Night Out - Holding Place

Materials: Roller printed Bronze, Roller printed Sterling Silver, fine silver,Biggs Jasper cabochon , and chocolate brown coloured velvet.
Dimensions: 3" x 71/2"

A unique one of a kind functional metal hinged,velvet lined purse with latch. The pillow style was obtained by using a hydraulic press on the roller printed bronze. The 3 hand cut Biggs Jasper cabochons are bezel set in fine silver and soldered to the silver roller printed latch.

Photo credit: Elizabeth Malouin

Elizabeth Malouin
Midhurst, Canada

With Scottish/Italian and West Indian parents a cultural heritage has set Elizabeth distinctly in her own Canadian culture as truly unique, one of a kind person. Inspired by people, places and experiences Elizabeth creates striking and ethereal jewellery and accessories that posses the passion and exotic undertones within her pieces.

Collections of shells,sea glass, corals, and the brilliant blue-green hues of the Caribbean Sea combined with the historical colours and art from the masters of old world Europe made for a very creative upbringing. The combination of these textures, colours and organic shapes are some of the elements found in Elizabeth’s work today and continue to inspire her.

These containers and vessels definitely hold their place in the world of stunning art objects as well as in the world of metalsmithing.

Since the dawn of time humans have created containers to hold things that were important to them, from large vessels to hold food and harvests to intimate containers for small precious things. They might hold memories, ashes, medicine, beverage, fruit or food - but all spring from the imagination and skill of the maker. Some have specific religious functions, some are meant for everyday use. When one thinks of a vessel or container the inclination is to think of something with solid walls - yet many of these works involve the exploration of positive and negative space, and the use of negative space to help create the illusion of the wall of the vessel.

As the world’s largest jewelry related internet site, Ganoksin strives to develop exhibitions showcasing work from around the world. This exhibition was open to all metalsmiths, professional and amateur, advanced and beginner. Participants are from The Netherlands, the USA, Canada, Australia, Costa Rica, the United Kingdom, Israel, Hong Kong, Colombia, Romania, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia and Denmark. While most of the pieces are by an individual metalsmith, some are collaborations, one of three artists spanning 50 years.

In total 319 artists contributed 729 show pieces for the permanent online exhibition.

Objects in the exhibition include boxes, lockets, urns, ash containers, bowls, wine cups, reliquaries, match holders, vases, teapots, pitchers, sugar bowls, baskets, nests, pillboxes, clutches and a range of sculptural forms. A variety of techniques are showcased covering a wide range of metalsmithing techniques. Materials used include everything from gold and silver to less expensive metals. Ornamentation includes the addition of enamel, chasing and repousse’, gemstones and found objects.

The exhibition was curated by Beth Wicker, President of the North Carolina Society of Goldsmiths in the United States, and Adjunct Instructor at Northeastern Technical College in South Carolina. Director of the exhibition is Hanuman Aspler, founder of The Ganoksin Project, the world’s largest internet jewelry site.