I've been playing with some new shapes in the studio. I've been very inspired by my summer of container gardening in Vancouver and my jewelry designs and my photos have been filled with flowers.
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......
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.
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:
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.
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:
2412 Granville Street
Edgemont Village Jewellers
3102 Edgemont Blvd
166 Selby Street
120 Mackenzie Ave
55 Mill Street #47
The Distillery District