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Shifting Direction by Patsy Kolesar

At the beginning of 2016 I started to plan the new work that I would make for Hammer, Cut, Stitch, Repeat.  I decided to look to part of my heritage, my Slovakian side for some inspiration. I researched Slovakian embroidery patterns. I went to the library and took out some beautiful books and I became infatuated with this tiny Slovakian town called Cicmany, where they have painted decorative stitches on all of their houses.  I found patterns I loved, I burned them into a new silk screen, and I sketched a handful of new neckpieces.

Then life took over, and I went to Europe for a two-week adventure.  I rekindled my heart connection to the Netherlands and met my new great love, Paris.  I meandered around canals, ate pannekoeken, admired colourful flower displays in windows, and was charmed by the white and blue of Delft.  I drove through old medieval villages in Belgium, waltzed through the streets of Paris, and joyfully exclaimed that I was getting boozy in Bouzy while in the Champagne region.  

tiled wall in Delft

tiled wall in Delft

Paris (sigh, swoon, heart pitter patters)

Paris (sigh, swoon, heart pitter patters)

I returned to Vancouver filled with new inspiration that I thought I could shelf while I got back to work on my original plan.  I like to follow a plan.  I started enameling and silk-screening these lovely gridded cross stitch patterns on metal and I liked the results...but i wasn't sure about them.  I kept going...and I got a little stuck. I continued again...and I became more stuck.  I pushed and then I hit a wall. I wasn't happy with the pieces I was making and I wasn't sure where to go. 

Bouzy, Champagne 

Bouzy, Champagne 

At the same time I was getting stuck creatively I was in the middle of moving to a new home after living in the same space for 12 years.  A big move for me, so it makes sense that my creative process was also moving. The move meant many trips to Home Depot and being someone who is obsessed with tools and trinkets, trips to Home Depot mean that I wander through aisles touching things and wondering how they would look turned into jewelry.  There were a few pieces I found that I couldn't leave behind.   

Street in Delft

Street in Delft

I decided that instead of shelfing my new inspiration, I needed to shelf my original plan.  My world had been so swirled around in the last few months that I needed to listen to where the pieces were landing in me. I opened my sketchbook to start drawing and a postcard that i've been carrying around with me for two years fell out.  The Guggenheim Museum covered in random patterns by artist Mukai Shüji.  This image and and the lovely curves of the building have been in my heart since visiting the Museum in 2014.  I have been sketching various pieces inspired by these shapes for the past two years, but hadn't realized them in jewelry yet.  

Mukai Shüji, Anything and Everything, 2012. 

Mukai Shüji, Anything and Everything, 2012. 

I sat in my studio one morning with my Guggenheim postcard, my Home Depot trinkets, and my images from my Europe trip in front of me and I started sketching.  I spent the next month in my studio enameling and soldering teeny tiny wires, figuring out how to get the shapes i wanted, the textures i wanted, and how to make these industrial materials work in wearable pieces.  

I'm excited by the results and happy I shifted direction. The pieces pictured below and a few more new ones will be on display and for sale at Circle Craft Gallery September 8th 2016 - October 11th 2016 for the exhibition, "Hammer, Cut, Stitch, Repeat". 

Patsy Kay Kolesar Design Long Embrace Earrings - sterling silver, vitreous enamels, white freshwater pearls. 

Patsy Kay Kolesar Design Long Embrace Earrings - sterling silver, vitreous enamels, white freshwater pearls. 

Patsy Kay Kolesar Design Long Embrace Necklace - sterling silver, 14k yellow gold, copper pipe, vitreous enamels. P

Patsy Kay Kolesar Design Long Embrace Necklace - sterling silver, 14k yellow gold, copper pipe, vitreous enamels. P

Close up details of Long Embrace Necklace 

Close up details of Long Embrace Necklace 

Photos from It's All In The Details by Patsy Kolesar

I will slowly be sharing photos here from the exhibition of one-of-a-kind rings that we had in June at Visual Space Gallery.  The pieces made for the exhibition were just amazing!  

Visual Space Gallery Vancouver 

Visual Space Gallery Vancouver 

Ring made from thread by embroidery artist Nell Burns. 

Ring made from thread by embroidery artist Nell Burns. 

Wenge and Enamel Ring by Patsy Kolesar (me) ;) 

Wenge and Enamel Ring by Patsy Kolesar (me) ;) 



Pretty Pictures by Patsy Kolesar

I'm in the process of re-vamping this website!  Which means I've been spending a lot of time behind the scenes staring at my computer screen at various shades of blue! 

