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April 20 - June 16, 2013
The Harbourfront Centre’s Artist-in-Residency Programme is truly one of a kind, fostering artists as varied and unique as the experience it offers. For all those who have taken part, there is a kinship. Contemporaries act as encouragement and support, while those preceding act as examples and mentors whose careers are looked to for inspiration. This show is a celebration of the artists-in-residence, both past and present, who make up the Harbourfront Centre’s jewellery and metal family. Though the programme is too prolific to include all its many accomplished alumni, this exhibition represents a selection of some of the best and brightest spanning all generations. It demonstrates the strength of a community that stands together and a programme that stands apart. It is our family album.
This exhibition is presented by Harbourfront Centre as part of the inaugural Toronto International Jewellery Festival (TIJF) in conjunction with Meta-Mosaic, the 2013 Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) Conference.
My work is about ideas. In opposition to concrete statements, the work can be attributed to thoughts or suggestions and exist as proposals for consideration. In my work I value the quiet personal moments of the day in which I construct small works that simulate a place for wonder and contemplation.
As an artist, I am a collector of objects as much as I am a maker of objects. I see myself as an archivist of a world of found objects. My practice engages a playful balance between humour and formal issues; size and perception of scale; longevity versus ephemerality; and how these relationships inform value of work.
– Micah Adams
As a child, Micah Adams enjoyed creating maps while exploring local woods. Originally from Nova Scotia, he began his formal art training at John Abbott College in Montréal and later received his BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (Halifax). Upon graduation in 2008, he pursued a three year residency in Toronto at Harbourfront Centre’s metal/jewellery studio. He recently participated in the Visiting Artist Residency at the printmaking centre Open Studio in March 2013.
Jewellery’s proximity to the body and relationship with the surface of the skin creates a dialogue between art and biology. The human body provides the site and context for my jewellery. I work with our common internal biological structures as sources of uncelebrated beauty and inspiration constructing jewellery pieces that are a marriage between art and science.
– Catherine Allen
Catherine Allen is a jewellery artist living and working in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her work is exhibited and sold in galleries across North America. Allen holds a BSc from Dalhousie University (Halifax, 1995), and a MFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (Halifax, 2007). Her combined studies in psychology, architecture and metal provide her with a unique foundation for jewellery design. In addition to her professional practice, Allen has taught at both Ontario College of Art and Design (Toronto) and at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University.
My work explores movement through the use of multiple forms. I gain inspiration from shapes and textures found in nature and my surroundings. I strive to find a balance of delicate qualities while creating everyday, functional jewellery.
By using both traditional and contemporary metal-forming techniques, I am able to explore formal elements, while working directly with the qualities of the material.
– Marina Babić
Marina Babić graduated from the Jewellery Arts Program at George Brown College and completed a three-year residency in the Metal studio at Harbourfront Centre. She also studied at the Art Centre of Central Technical School where she specialized in figurative sculpture. She is a recipient of various national and international awards for jewellery design as well as technical achievement. Babić works out of Studio Huddle in downtown Toronto.
Gillian E. Batcher
My work focuses on creating volume in jewellery with minimal weight. To illustrate this relationship, I use methods that produce volume balanced by structures that create strength. Fabrication, knitting, weaving and mokume gane are combined to juxtapose visual differences while emphasizing and utilizing underlying similarities in pattern and strength.
– Gillian E. Batcher
Gillian E. Batcher designs and makes work under the label PASH Jewellery Design. Her work has been exhibited across North America and she has been the recipient of numerous awards. Batcher owns Jewel Envy: a collaborative space home to 13 local artists with a retail front. She also teaches in the Material Art and Design program at OCAD University and in the Jewellery Arts program at George Brown College.
One of the things I find most exciting about jewellery is the possibility of the medium. I love designing custom pieces, because it allows me the opportunity to continuously create new and different works. Every project is treated as a blank slate, which is as stimulating for me as it is for the customers. I have a passion for unique stones and can still find things that surprise and awe me. Drawing influence from different eras, my own style is a balance between the decorative flair of Art Deco and the clean lines of a modern aesthetic.
