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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

 

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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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.  

Friends of Carlotta Gallery Zürich, Switzerland by Patsy Kolesar

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

Simone RichmondSu Foster and Patsy Kay Kolesar

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. 

The Yayoi Theatre Movement Society, photo by Yukiko Onley

The Medea Necklace, photo by Tanya King

© Jewellery + Artists + Collaboration

The back of The Medea Necklace, photo by Tanya King

© Jewellery + Artists + Collaboration

We Are Linked by Patsy Kolesar

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":

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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! 

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 

 

Summer Business by Patsy Kolesar

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.........

 

Pitch & Putt in Stanley Park. (I won)  

Pitch & Putt in Stanley Park. (I won)  

Nights watching the sunset at the beach.  

Nights watching the sunset at the beach.  

Celebrating Pride weekend by dancing in the street with some of my favourites friends. 

Celebrating Pride weekend by dancing in the street with some of my favourites friends. 

Business meeting with Simone Richmond and Su Foster. 

Business meeting with Simone Richmond and Su Foster. 

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.   

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  

Jewelry Artists Collaboration with White Sparrow by Patsy Kolesar

For the past couple of months I have been working in collaboration with two other Vancouver jewelry artists Simone Richmond and Su Foster to create one of a kind jewelry for White Sparrow's Debi Wong to wear during their music concert on May 25th.  

Debi approached me back in February, saying she had this idea to invite local artists to create something that could add to her performance.  As the universe would have it at the same time I had just started meeting with Su and Simone to talk about how the three of us could do something together that highlighted art jewelry in Vancouver.  We decided that the three of us would make one of a kind jewelry for Debi to wear inspired by the theme of White Sparrows Mr Dowland's Midnight concert "In 16th century England, melancholy wasn't only a state-of-mind or an attitude that caused one to be morose and contemplative, it was an entire fashion statement.  It was fashionable to "dwell in darkness" and allow the philosophical questions of life and love to torture the soul.  Mister Dowland's Midnight guides the listener through the festive and flirtatious hours of the early eve, to the dark and lonely hour of midnight and invokes those seductive, sorrowful, and aching thoughts that only emerge between sunset and daybreak". Debi Wong  
 

Simone, Su, and I spent time listening to Mister Dowland's Midnight and looking at images, fabrics, clothing, and jewelry from the renaissance period.  The three of us all have rich pattern work in our individual jewelry lines.  My focus is on using contemporary silk screening techniques in enamel work, Simone's work uses a process of electro etching and embroidery with metal, and Su's focus in on the ancient technique of filagree.   We were all taken by the ornate details of this period.  We started sketching ideas..............

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Flow my tears, fall from your spring exhiled forever, let me mourn where nights blackbird, her sad infamy sings there let me live forlorn.

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and fear, and grief, and pain, for my deserts are my hope, since hope is gone. 

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Hark, you shadows that in darkness dwell, learn to contemn light. Happy they that in hell feel not the worlds despite.

John Dowland, Flow My Tears. 

"Melancholy Necklace" copper, oxidized sterling silver, vitreous enamels, fine silver, freshwater pearls. 

"Melancholy Necklace" copper, oxidized sterling silver, vitreous enamels, fine silver, freshwater pearls. 

Statement of Purpose

Melancholy Necklace

The purpose of the jewellery collaboration between Patsy Kolesar, Su Foster & Simone Richmond is to capture the essence of the melancholy period of 16th century England. Using White Sparrow’s music from “Mister Dowland’s Midnight” performance as the main source of inspiration, their choice of colours, techniques and patterns are all thoughtfully chosen & married together to enhance the pensive theme through another creative medium.

All three jewellery artists work in Vancouver & participate in the Eastside Culture Crawl which happens annually every November. Su is a graduate of the Jewellery and Small Object Design program at Kootenay School of Art in Nelson, B.C, and Simone & Patsy both graduated from the Vancouver Community College Jewellery Art & Design Program.

All three artists share a common obsession with using intricate details in their jewellery work and wanted the challenge of melding their techniques into a collective piece.  Their intention of working in collaboration is to bring more awareness and introduce new audiences to the contemporary art jewellery scene in Vancouver.