The updated site is almost ready and until it is,  here are some pretty pictures of new pieces:

Cherry Blossom Necklace © Patsy Kay Kolesar Design 

Cherry Blossom Necklace © Patsy Kay Kolesar Design 

Lollipop Earrings © Patsy Kay Kolesar Design

Lollipop Earrings © Patsy Kay Kolesar Design

My Scratched Up Heart Necklace with Rose Quartz © Patsy Kay Kolesar Design

My Scratched Up Heart Necklace with Rose Quartz © Patsy Kay Kolesar Design


Hot Talk at Hot Art Wet City Gallery by Patsy Kolesar

I was pretty honoured to be part of this little group of artists asked to speak about our work for a Hot Talk at the Hot Art Wet City Gallery in Vancouver.  The event was organized by the talented and lovely artist Rachael Ashe, who organizes monthly events at the gallery.  There are seven of us who talk about our work for 5-6 minutes each all very worth listening to, but if you're in a rush, I'm third up.   

Great Stuff, East Side Culture Crawl, and a Private Home Show! by Patsy Kolesar

I would love to see you at one of these amazing events that I am part of!  The Eastside Culture Crawl is my favourite weekend of the year.  I get to open my studio up and share my creative space with you!  I'm in The Onion Studio building at 1103 Union Street.  

Eastside Culture Crawl

 

This year I am excited to be one of 37 artists showing and selling their work at the Great Stuff show held in West Vancouver in the Ferry Building Gallery at 1414 Argyle Avenue.  Hours are Tuesday - Sunday 10-6 and Fridays 10-8

Great Stuff West Vancouver

 

Last but not least I am honoured to have been invited to participate in a private home show this year.  If you don't want to deal with masses of people at the regular shows then this is the perfect weekend for you.  The address for this home show is in North Vancouver, but we are not posting it online.  If you would like to know the address please email me info @ pkkdesign dot com or email Nell, who's email is below and we would be delighted to send you the address!  

Vancouver Jewellery Christmas Shows

In advance I thank-you so much for supporting small independent art businesses this holiday season!  

New Jewelry by Patsy Kolesar

This is my crunch time, the time of year when I spend many hours in my studio making new work to send to all of the amazing shops that carry my jewelry, to show during the Eastside Culture Crawl and new for me this year is to show at the West Vancouver Great Stuff exhibition.  Here are some of the pieces I've been working on......

New colours and new golden floral details for my hand enameled work

New colours and new golden floral details for my hand enameled work

Periwinkle blue lollipop earrings

Periwinkle blue lollipop earrings

My classic pretty pearl earrings in pink, white, and peacock colours

My classic pretty pearl earrings in pink, white, and peacock colours

Lollipop earrings in orange and blue with lovely gold details

Lollipop earrings in orange and blue with lovely gold details


Some changes with our Jewellery Collaboration group by Patsy Kolesar

Sometimes things just need to change.  Well many times actually.  A while ago when I was trying to sort through the end of a relationship I read a book called "The Five Things We Cannot Change....and The Happiness We Find By Embracing Them", by David Richo.  One of those five things is that EVERYTHING changes.  Nothing ever just stays the same and by accepting this we are less shocked when things do change.  

At the beginning of Summer Su let us know that she wanted to leave our little collaboration group.  She's been busy taking business classes and engraving classes and wanted to free up more time to focus on these things.  In doing so she was also unable to finish the We Are Linked project that the three of us set out to do at the beginning of the year.  We were sad to see Su leave the group, but understood her decision.  The other big change that happened a few weeks before Su left the JAC was that we sort of gained a new member....Simone welcomed a beautiful baby girl into her life at the start of June.  Although we both think that baby Mela has some great jewellery making hands on her we realize it might take some time to train her ;) and Simone is taking some time off from the bench and the group to enjoy miss Mela.  

I spent some time thinking about what to do with the JAC and the We Are Linked Project and talked to Simone about it.  We both agreed that we LOVE what we have accomplished collectively in the past two years and we didn't want to give that up.  We also agreed that in light of all of the changes we thought it was best to let go of the We Are Linked Project for this year and when Simone and Mela were ready we would meet sometime in the fall and figure out a plan for the group moving forward.  This was a hard denison to make but really made the most sense for where we are at right now.  I sense some fantastic changes and great opportunities coming up for our group in the near future.  I will keep you posted! - patsy 

 

Beyond the Precious Exhibition by Patsy Kolesar

Our three one of a kind Medea Necklaces will be a part of this exciting exhibition happening in Port Moody, BC this month.  

Medea Collection at Urbanity by Patsy Kolesar

medea necklace jewellery

To read more about the Medea Necklace please visit this page

Urbanity is located at 2412 Granville Street, Vancouver BC.  

