vancouver jewellery artists

Beyond the Precious Exhibition by Patsy Kolesar

Our three one of a kind Medea Necklaces will be a part of this exciting exhibition happening in Port Moody, BC this month.  

After The East Side Culture Crawl by Patsy Kolesar

I'm not sure you can fully explain to anyone what it's like to be one of the artists on the Eastside Culture Crawl.  I have people ask me how it went and I try to explain how I feel afterwards, but I'm not sure I can convey the feelings.  Exhausted - yes.  Tired of hearing my own voice - for sure.....but I also feel so grateful and so filled up.  

We get thousands of people through our studio in 3 short days and get the opportunity to chat with many of them.  I get to have conversations about art, life, and love and how these things connect for me and shape my work.  I get to hear people's stories, and find out about what they do.  I get fully inspired by the creative projects that other people share with me.  I get completely moved by being told that what I do inspires them.  

I have people who come back to see me each year to see what is new.  We have families that come back each year and I get to see how the little girls have grown up.   I have sweet friends come by with hugs to share with me, even though i've had my head burried in my studio for months and haven't been able to see them.  

Some of my favourite moments of this years culture crawl:

I told a man the name of one of my pieces "My Scratched Up Heart Necklace"  He asked why no one's ever polished it for me?  He bought one and said he was going to take it home and polish it. 

Showing off our Jewellery + Artists + Collaboration pieces to people and telling them the story of how the 3 of us work together.  One of my favourite customers told me that we were on the right track and that one day these pieces would be on display in New York.  

Crouching down to be the same height as two little girls who are probably about 4 and 6 years old to have a pretty real conversation with them about art and fruit leather.  I was pretty smitten by these two so i gave them each an enamelled pin to keep. 

Adam - pictured below.  None of us knew Adam before this day but he had an incredible creative energy and the desire to be our male shirtless model for the Jewellery + Artists + Collaboration group.  How could we say no? 

A big Thank-you!  to everyone for sharing my favourite weekend of the year with me!  xo pkk

model credit: Adam Hayter 

model credit: Adam Hayter 

100 Year Old Nail by Patsy Kolesar

Sometimes I get to be part of some amazing custom jewelry stories.  Chrissy came to me a couple of weeks ago with a 100 year old nail that she wanted to be able to wear as a pendant.  

The nail came from her families house which her Grandfather built on Prince Edward Island 120 years ago.  Her family still has this house, her nephew is living in it now and a number of years ago they built a small house attached to the main house for her grandmother to live in.  While they were taking out the windows on the side of the house Chrissy was picking up these old nails thinking she would do something with them one day.  

The nails are beautiful, they are handmade.  Chrissy thought it would be cool to wear one as a pendant so that is how it ended up in my hands.  I was very excited to turn this beautiful old nail into something that could be worn on the body...

The handmade nail

The handmade nail

My sketch - of course I added a swirl! 

My sketch - of course I added a swirl! 

The finished piece.  I used sterling silver square wire because I thought it matched the rustic feel of the nail. I wanted to make it beautiful and wearable and also really show off the natural beauty of the nail.  

The finished piece.  I used sterling silver square wire because I thought it matched the rustic feel of the nail. I wanted to make it beautiful and wearable and also really show off the natural beauty of the nail.  

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..............

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.