Saturday, November 25, 2017

Shop Saturday—Art Jewelry!

We at Jewel Envy are always looking for new and interesting ways to present jewellery.  In 2016 we launched the Jewel Envy Vitrines—a street-side, window-based gallery space used for presenting our resident goldsmiths' work.

Everyone is LOVING the space: customers, the neighbourhood, and people walking and driving on Roncesvalles. The three-window space is representative of the inner creative workings of the BIG BLUE HOUSE. This year the gallery has presented a group exhibition for Toronto Offsite Design,  one-of-a-kind jewellery by Helena PĂ©rez-LaFaurie, and production and custom work by Alexis Kostuk and Ivane Thiebaut.

We close out the exhibition year with Micheline Roi's solo exhibition "Wayfinding." Relatively new to goldsmithing—she is two years into her new profession, Micheline presents a selection of her work from 2015 to the present. Coming from her first career of classical music composing—a mostly intellectual process—Micheline has spent the last two years finding her way within the physical discipline of  goldsmithing.

"Ancestry I" 2016 by Micheline Roi, brooch mixed media
Ancestry I is a momento mori in the form of a brooch.  Constructed around a tintype discovered in a family archive, the piece explores mortality through the use of Christian iconography: the halo, the cross and the symbol of trinity in juxtaposition with the image of a defiant young man seated beside a table bearing a bottle of whisky.

Rorschach I, 2016 by Micheline Roi, w
all mirror with removable brooch, mixed media

Rorschach I was made for The Contemporary Jewellery Exchange, an international exhibition in which jewellers are paired and make a piece of jewellery for the other to wear. This is what Micheline says about Rorschach I in her artist statement:  The making and sharing of a piece of jewelry is a communicative act. As artists we impose our ideas on our materials and in turn the wearer—our work is a reflection of ourselves. But the wearer of our jewelry isn’t a static plinth in service of our idea(s). In the act of wearing our piece, they become the curator of our idea(s) actively recontextualizing and interpreting our work ex situ.

As artists can we better understand our work through relinquishing control to the wearer?

To explore this dynamic, I started first with form—specifically a Rorschach inkblot—an historical allusion to the act of interpretation. I then chose to use reflective material—mirror acrylic—in reference to the pretence of self reflection in creation. The reflective inkblot brooch is mounted in its own negative space contained within a framed wall mirror. When the brooch is removed from the mirror to be worn, (or recontextualized), the wearer is confronted with the absence of reflection in the shape of the brooch they are now wearing, creating a communicative loop between maker and wearer.

The last Vitrine in the "Wayfinding" Exhibition is a winter scene featuring pendants from Micheline's (Atelier J) production line. The powder-coated, gold-leaf pendants hang from gold-filled chain and their shape is reminiscent of holiday tree ornaments.

Remember it is shop Saturday and all these pieces in the vitrines are for sale!  The exhibition is open 24/7 and can be viewed from the sidewalk on the Southeast corner of Roncesvalles and Marion in Toronto until December 23, 2017. Come for a visit  to peer in the windows and pop into Jewel Envy to inquire further!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

sunday in the studio

Here's a little something for your weekend visual enjoyment. Earrings by Caroline Deacon that make me really happy, and that will make you really happy too. That's just the amazing effect that beautiful things have on people like us:)

textured studs, save at $65 a pair

 attention to detail: handmade backs!!!!

drops with opal cabochons. a bit of a splurge at $275 for the pair, 
but come one! these are just the best

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Sunday Funday in the studio

It's Amnesty Day today! The studio hosts this day a couple times a year, for students to get some extra (and free!) benchtime outside of regular class hours.

Lots of fun and creative projects are taking form before my eyes. Here are some images of our amazing students hard at work:

  Using the flexshaft and a ring clamp like a pro

Soldering an earring with a bit of third-arm help

 Forming some very special bezels for some very gorgeous stones

We teach a variety of one-day and 8-week workshops here at Jewel Envy. Whether you are looking to build a foundation of goldsmithing skills, or walk away with a handmade piece of jewellery (or both!), we can help you out. Take a look at our calendar of upcoming classes and get in touch!