Hammer, Cut, Stitch, Repeat by Patsy Kolesar

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Hammer, Cut, Stitch, Repeat - an exploration of repetition to achieve pattern and form in fine craft. With an emphasis on wearable art, Hammer, Cut, Stitch, Repeat will bring together artists working in metal, paper, and textile. Individually, each artist's practice has a focus on repeating one action over and over; something that would drive most people mad. For this group of artists, repetition becomes a vessel for creativity and it is within that place that they push themselves further to explore their craft.  Hammer, Cut, Stitch, Repeat will show the work of Rachael Ashe, Nell Burns, Su Foster, Patsy Kolesar, and Simone Richmond.  

Circle Craft Gallery, Net Loft, Granville Island

September 8 - October 10

Opening Soirée Thursday September 8th 6-8pm

 

Swedish Textile Exhibition in Paris by Patsy Kolesar

I spent three days in Paris in April meandering through little streets and stumbling upon little gems like the Swedish Institute.  We saw a sign with a picture of some highly patterned textiles and it drew us further in to this quaint little courtyard where we had a beer and some lunch at the Swedish cafe and then went into the gallery space to see the exhibit.  It was an exhibit of rag rugs - beautiful, colourful, contemporary rag rugs.  

Re Rag Rug - An exhibition of 12 rugs made entirely from waste and excess fabric from the textile industry by Studio Brieditis & Evans.  They spent 12 months making the rugs using 12 different textile techniques.  To learn more about their amazing work and this exhibition please visit their website here

Teaching Enamel Classes in Vancouver by Patsy Kolesar

I had the pleasure of teaching my first enamelling class last week! Teaching is something that has been on my to-do list for a couple of years now and I finally had the right opportunity to try it out.  I had the honour of teaching a pretty amazing woman, Salem has a business in Ethiopia called Salem's Designs.  She employ's other artisans who make jewellery, textiles, pottery, and basketry.  She has a large space in Addis Ababa where people can go and watch the artists work and also purchase one of the beautiful pieces.  Salem is invested in the art of handmade and in offering skill teaching and employment to artisans in Ethiopia.  She's pretty inspiring to talk to and caught on to the enamelling techniques really quickly.  Below is a photo of the pieces she made with me.  

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If you are interested in learning some enamel tricks with me please send me a message info at pkkdesign dot com and I can let you know more details.  

Thank-You Culture Crawlers! by Patsy Kolesar

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A big Thank-You to the Eastside Culture Crawl and the thousands of Crawlers who came by our studio over 4 days!  I always finish Crawl weekend feeling energized and inspired by all of the amazing people who I get to meet and chat with over the weekend. I'm so grateful that I get to be part of such an amazing, fun, and supportive group of artists in the Onion Studio building!  

Here are a few photos from the weekend: 

photo credit: Alison Wandzura

photo credit: Alison Wandzura

scratched up heart necklaces
The Onion Studio hallway with a painting by Taralee Guild.  Photo credit: Jodie Ponto

The Onion Studio hallway with a painting by Taralee Guild.  Photo credit: Jodie Ponto


New Lifestyle Jewelry Photos by Patsy Kolesar

A few more of my amazing new lifestyle photos taken by Photographer Suzanne Rushton and modelled by Actor Alison Wandzura.  

Divine Bracelets, You've Got This Rings, and Silver Poppy Ring. 

Divine Bracelets, You've Got This Rings, and Silver Poppy Ring. 

Long Linx Necklace and Bold Copper Rectangle Earrings

Long Linx Necklace and Bold Copper Rectangle Earrings

Double Long Linx Necklace, Divine Bracelets, Silver Poppy Ring, Happiness Drop Earrings

Double Long Linx Necklace, Divine Bracelets, Silver Poppy Ring, Happiness Drop Earrings

Long Linx Necklace, Divine Bracelets, Bold Copper Rectangle Earrings

Long Linx Necklace, Divine Bracelets, Bold Copper Rectangle Earrings


New Lifestyle Photos by Patsy Kolesar

Photography by the very talented Suzanne Rushton and modelling by Actor Alison Wandzura.   

Copper Double Long Linx Necklace and Happiness Drop Earrings 

Copper Double Long Linx Necklace and Happiness Drop Earrings 

Copper Long Linx Necklace and Bold Copper Rectangle Earrings 

Copper Long Linx Necklace and Bold Copper Rectangle Earrings 

Scratched Up Heart Necklaces and Bold Copper Dangle Earrings 

Scratched Up Heart Necklaces and Bold Copper Dangle Earrings 

Silver and Brass Divine Bracelets and Silver You've Got This Ring

Silver and Brass Divine Bracelets and Silver You've Got This Ring

Copper Long Linx Necklace and Divine Bracelets

Copper Long Linx Necklace and Divine Bracelets

Photos from It's All In The Details by Patsy Kolesar

I will slowly be sharing photos here from the exhibition of one-of-a-kind rings that we had in June at Visual Space Gallery.  The pieces made for the exhibition were just amazing!  

Visual Space Gallery Vancouver 

Visual Space Gallery Vancouver 

Ring made from thread by embroidery artist Nell Burns. 

Ring made from thread by embroidery artist Nell Burns. 

