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More new rings coming to the website shortly

I am really quite fond of this lil guy!

Aye, it’s been quite the whirlwind season! Since the early Fall, much has happened, but more about that later.

Regardless of challenges, I have been making lots and lots of new OneOfAKind rings with stones. Sadly, you would only have been able to see them if you had seen me at one of the shows on the East or West Coast.  Since I haven’t had a chance to photograph the pieces, I have not yet been able to list them on my website! But I hope to remedy that.

First I take the labels off (not before taking a photo with it on, for the record, which is the kind of photo you see here).  Then I place each individual ring into my little makeshift ‘lightbox’, juggling my desk lamp and my phone/camera/device to get the right angle without getting a reflection of anything in the room.  And then print new labels and put them back on.Patience, patience! At least I get to visit with each gem for a good while this way.

I have quite a few peridot pieces, more rings with 3 stones, and several with amethysts

Now that the private commissions have slowed down, I am starting to find the time to photograph each piece I have in my studio. So keep checking the website for more and more of them to pop up!

Ooooooh yessssss, I did! This is a wild one, isn’t it?

‘My’ Galleries

This sterling onefooter ring with a sparkling natural blue zircon set in 18k yellow gold bezel recently arrived at Human Arts Gallery in Ojai, California

This sterling Onefooter ring with a sparkling natural blue zircon set in 18k yellow gold bezel recently arrived at Human Arts Gallery in Ojai, California

As I sit in my studio this morning, getting ready to finish some pieces to send out to galleries next week, I am contemplating where their journey will take them before they find a home on a body.

The galleries and stores where I sell my work are an important extension of myself as an artist, like the hands are an extension of the arm, and the arm is an extension of the torso. They must know and understand my work, so that they can properly explain to their customers the inspirations and techniques of each piece. Because this is so important, I choose carefully where my work is sold.

How does an artist find representation in the best galleries? One way is to go to wholesale trade shows, such as is taking place in Las Vegas this weekend with the JCK and ACRE shows (sorry I am not there!), where gallery- and shop-owners come to look at rows and rows of samples, before placing orders. If you have been following me for a while, you would have come across some blog posts about my attendance at such shows in New York City, Philadelphia, etc.

The sheer mass of exhibitors at these shows is truly overwhelming.

The sheer mass of exhibitors at these shows is truly overwhelming.

But more often, and preferably, I travel to cities where I seek representation, so that I can see and experience what a store feels like when I walk in, before committing to have them carry my work. Yes: I am discerning as to who gets to carry my work. Today, I want to pay tribute to the two galleries that have been carrying my work the longest. These two are very different, and equally important.

Since 1977, Fireworks Gallery here in Halifax has been serving families with all their bling needs.  While being a real ‘jewellery store’, they have also been a huge supporter of up-and-coming jewellers in a variety of ways, and always support local artists. Fireworks Gallery started carrying my work over ten years ago, when I was still in art school here at NSCAD University, and they continue to be huge supporters. I have a great relationship with the gallery, and when stop by to drop off some of my work, I enjoy myself so much that I do not want to leave. The staff have become almost like family. Last Christmas, I stepped in to help them out in the store.

Last holiday season at Fireworks Gallery, with long-time staff member, the wonderful Melissa

Last holiday season at Fireworks Gallery, with long-time staff member, the wonderful Melissa

I have similarly close ties with the wonderful Galerie Noël Guyomarc’H Bijoux D’Art, in Montreal. Noel, as well, believed in me early on. He carries the best collection of contemporary jewellery and objects likely in all of Canada, and is a very important figure in this scene internationally, – a ‘mover and shaker’, as it were (there is a great article about him on Klimt Magazine, from where I also ‘borrowed this image, desolé). I am proud to say that Noel himself has been wearing one of my Twofooter rings for over a decade!

Noel in front of his amazing gallery in Montreal. Don't miss a visit if you are in the city!

Noel in front of his amazing gallery in Montreal. Don’t miss a visit if you are in the city!

I am so lucky to be represented by these two galleries, and by the 30 others, including the newest addition, the Grant Berg Gallery in Grande Prairie, Alberta. I shall tell you about them another time.

With Rings on My Fingers and Bells on my Toes …. Returning to CircleCraft in Vancouver

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My hands – making Onefooters, and wearing a Twofooter

I am very excited to return to Vancouver next week for the annual Circle Craft Market. This year it feels like I am coming into that fair city on the other end of our changing country with ‘rings on my fingers and bells on my toes’. Why do I feel this way? Because I was chosen as the feature artist this year,  for the market and its advertising including bus, banners, posters on subway stations, and print material.

Look at that! Have you seen it in action?

Look at that! Have you seen it in action?

This is such a very special treat, and only possible because of the great black and white photos Paige Littlefair took of me in the studio one day with her old-fashioned film camera. There just is nothing like the feel of a real photo – it’s just different from digital, I can’t tell how, I just know it is.  I am very grateful to Paige with her patience, skill, and good eye (Paige is about to become a mother – Good Luck, Paige!!). And then Christina Arsenault took wonderful crisp photos of my work – mainly the Onefooter Series, which are featured in the CircleCraft banners and posters.

Look: a 18k yellow gold Onefooter ring with Canadian diamond, a Twofooter ring, and a silver ring with sapphire in 18kyg bezel ... and the hands that made them!

