Jewelry Designers get to spend the winter trying new things at the work bench. For me my heart jumps straight to enameling. I've been experimenting with new colours and new shapes. Here are a couple of photos taken at my bench. I'm not sure what all of these pieces will become yet...
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I'm in the process of re-vamping this website! Which means I've been spending a lot of time behind the scenes staring at my computer screen at various shades of blue!
The updated site is almost ready and until it is, here are some pretty pictures of new pieces:
Sometimes things just need to change. Well many times actually. A while ago when I was trying to sort through the end of a relationship I read a book called "The Five Things We Cannot Change....and The Happiness We Find By Embracing Them", by David Richo. One of those five things is that EVERYTHING changes. Nothing ever just stays the same and by accepting this we are less shocked when things do change.
At the beginning of Summer Su let us know that she wanted to leave our little collaboration group. She's been busy taking business classes and engraving classes and wanted to free up more time to focus on these things. In doing so she was also unable to finish the We Are Linked project that the three of us set out to do at the beginning of the year. We were sad to see Su leave the group, but understood her decision. The other big change that happened a few weeks before Su left the JAC was that we sort of gained a new member....Simone welcomed a beautiful baby girl into her life at the start of June. Although we both think that baby Mela has some great jewellery making hands on her we realize it might take some time to train her ;) and Simone is taking some time off from the bench and the group to enjoy miss Mela.
I spent some time thinking about what to do with the JAC and the We Are Linked Project and talked to Simone about it. We both agreed that we LOVE what we have accomplished collectively in the past two years and we didn't want to give that up. We also agreed that in light of all of the changes we thought it was best to let go of the We Are Linked Project for this year and when Simone and Mela were ready we would meet sometime in the fall and figure out a plan for the group moving forward. This was a hard denison to make but really made the most sense for where we are at right now. I sense some fantastic changes and great opportunities coming up for our group in the near future. I will keep you posted! - patsy
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
So excited by the media coverage I received for this years East Side Culture Crawl!
The Vancouver Province:
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.
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.