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A very talented Swedish artist.

The internet can be amazing.  I recently started using Instagram, which I love  because photos are definitely my thing.  I love seeing what people make all over the world.  Shortly after starting to use Instagram one particular poster caught my eye, both because they had the same name as me – Yvonne – and because their work was photos using rich, beautiful colours.  One day their post was particularly striking, a gorgeous bright blue contrasting with an equally gorgeous bright orange.  Although I love both of those colours I rarely use them together.  However the photo appealed to me so much I decided to use those colours in a pendant.

I mentioned to Yvonne on Instagram that her photo inspired my pendant and she was so pleased she wrote about it.  Then, when she found out that she was having an exhibition she decided that she would like to have the pendant to hang beside the photo.  So now my pendant is in Sweden and will be displayed next to Yvonne Kundig’s gorgeous work.  As well as photos she does beautiful paintings of flowers.  If you’re in Sweden stop by 😉

Here is her Instagram:
https://instagram.com/yvonnesgalleri_art/

And her Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Yvonnes-galleri/1581226268801209?fref=ts

And the location of the exhibition (which starts on August 22nd):
http://www.lisa.se/

And my Instagram:
https://instagram.com/torched.studio/

Her photo:
Yvonne Kundig

 

My pendant:Orange and Blue

 

Galaxy

Of all the things I make I must admit my enamel bowls are my favourite.  So I’m very, very excited to be making a special collection of art bowls for my very first solo exhibition.  It will be held at Freedom Clothing Collective from June 7th to July 3rd.

My work has always had a certain elemental quality in the swirl of  multiple layers of enamel and in these pieces I’ve taken it to the extreme in a “big bang” of colour.   I love the random beauty of nature and these bowls are my romanticized view of the far flung objects in the night sky.  Each piece represents a celestial body but on a much smaller and more imaginative scale.

The opening reception is Friday June 7th at Freedom Clothing Collective, 939 Bloor Street West, Toronto from 6pm to 8pm.

Here’s a sneak peek of just a few of the pieces that will be in the exhibition.

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Fire and Fusion

There are a tonne of events happening in Toronto in May for TIJF – the Toronto International Jewellery Festival – and for the big SNAG – Society of North American Goldsmiths – conference.  But the one I’m most excited about is Fire and Fusion: a TIJF Enamelling Exhibition!

I’m super excited because my Tide Pool enamel bowl has been accepted for the exhibition, whoo hoo!  And I’m also excited because I will get to see the work of 30 other enamel artists from across Canada.  Enamelling isn’t an incredibly common skill, so sometimes it feels a little lonely in front of that kiln, and it will be wonderful to see what other people create with enamel.  The best thing for me about enamel is that it is so versatile, you can do a different technique every day and never run out of ideas.  So I’m sure there will be a lot of variety in the art that is presented.

The exhibition will be on from May 1st to 30th at the Rainbow Gallery, 80 Front St. East in Toronto.  The opening reception is May 1st from 12:30 to 2pm.

Here is a video of the artists involved.  If you know anything about enamelling you will realize the crazy amount of work that went into some of these pieces!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5EOrRmvAZE

Here is the Facebook link for the Fire and Fusion exhibition –  https://www.facebook.com/FireAndFusion?fref=ts

And the website – http://fireandfusion.wordpress.com/

And the TIJF website – http://tijf.info/

And the SNAG website – http://www.snagmetalsmith.org/events/conferences/

And of course, here is my bowl 🙂  I hope you make it to the exhibition to see it in person!!!

Tide Pool Bowl

Classes

Oh, I am soooo bad at keeping up to date on blog posts! Anyhow, here is a very quick one for your viewing enjoyment 🙂

The women who own Freedom Clothing Collective, one of the stores that carry my work,  love my jewellery and were fascinated to know just how the enamelling process works.  So they decided to take one of my classes. They had lots of fun, made some super funky pieces and wrote a little blog post about it. So here’s THEIR blog post (I know, I’m cheating, lol) about their experience in the beginner enamelling class.

http://freedomclothingcollective.blogspot.ca/2013/04/workshop-torched-studio.html

And here’s a couple of closer pics of their awesome pieces!

