November 2012 seems like it was years ago already. With all the busy holiday happenings, posting these pics from my gallery opening just fell by the wayside. Today, I am home from work (sick) and thought it would be a good idea to get these images cropped and formatted to fit on the web. I was so lucky to have my dear Beaux, Scott Fisher, doing all the photography at the opening.This shot below is of the very first of the First Thursday Gallery Walk patrons to visit my show.
CORE Gallery at 117 Prefontaine, Seattle, WA is a lovely space and the display cases, which were lent to me by the Seattle Metals Guild, really looked fabulous! The display props where a last minute improv purchase from Micheal’s craft store, but wow! they turned out to look just stunning with my jewelry in place.
This was the “resin” case. My newest neck piece titled “Always Crashing in the Same Car” (center) is neatly bracketed between my bracelet “7 Jewel Movement” on the cone and my National Jewelry Arts Award winning “Nautilus” earrings in the front. The necklace “Always Crashing in the Same Car” is made with smashed auto glass cast with clear resin in sterling silver frames. Each frame is held to the next with a loop of fine curb-link chain also in sterling silver. The curb-link chain gives the necklace wonderful flexability and easy wearability, but it was intentionally used to give a very delicate impression – as if it was being held together by a thread. “Always Crashing in the Same Car” is my tribute to the multiple (7) car crashes I survived as a child. The mashed auto glass is my symbol of life’s fragility and the stength of survival. Remarkably and unintentionally the casting resin I used for the piece actually “healed” the broken glass, filling in and softening the cracks and sharp edges.
Of course my two-finger rings were present with a selection of “Les Bijoux de Tarot.” Here I am explaning them to another gallery walk patron. As you can see here, I shared the large gallery space with a painter. CORE Gallery hosts a facinating collection of artists from multiple mediums. Multi-media, wood, paint-on-canvas, metal sculpture, print-making, furniture, photography and jewelry are each paired up to provide complimentary showings each month. I am very honored to be asked to show with them and to be invited back for another show in 2013 is especially gratifying.
This last photo is of the entry/title wall of my show. This couple were very sweet asking lots of questions and being very tolerent of our photographing them. I had title the show “contained” since I realized as I put the show together that much of my work deals with the idea of either conceptual containers, container rings, lockets, or encased items within resin. Also, I felt what I have really worked on as of late is focused so much more on the untangable product of teaching that it is my jewelry alone that can be contained in the cases, whereas “my work” cannot be contained in a display case or in a gallery. “My work” is now in the minds of my students and will be expressed by them over the years with their own voices.
Anyway, it was a great show and I now have to make a bunch more stuff – since they asked me back for another! Wish me luck.