Arts, and we have more of a vacancy, we have decided to take both Eleisha and Renata. Congratulations to Jesika and though we are sad she has left us as a resident, she will be back occasionally on weekends to use the workshop.

We also wish to welcome Bibi Locke, our graduate who started in MoBWorkspace last year and who is now a full resident in the space, having moved into the spot vacated by Jesika.

And we also wish to thank Anna Meredith from MoB Store at the Museum of Brisbane (Brisbane City Council), who assisted us with the application process and has always been a great support.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Ipswich Excursion

Patricia Harper, Beaded Vessel
As Brisbanians often like to smugly remember, Ipswich was once in fierce competition with Brisbane to be the state capital. With its rich mineral deposits and churning river, Ipswich may well have been chosen. To think we might have been MoI Workspace instead of MoB Workspace! However it was not to be, and Brisbane was chosen for its deeper river/bay port, its IKEA outlet and some might say, more moderate climate.

Last week we took time out of the studio for a long train trip out to Ipswich to see if a terrible mistake had been made all those years ago. Well not really - we went to see Quadrant, an exhibition in the Ipswich Art Gallery as Friend of MoB (FoM) , Patricia Harper was exhibiting her gorgeous beaded vessels, bracelet (pictured) and wall works with 3 other artist/teachers: Lorraine Kitching, Marcelle Little and Dennis Magee. Patricia's stunning vessels enchanted us with their intricate and fantastical construction and brilliant colour. They contrasted with several upscaled works in the show including a neon necklace wall piece that lit up the space with an eerie glow.

We rather liked the gallery which incorporated the old town hall into a modern very spacious new gallery. I was attracted by the walls which were made out of coal from the local mines sandwiched in between glass. Very environmentally sound.

Another FoM , the blue-headed art critic, Florence Forrest, came along for the ride and we lingered over a leisurely brunch before hitting the thrift stores, Liana mining a rich vein of her own: plastic knitting needles. Believe me she has quite the needle fetish as she dragged us from one store to the next. When we eventually made it back to Brisbane we were a bit wilted after our outback adventure but full of tales to tell .

Quadrant ends 23 March 2007 and is at Ipswich Art Gallery d'Arcy Doyle Place, Nicholas st, Ipswich CBD.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Looking for a Graduate Jeweller

Bibi Locke, now an associate was our grad jeweller in 2006

MoB Workspace is looking for a Graduate Jeweller for 2007.
The applicant should be a self-motivated graduate of the past 2 yrs from a tertiary jewellery program and the position is for 1 day a week studio access for a 6 month period between 1 April and 31 October (start/end date must fall between these dates).

Ph 3403 5518

Current residents: Liana Kabel, Jesika Hanford, Rebecca Ward.
Current associate: Bibi Locke.

1. Term: 6mths term for a recent graduate of a tertiary jewellery program
- reviewed after 2 months, then confirmed. The term is for 6months total falling between 1 April and 31 October – starting and end date can be negotiated.

2. Fee: There is a daily access fee ($10) due in cash on the day of access.

3. Access: 1 day per week in consultation with residents. A regular day each week (a Monday or a Friday) when a bench is available. There will be certain weeks during the year (eg school holidays) when benches are available for more days in the week and the graduate may be asked if they would like to come in for these extra days. As a casual, graduates will not be able to be in the workshop alone- a supervising resident must also be present.

4. Space: Workspace is small with 3 jewellers benches and basic equipment – mini torches, polisher, flexi drives, rolling mill, tumbler, ultrasonic, drill press. Casuals must bring their own handtools and ‘hot desk’.

5. Opportunities: As the graduate jeweller, you will be working with established practitioners in a supportive, friendly and motivated environment with good public exposure. You may be invited to take part in workspace activities- exhibitions, sales, training, promotions etc and at the end of the period a presentation of your work will be organised by MoB Workspace and MoB Store.

We are looking for someone who:

· can fit in with our schedule of available benchspace
· is self motivated and can work on their own individual projects
· has competency with workshop equipment and knowledge of health and safety procedures
· has good organisational skills and is tidy and considerate when using studio equipment
· is reliable, has good interpersonal skills - able to communicate well with the other workshop members and follow the reasonable instructions of the resident on duty in relation to health and safety and other workshop rules
· does not mind being on public view
· intends to do work that is compatible with the limited space, equipment and noise, chemical and fume restrictions – ie no etching, pitch burning, heavy forging etc.
· wants to build their practice to a profession (ie not a hobbyist)

To apply:

1. Contact MoB Workspace 3403 5518

Firstly, if you are unfamiliar with the MoBWorkspace, please make an appointment and come in and meet us and see the space. Then you will know if it might be suitable for your needs or not.

2. Then we will ask you to provide some more details about yourself –
· 1 page cv
· 1 page (or less) artist statement and description of what you would like to do with a MoBWorkspace placement, what you plan to make in the space, what projects you might have in mind, what your available days would be, when you are able to start doing the residency.
· 3 references (just names and contact details)

Deadline: 28 February. The selection will be made in consultation with MoB Store management in early March 2007.