Wenge and Enamel Ring by Patsy Kolesar (me) ;) 

Wenge and Enamel Ring by Patsy Kolesar (me) ;) 



Talking To Jewellery Design Students by Patsy Kolesar

A friend of mine who teaches some classes on jewellery at one of our local design colleges in Vancouver, recently brought her group of students to my studio.  It was their first time being in a working studio and I had the honour of sharing some of my knowledge with them.  

I graduated from jewellery college in 2007 and spent awhile developing my style and first collection, so i usually say that my actual business started in 2009.  This means that i've been making jewellery for some time now.  I feel like I know a lot!  But I often feel like I know nothing! Making jewellery and running a jewellery business is constantly challenging and I'm always learning something new.  I think this is why I love it so much. I know that I get bored easily!  So I feel pretty lucky that I get to do something where I am constantly learning and growing.  

One of the questions that was asked to me during this visit was "What do you wish you knew when you were just starting out?"  I think I told them the story of when I lost some sales. I of course have thought of a number of things that would be more useful to tell them since that moment, so I thought I would share them here:

Tips for New Jewellery Designers:

  • It's going to take some time to build your business.  Be patient and don't give up.  If this is something that you really want, you need to have perseverance. 

  • People are not going to buy your jewellery based only on the aesthetics of your jewellery.  Many people will buy because they connect with you.  Be prepared to share pieces of yourself with your customers.  Be real, be honest, be authentic.  

  • Build relationships with people.  I have some amazing stores that sell my work for me and I'm so grateful for them.  I don't complain about them taking a percentage of sales, because I know they work really hard!  I like to know the people who own the shops that I sell my jewellery in and I like them to know me a little.  This relationship is very important to me.  I couldn't run my business without these amazing shop owners! 

  • Apply for things.  Honestly, you will probably never feel completely ready to do anything but just start sending out applications for shows, exhibitions, books, etc.  You will get a lot of no's but you will eventually get a yes and it will feel pretty darn good. 

  • Don't compare yourself to other jewellery artists.  I think this one is tough not to do, but it's pointless.  You will start having successes, you just have to keep hustling and creating.  

  • Stay inspired!  Go and look at new things!  Go to art galleries, take a road trip, spend the day on a mountain.  We need to stay inspired and alive in order to continue to create beautiful things for the world.  

  • Get peer mentors.  Find other creative minds to connect with over art and business.  These relationships will be invaluable for you.  

  • Please don't cast a pinecone ;)   

Please feel free to add to this list in the comments below! 

 

Pretty Pictures by Patsy Kolesar

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:

Cherry Blossom Necklace © Patsy Kay Kolesar Design 

Cherry Blossom Necklace © Patsy Kay Kolesar Design 

Lollipop Earrings © Patsy Kay Kolesar Design

Lollipop Earrings © Patsy Kay Kolesar Design

My Scratched Up Heart Necklace with Rose Quartz © Patsy Kay Kolesar Design

My Scratched Up Heart Necklace with Rose Quartz © Patsy Kay Kolesar Design


Hot Talk at Hot Art Wet City Gallery by Patsy Kolesar

I was pretty honoured to be part of this little group of artists asked to speak about our work for a Hot Talk at the Hot Art Wet City Gallery in Vancouver.  The event was organized by the talented and lovely artist Rachael Ashe, who organizes monthly events at the gallery.  There are seven of us who talk about our work for 5-6 minutes each all very worth listening to, but if you're in a rush, I'm third up.   

Culture Crawl 2014 by Patsy Kolesar

My Studio building will be open this weekend for the East Side Culture Crawl.  

The Onion Studios 1103 Union Street

November 20th - 23rd. 

 Thursday  5-10

Friday  5-10 

Saturday and Sunday 10-5 

Cherry Blossom Necklace. Sterling silver, pink freshwater pearls, copper, enamels.  

Cherry Blossom Necklace. Sterling silver, pink freshwater pearls, copper, enamels.  



Great Stuff, East Side Culture Crawl, and a Private Home Show! by Patsy Kolesar

I would love to see you at one of these amazing events that I am part of!  The Eastside Culture Crawl is my favourite weekend of the year.  I get to open my studio up and share my creative space with you!  I'm in The Onion Studio building at 1103 Union Street.  

Eastside Culture Crawl

 

This year I am excited to be one of 37 artists showing and selling their work at the Great Stuff show held in West Vancouver in the Ferry Building Gallery at 1414 Argyle Avenue.  Hours are Tuesday - Sunday 10-6 and Fridays 10-8

Great Stuff West Vancouver

 

Last but not least I am honoured to have been invited to participate in a private home show this year.  If you don't want to deal with masses of people at the regular shows then this is the perfect weekend for you.  The address for this home show is in North Vancouver, but we are not posting it online.  If you would like to know the address please email me info @ pkkdesign dot com or email Nell, who's email is below and we would be delighted to send you the address!  

Vancouver Jewellery Christmas Shows

In advance I thank-you so much for supporting small independent art businesses this holiday season!  

New Jewelry by Patsy Kolesar

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......

New colours and new golden floral details for my hand enameled work

New colours and new golden floral details for my hand enameled work

Periwinkle blue lollipop earrings

Periwinkle blue lollipop earrings

My classic pretty pearl earrings in pink, white, and peacock colours

My classic pretty pearl earrings in pink, white, and peacock colours

Lollipop earrings in orange and blue with lovely gold details

Lollipop earrings in orange and blue with lovely gold details


Some changes with our Jewellery Collaboration group by Patsy Kolesar

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 

 

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.