– Leif Benner
Leif Benner graduated from George Brown College’s Jewellery Arts Program with honours in 2000. He spent the following three years as an artist-in-residence at Harbourfront Centre. While he participated in a number of shows around the city selling his work, Benner has always been aware that his interest lies in custom goldsmithing. Immediately after finishing his residency, he landed a retail/studio space in the then up-and-coming Distillery District, which he has transformed into a successful custom jewellery business. He now acts as one of the advisors to the current Harbourfront Centre metal/jewellery studio artists-in-residence, mentoring a new generation of goldsmiths.
Alisha Marie Boyd
My jewellery and hollowware are informed by a painting background, with colour, texture, and surface playing a significant role in my work. As a painter I could essentially create any colour I wanted. As a goldsmith, I work with the colours made available to me through my materials, using multiple or repetitive elements to create depth and texture. In terms of form, my jewellery reveres the traditional designs associated with the materials I use (pearls, gems and enamel), while re-contextualizing the design elements into a thoughtful contemporary approach.
– Alisha Marie Boyd
Alisha Marie Boyd holds a BFA and MFA in Painting (Alberta College of Art and Design, 2000, and Concordia University, 2003), and a BFA in Jewelery/Metalsmithing (Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, 2008). Following her studies, she completed a three year residency at Harbourfront Centre. Boyd’s work has garnered a number of Best in Show awards and her work has been featured in Frechman’s Jewelry Design, Lark Books’ 500 Enameled Objects, and 500 Metal Vessels. Her most recent exhibitions include Hot Under the Collar, Scottsdale Cultural Center (Arizona, 2012), Continuum, Harbourfront Centre (2011), and Best of the Toronto Outdoor Exhibition, FCP Gallery (2011). She currently works and resides in Halifax.
Suzanne Carlsen creates jewellery objects that balance hand embroidery and metal, commenting on ideas of value, status and ornament. What appears to be merely a cute miniature ultimately reveals itself to be an icon of memory; commemorating our surroundings, imitating our everyday life, and questioning our traditional ideas of home and place.
Google Flight 636 is a series of necklaces that comment on our loss of identity due to globalization and the metal work investigates ideas of appropriation and assumption – two things that are ever apparent in our shrinking global community.
Suzanne Carlsen graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Design in jewellery and metalsmithing (2006). Upon graduation, she became an artist-in-residence at Harbourfront Centre until 2009. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and had her first American solo exhibition in 2011 at Quirk Gallery (Richmond, Virginia). In 2010, Carlsen initiated and co-curated Mobile Canada – Bringing Canadian Contemporary Jewellery To You in conjunction with the 2010 Society of North American Goldsmith conference. She has received numerous grants, awards and scholarships, most recently from the Ontario Arts Council.
Sarah Dobranowski has been exploring the history of lace and its context in the history of fashion. Like jewellery, lace was not only used as a decorative element, but also as a symbol of prestige and wealth. Lace was transferrable from one article of clothing to another, making its value transferrable. It could easily transform clothing to follow different styles of fashion. By casting pieces of lace and playing with the ideas of texture and pattern, she creates modern day lace collars, stomachers and cuffs that explore the relationship between delicate, airy lace and the heavier weight of metal.
Sarah Dobranowski grew up north of Toronto. She graduated from Concordia University’s Art Education Specialization program where she received a BFA and a teaching certificate (2005). She returned to school in 2006 to complete the three year Jewellery Arts Diploma program at George Brown College. Currently, Dobranowski is an artist-in-residence at Harbourfront Centre where she spends her days making one-of-a-kind, unique pieces of jewellery. She looks forward to her fourth – and final – year in the craft corridor of this amazing cultural organization.
Through my practice, I found a similarity between metal forming and life experience. Every experience in our life generates the unique characteristic patterns of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that make us who we are, just as every hammer stroke shapes and alters malleable metal into a form. Every hit counts. Often we can comprehend the parts of an individual’s personality by judging their appearance or how they talk, and we can see traces of their life experiences; this is very similar to the method surrounding metal forming.
– Jay Joo
Originally from Korea, Jay Joo received his BFA in Jewellery and Metalsmithing at Ontario College of Art and Design University. During his formal years at Ontario College of Art and Design University, he has acquired a diverse skill set that includes traditional fabrication, metalsmithing techniques such as chasing and repoussé as well as computer-aided design. Most of his work carries a social commentary and addresses societal issues.