Freedom Clothing Collective

Freedom

Women’s Day Art Exhibition at Wise Daughters

Wise Daughters will be kicking off International Women’s Week on March 2nd with the opening of a group art show featuring some incredibly talented women artists.  Of course one of them just happens to be me 😉

It’s an eclectic bunch, including participants in the  expressive arts group at Sheena’s Place who will be showing their work as a collective.  There will also be four other individual artists, each working in a different medium and style.

My enamel art panels will be making their official public debut.

Sara MacHin does lovely work combining glowing colours with patterns and textures.

Patricia Phelan does stunning textile work that combines beautiful, intricate images with natural materials such as wood and bark.  She believes that handwork connects us to nature and to one another.  You can see her work at www.wovenbridge.com

Meredith Viner uses graphic images to challenge people’s assumptions about art and about the world in general.  Her website is www.shesaidpop.com and her Facebook page is www.facebook.com/shesaidpop

The opening party will be on Friday March 2nd from 6pm to 8pm.  The show will  be up until the end of April.  But if you come to the opening you get to meet all of us!

Here’s the Facebook invite.  Feel free to invite yourself and others!  https://www.facebook.com/events/321086511267074/

You can find Wise Daughters at 3079B Dundas Street West.  www.wisedaughters.com 

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2012

Wow, I didn’t realize I hadn’t posted anything since November.  So 2012 is here, supposedly the year of the apocalypse according to some mighty old Mayan calendars.  Maybe they just got tired of making calendars and thought that 2000 years worth was enough?   I don’t even look at next year’s calendar, so those folks were really long range planners!

I do have some plans for the year ahead.  The enameling business has been gradually growing.  I’ve got lots of work to do this year, with lots of new things planned.  I will be researching new stores to carry my work, especially outside of Toronto (this is a hint to anyone who might be interested).  As always I’m creating new designs and new products.  I’d also like to get my bowls and/or art panels into a gallery show.  Some of my art panels will be in an exhibition in March, I’ll post on that when more details are available.  And of course, I’m still teaching enameling classes here in Toronto.

I realize this is an incredibly boring post so I’ll put up some pretty pictures of my  newest bowls 🙂

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Distill

I’m a west end girl so it’s a big step for me to move east.  But I finally did it this week when I took my work to Distill Gallery.

Distill is appropriately named because it is in the gorgeous Distillery District.  This was once the Gooderham and Worts Distillery site and is one of the largest and best preserved collections of Victorian Industrial Architecture in North America.  It was restored in 2003 into a pedestrian only village dedicated to arts, culture and entertainment.   It’s a beautiful place just to walk around but there are also amazing stores, galleries, restaurants and cafes.  I also frequently go there to see plays at Soulpepper Theatre.

Distill Gallery has been in existence since the initial renovations of the District in 2003.  It’s a stunning little gallery with the work of over 100 Canadian artists/craftspeople/designers.  There’s some mighty impressive talent here and I feel honoured to be included among them.

Here is the website for Distill Gallery:

www.distillgallery.com

And the website for the Distillery District:

www.thedistillerydistrict.com

Culture Days

Culture Days is a Canada wide movement to promote art and culture.  It is happening September 30, October 1st and October 2nd.  There are a wide variety of activities in Toronto, across Ontario and across Canada.  At the moment some of them are still accepting participants for activities or you can create your own activity/venue and submit it for inclusion in the event.

The list is quite extensive and a bit overwhelming.  I suggest using the Advanced Activities Search if you’re trying to find events in a specific city.  There is also a list of venues that are seeking participants and if you have a venue you would like to offer you can do that too.

One thing that looked pretty cool was free lamp-working at Tank Studio in the Distillery District.  I’ve done lamp-working (glass bead making) before and it’s not the easiest thing but it is a lot of fun!

Here is the Canada wide link, go to the Activities link and use the Advanced search option to find events in your area:

http://culturedays.ca/en/about-culture-days