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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At the end of 2017 an idea that I've been working on for a while finally came into fruition. My architect partner and I had been talking about collaborating on a creative project for a few years now, and I finally pushed to make it happen. Our problem was that we had too many ideas...if you've ever spent any time with architects you will know that they are capable of doing many many things and that sometimes this can turn small simple ideas into bigger and bigger ones. I'm a big fan of Seth Godin's phrase "ship it", meaning just get it done. You could tweak an idea forever but at some point you have to ship it. So, I thought about how an architect and a jeweller could collaborate at the most basic level...why not make house jewelry? And we started with the Vancouver Special House. They are all 3d printed, and it was my first foray into the world of 3d printing. I have another version which I'm building into a ring, so it's still on my bench. I also want to print a few more colour options to see which I like best. I'm hoping to develop these into a mini limited edition line this year.
Come visit me in my studio for my favourite weekend of the year!
The Glass Onion Studio Building is located at 1103 Union Street.
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.
When I first started at the Vancouver Community College's Jewelry Art and Design program, I entered school wanting to make jewelry and when I graduated 2 years later, I left school wanting to make art. I have done a balance of both of these things for the past 10 years. What do I mean by this? I'm going to explain with the help of some pictures....
I make pieces like these Fine Wooden Rings which I made for a ring exhibition in 2015. They are wearable, but they are not really for everyday wear. I know that there are some people that embrace wearing art jewelry, or more avant-garde jewelry everyday, but most of us have to go to work, or to the studio and wearing jewelry that isn't the most functional becomes difficult. But these pieces are fun, experimental, and I love the madness of the art jewelry world.
And I also make pieces like these Copper Dangle Earrings. I wear a pair of these myself all the time. They are some of my favourites and everyone who buys a pair says that they quickly become their favourites too. Oh, they are $55 and you can buy them here. I think they are beautiful and artistic, but I recognize that they are not one-of-a-kind art works. They are great for everyday wear, and are a really good seller for me.
This balance of making jewelry art pieces and jewelry for everyday wear was the catalyst for my jewelry rebrand. I have a body of work under each of these umbrellas and I wanted to be able to showcase and promote them individually. So, I had to figure out a way to separate them but keep them connected at the same time. Tricky stuff!
For the past 10 years I've been using Patsy Kay Kolesar Design as my business name and this was my logo. I've really loved this logo and when I started out I was only making enamel jewelry and this logo really fit the pretty, feminine, vintage feel of my enamel line.
As much as I've loved this logo, it was time to refresh my brand and give it some new clarity. After many conversations, lots of research, and working with the amazing team at This^ Digital Agency I decided on using two versions of my name, one for each of the lines. Patsy Kolesar for my art jewelry and future art projects and Patsy Kay for my everyday jewelry line. I liked the idea of keeping them similar, I have been building this little business for 10 years and didn't want to completely shake up what I've built with two very different names, but I wanted to be able to give them each a different identity. A little drumroll please........and here are the new logos....
Two new logos means two new websites and a whole lot of work to get there, but we are almost ready to launch them. Part III to come very soon!
I'm delighted to have two of my one-of-a-kind earrings in this year's Earring Show held at Craft House Gallery on Granville Island!