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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

 

Trunk Show at the Designer Craft Shop

I love turkey! It’s been grand to eat it every day since our big dinner on Saturday. My daughters brought their best friends – it was a fabulous time!

We had a lovely Thanksgiving meal, with the 'family' of my daughters' best friends

We had a lovely Thanksgiving meal, with the ‘family’ of my daughters’ best friends

But now it’s back to work. I am getting ready for a trunkshow this weekend, at the shop of the Designer Craft Council. This lovely little store is right next door to Pier21, tucked in behind the antique railway car, and part of the Mary E. Black Gallery.

The Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council does a lot for local artisans – I am very grateful to them! And I love the fact that they have a store now. So, naturally, I am looking forward to spending the day there with a trunkshow.

It will be an opportunity to “meet the artist”, but I will also bring some things with me that the shop hasn’t had before, and I will bring a few items on sale! This is a rare opportunity, as my work almost never goes ‘on sale’.

One of the series that will be available at a discount price will be the Script Series. I created this series for an exhibition I had at this very gallery back in 2008. I had recently returned from a pilgrimage through India, where the many varied ways of writing had tickled my creative interest.

The scripts in colourful India become more and more rounded, the further South you go

The scripts in colourful India become more and more rounded, the further South you go

The exhibition, my first since graduating from NSCAD University, was a big deal for me. I had worked towards it for two years.

photo, script ring, jewellery, jewelry, silver

The Script rings during the opening reception. Photo courtesy of my then only thirteen year-old daughter Emma

And so it is perhaps fitting that the rings get an ending of sorts in that same space: I will be putting the last remaining Script rings on sale this Saturday for the trunk show. So if you’va always thought of getting one, this may be your lucky day!

They are just sooo much fun in gold!

I even have a couple of gold ones left! They’ll have a special price, too…

The trunkshow will run 11am – 4pm. However, since it will be the night of Nocturne, I may stick around for a bit longer …

See you there!

1061 Marginal Road
Saturday October 18th
11am-4pm.

Best selection, of course, for those who come first!

 

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