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30/03/2017

EXCHANGE-BIJOU 2 – Carlos SILVA – news from MARS ….

Carlos SILVA

Carlos Silva works  a LOT on others jewellers, their exhibitions, their works, their news …. and it’s difficult to find news about HIS works, his news, his exhibitions ! He takes his work as AJF (ART JEWELRY FORUM) Ambassador VERY seriously ! and as he is TOO Board Member of PIN (PIN – Associação Portuguesa de Joalharia Contemporânea) you can understand …………

The last pictures we got about his work are of « dark things », mainly brooches, that are titled in portuguese « pregadeiras » (the word for « brooch ») but that sounds for me as « prière » or « preghiera » :  prayers …. a nice sound, a nice thing, a nice idea, a nice object ….

Carlos.Silva - Brooch - charcoal, foam, cooper, steel and paint: Carlos Silva Pregadeira / Brooch – charcoal, foam, cooper, steel and paint

Carlos Silva - Pregadeira / Brooch   Charcoal, foam, copper, steel and metallic paintCarlos Silva - Pregadeira / Brooch  – Charcoal, foam, copper, steel and metallic paint

Or very pinky testings : Carlos Silva  experiments wax modelling (at  « Workshop Ceras Criativas II » with Elena Larrén @ Valentim Quaresma Studio in Lisboa, last january 2017) …. nice pinky delicate works in progress !

 Carlos Silva -  waxtesting experiments  wip  waxmodellingCarlos Silva -  waxtesting experiments  wip  waxmodelling

carlos silva  - wax testing  experiments  wip wax modelling - Creative Wax workshop with  elena larren at  valentim quaresma Studio Lisboa: carlos silva  - wax testing  experiments  wip wax modelling - Creative Wax workshop with  elena larren at  valentim quaresma Studio Lisboa:

Carlos Silva  – wax testing – experiments  wip wax modelling
SUSPENS ! ….. which jewels will result from this ?

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28/02/2016

AJF 2016 Award : and the WINNER is …..

Classé dans : AJF (Art Jewelry Forum) (US),Lynn BATCHELDER (US),Prix/Awards — bijoucontemporain @ 0:32

AJF ANNOUNCES FINALISTS FOR 2016 ARTIST AWARD

From the Five Finalists Shortlisted for International Prize
(Lynn Batchelder –  Carina Shoshtary — Seth Papac — Aric Verrastro — and Timothy Veske-McMahon)
Finalists were chosen from the largest group of Artist Award applicants to date–151 artists representing 35 countries–and judged on originality, depth of concept, continuity of design, and quality of craftsmanship. This year’s jurors were Philip Clarke of New Zealand, inaugural director of Objectspace; 2014 Artist Award winner Seulgi Kwon, from South Korea; and AJF board member and collector Susan Kempin, who is from the United States.
  The unrestricted cash prize of $7500, generously funded by Susan Beech and Karen and Michael Rotenberg, will be awarded to one of the five finalists. AJF would like to thank Sofia Björkman and PLATINA for providing a showcase for the winner and finalist during Schmuck and donating the gallery’s profits to AJF. 
AJF 2016 award
Batchelder was chosen from a record number of applicants—151 entries from 35 countries. She will receive a US$7500 cash award, and her work, along with that of the four finalists, will be exhibited by Platina Gallery at Schmuck international art jewelry fair in Munich, February 24 through March 1. Batchelder will also receive the benefits of being a supporter of AJF and serve as a juror for the 2017 Artist Award competition.
Batchelder’s studio practice relies on a drawing process where forms and ideas develop intuitively through the initial exploration of a line on paper. Industrial steel becomes transparent and delicate as cuts made with the jeweler’s saw reflect the quality of a line drawn by hand. Batchelder strives to capture small moments of contrast where control and imperfection collide.
Impressed by Batchelder’s work, Philip Clarke described it as “[a]ppearing almost mechanically made at a distant glance … the character of the human hand and frailty is evident. I found that the maker was able to explore a range of ideas within the quite formal framework that they had created.” Seulgi Kwon reflected on the pieces having “exceptional structural and sculptural beauty. They are designed to deliver strong feeling and a simple message through the natural color of metal itself.” Susan Kempin added, “I love the clean lines, the simplicity and yet the complexity of the pieces … to me there is only perfection here.”
Batchelder earned a master’s of fine arts in metal from State University of New York at New Paltz, New York, USA, in 2013.
Lynn Batchelder, Sisters, 2014, necklace, steel, 457 x 102 x 25 mm, photo: artistLynn Batchelder, Sisters, 2014, necklace, steel, 457 x 102 x 25 mm, photo: artist
Lynn Batchelder, Tunnel, 2015, brooch, steel, silver, 127 x 51 x 38 mm, photo: artist:
Lynn Batchelder  Tunnel, 2015, brooch, steel, silver, 127 x 51 x 38 mm, photo: artist
MFA, Metal, State University of New York at New Paltz, New York, USA, 2013
« My studio practice relies on a drawing process where forms and ideas develop intuitively through the initial exploration of a line on paper. In these works industrial steel becomes transparent and delicate as cuts made with the jeweler’s saw reflect the quality of a line drawn by hand … I am constantly trying to capture small moments of contrast where control and imperfection collide. »
Lynn Batchelder, Tunnel (on the body), 2015, brooch, 5 x 2 x 2 inches, photo: artist - TALENTE 2016: Lynn Batchelder, Tunnel (on the body), 2015, brooch
Lynn Batchelder, Cover, 2014, necklace, steel, 356 x 152 x 25 mm, photo: artistLynn Batchelder, Cover, 2014, necklace, steel, 356 x 152 x 25 mm, photo: artist
Lynn Batchelder, Diverge, 2015, brooch, steel, silver, 89 x 51 x 51 mm, photo: artistLynn Batchelder, Diverge, 2015, brooch, steel, silver, 89 x 51 x 51 mm, photo: artist
Lynn Batchelder, Path, 2015, necklace, steel, 254 x 254 x 25 mm, photo: artistLynn Batchelder, Path, 2015, necklace, steel, 254 x 254 x 25 mm, photo: artist

