Sunday, September 25, 2016

Show time forTammy MacClennan

Hello Readers!

Our AMAZINGLY talented metal smith Tammy MacClennan  is having three on going exhibitions around this time.  I am happy to share her exhibition information and her gorgeous works here.

1.  Craft Ontario :   Materialize
     Art Gallery of Burlington : SEP 23 - NOV 28
                                                             Component Necklace #2

2.  Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition :  Tradition Transformed
     Orillia Museum of Art & History : SEP 29 - NOV 12
                                                       Spoon for Returning Baby Bird to Nest

3.  Headwaters Arts Festival
     Alton Mill Arts Center :  SEP 26 - OCT 10
                                                                 Tomatoes , Halved

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Splurge vs Steal! Hand painted enamel gemstones!

Hello Readers!

This weeks Splurge vs Steal features hand painted enamel pieces made by Jewel Envy's manager and resident Goldsmith, Alexis Kostuk. This necklace and earrings highlight the beautiful facets and sparkle of gemstones using a hand painted technique in enamel.

Alexis' designs often incorporate bold colours and intriguing design elements making her pieces a must-have for jewellery lovers!
Visit us at the studio to see more of Alexis' designs!


Sunday, September 11, 2016

 Mia Simiao Shen

It’s a great pleasure and privilege to be able to write some words about Mia Simiao Shen

Mia is-- as every single one at the studio--not only a goldsmith, she is an artist, in the most unbelievable way

In her own words, "I explore the power of visual beauty and utilize basic visual elements such as, line, colour, shape, texture, direction, and dimension in my jewellery work."

Her work uses a combination of traditional metalsmithing techniques with an industrial-looking approach to design, going from hand production methods to machine-aided production. using laser to cut the wood she added among many other materials to her pieces.


One of her incredible pieces is this brooch pictured below.

Untitled, Brooch, Materials: Sterling silver, Indian rose wood. Technique: fabrication and laser cut. 7.5cm h x 7.7 cm w x 3cm d.

This second brooch, in Sterling silver, and wood demonstrates the pinnacle of her design and fabrication technique.

Untitled, Brooch. Materials: Sterling silver, wenge wood. Technique: fabrication and laser cut. 6cm h x 8.2cm  w x 2.5cm d.

The last one of her pieces pictured on the blog today is the Magnetic Bracelet.

Untitled, Brooch. Materials:Steel, Sterling silver, magnets, acetate, and wax.

I call these untitled pieces, Beauty 1, Beauty 2, and  Beauty 3

 Wikipedia defines the experience of "beauty" often involves an interpretation of some entity as being in balance and harmony with nature, which may lead to feelings of attraction and emotional well-being. Because this can be a subjective experience, it is often said that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

Dear Sunday readers, I leave you here, a piece of imagination and creativity that I hope will enrich your mind.