Van McKenzie. Jeff at the Ritz, bracelet, 2012. Sterling silver, 18K gold. Photo: Andrew Miller


Bande des Quatres, Colleen Baran, Anneke van Bommel, Cinelli + Maillet, Lana Filippone, Karen Konzuk, Van McKenzie, and Eric Petersen

Curated by Curated by Melanie Egan

September 17 – September 17, 2019Hours

April 20 – June 16


Multiples and repetition have been central components of design throughout the history of jewellery. In ancient times, natural elements such as shells, bones, and feathers were strung together and worn to depict status; used in religious ceremonies; and worn for protection and adornment. The great movements of western art history are littered with examples of repetition: from granulation to chain making, hammered textures to engraved patterns, and glass beads to pavé settings. This rich history continues to fuel today’s designers. Harmony and rhythm are used to create works that reflect contemporary ideas and conditions. The conventions of the past have not been abandoned, but are instead re-imagined and built upon.

In the contemporary jewellery community, one-of-a-kind work is championed as a unique form of expression, while multiples, particularly ‘production jewellery’, are often devalued. The eight designers in this exhibition do not shy away from repetition; they use elements to form the building blocks for their designs, whether those elements are ideas, related forms, motifs or gemstones. They use traditional and non-traditional materials and techniques to create works that are inspired by natural forms, architecture and pop culture.

This exhibition celebrates Canadian work that is chic and desirable, wearable and accessible and continues a conversation that connects the past to the future of contemporary jewellery.

– Melanie Egan, Head, Craft, Harbourfront Centre


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.

Artist Profiles

Bande des Quatres

Bande des Quatres’ jewellery is ‘wearable architecture’: unique, complex, geometric; a fusion of techno meets Bauhaus, of structural illusion and artistic allusion. From conception to completion of a collection, we keep in mind that we’re not only designing individual pieces for our followers to wear, we are also creating an atmosphere, an energy and a narrative in which each piece has a role to play in our lives, their lives and the overall place it can hold in the marketplace.

Bande des Quatres draws from all kinds of styles, periods and media: photography, sculpture, painting, architecture, graphic and industrial design. Every Bande des Quatres piece is named after the artist or architect whose style inspired it. We push the limits of crafting modern handmade accessories to order, to produce pieces of enduring quality. Every piece is precisely constructed in a range of luxurious metals including sterling silver, 18kt yellow and palladium white gold, and precious gemstones. Sandblasted, scratched and polished finishes ensure that each piece is one-of-a-kind handcrafted in a traditional manner in our Montreal studio.

– Bande des Quatres

Montreal-born Erin Wahed received a BFA in photography from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University (2010). In 2011, Wahed became a project manager at Pentagram Design and also founded boutique jewellery line Bande des Quatres, where she is designer and creative director in collaboration with world-renowned jewellery designer and goldsmith Janis Kerman. Together they have released two collections: Collection I, inspired by the Bauhaus masters, and Collection II Architects, composed of rings and bracelets. In February 2013, they released Collection III inspired by the masters of abstract photography. This new collection will feature earrings in addition to rings and bracelets.

Bande des Quatres has received media attention from prestigious publications including Vogue, Elle Magazine and V Magazine, as well as websites such as Fashionista, Design Milk, Highsnobette, and StyleCaster.


Colleen Baran

In the Like Wearing a Love Letter series, I wanted to make jewellery that was like a love letter; like preserving a memory or a thought of love. Pieces include small phrases, letters or words that cumulatively tell narratives; little stories of love that can be sincere, ironic, deep, passionate, conflicted, uncertain, comfortable, simple or complex. Possibly a permanent record of a fleeting thought, a declaration of a permanent bond or an artifact of a love no more. Sweet messages hidden in plain sight that are, initially, invisible in their inversion.

– Colleen Baran

Colleen Baran is a multidisciplinary artist working in Vancouver. Baran has exhibited in galleries and museums in 11 countries and been widely published. Exhibitions include The Ring Show at the Georgia Museum (Athens) and The Northern Lights at the Design Exchange (Toronto). Recent publications include the books Humor in Craft by Brigitte Martin, 500 Plastic Jewelry Designs by Susan Kasson Sloan and New Rings by Nicolas Estrada. Press includes articles in Metalsmith, Art Jewelry, Vogue Gioiello and Studio.


Anneke van Bommel

Provincial Floral Silhouette is a series of contemporary silhouette neckpieces that explore the provincial and territorial floral symbols of Canada. Each Canadian province and territory is assigned a flower, generally one that is prolific or symbolic, for each province. These neckpieces reference the floral symbols of each province beginning at the East Coast, and moving westward, in a sort of visual road trip.

The East Coast series was launched during Toronto’s annual International Design Week, and exploited the floral symbols of Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. For RepeatRepeat, I am showcasing the floral symbols of central Canada: Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba. Each provincial neckpiece will have two variations, a statement neckpiece and a smaller variation that will eventually be developed into a limited run production, with explorations in various materials, finishes and scale.