 

06/02/2016

During SCHMUCK 2016 : AJF 2016 awards – 24 Fevr.-1er Mars 2016

AJF ANNOUNCES FINALISTS FOR 2016 ARTIST AWARD

Five Finalists Shortlisted for International Prize
Mill Valley, California, USA–Art Jewelry Forum (AJF) is pleased to announce the five finalists for its 2016 Artist Award. The finalists will exhibit their work with Sofia Björkman, from Platina, during the international art jewelry fair Schmuck, in Munich, Germany, from February 24 through March 1, 2016. 
The Five finalists for AJF’s 2016 Artist Award are:
Lynn Batchelder –  Carina Shoshtary — Seth Papac — Aric Verrastro — and Timothy Veske-McMahon.
Finalists were chosen from the largest group of Artist Award applicants to date–151 artists representing 35 countries–and judged on originality, depth of concept, continuity of design, and quality of craftsmanship. This year’s jurors were Philip Clarke of New Zealand, inaugural director of Objectspace; 2014 Artist Award winner Seulgi Kwon, from South Korea; and AJF board member and collector Susan Kempin, who is from the United States.
  The unrestricted cash prize of $7500, generously funded by Susan Beech and Karen and Michael Rotenberg, will be awarded to one of the five finalists. AJF would like to thank Sofia Björkman and PLATINA for providing a showcase for the winner and finalist during Schmuck and donating the gallery’s profits to AJF. The winner will be announced in February 2016.
Lynn Batchelder, Tunnel, 2015, brooch, steel, silver, 127 x 51 x 38 mm, photo: artist: Lynn Batchelder  Tunnel, 2015, brooch, steel, silver, 127 x 51 x 38 mm, photo: artist
MFA, Metal, State University of New York at New Paltz, New York, USA, 2013
« My studio practice relies on a drawing process where forms and ideas develop intuitively through the initial exploration of a line on paper. In these works industrial steel becomes transparent and delicate as cuts made with the jeweler’s saw reflect the quality of a line drawn by hand … I am constantly trying to capture small moments of contrast where control and imperfection collide. »
Lynn Batchelder, Tunnel (on the body), 2015, brooch, 5 x 2 x 2 inches, photo: artist - TALENTE 2016: Lynn Batchelder, Tunnel (on the body), 2015, brooch
Carina Chitsaz-Shoshtray, Confused Brand, 2015, necklace, 9 x 33 x 25 cm, photo: artist:
Carina Shoshtary- Confused Branches, 2015, necklace, 9 x 33 x 25 cm, photo: artist
MA, Academy of Fine Arts Munich, Germany, 2012
  »My work starts with an intuitive experimental play with found materials, which usually come from my immediate surroundings. In the process of experimenting, the materials are being thoroughly transformed; the original source cannot be identified anymore … My jewelry pieces may appear like artifacts of a past civilization, fossils from another planet, or the ornaments of fabled beings. »
Carina Shoshtary, Confused Branches 3 detail, 2015, necklace, 9 cm x 33 cm x 25 cm, photo: artist: Carina Shoshtary, « Confused Branches 3″ (detail), 2015, necklace
Seth Papac, Cali Condensation, 2015, necklace, raised and anodized aluminum, brass, rayon, velour, 1016 x 508 x 102 mm, photo: artist:
Seth Papac Cali Condensation, 2015, necklace, raised and anodized aluminum, brass, rayon, velour, 1016x508x102 mm, photo: artist
MFA, Metals/Jewelry, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, USA, 2009
