I am extremely pleased to be able to present you with my new work: the MoonPearl Series. I will be launching the series officially at WestVancouver’s Harmony Arts Festival next weekend.
The study of line has long fascinated me. In calligraphy – the undulation of a black line of ink on paper , its width determined by the amount of pressure applied to the brush, its fissures on the amount of ink left in the bristles. In photography – the lines which tree branches sketch across a frame of sky. In the translation of such observations into jewellery design – the winding and wrapping of precious metals as in my Onefooter Series.
My return to pearls was sparked mainly by meeting the right supplier: Montreal brother-sister team Joanie and Pier-Luc are extremely passionate about pearls. I appreciate this passion, and the quality of their wares.
Once I had found the right pearls, I became obsessed to find the perfect design to match the beauty of the pearls. For months, whenever I could, I would spend time on design research – I made sample after sample after sample, until I arrived at a pleasing result. Voila – the MoonPearl Series was born.
The MoonPearl Swirl circumnavigates the pearl in free-flowing pattern like constellations. If one were to hold in one’s heart a ‘moon of compassion’, this can effect those around us. These are the thoughts which played into the design of those earrings.
Each one is unique and different, yet related, like different thoughts about the same subject.
For the other part of the MoonPearl series, I took the idea of the ‘hand of the maker’, and combined it with the notion of a pearl’s home – the shell. On first glance, the individual sterling elements seem to be shells. The close observer will discover, however, that these individually hand-fabricated elements are in fact each molded with my own hands, which is evident in them carrying fingerprints: proof of the hand of the maker.
Whatever work I put out into the world, it will inevitably be a reflection of my state of mind. I really feel that the simple elegance of this series speaks to my having become quite a bit more settled and at ease of late.
May this feeling of peace and ease translate to the wearer!
I only have very few of these pieces with me, so, if you are in BC, come see me soonest at Harmony Arts Festival in WestVan’s Ambleside Park:
Friday, August 2: 2–9 pm
Saturday, August 3: 11 am–9 pm
Sunday, August 4: 11 am–9 pm
Monday, August 5: 11 am–9 pm
Saturday, August 10: 11 am–9 pm
Sunday, August 11: 11 am–9 pm
I will have more in November at CircleCraft Market in downtown Vancouver, Calgary’s ArtMarket, and Halifax’s CraftNS Winter Show, as well as trunk shows in Ontario (including at the shopAGO in downtown Toronto) and Halifax.