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