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An Exhibition by Jan Smith & Louise Perrone, August 18th – September 29th, 2016

(Photo Credit: Jan Smith & Louise Perrone)

Jan Smith began working in Art Jewelry in 1998, and is exploring the emotional significance of commonplace objects in our lives by using jewelry as more than a decorative object.

Louise Perrone makes jewellery using discarded household and industrial fabrics and “questions the values attributed to traditional women’s work.”

We spoke to Jan to learn more about the upcoming exhibition:

“Art Jewelry: what makes it different than the commercial jewelry that we purchase in a traditional jewelry store? Art Jewelry is more than the intrinsic value of the materials, it is more than a symbol of an organization, club or status and finally it is more than body adornment or enhancement.

Art Jewelry can be made from a variety of materials, it may or may not be of a different scale than traditional jewelry and it may be challenging to wear or it could be a small easily worn object. What sets it apart from traditional commercial jewelry is its value as a work by an individual artist much in the same way a painting or sculpture is valued.

Jewelry’s intention is to be worn and it looses some of its power and meaning when placed in a static setting in a case. When placed on the human body it moves, has impact and conveys it’s full meaning.

In my work I use a mix of precious and nonprecious materials, choosing them not because of their value rather due to their appearance or the emotion they convey.  Although my work doesn’t convey status but rather shows my individual style and imagery more like that of a painter.   I am concerned how the wearer interacts with the work and how people respond to the piece being worn.   I am interested in the form of public art that is created and the dialogue between wearer and viewer.” – Jan Smith

Opening: Thursday, August 18th, 6-8 pm

@ Craft Council of BC,  1386 Cartwright Street, Granville Island