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EXPO ‘Brooke Battles: Order/disOrder’ – Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco (USA) – 5 Janv.-6 Fevr. 2011

New Enamel Jewelry

Brooke Battles was born in Oklahoma but has lived in California since 1983. She is a second- career jeweler after years in the corporate world. She has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally, including in Velvet da Vinci’s CHESS, which was shown at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and Anti-War Medals, a show that toured internationally from 2003 to 2007.

Order/disOrder at Velvet da Vinci Gallery,
Brooke Battles  – « Cityscape » Neckpiece (detail)

« Each of us is pulled by conflicting forces: good and evil, sleeping and waking, vulnerability and strength, speed and accuracy, aging and youth. For me, the pull of order against disorder, of organization against chaos, is the challenge.
I have trouble with concepts of Orderly and Disorderly. « Orderly » can seem demanding, claustrophobic, predictable. But it also can be classic, comforting, mind-clearing. With order, things can be laid to rest. « Disorderly » can be unnerving, confusing, time-consuming., but in disorder is an honest beauty, a randomness that makes perfect sense . A riot of disorder tells a story you may really want to hear.
My subject matter has two focuses always: the garden and the home. Or the larger nature of the irreplaceable nature of the earth and community. But those subjects are always filtered through this struggle between the demand for control and order on one hand, and on the other, the search for discovery and serendipity that disorder allows.
And now, having discovered enamels, I am like a kid getting her first finger paints. I am enthralled with the depth of meaning and nuance that are possible with the riotous colors of the tropics, the rich variety of urban gardens, and the chaos and order of communities. They lend another layer to the organic feel my work has always had . »(Brooke Battles)

Order/disOrder at Velvet da Vinci Gallery,
Brooke Battles  -« Urban Garden » Neckpiece



Velvet da Vinci Gallery
2015 Polk Street
San Francisco CA 94109  (USA)
Phone 415.441.0109



EXPO ‘Helen Shirk: Traces’ – Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco (USA) – 5 Janv.6 Fevr. 2011

Classé dans : Exposition/Exhibition,Gal. Velvet da Vinci (US),Helen SHIRK (US),USA — bijoucontemporain @ 0:06

Known for her bold and unique use of color on metal, Helen Shirk‘s work can often be recognized by her technique of employing colored pencil on the surface of large vessels. In this new body of work, she explores a smaller, wearable scale of jewelry that is colored with China paint rather than pencil. The result is a more severe burst of color that has been eroded and scratched away with a coarse file following the assembly of each piece.
Helen Shirk has been the recipient of National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships in 1978 and 1988 and was made a Fellow of the American Crafts Council in 1999. Her work has been exhibited in the U.S. and abroad and included in many public collections, among them the Schmuckmuseum (Pforzheim), National Museum of Modern Art (Kyoto), Victoria and Albert Museum (London), Mint Museum of Craft and Design, American Craft Museum, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian, Carnegie Museum, and Oakland Museum.

EXPO 'Helen Shirk: Traces' - Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco (USA) - 5 Janv.6 Fevr. 2011 dans Exposition/Exhibition shirkgreen%20garnetweb
Helen Shirk « Green Garnet Trace » Brooch

« My relationship with nature has strengthened over the years, becoming a spiritual resource for my life and art. Currently I’m working on a body of jewelry for the first time since 1994, still using the natural world as my focus. I worry about the effects of global warming, man-made calamities, diminishing resources and species. I find myself wondering what the earth will look like for my son and grandchildren. It has made me consider the vital role nature plays in my enjoyment of life everyday. This series is called Traces. After years of making pieces that didn’t involve the body, I chose to use the smaller scale and traditional materials of jewelry to evoke a sense of intimacy and preciousness; that seemed appropriate for reflection on pleasure and loss. I’m still involved with color, but there is some violence in it. » (Helen Shirk)

Traces at Velvet da Vinci Gallery,
Helen Shirk « Turquoise Trace » Brooch


Traces at Velvet da Vinci Gallery,
Helen Shirk « Lapis Trace » Brooch

Traces at Velvet da Vinci Gallery,
Helen Shirk « Amber Trace » Brooch


Velvet da Vinci
2015 Polk Street
CA 94109 – San Francisco
United States
Telephone: 415.441.0109
Fax: 415.386.2492

COUP de … ROUGE avec Réka FEKETE

« In my work I use zinc plates as “building stones” by randomly sawing and assembling them. Each plate has its special texture, colour and shape. It connects my fascination for spaces and old objects. My recent work includes a collection of wearable objects made out of zinc, additional woven elements and lately I have started using paint and shrinking plastic. From these different materials spaces and imaginary figures arise.
Small details give the pieces character/personality. Details of a journey between inside-oudside, showing- hiding. The wearer decides what to show and what to hide. Who do you let in your world? »  (Réka FEKETE)

2005-2010 : Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Jewellery Design in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

EXPO / EXHIBITION Galerie Louise Smit : Space fragments 
27 Nov. 2010 – 13 Janv. 2011:  

COUP de ... ROUGE  avec Réka FEKETE dans Gal. Louise Smit (NL) Reka_Fekete_005
Réka FEKETE -  Brooch ‘Red woven window’ – zinc , iron wire, textile, silver

The-Horse-of-Don-Quichot dans Gerrit RIETVELD Acad. (NL)
Réka FEKETE -  Brooch ‘The horse of Don Quichot’ – zinc, silver, iron wire, paint, shrink plastic

MG_01811 dans Hongrie (HU)
Réka FEKETE -  Brooch ‘red window’ - zinc, iron wire, paint, silver

650-Reka_Fekete_003 dans Reka FEKETE (HU)
Réka FEKETE -  New red – brooch – zinc, iron wire, paint, silver

« In my work I use old etchingplates of other artists. These etchingplates are full of the marks, drawings and skrechtes that those artists made. Sometimes there is even some colour remains of the printing. The presence of history/time in the material brings us closer to the world of another, to a world that also could be ours. The tracks in the material are like the tracks that are left behind in a house by the occupant. By the obtained colour and patina personality and intimacy will arise.
Like a house tells the story of its occupant a jewel tells the story of the wearer without words. By wearing an object one can build up a more personal link with it.
You move together with the object, it becomes a part of yourself. »



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