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Cut From the Same Cloth - Differences Unite Us

Materials: Niobium, Sterling Silver, 24 K gold. ammolite
Dimensions: 12 x 2.5 x 1 cm

I am passionate in exploring ideas about relationships from tertiary & superficial to deeply bonded, loving, opportunities for growth as well as the relationships between materials, colors, gems and components. “Cut from the Same Cloth” speaks to the duality of difference & sameness. It was produced as a brooch with the Alberta gemstone Amolite created from fossilized ammonite.

Beneath each gem a constructed box houses tubes created to hold the niobium wires. The power of each separate component is united by the irregular & varied colored wires, without which the brooch or relationship would fall apart.

Although the gems are similar they each possess their own unique
qualities mirroring both similarity & difference.

Sarabeth Carnat
Calgary, AB. Canada

Sarabeth Carnat is an educator and metalsmith whose commitment to the Calgary community and to the Alberta College of Art + Design is longstanding. She was born to a family that values participation and community engagement and she has, in turn, brought these values to the students in her classes and through individual mentorship. Carnat is a fine craftsman who has studied in Canada, the United States, and Israel and has, for over forty years maintained a professional practice where she has continued to develop her technical knowledge and skills. She has been intrigued by metal painting and anodizing aluminum, as well as her private practice, where she focuses on commissions, one of a kind fine jewellery and exciting conceptual works. She is dedicated to helping her students understand the language of their chosen medium. Sarabeth Carnat has received both national and international recognition and her work is to be found in private and public collections including the Alberta Foundation for the Arts

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.