« Life in Southern California, with its unreal sunsets, light-bleached buildings, and vestiges of 70s style, brought my memory to a saturation point, forming crystals of experience … These merged into objects with varying physical relationships to the body–at the scale of architecture, at the scale of jewelry, and in between. Utilizing the vocabulary of jewelry and architecture, space and place are explored–from the past to the present, from the personal to the cliché, from the obvious to the mysterious. »
Aric Verrastro  Aric Verrastro - Spaces, 2015, necklace, steel, acrylic paint, polyster, thread, 58 x 8.5 x 3 cm, photo: artist -
Aric Verrastro – Spaces, 2015, necklace, steel, acrylic paint, polyster, thread, 58 x 8.5 x 3 cm, photo: artist
 MFA, Metalsmithing/Jewelry, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA, 2015
« I have recently been displaced from living in a city, which has left an emptiness in my life. The creation of each piece has become a method to fill the void. The forms are architectural, modular, constructed from steel, becoming allegorical representations of the energy of a thriving, vibrant environment … As jewelry, the body completes the piece as people fill and give life to architectural spaces, expressing the vitality and connection I feel toward the urban human experience. »
Timothy Veske-McMahon, Borve VI (on the body), plastic, aluminum, 8.5 x 12.5 x 1 cm, photo: artits:
Timothy Veske-McMahon  Borve VI (on the body), plastic, aluminum, 8.5 x 12.5 x 1 cm, photo: artits
MFA, Metalsmithing, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, USA, 2013
« We seek out and delve into mirrors for clarifying affirmation but, in truth, are met with a foreign body … This perceived closeness of similarity and familiarity is a deception–fictitious shorthand we use in identifying within society and relationships. If the act of definition is a loss of information, is it possible to create a loss-less object? »

 

 

19/12/2014

Seulgi Kwon Wins 2014 AJF Artist Award

The Art Jewelry Forum (AJF), the nonprofit organization that supports appreciation of art jewelry worldwide, has awarded Seulgi Kwon the 2014 AJF Artist Award.

The award is given to an emerging jeweler who exhibits “poise, innovation, and individuality.”

Since 2000, AJF has been offering an artist award to recognize promise, innovation, and individuality in the work of an emerging jeweler. The AJF Artist Award is awarded to makers of contemporary art jewelry who have completed their academic/professional training and are making new work as part of their post-training career. The winner of the AJF Artist Award receives a $7500 cash prize, will have their work shown at a major international art fair with an AJF gallery supporter, and will give a short lecture. Their work will also be featured in an AJF advertisement.

The 2014 Art Jewelry Forum Artist Award (AJFAA) was awarded to Seulgi Kwon

PROUD & HAPPY for her !

Seul-Gi Kwon 2014

« raindrop » of awards from everywhere, last years, on her work  :

2013  BKV Prize 2013 « Third Prize », Munich, Germany
2012 Cominelli Foundation 2012 Award  « First Prize »,  Fondazione Cominelli, Italy
2011 BKV Prize 2011, Munich, Germany
2011 Preziosa Young 2011, Florence, Italy
2010 Cominelli Foundation 2010 Award, Fondazione Cominelli, Italy

http://www.kwonseulgi.comSeul-Gi Kwon 2014 work – « a soft rain » (detail)

 