Look: a 18k yellow gold Onefooter ring with Canadian diamond, a Twofooter ring, and a silver ring with sapphire in 18kyg bezel … and the hands that made them!

I am still on the complete other end of Canada, in the middle of which exciting things happened today, with the swearing-in of our snazzy new prime minister. I am still here, finishing rings and starting to pack, getting ready for the trip across this entire large country of ours. And that means: I can’t see those banners and posters! So I am asking for my readers’ help –  those of you in Vancouver: if you see my work or my hands on posters or banners in your beautiful city, please let me know! Send me images to post, or share them yourself on social media, using the hashtags @dorotheerosengoldsmith #OnefooterRing, and @Circlecraft (if you don’t use these hashtags & handles, I won’t know that you have posted the images). You can find me at InstagramTwitter, or Facebook.  I would be ever so delighted!

And please: do come see me at CircleCraft Winter Craft Market in Vancouver November 11th through 15th at the Vancouver Convention Centre West.  Get your  tickets online before Nov 11th, and use promo code CCM for $3 off admission! And then come see me in booth #241

I look forward to seeing you there!

Get your discount before show start online!

Get your discount before show start online!

 

Cool oysters under sunny Nova Scotia Skies

Avondale_grapesI had a fabulous time this past weekend at the Avondale Garlic Festival. This annual event is such a different pace from the hustle and bustle of my other shows, that it almost feels like a vacation. And how great to see my fellow artisans!

Talented blacksmith Alexa Jaffurs was my booth neighbour

Talented blacksmith Alexa Jaffurs was my booth neighbour

Avondale Winery, famous not only for its award-winning wines, but also its move of a historic church, puts on two annual festivals – one in June, one in September. Juried artisans show their wares, farmers sell garlic and other produce, there is live music and food trucks, wine and ale tastings, contests and workshops, and chef demos.

Tents are set up in the meadow, for artists and garlic vendors

Tents are set up in the meadow, for artists and garlic vendors

It’s wonderful to connect with people personally. There are several folks who come to see me here every year.

I love these Pirate rings this wonderful lady designed and had made for her

I love the Pirate rings this wonderful collector designed and had made for her. Don’t you think they go real well with my Threefooter she fell in love with, to add to her already impressive collection of my work?

Avondale_garlic_festival_whereToThe event was sweetened this year by a couple from Cape Breton, who brought with them not only 8 different varieties of garlic, but also a big ice chest full of oysters! At $15 for a baker’s dozen, how could I resist? Ah, but what a great feeling: to stand in the middle of a meadow in rural Nova Scotia, on this unusually warm Sunday afternoon, and be slurping deliciously sweet, ice cold, beautifully fresh Cape Breton oysters!

PS: sorry to my vegetarian and vegan friends. I had to!

This was the 'auditorium' for presentations and wine & ale sampling

This was the ‘auditorium’ for presentations and wine & ale sampling

In the National Press

Ah! Some exciting news: I am proud to be featured in an editorial on Canadian Jewelry Designers influenced by nature,  in nationally published Mercedes-Benz Magazine!

In a wonderful tribute, writer Isa Tousignat, supported by photographer Michael Crichton and stylist Serge Kerbel, pay tribute to some of Canada’s finest jewellers. The magazine is a stunning 200-page publication of very impressive editorial – quality through and through, just like the cars (my dad had a then-old Benz back in the 60ies, the pride and joy of the family).
I am very honoured to have been interviewed for this feature. Here is an excerpt:

“In its refined simplicity, Van der Molen’s work is similar to the jewellery of Dorothée Rosen, from Halifax, who is most famous for her Onefooter Ring, made of a foot-long wire of 18-karat gold wrought and coiled by hand into a chunky one-of-a-kind criss-crossing spiral, enhanced with an optional white Canadian diamond. Rosen’s designs are inspired by the Nova Scotia shoreline and her study of the line, which she says is the foundation of all of nature’s patterns, from the horizon to striations in leaves and the motifs that ocean waves leave on a sandy beach.”

This lovely shot of my Onefooter ring in 18k with diamond was created by photographer MICHAEL CRICHTON, and stylist SERGE KERBEL

This lovely shot was created by photographer MICHAEL CRICHTON, and stylist SERGE KERBEL

Isa Tousignat really understood well where I am coming from in my work, I am impressed. It was a joy to do this interview with her!  She did her research well, and went to visit, among others, one of my favs, Galerie Noel Guyomarc’H in Montreal. This is a great time to give a shout-out to all the amazing galleries that represent my work. Here is what writer Isa Tousignat had to say:

“Walking into Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h in Montreal (…) feels more like entering a contemporary jewellery museum than a jewellery store. Both showcase the natural themes common to Canadian jewellery design. The collections run the gamut, from Dorothée Rosen’s leaf-imprinted rings to Rudi Peet’s elliptical shapes and angles.”

I love and appreciate those folks who stand their shops every day to promote and educate about the work us artists do in our studios every day (and many nights). Thank you all so much!

And let’s see if I might meet some new ones in NYC next week, when I attend NY Now, a trade-only event where artists and potential gallery owners meet. You know I’ll be sure to tell you all about it!

This sweet new shot of new variations is by Christina Arsenault Photography

This sweet new shot of more variations on my Onefooters is by Christina Arsenault Photography

PS: Serge Kerbel – I highly recommend following the guy on Instagram to add some fun to your every day

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