A HUGE thank you to everyone who participated in "Ripple Effect." The opening reception was a great success. The breadth and creativity shown in the jewelry on display was remarkable. Hats off to the participating jewelers for their hard work leading up to the event and going above and beyond to create such a variety of beautiful work. Also, thank you to Roberts Flowers of Hanover for supplying the fabulous flower bouquets for the event.
There are only a few days left to come in and see the show in person. Last day is this Saturday, April 2nd.
Below is a blog post written by Kerstin Nichols describing the thought and creative process that went into her "Tiara: Polly's Puzzle" that is currently on display as part of "Ripple Effect."
"How I approach my custom work:
"When I describe my work as reactive in nature, what I mean is that it is never complete
in and of itself as an object in its final form or its making. When I make a piece of jewelry
it is incomplete until it is worn and moving with the body that it was made for. (This
makes it always very hard to display in a case.) When I make a light sculpture the
light and the resultant shadows and how they move over and within the space often
have as much importance to me as the actual object.
"When I take on a custom commission for an individual I enter another creative space
than my own alone, where the work’s goal is to resonate with the person or situation it is made for from its inception. This adds many layers of complexity I can’t fully control but
love to dance with.
"Tiara: Polly’s Puzzle," graciously lent to me for this exhibition by its owner, was
commissioned in 2004 by her husband as a 25th wedding anniversary gift. To this day, it
is one of my favorite custom wearable art pieces I have made. It’s final form and
decorative details came from marvelous conversations I had with Polly’s husband and
two daughters, in addition to my own observations of what she chose to surround
herself with and wear in her daily life. The end result is a Tiara, a form that was chosen
to pay homage to her, commissioned by someone who loved her and her uniqueness a great deal. It now sits out amongst her collection of beautiful handmade
objects. Each time she takes it apart and wears various pieces from it to complement what she is wearing that day, she makes it her own creation, keeping it “present “ in her ever
changing active life. This is when I truly love what I make. "
- Written by Kerstin Nichols