Annette Van Leeuwen
I am a collector. As a child, the place where I kept my odd assortment of bits and pieces was my “junk drawer”: today it is my studio and all those bits and pieces are my much-valued inspirational source material. This collection has grown to include natural objects, books, ideas, images and things I “might just use some day.” Recently, I have been playing around with combining sterling silver and a steel epoxy compound. It takes time to learn the vocabulary of a new material. For now, I’m eagerly following the range of jewellery designs evolving from these explorations.
– Annette Van Leeuwen
Annette Van Leeuwen has been making jewellery in her Toronto studio, on the shores of Lake Ontario, since leaving Harbourfront Centre in 1999. She brings to her jewellery making broad artistic experiences gained while a student obtaining a BFA in painting and sculpture, a BEd, as well as a Goldsmithing Diploma. In addition, she has shared her knowledge with students in various teaching positions she has held, from Elementary to College- and University-level. Currently she is a Sessional Instructor in the Design department at OCAD University. These combined experiences provide her a rich background from which to explore the art of jewellery making.
Our values, relationships, appearance, belongings and interests are ways in which we identify ourselves. We are often not perceived by others the way we perceive ourselves. This misunderstanding has been something that I have encountered; it has encouraged me to gain a better understanding of who I am in regard to my Asian heritage and ethnicity in a Canadian context.
I continually aspire to understand how I can interact with my familial past in my cultural present, but also communicate the importance of community, value, identity and relationships to those who may not share my specific history.
– Margaret Lim
Margaret Lim attended OCAD University, majoring in Jewellery and Metalsmithing. She graduated in 2007 and became an artist-in-residence at Harbourfront Centre. Lim has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally and has received awards and grants through OCAD University, Ontario Crafts Council and Ontario Arts Council. She continues to maintain her studio practice at the artist-run, multidisciplinary craft-based project space STUDIO HUDDLE.
Today my work is inspired by the immediate, the random and the moment. I’m fascinated by unexpected patterns found in nature, sometimes fleeting patterns of light and shadow, falling snow, windswept leaves, pools of water, linear patterns of sand… and the unmistakable order in all random pattern, order created by like shapes, by like surfaces, repeating angles, lines.
I like contrast more then harmony, blending organic elements with geometric shapes, precious metals with non-precious stones, historic detail with modern designs, delicately sketched lines with bold shapes and brushed, etched silver finishes with highly polished surfaces.
– Elizabete Ludviks
Born in Riga, Latvia in 1975, Elizabete Ludviks moved to Canada in her teens. She began her arts education at the Ontario College of Art and Design in interdisciplinary studies, graduating in Material Art and Design in 1998. Today Ludviks lives and works in Hamilton. Her jewellery portrays a signature style of transition from playful sketch on paper to wearable three-dimensional silver objects which variably incorporate found objects, non-precious metals and stones. Her one-of-a-kind pieces as well as her handmade wholesale lines can be found in select galleries in Canada, the United States and Europe.
Anna Lindsay MacDonald
Dazzle is inspired by women in the military. Each piece is a representation of the linear patterning of “dazzle camouflage” developed by Norman Wilkinson in WWI. For many of these women, popular notions of womanhood have been folded into their loyalty to their country and compatriots. The works in Dazzle are composites of an identity. Fragments of flag iconography, military iconography and camouflage are cut and forced together to compose a strong, armour-like structure.
Anna Lindsay MacDonald graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an MFA Studio, Designed Objects (2009). Since graduating, she has been a metalsmithing and design instructor at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University, the Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery (Saskatchewan) and at the Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre (Regina, SK). She is currently exhibiting in Australia as a finalist in the Love Lace exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum (Sydney), curated by Lindie Ward, and has been published most recently in Lark Books’ 500 Rings, curated by Bruce Metcalf. She received her BFA in Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (2004). MacDonald was an artist-in-residence at Harbourfront Centre from 2004 to 2007.
K. Claire MacDonald
My current work reflects an ongoing examination of my personal definition of painting and metalsmithing, and my attempt to challenge the limits of what I know to be familiar to each practice. Fuelled by the desire to merge these two disciplines, I work with a variety of materials and techniques, and explore how they can be manipulated and combined. Fragments of my paintings are often incorporated into my jewellery work as shaped and framed cameo-like forms. In a new context, these elements adopt new auras as they become independent and self-referential entities. I am intrigued by the transformation of visual language that can occur when works of both fine art and craft are re-contextualized, repurposed and represented in unexpected ways.