Friends of Carlotta Gallery Zürich, Switzerland by Patsy Kolesar

I am excited to tell you that The Medea Necklace will be part of an amazing exhibition in the Friends of Carlotta Gallery in Zürich, Switzerland!  I really couldn't think of a more perfect exhibition for this necklace to be in and I am so proud of us (Jewellery + Artists + Collaboration) and so honoured to be working with such creative, and talented artists.  

Here is some information about the exhibition:

RULE THE WORLD 
jewelry for the lived deficits

19 . June 2014 to September 5, 2014

Despite their simple-mindedness, despots are a very diverse little group. All they want is to be loved. Or rather, they want honest and real love. By force, if need be.

However, what do dictators, megalomaniacs, wannabes and the delusional adorn themselves with? What do they use to cast their personalities in a positive light? What do fat cats, tyrants and those destined for greater things use to demonstrate that the force is with them? Do the powerful own objects of power because they are powerful? Or are they powerful because they own objects with magic powers?

What's more: What do despots treat themselves to when they're in a foul mood? Which pieces of jewellery are there to share the hours of victory with them? What do they spoil their subjects with in order to make them more eager to subdue themselves? And how must I worship these despots so that they recognize my pure love and therefore their true value?

These and other questions on how to RULE THE WORLD will be the dictating subject of the next juried jewellery exhibition at Friends of Carlotta.

Welcome to a world of lived out deficiencies and psychopaths at their best.

Here is our Artists Statement for the exhibition:

The Medea Necklace Artist Statement

Simone RichmondSu Foster and Patsy Kay Kolesar

The story of Medea is beautiful and twisted.  Medea is a powerful woman who is scorned by the one she loves most.  She is so betrayed and hurt by the man she loves that all she can see is revenge, and revenge at all costs.  She is determined to make sure that everyone who was involved in her husband’s deception pays for what they put her through.  She sees nothing but her darkest desires to make her husband feel the agony that he has made her feel.

The Medea Necklace was made for an onstage performance of the story of Medea, by the Yayoi Theatre Movement Society.  The necklace is inspired by Medea's bold fighting spirit and the bold intricate patterns on the Japanese kimono fabrics worn in the performance. 

The Yayoi Theatre Movement Society, photo by Yukiko Onley

The Medea Necklace, photo by Tanya King

© Jewellery + Artists + Collaboration

The back of The Medea Necklace, photo by Tanya King

© Jewellery + Artists + Collaboration

New Headshots by Patsy Kolesar

I have the honour of being good friends and business allies with Suzanne Rushton of Feeling Photography and Vancouver Photo Walks.  Last week Suzanne came to my studio and took some fun new headshots for me.  

Patsy Kolesar
Patsy Kolesar
Patsy Kolesar
Patsy Kolesar

We Are Linked by Patsy Kolesar

In January our Jewellery Artists Collaboration group met to brainstorm and plan for the year. Last year all of our projects came to us very organically, which was a perfect way to work together in our first year as an artists group.  The three of us all agreed that we loved the creative push that collaborating gave us and we wanted to continue this artistic communion in 2014.  

We also all agreed that we fell in love with this necklace, which we lovingly refer to as "The Linky Necklace":

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The Linky Necklace was part of our limited edition series that we created after we created The Medea Necklaces.  Like our projects last year, this necklace just came together organically.  We each had these pieces left over and thought they could look nice all together in one linked necklace.  This one of a kind necklace is for sale right now in Garnish Jewellery Gallery in Revelstoke.  The three of us loved how it turned out so much that our project for 2014 is inspired by it.  

Our project is called "We Are Linked"  each month we are picking a theme and are individually creating 3-5 pieces that can be linked.  At the end of the year we will be having an exhibition of the resulting Linked Necklaces.  We will be sharing the pictures throughout the year of our links via instagram, facebook and here on my blog using #wearelinked and #jewelleryartcolab  

For the month of February our theme is Love & The Unexpected.  I'm excited to get into my studio this week and see where this theme takes me! 

Pretty Good Year by Patsy Kolesar

The quote below was given to me by a friend who know's what a sensitive soul I am.  It has been resonating with me, swirling around in my heart, and given to others who have added energy to my life this past year.  

“Aliveness is energy.  It’s the juice, the vitality, and the passion that wakes up our cells every morning.  It’s what makes us want to dance.  It’s the energy that moves a relationship from the status quo to something grander and much more expansive, something that makes our hearts beat faster, our minds and our eyes open wider, than ever before.  Everything is of interest to a person who is truly alive, whether it’s a challenge, a loving moment, a bucket of grief, or a glimpse of beauty.” 

