I've been playing with some new shapes in the studio. I've been very inspired by my summer of container gardening in Vancouver and my jewelry designs and my photos have been filled with flowers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
Our three one of a kind Medea Necklaces will be a part of this exciting exhibition happening in Port Moody, BC this month.
The Rule The World exhibition opened at Friends of Carlotta Gallery in Zurich, Switzerland on June 19th. It looks like it was a pretty fun party and our Medea Necklace appears to be enjoying herself. :)
All images from Friends of Carlotta Gallery.
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
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.
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":
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!
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.
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.......
When I was in Holland at my jewelry artists residency last spring there was a small pond in our backyard. It was muddy, murky, filled with gross bugs and green slime. I didn't pay too much attention to it, it hadn't been cared for for some time. Until perfect pink lotus flowers started to blossom in it. It captivated me. I had new respect for the murky pond, new wonder and fascination. I would sit in front of it and notice how the lotus flowers opened and closed. I would notice how the bugs interacted with the flowers, I would notice how the plant life was so alive in the mud.......
No Mud, No Lotus Necklace. Patsy Kay Kolesar Design 2013