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Jewelry Line Rebranding - Part II by Patsy Kolesar

When I first started at the Vancouver Community College's Jewelry Art and Design program, I entered school wanting to make jewelry and when I graduated 2 years later, I left school wanting to make art. I have done a balance of both of these things for the past 10 years. What do I mean by this? I'm going to explain with the help of some pictures....

Fine Wooden Rings, 2015, wenge hardwood, freshwater pearls.  © Patsy Kolesar

Fine Wooden Rings, 2015, wenge hardwood, freshwater pearls.  © Patsy Kolesar

I make pieces like these Fine Wooden Rings which I made for a ring exhibition in 2015. They are wearable, but they are not really for everyday wear. I know that there are some people that embrace wearing art jewelry, or more avant-garde jewelry everyday, but most of us have to go to work, or to the studio and wearing jewelry that isn't the most functional becomes difficult. But these pieces are fun, experimental, and I love the madness of the art jewelry world. 

Copper Dangle Earrings, copper, sterling silver. © Patsy Kolesar

Copper Dangle Earrings, copper, sterling silver. © Patsy Kolesar

And I also make pieces like these Copper Dangle Earrings. I wear a pair of these myself all the time. They are some of my favourites and everyone who buys a pair says that they quickly become their favourites too. Oh, they are $55 and you can buy them here. I think they are beautiful and artistic, but I recognize that they are not one-of-a-kind art works. They are great for everyday wear, and are a really good seller for me. 

This balance of making jewelry art pieces and jewelry for everyday wear was the catalyst for my jewelry rebrand. I have a body of work under each of these umbrellas and I wanted to be able to showcase and promote them individually. So, I had to figure out a way to separate them but keep them connected at the same time. Tricky stuff! 

For the past 10 years I've been using Patsy Kay Kolesar Design as my business name and this was my logo. I've really loved this logo and when I started out I was only making enamel jewelry and this logo really fit the pretty, feminine, vintage feel of my enamel line. 

 

As much as I've loved this logo, it was time to refresh my brand and give it some new clarity. After many conversations, lots of research, and working with the amazing team at This^ Digital Agency I decided on using two versions of my name, one for each of the lines. Patsy Kolesar for my art jewelry and future art projects and Patsy Kay for my everyday jewelry line. I liked the idea of keeping them similar, I have been building this little business for 10 years and didn't want to completely shake up what I've built with two very different names, but I wanted to be able to give them each a different identity. A little drumroll please........and here are the new logos....

 
Patsy Kolesar Art Jewelry
 
Patsy Kay Jewelry
 

Two new logos means two new websites and a whole lot of work to get there, but we are almost ready to launch them. Part III to come very soon! 

Hammer, Cut, Stitch, Repeat by Patsy Kolesar

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Hammer, Cut, Stitch, Repeat - an exploration of repetition to achieve pattern and form in fine craft. With an emphasis on wearable art, Hammer, Cut, Stitch, Repeat will bring together artists working in metal, paper, and textile. Individually, each artist's practice has a focus on repeating one action over and over; something that would drive most people mad. For this group of artists, repetition becomes a vessel for creativity and it is within that place that they push themselves further to explore their craft.  Hammer, Cut, Stitch, Repeat will show the work of Rachael Ashe, Nell Burns, Su Foster, Patsy Kolesar, and Simone Richmond.  

Circle Craft Gallery, Net Loft, Granville Island

September 8 - October 10

Opening Soirée Thursday September 8th 6-8pm

 

Teaching Enamel Classes in Vancouver by Patsy Kolesar

I had the pleasure of teaching my first enamelling class last week! Teaching is something that has been on my to-do list for a couple of years now and I finally had the right opportunity to try it out.  I had the honour of teaching a pretty amazing woman, Salem has a business in Ethiopia called Salem's Designs.  She employ's other artisans who make jewellery, textiles, pottery, and basketry.  She has a large space in Addis Ababa where people can go and watch the artists work and also purchase one of the beautiful pieces.  Salem is invested in the art of handmade and in offering skill teaching and employment to artisans in Ethiopia.  She's pretty inspiring to talk to and caught on to the enamelling techniques really quickly.  Below is a photo of the pieces she made with me.  

