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......
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
Our three one of a kind Medea Necklaces will be a part of this exciting exhibition happening in Port Moody, BC this month.
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.
Jewellery + Artists + Collaboration has the pleasure to work with the very talented Debi Wong again with her new contemporary opera group Opera After Hours. We are making 8 unique pieces for this opera group to wear during their upcoming Vancouver performance. The 8 unique pieces will be for sale after the performance
"Even though Henry Purcell’s opera, Dido and Aeneas, was first written and performed over three-hundred years ago, we believe that this opera can tell a powerful story that will resonate with contemporary audiences. In our retelling, Dido finds herself the target of social and cyber bullying after an impulsive affair with her long-time crush, Aeneas.
You are invited to join Dido and her friends for food and drinks at Cafe Deux Soleils in Vancouver, BC and immerse yourself in this interactive performance that explores the ways bullying can manifest and the destructive effects it has on its victims."
Music by: Henry Purcell (1656 - 1695)
Script by: Christopher Bagan & Debi Wong
Music Director: Christopher Bagan
Stage Director: Tyler Simpson
Friday, June 6, 2014 at 9:00pm
Cafe Deux Soleils
2096 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC
Tickets: $30 Reserved Seating / $20 General Seating / $10 Children and Students
Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 9:00pm
Cafe Deux Soleils
2096 Commerical Drive, Vancouver, BC
Tickets: $30 Reserved Seating / $20 General Seating / $10 Children and Students
Tickets can be purchased here
My journey from Vancouver, BC. Canada, to the "Imagery in Jewelry" workshop at Touchstone Center for Craft in Farmington, Pennsylvania.
I start each new year with some time for reflection and visioning. This year I used two of my favourite tools to do this, my Desire Map book by Danielle Laporte and my Vision building worksheet from Alyson B. Stanfield. I spent about 5 days reading, writing, and reflecting. Giving myself space and time to really figure out what I desired. I locked down my core desired feelings which would guide me with my vision for the year:
Abundance - I desire a full rich life filled with an abundance of love, creativity, joy, excitement, adventure, wealth, fun, laughter, passion, peace.
Present - I desire to be where I am, feel what I feel and be open to what is in front of me at this very moment.
Artistic - I desire bright beautiful colours, patterns, walking through trees, sitting on mountain tops, rusty metal, my ear to the ocean, dancing on the street, being authentic.
Communion - I desire deep soulful connections with other people, real love and communication, creative communion with other artists, artistic communion with other wild minds who say yes to things.
I used my core desired feelings to build my vision for the year. I wrote out my vision for each part of my life on lovely sheets of thick white paper, linked with my core desired feelings and tied up with purple satin ribbons. They are hanging on my wall beside my desk. For my section on "Pleasure and Adventure" I wrote: Travel to New York, go see things I haven't seen before, continue to say Yes to things.
In March I received an email from Adam Kenney, Executive Director of Touchstone Centre for Craft. He had a question for me about my application for the Crafthaus scholarship that I had applied for, "Patsy, Canada? ....You're really game to make travel arrangements for this? I think you're an excellent candidate for the workshop, but I need to be sure that you can take advantage of the opportunity. I know that you knew what you were getting into when you applied, but I wanted to double check."
My initial reaction to most things in life is fear and in this case it was the same. I backed away from my computer and I thought, "Oh no..... am I nuts!?.....am I really game to do this?.......okay well maybe I should find out exactly where Farmington is on the map" Just in case anyone else is slightly geographically un-savvy like myself - Heres a map of where I am in relation to Farmington Pennsylvania:
I looked at the map and I saw that indeed Farmington Pennsylvania is not that close to Vancouver, hehehe ;) But I also saw that it was very close to New York City. I responded to Adam with "I realize it's a long way to go for a 3 day workshop, but we don't have craft centres like this in Canada and to learn from Sharon and Cortland would be an amazing opportunity. I would find a way to get there.....I've always wanted to go to New York City, so maybe I would even combine it with a trip there. Basically I'm game for the adventure"
I said Yes. I am honoured to be the recipient of the Touchstone Centre for Craft and Crafthous scholarship. I will be attending the Imagery in Jewelry workshop taught by Sharon Massey and Cortland Dewitt from May 30-June 1st. Then on June 2nd I will be taking a train to New York City.
I am a little nuts and I am so excited for this adventure!
I look forward to sharing it with you all!
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.
Our Jewellery + Artists + Collaboration website is all revamped and updated! I've added all of the photos from our 2013 projects and information about our 2014 project We Are Linked. Updating everything made me realize how much we accomplished last year!