Seulgi Kwon, Deep in the Night 1, 2014, brooch, silicone, pigment, thread, glass, 180 x 170 x 60 cm, photo: artistSeulgi Kwon, Deep in the Night 1, 2014, brooch, silicone, pigment, thread, glass, 180 x 170 x 60 cm, photo: artist

Seulgi Kwon, Still Life 1 (alternate view), 2014, ring, silicone, pigment, thread, 90 x 100 x 60 mm, photo: artistSeulgi Kwon, Still Life 1 (alternate view), 2014, ring, silicone, pigment, thread, 90 x 100 x 60 mm, photo: artist
Seulgi Kwon, The Evolution of Defense 1, 2014, silicone, pigment, thread, paper, plastic, 180 x 105 x 70 mm, photo: artistSeulgi Kwon, The Evolution of Defense 1, 2014, silicone, pigment, thread, paper, plastic, 180 x 105 x 70 mm, photo: artist

« We are pleased to announce that Seulgi Kwon has been selected to receive the 2014 Art Jewelry Forum Artist Award for an emerging jeweler. Kwon was chosen from 123 entries representing 27 countries. She will receive a $7500 cash award, and her work, along with that of the other 4 finalists, will be featured by Platina Gallery at Handwerksmesse, which takes place in Munich in March 2015. Kwon will also receive a one-year professional membership to AJF and will serve as a juror for the 2015 Artist Award competition.

The goal of the AJF Artist Award is to acknowledge promise, innovation, and individuality in developing jewelers. This year’s competition was open to art jewelry makers 35 years of age or younger who were not enrolled in a professional training program; submitted work had to have been completed between 2012 and 2014. The jurors were Sooyeon Kim, jewelry artist and winner of the 2013 award; Carin Reinders, director of the Coda Museum, Apeldoorn, Netherlands; and Karen Rotenberg, founder and director of Alianza Contemporary Craft and a collector of contemporary jewelry. Criteria used in judging were originality, depth of concept, and quality of craftsmanship.

Kwon uses the theme of plant images to express meanings and symbols of memories of her daily life. Plants change their form at each stage of growth: seeds sprout, spread roots, and bloom. This course of change gives rise to unpredictable organisms and organic forms. Kwon’s work actively expresses the organic movements of plants, with their mysterious colors and constantly changing forms, creating texture with the materiality and transparency of silicone. Kwon tries to express the living in her work, so most of her pieces have rich colors and unique shapes.

Carin Reinders stated, “Seulgi uses silicone, glass, and pigments with great beauty and poetic transparency. The brooch A Soft Rain has the softness and the vulnerability of the first soft and refreshing drops. Deep in the Night gives the awareness of a night in the jungle with the great emerald green stone, glowing in the dark. Seulgi’s work has great poetic power and classical elements, but is constructed in a very contemporary way.” Sooyeon Kim commented, “Because of Seulgi’s deep understanding of silicone as a material, it seems like she has power over the material. This would not be possible without ceaseless study. Her exotic forms and bright colors have a special fascination.” Ms. Rotenberg added, “Seulgi demonstrates an innovative and beautiful use of material; her work is visually compelling.”

Kwon earned a bachelor’s (2007) and a master’s (2010) of fine arts metalwork and jewelry at Kookmin University, Seoul, Korea. » (AJF)

Seulgi Kwon, All Things Shining, 2013, brooch, silicone, pigment, thread, glass bead, 130 x 140 x 55 mm, photo: artist Seulgi Kwon, All Things Shining, 2013, brooch, silicone, pigment, thread, glass bead, 130 x 140 x 55 mm, photo: artist

Seulgi Kwon, A Soft Rain 1, 2014, brooch, silicone, pigment, thread, paper, plastic, 180 x 170 x 65 mm, photo: artistSeulgi Kwon, A Soft Rain 1, 2014, brooch, silicone, pigment, thread, paper, plastic, 180 x 170 x 65 mm, photo: artist

“In my work, I actively express the organic movements of plants with their mysterious colors and constantly changing forms, creating texture with the materiality and transparency of silicone. I always try to express the living in my work so most of my pieces have rich colours and unique shapes.

 

 

PS : just received my « It rained yesterday » ring ! HAPPY !

Seulgi Kwon - "It rained yesterday" ring 2014 Ring∣ silicone, pigment, thread 90 x 90 x 70mmSeulgi Kwon - « It rained yesterday » ring 2014 Ring∣ silicone, pigment, thread 90 x 90 x 70mm

 

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