Entre Nous Between Us - Differences Unite Us

Materials: Titanium, Sterling Silver, 24 K gold, boulder opal, blue druzi agate
Dimensions: 7.5 x 2.5 x 1cm

I am interested in exploring ideas about relationships from tertiary & superficial to deeply bonded opportunities for growth. These works speak to those relationships.

This piece articulate the possibility of strength, differences & joyful individuation as a physical object, a brooch. They are comprised of three metals, sterling silver, titanium or niobium & twenty-four karat gold with two gems, black opal & druzi quartz or ammolites.

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

Relationships flourish with energetic clarity & suffer without it. “Enrte Nous, Between Us” & “Cut From the Same Cloth” embrace the “light” of authentic relationships.

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.