A Field of Needles - Differences Unite Us

Materials: Champagne cork, Sterling silver, Brass, Cultured pearls.
Dimensions: 30mm x 22mm x 10mm

Rana Forutan
North York, Ontario. Canada

Started my jewelry lessons as a junior student at the university, I realized that nothing more than creating new design and make a piece of jewelry can satisfy my desires. Thereafter, I started to improve my jewelry skills. So, beside making jewelry in silver and gold, I studied gemology, I became a Rhinoceros 3D modeler and also I was certified as a semi-precious gem cutter and carver. These days, I am so busy exploring different materials to create fresh new designs. My goal is to indicate that a jeweler can also make an elegant piece of jewelry out of worthless materials which is not an easy job.

Ganoksin hosts the jewelry list Orchid, with over 13,000 list members from all over the world, speaking from a wide range of technical and aesthetic experiences. The exhibition theme grew out of a desire to celebrate the creativity encompassed in this wide variety.

Artists were free to interpret the theme in any way they chose. Each artist could submit up to six pieces. Interpretations include uniting different materials into one cohesive form; intellectual and emotional “unitings”, where the meaning of the piece unites multiple concepts; the uniting of time - past, present and future; and a number that focus on the harmony created when uniting multiple materials and/or concepts.

The work submitted involved a wide range of jewelry techniques, from very traditional to very cutting edge, as well as using materials from traditional precious metals and gemstones to “re-purposed” and “up-cycled” materials.

The exhibition showcases 330 images chosen from entries from over 111 artists representing 26 countries.

Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Czech Republic, France, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Serbia, Spain, Trinidad, Turkey, UK, USA, Venezuela, and the Virgin Islands

Many of the participants began their interest in jewelry at a young age. Some are relative newcomers to the field, and some have over 35 years of experience as professional jewelers and goldsmiths. While some grew up in families that were goldsmiths, and followed in those footsteps, others only began creating jewelry as adults.