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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 

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!  

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.  

After The East Side Culture Crawl by Patsy Kolesar

I'm not sure you can fully explain to anyone what it's like to be one of the artists on the Eastside Culture Crawl.  I have people ask me how it went and I try to explain how I feel afterwards, but I'm not sure I can convey the feelings.  Exhausted - yes.  Tired of hearing my own voice - for sure.....but I also feel so grateful and so filled up.  

We get thousands of people through our studio in 3 short days and get the opportunity to chat with many of them.  I get to have conversations about art, life, and love and how these things connect for me and shape my work.  I get to hear people's stories, and find out about what they do.  I get fully inspired by the creative projects that other people share with me.  I get completely moved by being told that what I do inspires them.  

I have people who come back to see me each year to see what is new.  We have families that come back each year and I get to see how the little girls have grown up.   I have sweet friends come by with hugs to share with me, even though i've had my head burried in my studio for months and haven't been able to see them.  

Some of my favourite moments of this years culture crawl:

I told a man the name of one of my pieces "My Scratched Up Heart Necklace"  He asked why no one's ever polished it for me?  He bought one and said he was going to take it home and polish it. 

Showing off our Jewellery + Artists + Collaboration pieces to people and telling them the story of how the 3 of us work together.  One of my favourite customers told me that we were on the right track and that one day these pieces would be on display in New York.  

Crouching down to be the same height as two little girls who are probably about 4 and 6 years old to have a pretty real conversation with them about art and fruit leather.  I was pretty smitten by these two so i gave them each an enamelled pin to keep. 

Adam - pictured below.  None of us knew Adam before this day but he had an incredible creative energy and the desire to be our male shirtless model for the Jewellery + Artists + Collaboration group.  How could we say no? 

A big Thank-you!  to everyone for sharing my favourite weekend of the year with me!  xo pkk

model credit: Adam Hayter 

model credit: Adam Hayter