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If you are interested in learning some enamel tricks with me please send me a message info at pkkdesign dot com and I can let you know more details.  

Thank-You Culture Crawlers! by Patsy Kolesar

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A big Thank-You to the Eastside Culture Crawl and the thousands of Crawlers who came by our studio over 4 days!  I always finish Crawl weekend feeling energized and inspired by all of the amazing people who I get to meet and chat with over the weekend. I'm so grateful that I get to be part of such an amazing, fun, and supportive group of artists in the Onion Studio building!  

Here are a few photos from the weekend: 

photo credit: Alison Wandzura

photo credit: Alison Wandzura

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The Onion Studio hallway with a painting by Taralee Guild.  Photo credit: Jodie Ponto

The Onion Studio hallway with a painting by Taralee Guild.  Photo credit: Jodie Ponto


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) ;) 



Culture Crawl 2014 by Patsy Kolesar

My Studio building will be open this weekend for the East Side Culture Crawl.  

The Onion Studios 1103 Union Street

November 20th - 23rd. 

 Thursday  5-10

Friday  5-10 

Saturday and Sunday 10-5 

Cherry Blossom Necklace. Sterling silver, pink freshwater pearls, copper, enamels.  

Cherry Blossom Necklace. Sterling silver, pink freshwater pearls, copper, enamels.  



Great Stuff, East Side Culture Crawl, and a Private Home Show! by Patsy Kolesar

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.  

Eastside Culture Crawl

 

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

Great Stuff West Vancouver

 

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!  

Vancouver Jewellery Christmas Shows

In advance I thank-you so much for supporting small independent art businesses this holiday season!  

New Jewelry by Patsy Kolesar

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......

New colours and new golden floral details for my hand enameled work

New colours and new golden floral details for my hand enameled work

Periwinkle blue lollipop earrings

Periwinkle blue lollipop earrings

My classic pretty pearl earrings in pink, white, and peacock colours

My classic pretty pearl earrings in pink, white, and peacock colours

Lollipop earrings in orange and blue with lovely gold details

Lollipop earrings in orange and blue with lovely gold details


Some changes with our Jewellery Collaboration group by Patsy Kolesar

Sometimes things just need to change.  Well many times actually.  A while ago when I was trying to sort through the end of a relationship I read a book called "The Five Things We Cannot Change....and The Happiness We Find By Embracing Them", by David Richo.  One of those five things is that EVERYTHING changes.  Nothing ever just stays the same and by accepting this we are less shocked when things do change.  

At the beginning of Summer Su let us know that she wanted to leave our little collaboration group.  She's been busy taking business classes and engraving classes and wanted to free up more time to focus on these things.  In doing so she was also unable to finish the We Are Linked project that the three of us set out to do at the beginning of the year.  We were sad to see Su leave the group, but understood her decision.  The other big change that happened a few weeks before Su left the JAC was that we sort of gained a new member....Simone welcomed a beautiful baby girl into her life at the start of June.  Although we both think that baby Mela has some great jewellery making hands on her we realize it might take some time to train her ;) and Simone is taking some time off from the bench and the group to enjoy miss Mela.  

I spent some time thinking about what to do with the JAC and the We Are Linked Project and talked to Simone about it.  We both agreed that we LOVE what we have accomplished collectively in the past two years and we didn't want to give that up.  We also agreed that in light of all of the changes we thought it was best to let go of the We Are Linked Project for this year and when Simone and Mela were ready we would meet sometime in the fall and figure out a plan for the group moving forward.  This was a hard denison to make but really made the most sense for where we are at right now.  I sense some fantastic changes and great opportunities coming up for our group in the near future.  I will keep you posted! - patsy 

 

New Headshots by Patsy Kolesar

I have the honour of being good friends and business allies with Suzanne Rushton of Feeling Photography and Vancouver Photo Walks.  Last week Suzanne came to my studio and took some fun new headshots for me.  

