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Botanica - Differences Unite Us

Materials: Silver, Copper, Bronze, Pearls
Dimensions: 18 inches long by 2.5 inches at tallest point

Combining different metals to enhance and balance each other.

Photo credit: Lyn Stoll

Lyn Stoll
Lyn Stoll Jewelry
Lubbock, TX. USA

The stillness of nature, the curve of a leaf, the flow of water over tumbled stones, the curling tendrils of grape ivy — all these elements provide inspiration for creation of objects that can remind us of the timelessness and serenity of nature. These objects can be worn to bring the peace and harmony of nature with us, to remind us of the spirit of all that lives in the natural world, and of our timeless connection with the earth.

With a BFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry I strive to re-create nature images with my own interpretation. Using metals such as Silver, Copper, Bronze and Brass, alone and in combination with gemstones, I strive to show and to teach how to express one’s innermost ideas as wearable art.

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.