Thursday, February 12, 2015

Exhibition - Outer Limits at Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery

I recently became aware of a jewelry exhibition
currently on view at Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery
in Seattle, Washington

It's entitled: 'Outer Limits'
and is running until February 24, 2015

As described by the gallery,
“Orbital by nature, jewelry art lives on the body. 
Jewelry art invites comment. Jewelry art says, "Howdy!"
 Outer Limits, is an exhibition of jewelry art that is 
as playful as it is avant-garde. 
Each featured artist experiments with peripheries - pushing the 
boundaries of material, technique and form.”

The nine artists invited to participate in this exhibit include:
 Jana Brevick, David Choi, Rebecca Hannon, Arthur Hash, 
Shayna Illingworth, Tia Kramer, emiko oye, 
Rachelle Thiewes and Myung Urso.
In all, there are 47 pieces to view, admire,
and purchase.

Materials used include: geodes, asian ink, linen, 
mulberry paper, glass infused nylon, 
metal embellished with car paint, recycled LEGOS, 
driftwood, handmade paper, exotic woods, 
along with more standard materials
 of precious metals and gemstones.

Let's take a look at some examples of the one-of-a-kind
jewelry included in this exhibition.



If you're in the area, pop in to see the exhibition.
I'd love to know your impressions.

You can see more at the

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Gemstones Weaved Into Design - Cynthia Downs Jewelry

Integrating traditional metalsmithing techniques with textile
techniques is a signature feature for Cynthia Downs.
She combines techniques from both disciplines
to create sculptural jewelry.
As she describes her work, Cynthia says,
  “Weaving is truly a meditative experience,
which also taught me patience.”
Cynthia’s design process centers around the stone.
She describes it as,
“Sometimes the stone may command a more elaborate setting
to tell its story.  However, there are times it’s really all
 about the beauty of the stone itself, and therefore,
is presented with simplicity and elegance.”   






Lovely work meticulously crafted
with interesting gemstones will get attention 
every time. 
Prepare to be surprised at the range of work she has created.
There are many more designs to see


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Fluidity in Paper - Lisa Catterson Jewelry

Lisa Catterson’s original collection of contemporary jewelry
is recognizable by repetitive layers of textural handmade paper. 
Each piece has a personality of its own with characteristics
ranging from the simple to the intricate,
and the playful to the dignified.
The characteristic that stands out the
most is a sense of fluidity.
Using monochromatic color allows texture, volume,
structure and contour to take center stage.






Yes, paper can seem mundane, ordinary and commonplace
yet in the hands of the right artist
bits of mundane paper can become works of art to wear.

You can see more of this work at Lisa Catterson's website.