Please have a look www.jewelleryartistscollaboration.com
After over a year on my "to-do" list I have finished taking photos of the work I made in Holland on my artist residency and I have created a page on my website where you can see the photos and read about my process, please visit the link below to have a look. xo pkk
In January our Jewellery Artists Collaboration group met to brainstorm and plan for the year. Last year all of our projects came to us very organically, which was a perfect way to work together in our first year as an artists group. The three of us all agreed that we loved the creative push that collaborating gave us and we wanted to continue this artistic communion in 2014.
We also all agreed that we fell in love with this necklace, which we lovingly refer to as "The Linky Necklace":
The Linky Necklace was part of our limited edition series that we created after we created The Medea Necklaces. Like our projects last year, this necklace just came together organically. We each had these pieces left over and thought they could look nice all together in one linked necklace. This one of a kind necklace is for sale right now in Garnish Jewellery Gallery in Revelstoke. The three of us loved how it turned out so much that our project for 2014 is inspired by it.
Our project is called "We Are Linked" each month we are picking a theme and are individually creating 3-5 pieces that can be linked. At the end of the year we will be having an exhibition of the resulting Linked Necklaces. We will be sharing the pictures throughout the year of our links via instagram, facebook and here on my blog using #wearelinked and #jewelleryartcolab
For the month of February our theme is Love & The Unexpected. I'm excited to get into my studio this week and see where this theme takes me!
In the fall Simone and I started working with Sarah and Alex to design and make their custom wedding bands.
Sarah and Alex wanted something one of a kind that matched who they were. They were invested in having their rings made by local artists and having the materials for their rings as ethically sourced as possible. They are a very active, adventurous, and unique couple and wanted rings that really fit with them.
Simone and I came up with a few different design ideas for them and the concept they liked the best was "meandering rivers". Alex and Sarah had told us they had spent some time traveling in Africa and also loved being out doors on our west coast. We started looking at the landscape both in BC and in Africa and were drawn to these great meandering rivers.
For their rings we used 100% recycled white gold alloyed with palladium. We also used 3 natural ethically sourced blue sapphires mined in Australia for Sarah's ring.
Both Simone and I are very invested in our personal lives and in our businesses in making ethical choices, buying local as much as we can, and supporting other small independent businesses. Sarah and Alex really held us to this standard when we were making their rings. They asked lots of questions about where exactly materials were coming from and how they were mined.
Mining industries are historically pretty dirty. They have caused lots of damage to our environment and to people. In the past number of years some organizations have formed who are invested in changing this industry and making it more transparent. Simone and I were so inspired by how invested Sarah and Alex were keeping their wedding bands as ethically made as possible that we decided to donate $100 from our project with them to one of these great organizations. We chose to donate to Ethical Metalsmiths, who are doing great work. Here are a few other organizations who are also doing great work:
Here are the end results of Sarah and Alex's custom made wedding bands.
In order to kickstart my creative flow for the New Year, I chose to join in on the 7 day Selfie Mini Project with the We Are The Contributors group. There was a small group of artists participating in this project, which happened on Instagram using the hashtag #acontributor
I decided that I would take photos of myself wearing pieces that I made while I was in Holland on my artists residency. Taking photos of these pieces to document my work there has been on my "To Do" list for freaking ever! The pieces I made there are different than my regular work - they don't fit in my light box..So for this and other reasons that only the deep inner workings of my mind know I have been dragging my feet on taking photos of them.
The selfie project turned out to be very interesting for me. It was VERY hard to stick to my plan because taking selfies that show off unusual jewelry is really challenging! It was also challenging to look at myself in photos daily for a week! I felt self absorbed....and self conscious.
But it was also very useful. It made me think about lighting in a different way and and I saw how drastically lighting can change a photo. I've never had the patience for lighting in the past. It also made me realize that these photos don't have to be perfect. It doesn't really matter if you can see every detail of the jewelry perfectly. My artist residency wasn't about creating perfection. It was about artistic exploration so the records of my work can be whatever I want them to be, and it was only through doing this project that I finally realized this really important thing!
Here are the results of my 7 days of selfies:
I find at the beginning of the New Year I always feel unproductive.
I want to give myself the time and space to sit and write and think but for some reason this makes me feel anxious.....like I need to get moving....I need to get on it......I need to DO. Ending my day with a notebook filled with webs and words feels like I haven't done enough. But, I know this time is so important to my soul, my art, and my business.
This year I am using some methods that I've used in the past and I'm also incorporating some new things into my planning. This is what it looks like:
1. Kudos - I sit, usually with coffee in front of my window and I write down all of things I've accomplished in the previous year both personally and professionally. I love this practice. There are so many moments when I feel like I haven't done enough. When I actually sit and write down all of the things I have done in the past year I realize that I have done tons and that I need to give myself Kudos for this.