- Daphne Rose Kingma

Like most years it's been one filled with buckets of grief and glimpses of beauty.  I've been blessed to have had many moments of belly laughter with my bestest friends.  I've been blessed to have moments of flowing tears over the end of a relationship.  I've watched my amazing Dad survive a major heart attack and felt the immense fear, love, and gratefulness that comes along with that.  I've experienced creative communion and been part of teams who have added innovative and passionate energy to this world.   I've met some new inspiring people who've offered me fun light energy and I've reconnected with people from my past who've offered me soul-stirring energy.  

It's been a pretty good year.....I'm so grateful - Thank-you!  xo patsy

Eastside Culture Crawl Publicity by Patsy Kolesar

So excited by the media coverage I received for this years East Side Culture Crawl!  

The Vancouver Province:

Photograph by: Janelle Schneider  Necklace made by  Jewellery + Artists + Collaboration

Photograph by: Janelle Schneider

Necklace made by Jewellery + Artists + Collaboration

The fantastic article written by Dana Gee of The Province can be found here:

http://www.theprovince.com/Patsy+Kolesar+jewelry+designer/9148884/story.html

Photograph by: Janelle Schneider

Photograph by: Janelle Schneider

I also got a little shout out in the Georgia Straight and you may recognize my shoulders in a photo that was shown on Inside Vancouver.  

Eastside Culture Crawl 2013 by Patsy Kolesar

 Like the beautiful remnants of fabric that fall on the cutting room floor, these pieces were left behind from our Jewellery + Artists + Collaboration group’s Medea project.  We couldn’t leave them on the floor. So we’ve made them into a very small line of limited edition ready to wear jewellery available only at our studios during the Eastside Culture Crawl.  The Onion Studio 1103 Union Street and The Mergatroid Studio at 975 Vernon.  

 

 © Patsy Kay Kolesar, Simone Richmond, Su Foster

 © Patsy Kay Kolesar, Simone Richmond, Su Foster

 © Patsy Kay Kolesar, Simone Richmond, Su Foster

 © Patsy Kay Kolesar, Simone Richmond, Su Foster

 © Patsy Kolesar, Simone Richmond, Su Foster

 © Patsy Kolesar, Simone Richmond, Su Foster

Medea Necklaces by Patsy Kolesar

The finished Medea Necklaces made by the now official Jewellery + Artists + Collaboration members Su Foster, Simone Richmond and Patsy Kay Kolesar.  These pieces were made in collaboration with Yayoi Hirano of the Yayoi Theatre Movement Society for their performance of Medea at the Orpheum Theatre Annex November 7-9. To read more about our process of making these pieces please have a look here.

 

© Jewellery + Artists + Collaboration photo credit Tanya King

© Jewellery + Artists + Collaboration photo credit Tanya King

 © Jewellery + Artists + Collaboration photo credit Tanya King

 © Jewellery + Artists + Collaboration photo credit Tanya King

 © Jewellery + Artists + Collaboration photo credit Tanya King

 © Jewellery + Artists + Collaboration photo credit Tanya King

 © Jewellery + Artists + Collaboration (back of 3rd necklace) photo credit Tanya King    

 © Jewellery + Artists + Collaboration (back of 3rd necklace) photo credit Tanya King 

 

Celebrating Life's Simple Moments by Patsy Kolesar

I was asked by Garnish Jewellery Gallery in Revelstoke to help them celebrate their one-year anniversary, so I started to think about what I was celebrating.  In February of this year I almost lost my Dad, he had a heart attack and went into cardiac arrest.  Luckily the ambulance attendants had already arrived at my parents house when this happened and they saved his life.  I spent a week in the Victoria hospital with him and my mom and sister in a crash course on heart attacks.  My Dad is the most important man in my life and I am so grateful that he is still with me.   

A bunch of things shifted for me after this happened.  I do think that I spend a lot of time feeling really grateful for everything that I have, but after the shock of almost having him taken out of my life way too soon I started to appreciate more of life's simple moments.   

Sitting in the backyard at my parents place just content to be with family and surrounded by love.......

Seeing a wall of art on the street amidst a busy city...... 

Connecting with strangers and spending hours talking about love and life........ 

Appreciating the bright flower blooming and glistening with fresh rain drops...... 

Sitting on the steps outside my studio watching the shadows of the weeds dancing on the pavement....... 

 

Street art in Toronto

Street art in Toronto

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The Celebration Necklace.  Sterling silver, copper, vitreous enamels, peacock freshwater pearls, 24k yellow gold. One of a Kind.  $325 available at Gar-nish  Jewellery Gallery in Revelstoke. 

The Celebration Necklace.  Sterling silver, copper, vitreous enamels, peacock freshwater pearls, 24k yellow gold. One of a Kind.  $325 available at Gar-nish  Jewellery Gallery in Revelstoke. 

Me & my Dad xoxo

Me & my Dad xoxo