Patsy Kolesar
Patsy Kolesar
Patsy Kolesar
Patsy Kolesar

Custom Made Wedding Bands With Ethically Sourced Materials by Patsy Kolesar

In the fall Simone and I started working with Sarah and Alex to design and make their custom wedding bands.  

Sarah and Alex wanted something one of a kind that matched who they were.  They were invested in having their rings made by local artists and having the materials for their rings as ethically sourced as possible.   They are a very active, adventurous, and unique couple and wanted rings that really fit with them.  

Simone and I came up with a few different design ideas for them and the concept they liked the best was "meandering rivers".  Alex and Sarah had told us they had spent some time traveling in Africa and also loved being out doors on our west coast.  We started looking at the landscape both in BC and in Africa and were drawn to these great meandering rivers.  

For their rings we used 100% recycled white gold alloyed with palladium.  We also used 3 natural ethically sourced blue sapphires mined in Australia for Sarah's ring.  

Both Simone and I are very invested in our personal lives and in our businesses in making ethical choices, buying local as much as we can, and supporting other small independent businesses.  Sarah and Alex really held us to this standard when we were making their rings. They asked lots of questions about where exactly materials were coming from and how they were mined.  

Mining industries are historically pretty dirty.  They have caused lots of damage to our environment and to people.  In the past number of years some organizations have formed who are invested in changing this industry and making it more transparent.  Simone and I were so inspired by how invested Sarah and Alex were keeping their wedding bands as ethically made as possible that we decided to donate $100 from our project with them to one of these great organizations.   We chose to donate to Ethical Metalsmiths, who are doing great work.  Here are a few other organizations who are also doing great work:

Alliance for Responsible Mining

Initiative For Responsible Minding Assurance 

Earthworks - No Dirty Gold Campaign 

Here are the end results of Sarah and Alex's custom made wedding bands. 

© Simone Richmond Jewellery & Patsy Kay Kolesar Design 2013

© Simone Richmond Jewellery & Patsy Kay Kolesar Design 2013

Eastside Culture Crawl 2013 by Patsy Kolesar

 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.  

 

 © Patsy Kay Kolesar, Simone Richmond, Su Foster

 © Patsy Kay Kolesar, Simone Richmond, Su Foster

 © Patsy Kay Kolesar, Simone Richmond, Su Foster

 © Patsy Kay Kolesar, Simone Richmond, Su Foster

 © Patsy Kolesar, Simone Richmond, Su Foster

 © Patsy Kolesar, Simone Richmond, Su Foster

Medea Necklaces by Patsy Kolesar

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.

 

© Jewellery + Artists + Collaboration photo credit Tanya King

© Jewellery + Artists + Collaboration photo credit Tanya King

 © Jewellery + Artists + Collaboration photo credit Tanya King

 © Jewellery + Artists + Collaboration photo credit Tanya King

 © Jewellery + Artists + Collaboration photo credit Tanya King

 © Jewellery + Artists + Collaboration photo credit Tanya King

 © Jewellery + Artists + Collaboration (back of 3rd necklace) photo credit Tanya King    

 © Jewellery + Artists + Collaboration (back of 3rd necklace) photo credit Tanya King 

 

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

Melancholy Necklace Photo Shoot by Patsy Kolesar

A big thank-you to Debi Wong and and Solmund Nystabakk of White Sparrow for inviting us to collaborate with them for their Mister Dowland's Midnight Performance.  Also a big Thanks to Suzanne Rushton of Feeling Photography for taking these amazing photos, for Urbanity for lending Debi a beautiful silk Oleana outfit to wear for the event and to Yukiko Onley of Visual Space Gallery.  

 

White Sparrow with Vancouver Jewelry Artists, Simone Richmond, Su Foster, and Patsy Kay Kolesar. 

White Sparrow with Vancouver Jewelry Artists, Simone Richmond, Su Foster, and Patsy Kay Kolesar. 

Debi Wong wearing the Melancholy Necklace

Debi Wong wearing the Melancholy Necklace

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White Sparrow  

White Sparrow