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katherine wheelerAustralian artist, Katherine Wheeler, received a BFA in Gold and Silversmithing, but her recent work has moved her toward the delicate materials of porcelain, paper and thread. “Wheeler mainly makes sculptural jewellery, and hollowware that combine materials such as thin silver, porcelain, paper and thread. The works and  materials are often ‘camouflaged’ under white paint, to create a new skin for the forms which are anthrophomorphic, the white bleaches the forms leaving them with the appearance of  shell or bone.”

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atelier zobel (791x800)German artist, Peter Schmid, finds beauty in even humble materials. “I think of myself as both artist and craftsman. The artist seeks inspiration to unlock the hidden beauty in people, places and materials; the craftsman toils to transform ideas into a finished object. 
“I work with materials that emerge from nature. A flawless diamond is clearly beautiful – but the same beauty can be found in every stone, regardless of its value, once its character is revealed.”

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earl pardonEarl Pardon’s bracelets jumped off the Pinterest page…and onto one of my boards. This quote from a 1980 retrospective now haunts the way I look at minutiae…“In Nature and its awesome wonderment I find this equally true—a growth of moss can be visually more significant than a forest; a singular stone can be more interesting than a mountain.” Artist’s statement, Earl Pardon: Retrospective Exhibition, Skidmore College, 1980″

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fancy dirt forgeAs an artist, visiting Asheville, NC offers a plethora of galleries, public art, art deco buildings, street art and artists, and on…and on!!! One of the artists exhibiting at both Woolworth Walk and working in a studio in the River Arts District  is Monty Phillips of “Fancy Dirt Forge“. “My current work is an exercise in fancy exploring the possibilities of vitreous enamel on sterling silver and copper in regard to form, texture, color and its ability to mimic and play on other materials such as stone, fabric and organic plant life.”

If you would like to visit President Obama’s favorite Asheville restaurant…don’t miss 12 Bones in the River Arts District.

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j l merrillThis winter has driven us  all places south…South Carolina, Florida & North Carolina. Unfortunately, the warmth and the sunshine must come to an end…and we are back in the real world…translated Ohio.

Asheville is always the perfect destination for blog material and provides the muse for today’s artist. Julie Merrill’s, Tiny Submarine necklace, was even more intriguing ‘in person’. “While steel is one of the worlds’ toughest materials, I find it empowering and humbling to bring it to a malleable form and shape it into function and beauty.  My passion is to work with metal, to offer adornment and value, to explore ancient techniques and preserve the art of blacksmithing.”

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marjorie schickIf you are tired of gray skies, then look no further than the work of Marjorie Schick to bring some color into your world. “My work is a sculptural statement which is complete when off the figure yet is constructed and exists because of the human body. I am intrigued by the idea that the human body is capable of carrying large objects, both physically and visually; therefore, I often construct forms of a scale which puts the work into the category of body sculpture rather than jewelry.”

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linda ladurner3Linda Ladurner’s work speaks for itself…bold, focused fascinating. While her internet presence is confined to Pinterest,…what could be better than letting your work tell your story? “I work alone, with silver, gold and gemstones, and only make one of a kind. I make jewellery for the human body, my pieces must be easy to wear, and nice to touch. I want women (or men) to be active, my pieces should accompany them anywhere, it gives my works more life and meaning. Wearability, also durability are aspects in jewellery I very much care about.”

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instyle2Have you had enough winter to last a life time? Then let’s think spring…colors that is. InStyle magazine has a monthly feature that highlights a color and then additional colors that it works well with and now, that feature is available as an app. I can already feel the sunshine when I focus on the bright colors of mandarin, poppy and marigold.

Love the pairings of lime and fuchsia with poppy.

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instyleDo you ever feel that your week is tumbling out of control? That describes my week…too much to do and not enough week. That may be why the page of rings in the latest InStyle appealed to me. They appear to be tumbling off the page. A great deal of inspiration here, that could be translated in a multitude of ways.

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annie tungToronto artist, Annie Tung, is presently in the Netherlands pursuing a masters degree in contextual design. Her online jewelry shop is divided into three categories: Art, Contemporary, Custom…each with a distinctive point of view.

“Like distant memories you can’t quite remember, dreams you can’t forget, I am constantly seizing the strangely familiar, the simple pleasures, before the memory fades. It’s a race against time, but when a piece is done, it is a welcome relief. As a multidisciplinary creative, my practice includes art-jewellery, sculpture and design. I combine these methodologies to capture the element of surprise and to create unexpected juxtapositions between eroticism and innocence.  My intent is to create a delightful discovery or reveal a melancholic position that aims to inspire curiosity.”

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