– Anneke van Bommel

Anneke van Bommel is a graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University and former artist-in-residence at Harbourfront Centre. She is the recipient of various grants including the Ontario Arts Council, the Ontario Crafts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. Her work has been exhibited and collected throughout North America and internationally. She has taught as sessional faculty at the OCAD University, the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and currently teaches at George Brown College. She maintains an active studio practice in Toronto.


Cinelli + Maillet

Cinelli + Maillet is a contemporary jewellery company committed to creating original designs, investigating unusual material combinations and producing high quality handmade pieces. Together, Lisa Cinelli and Jean-Sébastien Maillet take form and inspiration from nature to create pieces that are sensual, tactile and wearable.

The duo’s distinctive designs showcase colourful enamels and resins, and silver or gold metals. Carefully selected precious and semi-precious stones are hand-set to complete many of their fabulous creations.

Jean-Sébastien Maillet trained as a goldsmith at the Ecole de Joaillerie du Quebec, (Quebec City). Lisa Cinelli studied jewellery design at Arte Sotto Un Tetto (Florence, Italy). Cinelli + Maillet is based in Toronto.


Lana Filippone

In my body of work, I combine slip-cast found objects with tiny sculptural aspects and surface decoration that compliment the subtleties found within the architecturally influenced symmetry. My daily practice creates a language that allows magic to exist in our lives through whimsical narratives that hearken back to places that are simultaneously familiar and subversive of my material.

My work is influenced by humorous nostalgia that become physical daydreams in clay. These daydreams are manifested from big ideas with light qualities including themes of transience in shared human experience, ideas about forbearance and poking fun at great discrepancies in the human condition.

The pieces I’ve created for RepeatRepeat are adapted vignettes referring back to a series of wall sculptures entitled Killing Timeflies. I’m interested in the permanence of a yet fragile material superimposed with the sentiment of fleeting ephemera.

– Lana Filippone

Lana Filippone is an artist-in-residence at Harbourfront Centre’s ceramic studio.  She received her honours degree from Queen’s University (Kingston) and graduated from the craft and design programme at Sheridan College, majoring in Ceramics. She enjoys being active in different creative spheres and has a well-rounded material practice that includes sculptural work, functional ceramics and jewellery, as well as design work with Toronto’s ‘Imm Living’.


Karen Konzuk

The Orbis Collection results from a challenge to cast a seamless concrete sphere. Over many years and several prototypes I have finally perfected the technique. With the use of tinted concrete and hand-forged stainless spheres, I have created a line of jewellery true to the KONZUK minimal aesthetic. I am proud to say the Orbis Collection is my best work to date, due to persevering with a problem I thought was impossible to solve.

– Karen Konzuk

A graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University, Karen Konzuk earned her BFA, majoring in Jewellery Design and minoring in Art History. Upon graduation she spent two years as an artist-in-residence at Harbourfront Centre and shortly afterward launched her KONZUK brand.


Van McKenzie

Simplicity and complexity are two seemingly contradictory concepts I strive to unite in the jewellery I create. I seek to inspire the viewer/wearer with the endless possibilities of these dualities.

I am fascinated by the repetition of natural forms and the massing that results as they are linked together to form fluid, tactile pieces of jewellery. The same form, in isolation, reveals simplicity as the basis of complexity.

It is my goal to uncover this basic truth in each piece I make: the simplicity of the complex and the complexity of the simple.

– Van McKenzie

Van McKenzie graduated with Honours in Goldsmithing from George Brown College (1992) and was an artist-In-residence at Harbourfront Centre (1992-1995). He is the recipient of numerous awards including: Crafts Grant, Ontario Arts Council (2004), Best Jewellery, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition (1995, 1996, 1998) and the Jury Prize for Excellence in the Visual Arts, Royal Canadian Academy of Artists (2000). He currently maintains a jewellery studio in Toronto and teaches at OCAD University.


Eric Petersen

Eric Petersen blurs the boundaries between jewellery, fashion and art, creating hybrid objects that exist beyond any single discipline. These objects are elegant and bold; ignoring trends yet embracing contemporary culture. He juxtaposes non-precious materials with gold, silver and gemstones, imbuing his work with a sense of both luxury and familiarity.

Eric Petersen is an award-winning goldsmith and designer of luxury jewellery and accessories. He graduated from the Jewellery Arts Advanced Diploma Program at George Brown College’s School of Jewellery Studies (2008), and was the recipient of the Louis Frankian Diamond Jewellers Award for his exceptional use of diamonds. Petersen won two Best in Design Innovation awards and has been featured in publications such as Jewellery Business, MAGazine (Metal Arts Guild of Canada), and Studio Magazine (Ontario Crafts Council).