– K. Claire MacDonald
K. Claire MacDonald is a recent graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design where she completed a BFA with a Major in Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing. She was born and raised in Nova Scotia, but is presently based in Toronto where she is working as an artist-in-residence at Harbourfront Centre. Her current work is based on an interdisciplinary approach that seeks to combine her painting and metalsmithing practices. She has exhibited her work in several shows in her hometown of Halifax and has also had her work included in several publications.
I enjoy working with my hands and creating objects that people will cherish and wear on their bodies.
– Adriana McNeely
With a BFA Honours Degree, a Jewellery Arts Diploma from George Brown College, and an obsession for making beautiful handmade things, Adriana McNeely spends her days making jewellery and wearable art. She is currently nearing the end of her residency at Harbourfront Centre.
I design to empower and create a precious canvas to satisfy an obsession for beauty and individuality, eternal reminders of the significant moments of our lives inspired by events perhaps oceans away or simply the blossoms in the yard. My pieces are my art. Canadian diamonds, pristine and pure, are the scintillating centrepiece of my bridal collections – symbols of the most cherished relationship of our lives.
Shelly Purdy is a Toronto-based jewellery designer/goldsmith who brands unmistakable style with outstanding quality using diamonds and precious stones with gold, platinum and sterling. Her work is uniquely Canadian and has been nationally recognized, winning the De Beers Diamonds Today Award. Her Opulence Hand Engraved Collection celebrates the love of a lifetime and Achievement Rings acknowledge personal victories by stacking precious trophies of successes.
Heather Rathbun creates fine jewellery utilizing the interactive qualities jewellery evokes and draws inspiration from complex forms, mechanical structures, and mathematical patterns. Her designs reveal an industrial elegance, and often feature kinetic components or elements that can be manipulated.
Originally from Nova Scotia, Heather Rathbun received her BFA in Jewellery Design / Metalsmithing and Photography from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (2008). She has exhibited her works nationally and internationally, and has received recognition and support from organizations including the Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Crafts Council and the Province of Nova Scotia (Culture Division). Rathbun currently lives in Toronto, developing her own jewellery business and operating out of Harbourfront Centre as an artist-in-residence. Her professional experience also includes working as a jewellery instructor and technician for a number of art and craft institutions.
My work focuses on the adaptation of traditional forms and techniques to non-traditional materials via the re-contextualization of mass-produced industrial parts into handcrafted jewellery. My current passion is in showcasing industrial grade ruby and sapphire ball bearings as gemstones, intrigued by the perfect symmetry of the form, as well as the way in which they blur the line between functional industrial products and objects of aesthetic beauty. In developing new and innovative settings that conform to their unique properties, I seek to enhance their beauty, elevating the industrial into something elegant and refined.
– Meredith Robb
Originally hailing from the east coast, Meredith Robb holds a BFA in Jewellery and Metalsmithing from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (2008), as well as a BA in Philosophy from Mount Allison University (2004). She relocated to Toronto after being accepted into Harbourfront Centre’s Artist-in-Residence Programme, where she is currently in her fourth and final year in the Metal/Jewellery Studio. Robb has participated in various shows around the city including the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition and the One of a Kind Show and Sale, selling handmade fine jewellery with an industrially-inspired flair.
I am drawn to the living qualities of glass – the way it flows with heat and gravity, how it encloses space and glows with light. To suggest something of the intricate beauty of living forms with this fragile, luminous material may offer a heightened sense of the ephemeral life in and around us. By making jewellery pieces, this sense becomes more intimate and can be literally carried through the day on the wearer’s body.
– Karli Sears
Karli Sears creates botanically-inspired glass sculpture and jewellery using the flameworking process. A graduate of the glass program at Sheridan College, she now works from her home studio in Guelph, Ontario.
Sears’ work has been supported by a number of grants and artist residencies. It has been published in the New Glass Review 22, 24 and 30, as well as Tina Oldknow’s retrospective book 25 Years of New Glass Review. She received the Honourable Mention in the jewellery category at the 2011 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition. Collections include the Corning Museum of Glass (Corning, NY), Celebrity Equinox cruiseship, Glasmuseet Ebeltoft (Denmark) and the Ernsting Stiftung Glass Museum (Germany).
