The opening date is approaching for Jewellery Dialogue: On and Off The Body – an exhibition by Louise Perrone and Jan Smith at the Craft Council of BC Gallery August 18 – September 29, 2016. In the lead up to to this exhibition we asked Louise Perrone some questions to find out more about her art practice and inspirations.
Tell us about your journey as an artist.
I moved to Vancouver after graduating from ACAD Jewellery and Metals in 2002. I had a studio space at Object Design and worked on one of a kind silver and anodized aluminum pieces for exhibition mostly in the USA, where I was represented by Mobilia gallery. I took a break from my practice when I had my two children who are now ten and twelve. When I started working again about five years ago I wanted to create pieces with the same colour and lustre as anodizing but without the toxicity. I turned to fabric, starting with silk from men’s neckties and then working with scrap fabric from the Flag shop in Vancouver. I developed a technique based on the English Paper piecing method of patchwork quilting. I have been exhibiting my work in shows across Canada and the USA. When I am not working in my home studio I am teaching History of Jewellery and Jewellery Presentation at Lasalle College and serving in my role as President of the Vancouver Metal Arts Association. I was recently the Co-chair of the Society of North American Goldsmiths Exhibition in Motion at their Conference in Asheville, NC.
What first made you want to become an artist?
I have loved drawing and making things since preschool, its the only thing I was ever really good at.
What emotional response do people have when they view your work or hold it in their hands?
People respond to the colour. Jewellers are often curious about the material and how I construct a piece – they are surprised when I tell them it’s fabric. My work is very lightweight for its size which can take people by surprise.
What do you do when you are not creating?
I am teach the History of Jewellery and Jewellery Presentation at Lasalle College. I am the current president of the Vancouver Metal Arts Association and an active member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths. I was the Co-Chair of this year’s Exhibition in Motion at the SNAG Conference.
Jewellery Dialogue: On and Off The Body – an exhibition by Louise Perrone and Jan Smith runs August 18 – September 29, 2016
Opening: Thursday, August 18th, 6-8 pm
@ Craft Council of BC
1386 Cartwright Street, Granville Island