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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 

Rule The World Exhibition Opening Photos by Patsy Kolesar

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. :) 

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medea necklace
rule the world necklace
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All images from Friends of Carlotta Gallery.  

Medea Collection at Urbanity by Patsy Kolesar

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To read more about the Medea Necklace please visit this page

Urbanity is located at 2412 Granville Street, Vancouver BC.  

On My Jewelry Bench by Patsy Kolesar

I've been making Cherry Blossom Necklaces at my bench for the last few days.  They start off looking like a web of wires....

 

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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.   

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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" 

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