I look to nature for my greatest source of inspiration; the richness of the shapes, textures and colours provide endless possibilities. A glancing observation of scattered pods and tangled branches, or close observation of patterns of growth and decay, all of these are filled with imagery. The challenge is to take these patterns and transform them, make them my own without losing the inner energy that inspired the creativity. Sometimes this relationship is clear, other times it moves into abstractions, but the link is always there.
– Wendy Shingler
Wendy Shingler was born in South Africa, and immigrated to Canada in the late 60s. She studied Fine Art at University of Cape Town and at St Martins School of Art London England, and Metal Art at University of Wisconsin and at George Brown College, Toronto, as well as participating in numerous creative workshops, many of these at Harbourfront Centre.
Shingler started the jewellery studio at the Saidye Bronfman Centre in Montreal in 1969. She moved to Toronto in 1977 and was an artist-in-residence at Harbourfront Centre from 1979 to 1985. She is the recipient of design awards from the Metal Arts Guild of Canada and the Ontario Craft Council. Her work has been exhibited and sold in Canada, the US, Europe, Japan and South Africa.
Photo Locket explores three-dimensional form-making by contrasting layering techniques involved in additive manufacturing and stacked laser-cut photographs. The contained photographs create the jewellery heart-form. The silver locket is turned inside-out, clasping and revealing its most precious contents.
Greg Sims is a jewellery artist, designer and educator. His jewellery work explores meanings associated with common objects, symbols and clichés, particularly those within the subject of jewellery. Sims uses a wide range of materials and processes, combining the most current industrial and digital techniques with more traditional methods of making. He has taught studio and digital design courses over the past 10 years at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University and more recently at Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto.
As a multidisciplinary artist, I work in – but am not limited – to art-jewellery, sculpture and design. I start with an idea and translate it through a variety of mediums and materials because a physical, tactile translation offers new insights and possibilities.
My most current obsession is with ‘shunga’, which is Japanese for erotic art, a genre that originates from ancient Chinese medical illustrations.
Revisiting my love of drawing, erotic images and combining it with different mediums, I am exploring a previous interest with a new perspective. My goal is to create contemporary hybrid shunga, between East/West, past/present and public/private.
– Annie Tung
Toronto-based artist/designer Annie Tung graduated from Ontario College of Art and Design University. She was an artist-in-residence at Harbourfront Centre for three years, exploring her multi-disciplinary practice, which includes art and design in jewellery, sculpture and objects. Subverting expectations of function and ornament, her work maintains a melancholic tendency, though it can be playful. In 2013, Tung will be pursuing postgraduate studies at the Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands.
This work explores the idea of jewellery as a marker of self, and the ways in which we all seek to identify ourselves to others.
The objects we adorn ourselves with tell a story – the narrative of self. What interests me is the way this story is read by others, and the way perception is mitigated by the perspective of whoever is constructing the narrative.
The shadow is this reflection of otherness – it is the notion of self, as understood only through the perception of others. It is both the trace left by each encounter, and what others see in that space where self and other attempt to read one another.
Andrée Wejsmann is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the Ontario College of Art and Design. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships.
Her work spans a number of media and disciplines, exploring the relativity of objects in their environment, often using narrative as a tool to investigate the construction of meaning and the permeability of signifiers.
Wejsmann currently lives and makes work in Toronto, and teaches at OCAD University.
My creative practice is rooted in process and analysis. As a result, I work in multiples where the initial piece informs the next and so forth. Design variations in the pieces lead to ideas about the materials I use and about the shape the work will take. Often my initial inspirations come from looking at structures in the natural world, then abstracting and interpreting these to reflect my own response to material and aesthetic. Through this constant process of looking, interpreting and reflecting, I work on developing interesting elements through innovative processes, and combining those elements to create resolved objects.
– Patrycja Zwierzynska
Patrycja Zwierzynska is a Toronto-based artist working in contemporary jewellery. She graduated from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University with a BFA in Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing (2007). Often inspired by natural forms, her work is abstract, material driven and process oriented. She currently works at Studio HUDDLE, a co-operative, artist-run studio and gallery space in Toronto. Her work has been exhibited throughout Canada as well as internationally.