Materials: Sterling silver, genuine ruby, black marble
Dimensions: 3" wide x 11" tall
To one it is a spoon in a fancy holder, to another a vase for a rose, and to a third it appears a small sculpture. All eyes view the same object with sights diverse. This is the palate of life, breathing through us each moment, uniting, exciting and enlivening us.
Photo credit: Howard Ehrenfeld
Megin Diamond Designs
Baltimore, MD. USA
Personal ornament and dining utensils are universal. Everyone uses, wears and gives these items throughout life.
My handmade jewelry and sterling dining utensils can be used, worn, displayed and enjoyed in a number of ways, just as when a serving spoon becomes a bud-vase. Then when this spoon is in use, its holder is a modern sculpture. Expression is limitless.
Being raised in the country, then choosing city life spanning three continents, my view blossomed. Then San Francisco gave me my mentor in 1974. And the real journey began.
Perception is limited only by the failure to see.
To unveil these blinds, that is the soul of the journey.
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.