2. Vision Planning - For this I use a tool that I got when I took one of Alyson Stanfields classes. I write out what I want in my life for the next year for my art, my finances, my personal and professional relationships, my health, my spirituality, my personal growth, my pleasure, and my contribution to the world. This is actually a tool that I use on a regular basis. I spend time working on it a few times each year and I look at it regularly. I have taken a number of classes from Alyson over the last few years and I would recommend all that she has to offer. You can find out more about her classes here.
3. My Core Desired Feelings - I started choosing feeling words and posting them to my wall after reading Danielle LaPorte's Fire Starter Sessions a number of years ago. This year Danielle has launched "The Desire Map", which I love. I have had the same core desired feelings for the past few years and this year I'm really spending some time reevaluating them and making some changes. The print version of The Desire Map is beautiful and I've been fully immersed in it for the last few days. I know a book is speaking to me when it is filled with dog ears, stars and underlines. There was even a part of it that gave me chills:
"A stranger in a bar taught me about crippling depression. "When I was standing upright, the distance between the floor and me felt too far," she told me. "So I decided it was better if I just crawled around the house. I was glad we had carpeting." A the time we met she was a high-functioning, radiant woman. I've recalled her story in my own dark nights. Radiance will happen again, radiance will happen again." Danielle Laporte, The Desire Map, p. 71
I love "Radiance will happen again" a simple phrase that I can see being most useful in those dark moments.
hmmm, why don't I use the same handle for everything? ;) maybe I should give that some thought as well!
The quote below was given to me by a friend who know's what a sensitive soul I am. It has been resonating with me, swirling around in my heart, and given to others who have added energy to my life this past year.
“Aliveness is energy. It’s the juice, the vitality, and the passion that wakes up our cells every morning. It’s what makes us want to dance. It’s the energy that moves a relationship from the status quo to something grander and much more expansive, something that makes our hearts beat faster, our minds and our eyes open wider, than ever before. Everything is of interest to a person who is truly alive, whether it’s a challenge, a loving moment, a bucket of grief, or a glimpse of beauty.”
- Daphne Rose Kingma
Like most years it's been one filled with buckets of grief and glimpses of beauty. I've been blessed to have had many moments of belly laughter with my bestest friends. I've been blessed to have moments of flowing tears over the end of a relationship. I've watched my amazing Dad survive a major heart attack and felt the immense fear, love, and gratefulness that comes along with that. I've experienced creative communion and been part of teams who have added innovative and passionate energy to this world. I've met some new inspiring people who've offered me fun light energy and I've reconnected with people from my past who've offered me soul-stirring energy.
It's been a pretty good year.....I'm so grateful - Thank-you! xo patsy
We get to make choices this time of year about where to spend our money. As a small independent business these choices are very important to me. Here are some of my favourite small independent shops in Vancouver where I will be spending my money this year:
This is brand spanking new. They have only been open for a few months and lucky for me they are right around the corner from my home. They carry a line called Darling Clementine from Norway who makes pretty patterned household items and stationary. They also make their own in house line of products under the name Lemonni - patterned cards, calendars, and bags. Hubert and Annie who own the shop are pretty delightful! If you make it down here drop me a line first and I can meet you for a tea.
I will be shopping for my 3 & 5 year-old nephews here. I used to work in the Qualicum Toy Shop when I was a teen, so I know a lot about toys. I know enough to know that Dilly Dally has some good ones. My nephews live in an ocean front mansion ( very similar to my life style ;) tehehe, not at all! ) So needless to say they have plenty. I like to find things for them that are not made from plastic and that they will play with for more than a second. Dilly Dally carries the most fantastic book called Ish by Peter H. Reynolds. I recently bought Ish for my best friends little girl's birthday. I fell in love with this story - the last page says "And he lived happily-ish ever after" I LOVE it.
Quite possibly the prettiest shop in Vancouver. I know that's a bold statement and maybe I'm a little biased since they carry my jewelry line, but every time I go into Urbanity the pretty colours, patterns, and textures completely uplift me. They carry beautiful clothes and accessories that are made in or very close to the country of source, by people who are paid fairly and enjoy what they do. Some of my most worn and most favourite pieces of clothing have come from Urbanity. My Pernilla Svenre grey merino wool cardigan lives on my body from October until about May. My Maria Byman jacket and hat make me look forward to winter each year, they are warm, cosy and cool. I recently got stopped walking on Robson street by a street style blogger and I'm pretty sure it was because I was wearing my Maria Byman jacket.
I want to live in a city where small independent businesses thrive!
I would love for you to support small businesses too! Here are the amazing little shops that carry my jewelry line:
2412 Granville Street
Edgemont Village Jewellers
3102 Edgemont Blvd
166 Selby Street
120 Mackenzie Ave
55 Mill Street #47
The Distillery District
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