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!
patsy kay kolesar design
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:
This is my crunch time, the time of year when I spend many hours in my studio making new work to send to all of the amazing shops that carry my jewelry, to show during the Eastside Culture Crawl and new for me this year is to show at the West Vancouver Great Stuff exhibition. Here are some of the pieces I've been working on......
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.
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!
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
So excited by the media coverage I received for this years East Side Culture Crawl!
The Vancouver Province:
The finished Medea Necklaces made by the now official Jewellery + Artists + Collaboration members Su Foster, Simone Richmond and Patsy Kay Kolesar. These pieces were made in collaboration with Yayoi Hirano of the Yayoi Theatre Movement Society for their performance of Medea at the Orpheum Theatre Annex November 7-9. To read more about our process of making these pieces please have a look here.
Sometimes I get to be part of some amazing custom jewelry stories. Chrissy came to me a couple of weeks ago with a 100 year old nail that she wanted to be able to wear as a pendant.
The nail came from her families house which her Grandfather built on Prince Edward Island 120 years ago. Her family still has this house, her nephew is living in it now and a number of years ago they built a small house attached to the main house for her grandmother to live in. While they were taking out the windows on the side of the house Chrissy was picking up these old nails thinking she would do something with them one day.
The nails are beautiful, they are handmade. Chrissy thought it would be cool to wear one as a pendant so that is how it ended up in my hands. I was very excited to turn this beautiful old nail into something that could be worn on the body...
I've been welcoming in the year of the Snake and I wanted to share some of the things that I'm finding helpful, inspiring, and intriguing while staring off this new year.
I decided to go 1 week without added sugar and without any alcohol. I really enjoy a nice glass of wine and I love sweet creamy coffee in the morning, but i was feeling a little sluggish and I wanted to give myself a little healthy kickstart for a week. It was my intention to only do this for 1 week, but after a week of drinking my coffee black, I realized that I was liking it so I've continued. I find it very interesting that by making 1 small adjustment to my lifestyle for a short period of time it's turned into a more permanent change. We get so used to the way we do things, but sometimes we just have to try to do what we do in a different way and then change happens.
I'm a bit of a sucker for all of the life coach advice that is plentiful on the web. However, I get really tired of thinking that I don't have the tools to do what I need to do, that I have to take another course, or read another book, or buy buy buy something else. Dean's podcast is about making small shifts in your life in order to be happier. He comes from the perspective that you already know what you need to know, but by listening to his story and the stories he shares you may see a new way of doing things in your life. Golden.
I'm building a new website. I'm using a platform called Squarespace and so far it's been really painless and simple. I'm surprisingly proud of how technical I am becoming. There is something really empowering about learning something new and taking control of something that you didn't think you could. My new website will be launched soon! Stay tuned!
This is what is on my bench right now.
A sea of enameled copper pieces in bright spring colours.