creative collaboration

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) ;) 



Images of Creative Communion by Patsy Kolesar

My journey from Vancouver, BC. Canada, to the "Imagery in Jewelry" workshop at Touchstone Center for Craft in Farmington, Pennsylvania. 

I start each new year with some time for reflection and visioning.  This year I used two of my favourite tools to do this, my Desire Map book by Danielle Laporte and my Vision building worksheet from Alyson B. Stanfield.   I spent about 5 days reading, writing,  and reflecting. Giving myself space and time to really figure out what I desired.  I locked down my core desired feelings which would guide me with my vision for the year:

Abundance - I desire a full rich life filled with an abundance of love, creativity, joy, excitement, adventure, wealth, fun, laughter, passion, peace.  

Present - I desire to be where I am, feel what I feel and be open to what is in front of me at this very moment. 

Artistic - I desire bright beautiful colours, patterns, walking through trees, sitting on mountain tops, rusty metal, my ear to the ocean, dancing on the street, being authentic. 

Communion - I desire deep soulful connections with other people, real love and communication, creative communion with other artists,  artistic communion with other wild minds who say yes to things. 

I used my core desired feelings to build my vision for the year.  I wrote out my vision for each part of my life on lovely sheets of thick white paper, linked with my core desired feelings and tied up with purple satin ribbons.  They are hanging on my wall beside my desk.  For my section on "Pleasure and Adventure" I wrote: Travel to New York, go see things I haven't seen before, continue to say Yes to things. 

In March I received an email from Adam Kenney, Executive Director of Touchstone Centre for Craft.  He had a question for me about my application for the Crafthaus scholarship that I had applied for,   "Patsy, Canada? ....You're really game to make travel arrangements for this?  I think you're an excellent candidate for the workshop, but I need to be sure that you can take advantage of the opportunity.  I know that you knew what you were getting into when you applied, but I wanted to double check." 

My initial reaction to most things in life is fear and in this case it was the same.  I backed away from my computer and I thought, "Oh no..... am I nuts!?.....am I really game to do this?.......okay well maybe I should find out exactly where Farmington is on the map" Just in case anyone else is slightly geographically un-savvy like myself - Heres a map of where I am in relation to Farmington Pennsylvania:  

I looked at the map and I saw that indeed Farmington Pennsylvania is not that close to Vancouver, hehehe ;)  But I also saw that it was very close to New York City.  I responded to Adam with "I realize it's a long way to go for a 3 day workshop, but we don't have craft centres like this in Canada and to learn from Sharon and Cortland would be an amazing opportunity.  I would find a way to get there.....I've always wanted to go to New York City, so maybe I would even combine it with a trip there.  Basically I'm game for the adventure"

I said Yes. I am honoured to be the recipient of the Touchstone Centre for Craft and Crafthous scholarship.  I will be attending the Imagery in Jewelry workshop taught by Sharon Massey and Cortland Dewitt from May 30-June 1st.  Then on June 2nd I will be taking a train to New York City.    

I am a little nuts and I am so excited for this adventure! 

I look forward to sharing it with you all!  

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