vancouver business

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!  

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. :) 

art jewellery necklace
friends of carlotta exhibition
rule the world necklace
medea necklace
rule the world necklace
friends of carlotta gallery

All images from Friends of Carlotta Gallery.  

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:

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

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

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":


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! 

Supporting Small Independent Shops by Patsy Kolesar

We get to make choices this time of year about where to spend our money.  As a small independent business these choices are very important to me. Here are some of my favourite small independent shops in Vancouver where I will be spending my money this year:

Production Road:

This is brand spanking new.  They have only been open for a few months and lucky for me they are right around the corner from my home.  They carry a line called Darling Clementine from Norway who makes pretty patterned household items and stationary. They also make their own in house line of  products under the name Lemonni - patterned cards, calendars, and bags.  Hubert and Annie who own the shop are pretty delightful!  If you make it down here drop me a line first and I can meet you for a tea. 

Dilly Dally:

I will be shopping for my 3 & 5 year-old nephews here.  I used to work in the Qualicum Toy Shop when I was a teen, so I know a lot about toys.  I know enough to know that Dilly Dally has some good ones.  My nephews live in an ocean front mansion ( very similar to my life style ;) tehehe, not at all! )  So needless to say they have plenty. I like to find things for them that are not made from plastic and that they will play with for more than a second. Dilly Dally carries the most fantastic book called Ish by Peter H. Reynolds.  I recently bought Ish for my best friends little girl's birthday.  I fell in love with this story - the last page says "And he lived happily-ish ever after"  I LOVE it.  


Quite possibly the prettiest shop in Vancouver.  I know that's a bold statement and maybe I'm a little biased since they carry my jewelry line, but every time I go into Urbanity the pretty colours, patterns, and textures completely uplift me.  They carry beautiful clothes and accessories that are made in or very close to the country of source, by people who are paid fairly and enjoy what they do.  Some of my most worn and most favourite pieces of clothing have come from Urbanity.  My Pernilla Svenre grey merino wool cardigan lives on my body from October until about May.  My Maria Byman jacket and hat make me look forward to winter each year, they are warm, cosy and cool.  I recently got stopped walking on Robson street by a street style blogger and I'm pretty sure it was because I was wearing my Maria Byman jacket.  

I want to live in a city where small independent businesses thrive! 

I would love for you to support small businesses too!  Here are the amazing little shops that carry my jewelry line:

British Columbia

2412 Granville Street

Edgemont Village Jewellers
3102 Edgemont Blvd
North Vancouver

Salon D
166 Selby Street

120 Mackenzie Ave


Influx Jewellery Art Gallery
201-100 7th Avenue S.W


Mysteria Gallery
2706 13th Avenue


Distill Gallery
55 Mill Street #47
The Distillery District