Photo shoot for Patsy Kay Jewelry… some behind the scenes shots and some of my favourites from the day.
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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.
Welcome to the refreshed website! After a week of very annoying technical things, like transferring domains, EPP codes, cpanels and pointing things places, we have two live websites that have softly launched into the world. Please read my previous posts if you are interested in the rebranding process.
I will spend the next week or so having a handful of people test everything out, giving me feedback and making final adjustments and then I will hard launch them. However, I know that a website is never actually finished and that I will be tweaking them for a while.
If you have thoughts you'd like to share with me, they are most welcome! email me email@example.com with your tips and suggestions.
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:
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.
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
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!
In advance I thank-you so much for supporting small independent art businesses this holiday season!
I've been making Cherry Blossom Necklaces at my bench for the last few days. They start off looking like a web of wires....
Then it all starts coming together..........One of a kind Cherry Blossom Necklaces, made from sterling silver wire which is hammer textured and blackened, copper, silk screened enamels, and freshwater pearls.
The Cherry Blossom Necklace
"I live on a street that is lined with big lovely cherry blossom trees. These trees are charming all year round, but they are absolutely divine when they are full of bright pink cherry blossoms. I so wish that this divineness stayed longer, but the cherry blossoms, like so many beautiful moments in life only stay for a very short time. The Cherry Blossom Necklace is a special necklace for those moments in life that are the most divine"
In Vancouver we appreciate our sunshine. We may have a bit of rain from time to time, so when it's sunny out we relish in it. It's certainly much harder to be in my studio or at my computer when it seems like the whole rest of the world is playing in the sunshine. So, i've been playing a little bit too.........
This last picture of Simone Richmond and Su Foster is all business. This is how we have our business meetings, sitting in the grass on a sunshiny afternoon. I recently finished an amazing collaboration project with these 2 talented jewellers and the 3 of us are now brewing up something new.
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.......