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......
vancouver one of a kind jewellery
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
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. :)
All images from Friends of Carlotta Gallery.
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.
I was asked by Garnish Jewellery Gallery in Revelstoke to help them celebrate their one-year anniversary, so I started to think about what I was celebrating. In February of this year I almost lost my Dad, he had a heart attack and went into cardiac arrest. Luckily the ambulance attendants had already arrived at my parents house when this happened and they saved his life. I spent a week in the Victoria hospital with him and my mom and sister in a crash course on heart attacks. My Dad is the most important man in my life and I am so grateful that he is still with me.
A bunch of things shifted for me after this happened. I do think that I spend a lot of time feeling really grateful for everything that I have, but after the shock of almost having him taken out of my life way too soon I started to appreciate more of life's simple moments.
Sitting in the backyard at my parents place just content to be with family and surrounded by love.......
Seeing a wall of art on the street amidst a busy city......
Connecting with strangers and spending hours talking about love and life........
Appreciating the bright flower blooming and glistening with fresh rain drops......
Sitting on the steps outside my studio watching the shadows of the weeds dancing on the pavement.......