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Square One

Materials and Process – Passions of a Goldsmith – that was the title of my graduating exhibition at NSCAD University’s Anna Leonowens Gallery in 2004.  So long ago! Good early perception, though: I already knew that my passion for the materials and processes of this amazing trade of gold/silver/copper/metal-smithing is what drives me.

My heart and soul went into my NSCAD U graduating exhibition

My heart and soul went into my NSCAD U graduating exhibition

That exhibition marked the end of a tremendously important time in my life.  It was hard to figure out the logistics to keep going following graduation, two kids in elementary school and suddenly no studio. But my passion kept driving me further. I set up a studio in the Arts Annex of the Seaport Market and kept working towards another solo exhibition two years later, this time at the Mary E. Black Gallery. It was a time of tremendous outpouring. I think I will post some photos from those shows, one of these days.

Tonight though, I happened to stumble across a poem which I wrote somewhere around that time. It’s a little intense – I hope you don’t mind my sharing it here. Even to myself when reading it again after quite some time, it illustrates what’s ‘behind it all’, this passion for a dialogue with the metal which drives me, and which – incidentally – is also what makes me happy. How lucky is that?

Gotta look for some of those still ‘listening’ moments in the next bit, I think.  I am so glad I found this. Brings me right back to square one. Best place to be, hands down.


 

And such is my passion for making

that the search for the right form to
emerge from the material before me

And such is my passion for making

that this search pains me in the
innermost center of my soul – the same place love hurts –

And such is my passion for making

that when I see a form which is perfect for
its moment in time and space
(some call this ‘good design’)
that such a perfect form brings the sun to my face.
I weep with joy over such good fortune.

And such is my passion for making

that I wither when I stop
that I dream it day and night
completely unshakable.

And such is my passion for making

that I drink its textures its sounds its weight its dirt
I drink them like nectar
like frozen Bombay Sapphire
never enough.

Such is my passion for making

that it hurts.

When I realized this
I became terrified.

Now I stand in awe
before the materials which are
pregnant with stories, laden with hidden forms.

I want to draw them out
I wish to help them emerge
I desire to see them.

I concentrate, still,
examining each step carefully
Listening intently.

Dorothée Rosen, 2006

At my bench in 2007. Photo by Paige Littlefair

At my bench in 2007. Photo by Paige Littlefair

 

Vancouver, here I come!

I am terribly excited to head to West Vancouver once more, to show my work at the Art Market, as part of  the beautiful Harmony Arts Festival. I attended this event two years ago, and had a wonderful time, see this and  this post from 2012. The setting is just gorgeous, and all the offerings of art, music, cinema, and food (!) are just incredible. It is a very pleasant event, and I truly look forward to it.

I may even bring some Onefooters with diamonds, coloured sapphires, or set with multiple stones!

I may even bring some Onefooters with diamonds, coloured sapphires, or set with multiple stones!

One experience that stood out for me from 2012 was a young boy, perhaps 10 years old, who picked up one of my Onefooter rings and said “Look, mom, the line keeps going and going, but it changes all the time!”. That made my day: a young person, and of the male gender, understanding my work, seeing what it was all about. That truly warmed my heart.

ArtMarket2014

Here are the hours and location for you

I will have with me this trip some of my newer pieces, such as rings in the Knot Series, as well as some bling in the Onefooter Series, as seen above. Those exact beauties, by the way, are in one of my newest galleries: the lovely Oliver & Espig in Santa Barbara, CA!

In any case, I’ll bring my work to the Canadian West Coast this time: if you happen to be in the vacinity of Vancouver the next two weekends, don’t miss out – The Harmony Arts Festival has much to offer, including me and my work!

Each one of these rings is formed by hand, and is unique  (photo courtesy of Ms. Emma Rosen)

Each one of these rings is formed by hand, and is unique                              (photo courtesy of Ms. Emma Rosen)

 

Find a detailed schedule of events here.
See you there!

 

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